Tourist Destinations in Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia is an iconic, must-see city in the land down under. One of the country’s largest urban centers, the capital of New South Wales has a population of 4.9 million. This city is the second home to the Australian government, including the Prime Minister, and is also the most populous city in Oceania. Continuously populated for tens of thousands of years, Sydney boasts a mix of Australia’s aboriginal past and modern future. Skyscrapers and other steel structures in the city populate the landscape along the shores of one of the largest natural harbors. Sydney also served as host to the International Olympic Committee’s Summer Games in 2000. When visiting this booming metropolis, there are at least five Sydney tourist attractions you want to be sure you see. These include Darling Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo, and the Sydney Tower. Below are the top questions asked about tourist destinations in Sydney, Australia, so you can plan your perfect vacation! 

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  1. Where is the Darling Harbour located in Sydney?
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    The Darling Harbour has been in existence for thousands of years and is one of the oldest destinations in Sydney, whose frontier served as a boundary between the Wangal and Gadigal clans of the coastal people known as the Eoras. The harbour was named “Tumbalong,” a word whose literal meaning is a place for the gathering of seafood. It was a place where aboriginal peoples met to fish, hunt, and trade.

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  2. What is the Darling Harbour known for?
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    For centuries the Darling Harbour was known as a meeting place for fishing and commercial activity. Industrialization in the 1800s transformed the Darling Harbour into a hub of manufacturing and shipping, a role it served through World War II into the 1980s, when such activity seized to occur. The harbour today serves as a point of interest in Sydney and tourist destination for travelers.

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  3. What is the name of the architect who designed the Sydney Opera House?
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    The Sydney Opera House, built in 1959, is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. The Opera House is the design of Danish architect JornUtzon. The building, because of its unique, iconic design, has been recognized on the UNESCO World Heritage list as one of the most outstanding places in the world.

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  4. What type of performances are booked at the Opera House?
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    The Opera House is a multi-performance venue and one of the most popular Sydney tourist attractions. It hosts the Sydney Philharmonic Chorus, Symphony and Australian Ballet as well as performers of various types of artistic styles and genres. The Opera House puts on nearly 40 performances a week in dance, theater, music, and family and children programs.

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  5. How long is the Harbour Bridge?
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    The Sydney Harbour Bridge, built in 1923 and opened to the public nine years later in 1932. The bridge, which connects the the city center of Sydney to its northern suburbs, spans 134 meters or 440 feet (.08 miles) across Sydney Harbour.

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  6. What is the most famous feature of the Harbour Bridge?
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    The Harbour Bridge, which is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, features a bridge climb. This climb, open to persons 10 and older (in good health), allows you to rise 134 meters above the Sydney Harbour for the best panoramic view of the city. One of the most popular destinations in Sydney, the bridge climb offers an opportunity for anyone, of different skill levels, to see up close the steel girders and rivets used to hold this magnificent structure together.

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  7. What exhibits are at the Taronga Zoo?
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    The zoo features many animals from all over the continent and world, including a female Asian elephant, Portnip. The Taronga Zoo, first opened to the public in October 1916, is accessible from Sydney by ferry, which allows visitors to get an interesting water view of the city.

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  8. How high up is the observation tower in the Sydney Tower?
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    The observation platform is one of many popular Sydney tourist attractions. Located at the top of the Sydney Tower, tourists get a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the entire city. The tower, on top of the tallest building in Sydney, is 268 meters or 879 feet from the ground (a little more than one-eighth of a mile). The distance from the ground at the observation platform is twice that of the Harbour Bridge.

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