Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
An opportunity to see the underwater world of Australian marine life up close.
Spectacular habitat displays with more than 12,000 river and sea creatures from 650 species are featured in three oceanariums and 60 tanks. Keep an eye out for the shy platypus, a creature like no other on earth; the imposing Murray Cod, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish; as well as little penguins, stingrays and seahorses. Hop onto a glass-bottomed boat to get a closer look at the sharks and visit the lagoon to see dugongs, known as the cows of the sea. (www.sydneyaquarium.com.au)
Revel at the opportunity to rub shoulders with the rich and famous—even if they are indeed wax works. After all, this may be the closest you can get to meeting them as Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour brings together incredibly life-like figures of the world’s most influential people—from royalty to presidents; sports champions to entertainers; and even history’s greatest inventors and philosophers.
Visitors are highly encouraged to join the spotlight and take photos, be it with Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah, Barrack Obama in the Oval Office, and the newly married Brad and Angelina. (www.madametussauds.com/sydney)
One of Sydney’s favorite attractions, Taronga Zoo, a leading zoological garden is home to about 2,500 animals including native wildlife and exotic rare and endangered creatures. A nearby ferry ride or drive from the city, the zoo has a number of ever-popular exhibits such as Koala Encounters, the Gorilla Forest, Australian Walkabout and Great Southern Oceans. The zoo is on the elevated land along the waterfront at Bradley’s Head, Mosman which is a great vantage point to take in the harbor vista. Some say the giraffes have the best views in town! (www.taronga.org.au)
Sydney Harbour Tall Ships
Go aboard an 1850s-style tall ship, and dare to brave new heights on the 15-meter mast climb. Or you can just sit back and enjoy the scenery as you sail the shimmering harbor with a champagne brunch, barbecue lunch, or a twilight dinner. (www.sydneytallships.com.au)
Queen Victoria Building
Experience shopping on a grand scale and in grand style at The Queen Victoria Building. Affectionately known as the QVB by Sydneysiders, the 19th century building fills an entire city block and is a fine example of elaborate Romanesque architecture and craftsmanship. Add to the scene five levels of retail outlets offering fashion, jewelry, homewares, gifts and more, an array of cozy cafes and you have all the ingredients needed for a fabulous retail therapy excursion.
Skywalk at the Sydney Tower Eye
Go up 268 meters above the street and the highest accessible point above Sydney for the most breathtaking 360-degree views in town. Take the Skywalk Experience and feel as if you’re walking on air with only the glass-floor viewing platform between you and the city below. This is truly a bird’s eye view of Sydney and an unforgettable experience. (www.sydneytowereye.com.au/explore/skywalk)
Scenic World, Blue Mountains
Ready for a ride with a difference? Scenic World, on the edge of a 200-meter cliff overlooking the Three Sisters, offers three exciting rides: the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway; the Scenic Skyway, a cable car ride over the spectacular Jamison Valley, 200 meters above the valley floor; and the Cableway, Australia’s steepest cable car ride, a 545-meter ride into previously inaccessible parts of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Elevated timber boardwalks link the Cableway and Railway stations in the valley below giving you access to the stunningly Jurassic Rainforest. (www.scenicworld.com.au)
Breakfast with the Kangaroos Tour
Organized by Tread Lightly Eco Tours, this back to nature experience is a tailor-made expedition to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Ecological specialists will guide you and provide insights on the environmental and cultural aspects of the area. The tour is an educational and sensory journey into ancient rainforests, awesome waterfalls, deep canyons, Aboriginal culture and pristine wilderness. (www.treadlightly.com.au)