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Built in 1815, this cottage is the oldest residential building in Australia. Made of sandstone, it was the home of ex-convict and government coxswain John Cadman and is now an information center for the National Parks and Wildlife offices. The...  Read More

Hyde Park

Originally a NSW's first racecourse and named after London's own Hyde Park, this stretch of greenspace spans three city blocks. It was once used to mark the outskirts of the city. Among the many interesting sites you'll find are the ANZAC War...  Read More

Bondi Beach

The most photographed beach in the country, crescent-shaped Bondi is more than a half-mile long and a must for any visitor to Sydney. It's a great place for swimming, but also a wild ocean - wise swimmers stay between the flags. Bondi has...  Read More

Berry Island Reserve

Originally a fishing and hunting campsite for local aboriginal communities, this island now provides an intimate outdoor experience covering the area's history (both aboriginal and European). The island features aboriginal rock carvings, the...  Read More

Government House

Home to the Governor of NSW until 1996 (when it became part of the historic houses trust), this building offers an excellent collection of 19th and 20th century furniture and grants magnificent views over the Harbour and Botanic Gardens. In...  Read More

Circular Quay
Customs House

Built in 1845, this structure was one of the most important buildings in the colony for many years. Currently, the French Neoclassical building houses exhibition spaces, a craft gallery, bars, the main Sydney library and restaurants. Be sure to...  Read More

This Gothic Revival cathedral, modeled after Notre Dame, is a must-see. It boasts a beautiful terrazzo-tiled floor in the crypt, and stained glass windows depict the early days of Catholicism. Although Sydney was settled in 1788, it wasn't until...  Read More

Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo courtesy of Renate Ruge

Contemporary art aficionados give plaudits to this museum, not only for its extensive collection of 7000-plus pieces of art but for the beautiful Art Deco building that houses the collection. The building dates to 1952, although the museum...  Read More

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