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Iconic Sydney Attractions in the City - Must-Visit Sydney Highlights

As one of the most popular holiday hubs Down Under Sydney is more than the country's biggest city. From the Sydney Opera House to Bondi Beach here are some of Sydney's most iconic landmarks.


Bondi Beach

Ranked among the Top 10 Beaches in Australia Bondi Beach is an iconic recreational hub in the heart of Sydney. As New South Wales' most popular beach Bondi Beach enjoys a global reputation as one of the must-visit highlights in Australia let alone its home city Sydney. Known for its golden sands and clear waters Bondi Beach is Australia's version of the L.A. Sunset Strip fringed by sloping hills and exclusive restaurants. A mere 15 minutes from the heart of Sydney this popular beach is also one of the most accessible leisure centres in the city.


The Sydney Opera House

Occupying pride of place at Bennelong Point the Sydney Opera House is no ordinary performance art space in the city. Tipped to be one of the most recognizable landmarks of Australia the iconic structure is ranked as a global institution and an architectural marvel in its own right. Renowned for its distinct design elements the Sydney Opera House overlooks the city's harbour and is part of Sydney's cultural identity as well as a thriving entertainment hub that attracts 1.2 million visitors annually.


Sydney Botanic Gardens

Situated along scenic Mrs Macquaries Rd, the sprawling Sydney Botanic Gardens is perhaps the city's most idyllic attractions to date. As a Royal Botanic Garden the horticultural heartland is one of the most lush and geographically picturesque locales in Sydney with views across the Sydney Harbour and other city landmarks casting the perfect foreground. Located a stone's throw from the central business district the gardens is spread out over 30 hectares. Beautifully landscaped the venue is a preferred haunt for bird watching enthusiasts as large groups of cockatoos and other species including flying foxes also occupy the gardens littered with roses, palm trees and Begonias.


SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

A must-visit attraction that is an edutainment landmark in its own right the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is another iconic attraction down Sydney's Wheat Road. A favourite among wildlife enthusiasts and marine life fanatics the larger than life aquarium is divided in to five designated exhibition spaces representing various habitats. Featuring exhibition galleries devoted to river dwelling, estuarine and oceanic creatures the underwater world crafted inside this popular aquarium close to the Circular Quay at Sydney Harbour is home to thousands of aquatic life forms including shark species, massive sea turtles ,stingrays and other saltwater and freshwater fish varieties.


Sydney Tower Eye

Dubbed the Centrepoint Tower in decades past the Sydney Tower Eye is the city's favourite observation point to date. Ranked as one of the must-visit points of interest for first timers touring the city, the towering landmark down Market Street provides tourists with a bird's eye view of the bustling metropolis that is Sydney from its vaulted vantage point. Offering visitors panoramic views across various precincts of the city the tower is a shutter bug's dream come true. Free binoculars are available at the tower's summit while visitors can also enjoy a 4D spectacle at the venue's theatre at no additional cost.


Australia National Maritime Museum

Another highlight in a tour of Sydney is a visit to the Australia National Maritime Museum, an institution devoted to documenting the country's proud history is seafaring. With exquisite exhibits ranging from large ships, historic submarines and other maritime memorabilia the venue provides visitors with an in-depth look at the country's seafaring legacy. Visitors based in Middlemount hotels such as the Oaks On Castlereagh will have easy access to the site.