Sights & landmarks in Central Business District

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  • janet m
    1 contribution
    I visited The Opera House wondering about a specific piece of art work. The Welcoming Team went above and beyond to assist me. Their friendly manner and genuine interest in my request was excellent. They should be very proud of their team and how they showcase the Opera House and their dedicated desire to help. All I can say is thank you so much. Cheers Janet
    Written May 30, 2023
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  • gypsy_jane
    Adelaide, Australia511 contributions
    I loved spending the morning strolling through this historical building in the heart of Sydney CBD. Great range of designer bags and clothing stores. Gourmet delicacies and treats available also. Great food options. Absolute shoppers heaven.
    Written May 27, 2023
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  • Cruising2by2
    Jacksonville, FL197 contributions
    The Botanic Gardens are an absolute must visit. Beautiful, serene, fantastic specimens. You will love walking around and enjoying the location by the harbour and Opera House. It is an oasis in the city.
    Written March 10, 2023
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  • Rowena P
    Adelaide, Australia270 contributions
    Ok, for convenience=5. It’s simple, it’s a gateway. The trains, ferry, light rail all stop here so it’s your access path to all things Sydney. But it constantly smells like pee. The shops are varies but the convenience shops are over priced. Having said that… the views. You just can’t get better!
    Written June 5, 2023
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  • Mike C
    Indianapolis, IN67 contributions
    The Sydney Tower Eye is landmark worth visiting while in Sydney. The views (on a clear day) would be amazing. Unfortunately, the day we were there the skies were overcast which reduced visibility. We did the outside walk at the top of the Eye. I would recommend it. Not only do you get great views, but the guides provide great information. For example, the cables that support the tower have differing degress of tension, so that, should the tower ever fall, it will land mostly in a park, to reduce damage and death. The total experience was well worth the price.
    Written February 6, 2023
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  • ntarayavonk
    Philadelphia, PA81 contributions
    Wow what a beautiful church! I loved the architecture and the stain glass windows. The alter was also amazing. If you’re in the area, it’s well worth the visit.
    Written April 9, 2023
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  • Ian H
    King's Lynn, UK457 contributions
    As my wife is currently doing her ancestry research this place had to be visited!
    Why is it that Australia shows off its history so well.
    Brilliantly put together and very interesting with a good shop also on sight.
    Easily got to via the train or the tour bus which stops outside the venue
    Written May 27, 2023
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  • Hotairballoon
    Paris, France48 contributions
    Took my breath away. The sheer weight of the atmosphere pulls you down and the statue you first see when you walk up the steps, so sad
    Written May 5, 2023
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  • Emanpee
    Sydney, Australia2,791 contributions
    I highly recommend this 1.5-2 hour guided small group tour of the State Theatre. Built in 1929 as a picture theatre, these days mostly for live performances. A mix of art deco and regal, there is so much history within the walls. Is wonderful to explore all levels, stage and back stage. Have stairs to negotiate.
    Written March 13, 2023
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  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia909 contributions
    Hidden in the botanical gardens, Government House is definitely worth a visit. If you are lucky enough, do the tour and hear the rich history this beautiful building has to offer. The gardens are also a beautiful place to stop and relax.
    Written March 18, 2023
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,118 contributions
    We were so looking forward to enjoying a tour of the build only to discover that tours were discontinued as a result of restorations. Another building viewed externally, dating to 1869 and in the neoclassical architecture style and claimed to be the largest and most ornate late 19th century civic building in Australia. I guess we will have to revisit Sydney.
    Written December 16, 2022
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  • B T
    London, UK1,140 contributions
    Thought this was very good, it was free to get into and it has information about famous Sydney criminals and crimes in the the 1800's and early 1900's. There was also the police station how it originally looked in 1910 and some cells. The volunteers were very friendly.
    Written October 23, 2022
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  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia21,766 contributions
    I end up at Cockle Bay at least once a year for my annual conference. On this occasion I took my wife in for dinner & drinks. Pretty easy to get to from either Town Hall or Wynard Stations as an easy 10 minute stroll or bus or car ! Or catch the light rail from Central & walk across ! Plenty of bars & restaurants to choose from , not overly expensive & fun to sit & people watch as you enjoy a drink or two. My pick is normally the Pontoon Bar but do a wander & enjoy several ? Or just stroll along the Harbour Front with the seagulls ?
    Written January 9, 2020
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,118 contributions
    I'm not sure what areas the Sydney CBD encompasses but I'll assume its the area bounded by Dartling Harbour, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Botanic Gardens through Hyde Park and the Sydney Central Railway Station. Historic buildings, modern high-rise, transport services, monuments, museums, art galleries, the list goes on and all comes together to form a vibrant area in the city. We were lucky to enjoy the area over a seven day period and witness the throngs going about their respective interests, be it tourism, shopping, work or entertainment. Wonderful place to visit.
    Written December 25, 2022
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  • Marty ..
    Ballina, Australia293 contributions
    The impressive , sandstone , heritage listed Sydney General Post Office , noticeably stands at the lower end of Martin Pl
    Written March 20, 2023
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We are traveling to Sydney in early August. We are just looking at things to do while there and one of the things we are considering is a visit to the zoo.
Can you guys help with suggestions and pros and cons for each. We specifically want to see the koalas and kangaroos.
Answer: Totally different experiences. Taronga is a large, traditional outdoors zoo. The Australian collection is very good and the zoo itself is quite scenic with great views across the harbor to the Opera House and Sydney. Getting there is easy via the ferry which is a fun trip in itself. I think I spent 4 hours at Taonga when I visited in November.

Wild Life is smaller and indoor. Many of the reviews indicate people thought it was way overpriced. It isn't cheap, but I wanted to see it anyway. I worked at having a very good experience. I was there when the doors opened, went on a non-holiday weekday and knew the times for all the zoo keeper talks. With the advance planning, I did enjoy the facility. The keeper talks were quite good and I had a chance to pet a wombat in their enclosure. The animals are in smaller enclosures than Taronga. I could get quite close, but I think Wildlife could easily become over-crowded and viewing would not be easy or enjoyable. I was at Wildlife Zoo for a couple hours which included all the morning keeper talks. I think most people spend less time. The route through the building leads you forward in one direction, but I did backtrack and returned to see the Tasi Devils who were hiding during my first pass by.

Koalas and 'roos at both facilities. It was the platypus that I found amazing!!! Enjoy, we see so few Australian animals in the US zoos, it was a treat!
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