20. Sydney  AUSTRALIA  | Total Sights: 100+  | Nickname: The Harbour City

 

 

 

 

by David Diliff / CC BY-SA 3.0

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Sydney

Australia  With its stunning harbourside location on Australia's east coast, cliffs overlooking the ocean and surrounding bushland Sydney is a beautiful, welcoming and energetic city.

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House opened in 1973 and is one of the most distinctive buildings of the twentieth century.

 Sidney provides a scenic setting, is very clean and safe, while offering excellent shopping and vibrant nightlife.

Thanks to its sunny fine beaches, its famous Opera House, and friendly locals Sidney is one of Asia-Pacific's most popular tourist destinations. 

 Apart from the famous Opera House Sidney has no outstanding sights, only a small pedestrian zone and is a very expensive city.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

6.70/10

8.75/10

5.25/10

1.5/10 [142th]

7.5/10

7.75/10

7.5/10

6.75/10

9/10 [3rd]

7.5/10

6/10

8/10

[5.005 Mio.]

193.60

B. Best Things to Do in Sydney (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.70/10.

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE  9
Designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the majestic sailboat-inspired Sydney Opera House opened in 1973 and is widely considered one of the most distinctive buildings of the twentieth century.

With $102-million final cost (instead of the projected a cost of $7 million) the project was 1,357% over budget in real terms.

Opera House  (World Heritage since 2007)

by Anthony Winning / CC BY-SA 3.0

Harbour Bridge  6
Bridge

Things to do in Sydney | Best Cities | No. 22: Sydney | Harbour Bridge

by By 4wallz / CC BY-SA 3.0

Harbour  6
City District

Royal Botanic Gardens  6
Botanical Garden

Sydney Tower  5
Observation Tower  (Total height 309 m, observation deck 268 m, completed 1981)

by Greg O’Beirne / CC BY-SA 2.5

Queen Victoria Building  5
Historic Shopping Centre  (completed 1898)

Bondi Beach  5
Beach  (Nov-May over 20-23°)

Taronga Zoo  5
Zoo

Darling Harbour  5
City District

  Oceanworld  5
Aquarium  (3.3 million litre tank, 25 m tunnel 700 Species, opened 1988)

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

Weather Forecast

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Today 02/24 30%
High 32° / Low 22°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Rain
Tomorrow 02/25 100%
High 23° / Low 19°
Rain
Chance of Rain
Monday 02/26 70%
High 22° / Low 20°
Chance of Rain

C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Sydney

-Art Gallery of New South Wales  5 

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Sydney

Blue Mountains National Park (62.4 km from Sydney)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Sydney (including close-by excursions)

 OPERA HOUSE   9
Harbour Bridge  6
Harbour  6
Royal Botanic Gardens  6
Sydney Tower  5
Queen Victoria Building  5
Bondi Beach (Nov-May over 20-23°) 5
Taronga Zoo  5
Darling Harbour and Chinatown  5
 Oceanworld  5

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