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Places to Visit Around Sydney Harbour – Discover what’s in and around the heart of Sydney

Originally known as Port Jackson, the area around Sydney Harbour is the central business and entertainment centre in the city. Most of the sites around Sydney and the suburbs are accessible from the harbour via ferry ride.


The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a grand archway bridge located in the heart of downtown Sydney. It was planned by a British firm of architects and presented to the public in 1932. It remains one of the longest-arch bridges in the world and an icon. You can walk over the bridge; it will take 15 minutes! The bridge climb is a top favourite for many adventure enthusiasts. It is conducted twice, at sunrise and sunset.


Darling Harbour

At Darling Harbour, find a range of shopping centres, cinemas, exhibitions and restaurants overlooking the waterfront. It is one of the largest entertainment precincts in NSW, and two of the most popular attractions here are SEA Life Sydney Aquarium and WILD Life Sydney. Kings Street Wharf is where cruise liners and ferries depart. There are a bunch of great restaurants, bars, and clubs over there as well. Over the Pyrmont Bridge is the Australian National Museum. And south from there is the Chinese Garden, where their evening tea is quite a highlight. You can also find an IMAX, a Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, and plenty of shopping. There are outdoor events held here throughout the year. At Darling Harbour, hotels the likes of PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney are great options to consider.


Circular Quay

Located in a prime position facing the harbour, Circular Quay is Sydney's central ferry terminal, and it is an ideal place to start discovering the harbour area. The Quay is bordered by the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens from one end and the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the other. Towards the west, there is the Museum of Contemporary Art in the historically significant Rocks area; the area also has high-end restaurants and shopping options.


The Rocks

Called the birthplace of Australia, this section in Sydney is now called the Rocks district. It is the place of the original white settlement founded by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. This area has buildings built during colonial times and features several contemporary buildings designed to mix with the rest of the architecture. Visitors can also find a Sydney Tourist Center with drawings, maps and information about sites to visit in Sydney and Australia. Apart from historical attractions, there is a string of pubs, restaurants, and novelty and souvenir shops found all along its streets and corridors.


The Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens is a green oasis overlooking the Sydney Harbour. It is rated as one of the most important botanical gardens in the world with rare species over centuries old. The gardens boast some beautiful scenery with stretches of manicured flowers and gardens. With the Sydney Opera House at the back, you can sit back and watch the city go by on their grassy lawns, perhaps the best part is that it's free for all visitors to enjoy.

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