There are many world-class attractions to visit and marvel at while you’re in Sydney. Some are more obvious like the Sydney Opera House, while others, like tropical gardens and stations where the quarantined were kept, are slightly more unusual.

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BONDI BEACH

With its golden sand and superb surfing conditions, not to mention plenty of bars and eateries nearby, Bondi is the perfect place for any serious sun-worshipper to visit. Watch out for the rip current if you get in the water, it can carry you down the coast. And don’t forget to bring sun cream and a hat. If the popular Sydney tourist spot feels too crowded, there are lots of other beaches nearby to explore too, including Bronte and Coogee.

Blue Route, Stop: Bondi Beach

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Iconic, vast, breath-taking, what word would you use to describe it? Designed to be acoustically perfect from every seat, the Opera House hosts a variety of tours, including a 2-hour visit that goes backstage and behind the scenes. Or you might be lucky enough to get tickets for a performance. There are actually 5 venues within the one building and a visit to this Sydney landmark should be first on your list.

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Red Route, Stop: Sydney Opera House 

QUARANTINE STATION

From the 1830s onwards, Quarantine Station was used to isolate people suspected of carrying diseases like flu or smallpox. Nowadays it’s a fascinating day out, with lots of artefacts on show, including thousands of carved stones showing the background of the people who came here. And if you like your history to come with a bit of excitement, you can also take a ghost tour while you’re here. The child-friendly ghost tours are a bit less spooky and make for a chilling activity to do with kids in Sydney.

SYDNEY TOWER EYE

Located at the heart of the city on Market Street, Sydney Tower Eye is 250 metres (820 feet) high and gives you the very best views over the city. Tick off Sydney sightseeing here. If you’d like an adrenaline rush thrown in, take the SKYWALK. You’ll be able to step outside the glass, harnessed to an external platform and stand on a glass walkway.

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Red Route, Stop: Sydney Tower/Westfield Sydney

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

Looking for a park with a view? The Royal Botanic Gardens roll right down to Sydney Harbour itself and are packed full of fascinating indigenous species that you won’t see anywhere else. If you’re here on a Friday, take an Aboriginal Heritage Tour for a unique view into the ancient cultural heritage of this special place. It’s a top thing to do in Sydney and best of all, the gardens are free to enter.

Red Route, Stop: Botanical Gardens

QUAY RESTAURANT

Everything is delicious and special at Quay. Its harbour-side setting with its stunning views of the Opera House, the friendly and professional service. And the food, with its mouth-watering twist on Australian cuisine. Chef Peter Gilmore is internationally acclaimed, and Quay is often placed in lists of the best restaurants in the world.

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Red Route, Stop: The Rocks

THE ROCKS

The Rocks is a funky neighbourhood tucked away at the foot of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The area takes its name from the rock face that’s still visible, and many of the old buildings are made of this local sandstone. There are lots of buzzing bars and great shops, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, go here when you’re wondering what to do in Sydney.

Red Route, Stop: The Rocks

TARONGA ZOO

While Sydney Zoo specialises in Australian animals, Taronga Zoo goes one step further, with over 4,000 animals from all over the world making their home here. The zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry, and there are great views of Sydney Harbour from here too. There’s plenty to keep the little ones occupied, with free shows and keeper talks throughout the day, it’s well worth a visit to this Sydney attraction.

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AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

This important centre of natural history is Australia’s oldest museum, and you’ll find plenty of fascinating exhibits to while away an afternoon or so. From fossils and specimens through to exhibitions about Australia’s indigenous people, and relics from Captain James Cook’s adventures, it’s a treasure-trove waiting to be explored.

Red & Blue Routes, Stop: Australian Museum

QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING

Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or mementoes, you’ll want to do some shopping while you’re here. One of the best places to come is the Victoria Building. It was originally built in the late 1800s and has recently been renovated. It’s now a vibrant mix of chic boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops, with plenty of places to eat and drink too.

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Red Route, Stop: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

If you’re wondering how you’re going to fit a visit to all these wonderful Sydney attractions into your travel itinerary, we’ve got a sure-fire way to get you from place to place in record time. Hop on any of our Big Bus tours and you’ll get access to all the iconic Sydney landmarks. As well as a guide to teach you about the city’s history aboard the bus, you also have the option to hop off and explore any of the locations we stop at.