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Things to do in and around Sydney

Sydney is home to museums, cafes and restaurants, shopping and historical sites. It can be explored both on foot and via the water and much of this is found in and around the compact City Centre (also called the Central Business District or CBD) where the Conference venue can be found.

Key landmarks

  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge crosses the harbour and you can walk across or climb over the bridge
  • The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world
  • Sydney Tower (also called Centrepoint or AMP Tower) is the tallest structure in Sydney


  • The Art Gallery of NSW has mostly classical as well as some modern and Aboriginal art
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art near Circular Quay exhibits works by Australian and foreign artists
  • The Museum of Sydney is a historical collection covering the early years of the city

Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens cover 30 hectares and overlook Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, with more than 240 kilometres of shoreline. Ferries and cruises leave Circular Quay.

Further afield
For those who would like to go beyond the metropolitan area, the Blue Mountains National Park is just over an hour’s drive out of Sydney. Famous for its blue-tinged escarpment and Three Sisters rock formation this is best visited with a coach tour from the City Centre.

More information
Sydney visitor centre at The Rocks, Corner Argyle Street and Playfair Street open 9.30am-5.30pm 7 days