With its stunning harbour, idyllic beaches, casual laidback lifestyle, fabulous restaurants and great national parks, Sydney hardly needs cultural attractions to add to the mix, but it has them – in spades.
They range from the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, to its aboriginal heritage and sacred sites, and annual cultural festivals. Sydney’s creative arts extravaganzas attract performances and artists from around the world and the city is home to the country’s national opera company Opera Australia, who perform not only in the Sydney Opera House but on the Harbour itself.
Nearby is The Rocks district with its historic grain buildings and convict origins. Or take in a contemporary performance at the Sydney Opera House or one of the other contemporary cultural precincts such as Barangaroo, Darling Harbour or Woolloomooloo. The Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre – an internationally acclaimed indigenous dance company – are all located in the vibrant waterfront cultural precinct of Walsh Bay.
Sydney overflows with cultural institutions such as The Art Gallery of NSW in the Domain and the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks district. Relive our colonial history in living museums such as the Museum of Sydney and Vaucluse House, or beautiful hotels housed in historic quarters such as the Intercontinental, Observatory and Park Hyatt.
Take an ethnic food tour of Sydney’s various food districts such as Cabramatta, Auburn or Haymarket; drink in old pubs like Waterloo Arms or Paddington Inn; and eat in its world class restaurants, many with overwater harbour or ocean views. Enjoy Sydney’s pristine ocean surf beaches from Palm Beach and Manly in the north to Bondi and Coogee in the south, sail its magnificent harbour.
Or explore our seafaring history at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, home to one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world.
Let Opera Australia help you propose on stage at Sydney Opera House.
Behind the scenes in the Sydney Opera House and a harbourside brunch.
A live, guided digital journey beneath the sails in English or Mandarin.
Go behind the scenes and explore the museum’s vast collection stores.
Sail Sydney Harbour on the luxurious Edwardian Steam Yacht Ena.
Enjoy unlimited access to everything at the museum on the day of your visit.
Prepare for the most impressive night you’ve ever had!
Be a diva at the Sydney Opera House with your very own walk-on role.
This private VIP tour explores Australia’s Indigenous history and early explorers.
An exclusive insider experience of Australia's most iconic building.