Places of Interest
Chinese Garden of Friendship
The Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour opened during Sydney’s bicentenary celebrations in 1988. Designed jointly with its sister city Guangzhou in China, the garden offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience authentic Chinese heritage and culture amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Sydney. The one-hectare garden was named the Garden of Friendship to signify the bond between the two cities. A key feature of the Garden is the Teahouse where one can sample a range of Chinese delicacies. The Garden is just a 10 minute walk from Town Hall or Central Railway Station.
A must see attraction; Sydney Aquarium is amongst the top public aquariums in Australia. Visitors can see a very diverse range of aquatic life found in Australian marine ecosystems and aquatic environments. The aquarium boasts over 12,000 animals, ranging from the weirdest (platypus) to the cutest (fairy penguin) as well as the fiercest (shark). There are plenty of fun activities for adult and child alike at the aquarium. Opening hours are from 9am to 10pm daily. Sydney Aquarium is within walking distance of the city via King Street or Market Street.
Sydney Wildlife World
Located next to Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World offers visitors the chance of a lifetime to get up close and personal with native Australian plants and animals. Winner of the Award for best family-focused tourism at the 2007 Australian Travel and Tourism Awards; it houses more than 100 species of native flora and fauna under one roof. Opening hours are from 9am to 10pm daily. Sydney Wildlife World is a short walk from Town Hall Station or via Market Street from the CBD.
For the truly daring, Shark Drive Xtreme allows visitors to experience the thrill of diving with sharks, undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest ocean predators. For those a little less daring though, they can view the vast array of marine life behind the relative safety of an acrylic tunnel. Oceanworld Manly is also home to a range of reptiles and invertebrates. Opening hours are from 10am to 5:30pm daily. Oceanworld Manly is a 2 minute walk from Manly Wharf which is accessible by ferry from Circular Quay.
Taronga Zoo is one of Australia’s leading zoos, featuring over 350 local and international animal species. The uniqueness of Taronga is in its location. Located along Sydney’s waterfront, visitors are able to see the wildlife in one of the most picturesque locations as they can take in the magnificent views of Sydney Harbour. Opening hours are from 9am to 5pm daily. Taronga Zoo is approximately 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House situated on Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point is a modern day masterpiece by famous Danish designer Jørn Utzon. It opened in October 1973 and has since become one of Sydney's most popular and iconic attractions. Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, the Opera House still remains one of the most famous performing arts venue playing hosts to various theatre, ballet and musical productions. Sydney Opera House is a short walk from Circular Quay.