Sydney for Everyone: Top Activities and Attractions
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For the nature lover – The Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are just a short walk around the water's edge from the Sydney Opera House, with the gardens filling an area of land between the harbour and the eastern part of the central business district. There are large trees with a wonderful shade canvas and this makes the best spot imaginable to stop, sit on the grass and take in the harbour views. A walkway skirts around the harbourfront at the lower part of the gardens and is popular for lunchtime walks or jogs. The gardens have more than one million specimens and there is even a hop-on hop-off "train" for the less energetic.
- Opening times: Daily at 6:30 am and close at sunset. Entry to the gardens is free.
- Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
For the photographer - Opera House
Experience Sydney Opera House - one of the world's most creative and busiest performing arts centres and greatest triumphs of modern architecture. Spend a day at the World Heritage Site and you will be amazed at the life, culture and activity bursting from beneath the sails. Hop on one of the daily tours and discover the stories, history and magic of the building plus see the extraordinary interiors surrounding some of the most magnificent theatres and venues.
- Opening times: Daily 9:00 am until late. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
- Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney
For the historian – Discover The Rocks
Framed by diamond-sparkled waters of Sydney Harbour and shaped by history, The Rocks is where Sydney began. With 19th century warehouses converted to chic restaurants, stylish bars, hearty pubs, interactive museums, eclectic shopping and free events, it's also a place for now. Prepare to explore narrow streets, stroll along cobblestone streets and traverse historic sandstone steps on a fascinating walking tour.
For an icon – The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is Sydney’s crown jewel. It crosses one of the most beautiful harbours in the world from the city to the North Shore and is a striking feature of Sydney’s skyline. Opened in 1932, it is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel-arch bridge. Loved by the locals, the Bridge is at the heart of Sydney celebrations such as the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks.