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SEA LIFE Sydney
1. SEA LIFE Sydney
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium (formerly Sydney Aquarium) is a public aquarium located on the eastern side of Darling Harbour in the city of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The aquarium is home to a large variety of Australian aquatic life, displaying more than 13,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures from over 700 Australian species. Additionally, the aquarium features 14 themed zones including Jurassic Seas, Discovery Rockpool, Shark Walk, and the world's largest Great Barrier Reef display.
Taronga Zoo Sydney
2. Taronga Zoo Sydney
Sydney's Taronga Zoo is a unique wildlife habitat for exotic wild animals from around the world. It's only a 12-minute ride from Circular Quay by ferry, and it offers up one of the most astounding views of Sydney Harbour that you'll find. Inside, there are over 4,000 animals to meet and a daily schedule of 20 keeper talks. Alongside visiting koalas, Sumatran tigers, giraffes, and plenty of others, you'll learn about the zoo's efforts to conserve wildlife, and its place as a home for rehabilitated endangered species.
Madame Tussauds Sydney
3. Madame Tussauds Sydney
Madame Tussauds Sydney is a fun-packed and family-friendly museum with lifelike figures of celebrities, located in Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia. Come and hang out with your favourite stars, sporting heroes, fashion models, the Justice League and more!
Thunder Jet Boat Sydney
4. Thunder Jet Boat Sydney
Thunder Jet Boat Sydney is an extreme jet boating experience for thrill-seeking sightseers. It's located in the popular Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay, in Macquarie St, Sydney.
Australian Reptile Park
5. Australian Reptile Park
The Australian Reptile Park is a wildlife park located close to New South Wales' central coast. The park looks after a range of native Australian species, including mammals, reptiles, birds, and spiders. The nearest rail link is Gosford railway station.

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WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is a popular wildlife park in the heart of Sydney, Australia. It is located on the city side of Darling Harbour, next to Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Sydney.
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From $23.55
Have an amazing and educational experience swimming with sharks at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters in Anna Bay. Take your pick from a paddle in the shallow end, or a tropical snorkel that will bring you up close with a variety of saltwater species! Conservation is at the heart of the organisation, and the founders of this interactive aquarium have set up a not-for-profit organisation, Sea Shelter, to help rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine life and increase awareness about the importance of ocean ecosystems.
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From $24.32
The Sydney Opera House is an iconic structure on the water in Sydney, located a six-minute walk from Circular Quay. It can be reached on foot or by bus, train or ferry. With 40 performances a week this performing arts center is one of the 20th century's most famous, distinctive, and popular buildings.
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Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park is a zoo in Doonside, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. Voted Australia's Best Major Tourist Attraction in 2005 and 2009, it specializes in Australia's native wildlife and birds, and has a strong conservational and educational approach to its visitor experience.
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From $21.33
Blue Mountains Stargazing
Embark on a captivating, fun and interactive 90 min stargazing journey in the spectacular Blue Mountains, where the dark skies away from the city lights make the stars shine brighter! Blue Mountains Stargazing is located in Wentworth lookout (Wentworth Falls Picnic area) and is led by French Astrophysicist Dimitri, PhD and his fiancé Caroline, both Leura residents. Blue Mountains Stargazing acknowledges the Darug, Gundungurra and Wiradjuri people as the Traditional Owners of the land where these experiences are being shared. The tour company acknowledge their continuing connection to culture, community, land, sea and sky.
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The Australian National Maritime Museum is located in Darling Harbour, Sydney. The museum is structured around seven primary galleries, focusing on the discovery of Australia, the relationships between the Australian Aborigines and the water, travel to Australia by sea, the ocean as a resource, water-based relaxation and entertainment, the naval defence of the nation, and the relationship between the US and Australia.
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Sydney Harbour Tall Ships is located in Campbell's Cove in The Rocks area of Sydney, a seven-minute walk from Circular Quay station. The Contemporary Art Museum and Overseas Passenger Terminal for cruise ships can both be found nearby.
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Sydney Tower Eye is often called Sydney Tower, Centrepoint Tower, Westfield Centrepoint Tower or Sydney Skytower. It offers visitors the chance to see the city from its highest point, from 250 metres above the city streets. It is located in Sydney, Australia.
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Sand Dune Adventures is your passport to excitement in Port Stephens! Hop on a quad bike and get set to explore the Worimi Sand Dunes on Stockton Beach. No prior experience is needed, your guides will take you through every step of the experience and give you a white-knuckle ride to remember for years.
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Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is an adventure company offering a one-of-a-kind steel treetop walkway in New South Wales. It is one of only a handful of steel canopy walks in the world. Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is located just outside the village of Robertson, NSW.
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Not many zipline treetop adventure courses let you soar over the animal enclosures of a zoo! But Trees Adventure - Nowra Shoalhaven Park is one that does! Take to the trees and traverse swinging bridges, climbing nets, tightropes, flying foxes, and 15 ziplines in this exhilarating outdoor experience. It's the perfect activity for families, friends, or anyone craving a bit of the great outdoors with some adrenaline thrills mixed in.
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From $32.63
Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary
The idyllic natural koala habitat in the world-class Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary support the long-term rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of koala in the wild. Port Stephens Council in partnership with Port Stephens Koalas Hospital have created a Koala Sanctuary to ensure first-class care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas. Open daily, the Koala Sanctuary offers visitors a unique opportunity to see koalas in their natural habitat.
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Bus lanes, trains and automobiles

Sydney is abundant with public transport options, from the extensive bus network to commuter ferries, metro and light rail. All public transport is serviced by the re-loadable Opal smartcard, which is free in newsstands and public transport stations – provided the Opal is loaded funds in advance. If you find the sprawling (admittedly complicated) network a little overwhelming, taxis and rideshare options exist.

The City of Eternal Summer

If you like beach weather, Sydney’s the city for you. With 300 days of sun a year, summers are hot and humid, while winters are mild. Annual temperatures average from mid-20’s to low-30’s Celsius, with the occasional summer heatwave that breaks with a spectacular thunderstorm. Don’t be fooled by the ocean breezes – Australia’s unfortunate placement below the hole in the ozone layer means that the sun burns, and it burns hot.

Cosmopolitan, adventurous and unmissable

One of Australia’s most buzzing cities, Sydney is a hub of art, culture, fashion and world-class dining. The Australian spirit imbued in every aspect of its identity, from its gorgeous architecture and foodie culture (hello, Thai Town and Spice Alley!) to the enviable tourist infrastructure. Whatever your interest, the Harbour City has no shortage of offerings that meet your tastes... and with its own unique sense of style. Beat that, Canberra!

What to do in Sydney for 3 days

Explore the Harbour

There’s a reason the Sydney Harbour is one of the most iconic architectural sights in the world. Whether from arch of the Harbour Bridge, the vistas of the famous Opera House, the dizzying heights of the Sydney Tower Eye or across the water at the exhilarating Luna Park, Sydney Harbour has no shortage of viewpoints to take your breath away. Learn about the city’s history and culture with tours through the Opera House itself or the bustling neighbourhood of The Rocks.

Connect with nature in the Blue Mountains

Step out of cosmopolitan Sydney and into the untamed wilderness of the Blue Mountains a mere hour’s drive away. A lush rainforest teeming with cackling kookaburras, panoramic viewpoints and cascading waterfalls, the Blue Mountains is an unmissable experience of Australian nature. Explore the Jenolan Caves, befriend kangaroos, koalas and other Australian wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park and learn the hidden secrets of the region with a spin on the Blue Mountains Explorer bus.

Family fun at Darling Harbour

When the weather gets hot, there’s no better place to seek shelter than Darling Harbour’s air-conditioned museums and tourist attractions. Get close and personal with your favourite celebrities with a trip to Madame Tussauds and learn all about Australia’s action-packed history at the Australian National Maritime Museum, home to an authentic retired submarine and the awe-inspiring navy destroyer, HMAS Vampire. Hungry? Try Braza Churrascaria, for Brazilian-style barbecue, or Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co., for some of the best burgers in town.

Get cosy with Australian wildlife

Indulge the animal lover in you with a visit to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, where you can see (and touch!) some of Australia’s most famous animals including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and God’s greatest practical joke: the platypus. No visit to Sydney is complete without a trip to the SEA LIFE Aquarium, featuring 13,000 sea creatures from over 700 Australian species. Embrace the philosophy of Australia’s iconic conservationist Steve Irwin and trust us: not all Australian wildlife is trying to kill you, so go befriend some during your trip to Sydney!

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