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Best attractions to visit in Sydney

21. Shelly Beach - Sydney

Shelly Beach

Part of the Cabbage Tree Bay, adjacent to the Fairy Bower and the North Head, Shelly Beach is a protected marine reserve in Manly. Its shallow waters are home to a diverse variety of marine life, making it a popular spot for snorkelers and scuba divers. Additionally, the beach is equipped with two electric barbeques, a kiosk, showers, and toilets. It is the perfect spot for a family picnic. Charged parking is available. In case, you are looking for a more formal dining experience, Le Kiosk is the official restaurant for the beach. Once you’re at the Shelly Beach, be sure to take a walk around the bush track. Hugging the headlands, the Bush offers spectacular views of the Northern Beaches and the North Head. Additionally, visit it at night by becoming part of one of its guided “After Dark Nature Tours”. These tours are conducted while wearing night vision goggles and offer deep insights into the nocturnal wildlife of the region. head to the “Bower”, a popular surf break on the western end of the beach and enjoy the swell waves. Travel further along the west and you will find two other well-known breaks, namely the Winki and Deadman’s for an enjoyable surfing experience.

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22. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary - Sydney

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

One of the must visit places in Sydney is the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, which is an aquarium that is located in Manly, a suburb in New South Wales. The place works for animal conservation and takes volunteers that help them in protecting, breeding, and rescuing animals. The sanctuary has three levels and consists of animals like giant stingrays, penguins, sea turtles, and sharks. The place opened back in 1965 and was reopened again in 1989 as Underwater World. The sanctuary was renovated in 2012, when the Penguin Cove exhibit was added to the place. The Manly Sea Life Sanctuary has three main exhibits. The first one is the Shark Harbor, which is an aquarium that is home to different sharks, fish, turtles, and string rays. The guests can take a swim with the sharks in the Shark Dive Xtreme. The second exhibit is the Underwater Sydney, which consists of lion fish, octopus, rock pools, and seahorses. The last exhibit is the Penguin Cove that is home to several penguins. A visit to the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is highly recommended if you are planning your next vacation in Sydney!

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23. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia - Sydney

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is located in Sydney and is one of the most famous museums of the country that exhibits contemporary art from all over the country. It opened up back in 1991 and was renovated in 2010 for almost two years, after which the new Mordant Wing was opened for public in March 2012. Some of the artists who are displaying their work in the museum include Adam Linder, Daniel Boyd, Dayanita Singh, Helen Marten, Kazimir Malevich, Nina Beier, Noa Eshkol, Richard Bell, and Shahryar Nashat. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia keeps on having exhibitions and promotes work of emerging artists. Don’t forget to visit the MCA store if you want to take unique gifts back home. Other than this, you should visit the MCA Café in order to try amazing Australian food. If you are travelling by car, then you can drive north from Tryon ST in Uptown, or can simply get on The Gold Rush Trolley that will drop you a block away from the museum. Do visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia when in Sydney.

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24. Museum of Sydney - Sydney

Museum of Sydney

If you are a history buff, then one of the places that you should visit is the Museum of Sydney. The place is built over the ruins of the Governor House that was located on Bridge Street in Sydney. The Governor House was built in 1788 but was later abandoned, and the site was studied by archaeologists in 1983. The museum is managed by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and was initially named the First Government House Museum, but the Minister of Arts changed its name to the Museum of Sydney in 1993. The entrance of the building is from the First Government House Place, where one can see the archaeological artifacts that are displayed in glass cases. The museum has exhibits and educates the people about colonization and invasion of the area. The Gadigal Palace Gallery in the museum must be visited as it shows the Gadigal history and culture. Other than this, don’t forget to have a look at the painting of 'Possession Island' by Gordon Bennett that shows how Captain Cook claimed Australia.

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25. Sydney Cove - Sydney

Sydney Cove

Sydney Cove is a small bay that is located on the south of Sydney Harbour and was named by Townshead, who was the British Home Secretary. The sight for the place was chosen by Arthur Phillip in 1778. You should know that Sydney Cove Medallion is a commemorative medal. The history behind this is that a sample of grey clay of Sydney Clove was given to Joseph Banks by Governor Phillip. Banks gave that to a pottery maker, Josiah Wedgwood, to see if the clay could be used to make pots. Wedgewood liked the clay so much that he made the Sydney Cove Medallion. Some of the tourist spots that you can visit near Sydney Cove include ACO Australian Chamber Orchestra, Circular Quay, Government House, Justice & Police Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Opal Minded, Opera Australia, PaniQ Room, Peek Tours Sydney, Searock Bar, Snowy Mountains Hydro, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, The Rocks Discovery Museum, and the Vivid Sydney. Do visit Sydney Cove as you will surely love it.

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26. Fort Denison - Sydney

Fort Denison

Fort Denison is located on Pinchgut Island in New South Wales and is considered an important historic landmark. Back in 1778 when the First Fleet arrived to the place, it was a rocky island that was used as a fishing place by the locals. The island was named Pinchgut after a number of convicts were confined to the island with basic food like water and bread. It was in the year 1857 that the Martello Tower was completed using 8,000 tons of sandstone. The place got its name from the then governor Sir William Denison in 1862. In 1992, major restorative work took place that upgraded the place and the facilities it provided. Currently, the place serves as a museum and a restaurant and is a popular destination for weddings and business events. Fort Denison has appeared in a number of different films and television shows like The Siege of Pinchgut, Mission Top Secret, and Water Rats. In order to get to the place, people can use the ferry from Circular Quay that leaves after every 45 minutes from Wharf 6. Do visit the place whenever you are in Sydney.

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27. Sydney Markets - Sydney

Sydney Markets

Sydney Markets is a commercial area in Sydney and is around 16 kilometers away from the main business district of the city. The place has a history that dates back to 1788 and has a number of divisions that include flowers, produce, fresh food, growers, motor, Paddy's markets, and, swap & sell, and Sydney Markets Plaza. Paddy’s market is very famous amongst the locals as it has clothes, fish, fruit, giftware, souvenirs, and vegetables. The Flower market has all sorts of flowers and is the main provider to all the florists in the city. The Produce, Growers and Fresh Food market provides materials to all the shops and the grocery stores in the city, whereas the Sell & Swap market is where you can get all kinds of second hand goods. The Motor market has cars for interested buyers, and lastly, there is the Sydney Markets Plaza that includes a hotel, post office, and a supermarket. You can get to the place via the Flemington railway station and the entrances to the market are at the Homebush Bay Drive and Parramatta Road. Visit Sydney Markets to experience the Australian culture and to interact with the locals

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28. Circular Quay - Sydney

Circular Quay

Circular Quay is a harbor in New South Wales and lies between the Rocks and the Bennelong Point. The area receives several tourists all year round because it has an excellent infrastructure as well as several parks, restaurants, and malls. The highlights of Circular Quay involve the Rocks which serves as a transport hub and now has great cafes, pubs, restaurants, and art galleries. It won’t be wrong to say that Circular Quay is one of the most happening places in Sydney, where you can walk your way to the major tourist attractions in the city like the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Some of the best restaurants of the city are in the area, so don’t forget to check out the Aria, Cafe Sydney, Quay, and the Dining Room in the Park Hyatt Sydney hotel. Other than this, you can take a ride to Manly and visit the Sydney Olympic Park and the Watsons Bay. Some of the main features of Circular Quay are the Museum of Contemporary Art, Customs House, and the City of Sydney Library. So make sure you visit the place when in the city.

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29. Cadmans Cottage - Sydney

Cadmans Cottage

Cadman Cottage was built back in 1816 and is one of the oldest residential buildings in Sydney. According to different historians, the house was the first building to be built on the Rocks area and the place got its name from John Cadman, who was convicted for stealing a horse and stayed in the cottage for almost 48 years. From 1816 till 1845, the building was used for the accommodation of governmental coxswains, then from 1845 to 1864 it served as the Sydney Water Police headquarters, and then as the Sailor’s Home till 1970. The place was handed to the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority after it was declared a Heritage site. The place is currently used as the information centre for the Sydney Harbor National Parks and a little part has been converted into a museum that you can visit as a tourist. Cadman Cottage is a great example of being an official colonial building, which is why so many people visit it every year. You can get to the place via the Circular Quay Train Station as the cottage is open from 9.30am till 4.30pm on weekdays and from 10am till 4.30pm on the weekends.

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30. Cockatoo Island - Sydney

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is located in Sydney Harbour and has the honor of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are travelling to Sydney for the first time, then do pay a visit to this island as there are guided tours, and you can stay the night at the waterfront campground, which will be a great experience for you. Do visit the Island Bar and enjoy the food there while sitting on the edge of the Sydney Harbour. Other than this, check out the Cockatoo Island Marine Centre. Some of the activities that you can enjoy in the island include going on picnics and BBQs, playing tennis, getting on boat rides, going kayaking, or simply enjoying photography by capturing the scenic beauty of the island. A number of events take place in the island such as Biennale of Sydney, Cockatoo Island Festival, Cockatoo Island Film Festival, Ken Unsworth Installations, Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Finale, Sydney Festival, Underbelly Festival, Urs Fischer Installation, and the World's Funniest Island Comedy Festival. The entry to the Cockatoo Island is free and it is open every day, so make sure you visit the place.

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