Sydney Opera House: Built on a small peninsular jutting out into the Sydney Harbour, and situated at the top end of the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Opera House is one of the two most famous of Sydney's landmarks. Famed for it's unusual shape it was designed to provide almost perfect acoustics for the varied musical performances it plays host to. It is also a popular place for weddings, parties and business functions.
Darling Harbour: Lying just to the west of Sydney Harbour and within easy walking distance of Sydney City Centre this recently re-generated area is now home to many hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants. Surrounding the water on three sides Darling Harbour is now a thriving water-front community and has become a popular daytime and evening attraction for both visitors and locals. As would be expected the hotels overlooking the harbour attract a premium price but the views are stunning and the convenience of being able to walk only a few steps to enjoy all that Darling Harbour has to offer is worth the extra. A monorail takes passengers on a short round trip stoppng in the city centre to the east, Chinatown to the south and the convention station to the west.
Circular Quay: With the Sydney Harbour Bridge on one side and the Sydney Opera House on the other Circular Quay offers Sydney's most iconic views. Home to the Manly Ferry and Taronga Zoo Ferry, as well as the base for many other water transportation, it is a magnet for tourists and locals. It is surrounded on three sides by restaurants and bars with a healthy mix of traditional and modern street entertainment.
Sydney Harbour Bridge: The second of the two most well-known Sydney landmarks, the harbour bridge, is a beacon for visitors with their cameras as well as a much-used access route to North Sydney. The Bridge Climb is well worth considering. Offering stunning views to the Opera House and to Darling Harbour and beyond the climb is not strenuous and is an experience not to be missed. With the initial preparation and training the climb takes 3 hrs but includes plenty of stops and photo opportunities (photos taken by the guide as no loose items are allowed on the climb).
Woolloomooloo Bay: A quieter and less developed version of Darling Harbour this waterfront community is bordered to the west by the Royal Botanical Gardens and to the east by Potts Point. The area of Woolloomoolloo is more affordable than more central areas yet is within a 15 minute walk of the city through the Botanical Gardens.
The Sky Tower: Offering un-parallelled 360 degree views over the city the Sky Tower viewing platform and restaurant are a popular attraction to gain a perspective of the city's geography.