Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Sydney, users recommend paying a visit to Government House, in the Sydney Harbour area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.

Elizabeth Bay


Once considered the finest building in New South Wales, this Greek Revival villa is best known for its domed circular staircase. Furnished in mid-19th century style, the house offers an accurate portrayal of upper class society in Colonial...  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

Sydney Harbour
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

Macquarie Street


Take a stroll down memory lane, which, in Sydney, is known as Macquarie Street. Much of Sydney's finest Georgian and Victorian architecture can be found on this street, along with many of her restored public buildings. Some of the buildings...  Read More

State Theatre


Each June, this impressive theatre hosts the Sydney Film Festival. Built in 1929, the structure was intended to attract people to the movies, and the 2000-seat Art Deco-style theatre is still in its original condition. Even the Wurlitzer organ...  Read More



Entry by guided tour only, Susannah Place Museum is a set of three cottages which function on a \"Museum in the Making\" concept. This set-up lets visitors learn about conservation techniques involved in museums and also portrays the limits of...  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

The Rocks
Fort Denison


Located on an island in the Harbour, Fort Denison features a Martello tower, a gun battery, and barracks, all of which date back to 1855, when the British built the fort against possible Russian attacks. Those attacks, thankfully, never...  Read More



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

Kirribilli Point


Kirribilli Point is the home to Australia's governor-general and Prime Minister. Located just east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge lies Kirribilli Point and the Gothic Revival style Kirribilli House, built in 1846 where the Prime Minister puts...  Read More