There is more to Sydney than just famous landmarks. Beaches, museums, and driving experiences offer everything to a family looking for a unique vacation down under. Located right on the Pacific Ocean, travelers to Sydney will feel like they have found paradise. Yet, this Aussie locale offers tourists everything a big city can while maintaining a small-town vibe.
Top tourist attractions
Sydney Opera House
No trip to Sydney is complete without seeing the Sydney Opera House. Tourists don’t even have to be fans of opera to see the famous landmark. It is perhaps the most photographed place in Australia, and the one non-Australians will be most familiar with. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is shaped like boat sails or sea shells, depending on one’s perspective. Located by the water, the Sydney Opera House resembles many of the sailboats that glide around Sydney Harbour. Visitors can tour the building or enjoy a sailboat ride through the harbor to view the opera house’s exterior.
Formula Ford Experience
Petrol heads can get their fix in Sydney at the Formula Ford Experience offered by the Anglo Racing Academy. Drivers get to sit behind the wheel of a Formula Ford racecar. Once in the driver’s seat, visitors to the experience will get to drive around Sydney Motorsport Park race track. Participants can drive as fast as they dare as no limits are imposed on the car’s capabilities. Anyone with a need for speed will love getting out onto the race track. There are three packages drivers can try; from the five-lap taster to the 10-lap race or the 20 lap enduro experience. Each offers a unique driving encounter found in very few other places.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge is another iconic tourist attraction in the Aussie city. Built in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was once the best-known landmark in Sydney. Of course, that was before the opera house was finished. Tourists can experience the Sydney Bridge Climb when visiting the landmark. Visitors can take a three and a half hour climb up to the top of the bridge’s outer arch. It is a breathtaking way to see Sydney.
Gosford Classic Car Museum has the largest classic car collection in the southern hemisphere. Tourists can drive one hour outside of Sydney to find this amazing assortment of cars. Along the way, travelers can see the beautiful natural areas of the Central Coast before viewing the gorgeous automobiles on display. The collection has been growing since 2015 when the museum opened. Around 95 percent of the cars on display at the Gosford Classic Car Museum come from Australia. The remaining five percent were brought to the museum from Eastern Europe and Asia. North American tourists will marvel at classic automobiles that never made it to the continent’s shores. It is indeed a must-see museum for car lovers.
Darling Harbour is closed off to traffic, giving tourists and locals the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful Sydney day out. The entire waterfront area is filled with shops, restaurants, museums, exhibitions, and entertainment venues. The Wild Life Sydney Zoo is located at Darling Harbour along with the Sea Life Aquarium. Both are fantastic family destinations. Travelers looking to learn more about Australia’s past can visit the Australian National Maritime Museum for information on the country’s founding as a British prison colony.
Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Thanks to being well maintained and offering travelers unique experiences, The city is a bucket list destination that attracts over 13 million domestic and international tourists each year.