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Sydney CBD Attractions, Museums and Art Galleries

See the museums and attractions in the city: Sydney City Map of Where to Go, What to See and Places to Visit.

Visitor Bus Services

Note: There are free shuttle (green) bus services that operate in Sydney city center, Parramatta and Wollongong. They operate in a loop to make it easy for you to get from one end of the City center to the other with stops in-between. Look for the bus stops that display the shuttle logo (green). The Sydney city route number is 555.

Weekdays: 09:00 – 15:30 and 21:00 on Thursdays
Weekends: 09:30 – 18:00
Phone: 131 500 for the latest info.

Name Attraction Extra Info Address

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sydney’s premier art collection of Australian, European, Asian, contemporary, photographic and tribal art. A fine art museum and exhibition space holding regular art and culture events, displaying famous Australian and international artist’s artwork. Excellent Aboriginal Art Display.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sydney City Center, NE

 

Art Gallery Road, The Domain.
Central

NSW
2000

Brett Whiteley Studio Museum

Brett Whiteley Studio

Brett Whiteley Studio Museum

 

2 Raper St.
Surry Hills

NSW
2010

Circular Quay

Nestled between the City Business District, the Rocks, the Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens, it is a main transport terminus for Sydney ferries, trains, buses and taxis. From here you can visit historical Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo by ferry via the ever beautiful Sydney Harbour. Multitude of Harbour Cruises available.

The Rocks and Circular Quay Map

Northern end of the Sydney Central Business District.

CBD

NSW
2000

Name Attractions Extra Info Address

Customs House

The historical building of Customs House has a large 3d map of the city of Sydney in the floor. Built over 150 years ago, it played in important part in the development of the city.

Complete with a library, places to relax and eateries.

Customs House.

Customs House Map

At Circular Quay.

CBD

NSW
2000
Phone:
+061 2 9242 8551.

Fort Denison

Situated strategically in the middle of Sydney Harbour, this fort was a key part of the 1800s defense network of Sydney. Originally known as Pinchgut Island, this was the punishment place for recalcitrant convicts who misbehaved during the very early days of the colony.

Fort Denison

Bookings are essential, tours can be booked at Cadmans Cottage located at The Rocks, Circular Quay.

110 George St for bookings
Sydney Harbour

NSW
2000

Government House

Government House was constructed between 1837-1845. It is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales. Still used for vice-regal functions.

Government House

The Rocks and Circular Quay Map

Tickets available at gate for tours (only).

Macquarie St., Botanic Gardens
Central

NSW
2000

Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks, designed by Francis Greenway, was a home to convicts and place of punishment until 1848.

Hyde Park Barracks

Sydney City Center, NE

Queens Square - Macquarie St.
Central

NSW
2000

Royal Botanical Gardens

Over 30 hectares with more than 7500 trees from all over the world. Located on the harbour, it was established in 1816 to help the settlers and farmers understand their new environment. Rose gardens, a tropical glasshouse pyramid and rare threatened plant species.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney City Center, NE

Mrs. Macquarie Road
Central

NSW
2000

St. Mary’s Cathedral

Building commenced in 1868 (the first burnt down) with its spires completed in 2000. There is a beautiful Melloco Brothers mosaic floor in the crypt, inspired in part by the book of Kells depicting the story of Creation.

St. Mary’s Cathedral

College St, opposite Hyde Park.
Central

NSW
2000

Sydney EYE Tower

View the city - from the harbour to the Blue Mountains in the west, the ocean in the east and Botany Bay in the south. Dining available in two revolving restaurants.

 

100 Market Street
Central

NSW
2000

Sydney Opera House

World famous Sydney Opera House with a harbour backdrop features more than great photo opportunities. Plays, Operas, Orchestras, Jazz, or take a tour of the building’s facilities.

Sydney Opera House

The Rocks and Circular Quay Map

Bennelong Point - East side of Circular Quay
Central

NSW
2000

The Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is rated as one of the six best natural history museums in the world. Experience the exhibitions covering Aboriginal Australia, rituals of the human life cycle, mammals and a host of curious and interesting items. The Museum was established in 1827 and is Australia’s first museum, with unique and extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts.

The Australian Museum

Phone
+ 61 2 9320 6000

6 College St.
Central

NSW
2000

The Justice and Police Museum

The Justice & Police Museum features a Magistrates Court, a recreated police charge room and remand cells, a gallery of mug shots of Sydney’s early criminals and an array of spine chilling weapons.

The Justice and Police Museum

Circular Quay Map

Cnr. Albert & Phillip Sts.
Sydney

NSW
2000

The Mint

The Mint has an interesting collection of historical items including the coining press used during the gold rush days.

The Mint.

On the Map: CBD Attractions Map

Phone:
+61 2 8239 2288

10 Macquarie St.
CBD

NSW
2000

The Museum of Sydney

The Museum of Sydney is an imaginative museum offering the visitor a journey of discovery and wonder through Sydney 1788 and beyond.

The Museum of Sydney

 

Corner Bridge and Phillips Streets, Sydney.
Central

NSW
2000

Nearby Places to Visit

The Rocks is a restored historical district just across the cove from the Sydney Opera House. See The Rocks Attractions.

Darling Harbour, just a 15 minute walk west from the city has plenty to see and do, with a number of Sydney’s best attractions: See the Darling Harbour Attractions.

Other Places of Interest nearby:

See the Sydney City Map of Where to Go, What to See and Places to Visit.

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