Although Sydney is not the capital of Australia, it is the largest and oldest city in the country. Therefore, this city should not be missed on your visit to Australia. Read more about the top 10 sights in Sydney and how to apply for an apply for an Australia visa.
Darling Harbour is a well-known entertainment district in Sydney, forming a horseshoe shape around the harbour. Darling Harbour is considered one of Sydneyʼs top attractions. The harbour has excellent restaurants, a shopping mall, one of the largest IMAX cinemas in the world and two family attractions: SEA LIFE Sydney and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. When it gets dark, the lights of the city reflect off the water.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one of the must-see attractions on this list. Opened in 1973, the Opera House is the epitome of 20th century architectural and structural engineering. The building stands at the tip of a peninsula in the Sydney Harbour and consists of 3 groups of interlocking “shells”. These shells form the roof of two concert halls and a restaurant. Partly due to its unique architectural design, the Sydney Opera House was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007. Even though the building has not existed for long, it has quickly become the symbol of Sydney.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Besides Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australiaʼs iconic landmarks. The bridge was completed in 1932 and connects the centre of Sydney to the north of the city. During the New Yearʼs celebrations, Australiaʼs national fireworks display is set off here. Are you in the mood for adrenaline? It is also possible to climb the bridge. An Australia visa lets you push past your boundaries, literally and figuratively.
The famous Bondi Beach is located just under 8 km from the centre of Sydney. This beach is inextricably linked to Australian beach culture and can easily attract 40,000 visitors on an average tropical day. In the past, immigrants were ritually baptised in the sea at Bondi Beach. Only after this ritual immersion could they call themselves Australians. Nowadays, this beach is famous among surfers because of its wild waves.
The Circular Quay, located in the city centre, is the main ferry terminal in Sydney and the most central place for visitors to the city. Here you can take ferries every few minutes to different parts of the harbour, as well as buses to Bondi Beach and other outlying areas. This is also the location of an important railway station of an underground railway line, the City Circle, which makes a loop around the centre of Sydney. From Circular Quay, you also get a perfect view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens, first opened in 1816, are the oldest gardens in Australia. It is a calm oasis in the middle of the city of Sydney and offers a variety of both native and non-native plants. These gardens introduce you to interesting, rare and endangered plants, as well as the classic and romantic rose garden. It is a reflection of natureʼs diverse beauty.
The Blue Mountains are a natural reserve covering an area of no less than 10,000 km². This reserve was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 and gets its name from the natural blue haze coming from its extensive eucalyptus forests. The Blue Mountains are a popular destination for a day trip from Sydney. With its tall forests, sandstone rock formations, impressive canyons and scenic lookout points, this area is a true paradise for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. The visa Australia is valid for one year from the date of approval, and with a maximum stay of three months, you will have enough time to visit not only Sydney, but also the nearby natural reserves.
White Rabbit Gallery
Are you ready to relax? Then head down to the White Rabbit Gallery. The White Rabbit Gallery has the largest collection of modern Chinese art outside China, spread over four spacious floors. The collection consists of over 2000 works by hundreds of different artists and includes everything from paintings and sculptures to calligraphy, photography and games. Since opening in 2009, the gallery has become a permanent fixture of Sydneyʼs art scene.
St.-Maryʼs Cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of Anglo-Gothic cathedrals in the world. You will be amazed by its sandstone interior with stained glass windows and crypt with a mosaic floor. There is also an exhibition on Australiaʼs first Catholics. A visit to this cathedral also offers stunning views of the skyscrapers in central Sydney.
Featherdale Wildlife Park
If you are an animal lover, you cannot miss out on the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Australia is home to some of the worldʼs most fearsome and fascinating wildlife. More than 1700 animal species can be found in this park just outside Sydney. Here you can feed the animals under supervision, while park staff provide information about the conservation and reintegration of endangered species into the Australian environment. Please note that due to New South Wales animal laws, holding koalas is not allowed.
Applying for an Australia visa
Before you head “down under” to visit Sydney, it is recommended to apply for your Australia visa ahead of time. The visa is mandatory to enter the country. There are two different types of visa, namely the eVisitor visa Australia and ETA Australia. Both can be used for business as well as tourist purposes and are both valid for one year. In principle, the eVisitor visa Australia is sufficient for British and Irish tourists.