Sydney Harbour is at the heart of the city, and is home to some of its most iconic sights. From the legendary Harbour Bridge to the naturally spectacular Sydney Harbour National Park, these are some of the must-visit sights in and around Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge first opened in 1932, and is considered to be quite the engineering feat. While the majority of first-time visitors choose to explore the bridge by walking or cycling over it, one of the most memorable experiences to be had is climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. No climbing skills are necessary, as there are ladders to take you up to each section, and the three and a half hour journey is definitely worthwhile when you take in the incredible 360-degreeviews of the city from the top of the bridge.
Sydney Harbour National Park
The Sydney Harbour National Park was created progressively from 1975 onwards, and today comprises of 392 hectares of certain parts of the harbour, as well as its islands and foreshore. There are so many different things to see and do here, depending on your own personal interests. From exploring pockets of bushland that once encompassed the whole city, to touring the 1801 forts, and their surrounding tunnels and gun pits, to relaxing on Cobblers Beach with a picturesque view of the cove, the National Park is where you will find some of the most enchanting parts of Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Opera House
Considered to be one of the wonders of the modern world, the Sydney Opera House can be found on the Sydney Harbour, and is one of the most iconic spots in the country. Its incredible architecture makes it a highly photographed landmark, and, if you want to explore the interior of the Opera House, there are one-hour guided tours available.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island can be reached by just a short ferry ride. This is the largest island in the harbour, and is significant because it is the only remaining dry dock in Australia that was built using convict labour. Whether you take a guided or self-guided tour, this island has played a huge role in the country’s history, making it well worth exploring.
Tucked away at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks is considered to be the foundation point of Sydney and Australia, and many would describe it as being an outdoor museum. The oldest spot in the city, its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and Old World charm remain, but it has also experienced quite the transformation, and is now a thriving, cultural part of the city, with an enchanting selection of independent restaurants, shops and stalls.
Sydney is a vibrant and dynamic city, and the Sydney Harbour is at the heart of all of this. Its attractions are varied, from the cultural to the natural to the historical, but, by exploring each, you will learn so much more about the city.