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10 best landmarks in Sydney CBD

Sydney is my home. It is one of the most beautiful cities I have lived in and it has so much to offer. From the spectacular national parks to the best architecture, the city has everything. I have been exploring this city a lot in the past few months and I have found more to the city than just the Opera house and the Darling Harbour. In this post, I would like to talk about the 10 best landmarks in Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

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About Sydney

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales (NSW) state and is one of the largest cities in Australia. It is famous for its Opera House and the harbour. And is also the Technology capital of Australia.

For a complete guide to travel in Sydney, read my post “Travel guide to Sydney“.

10 best landmarks in Sydney CBD

  • Up-to-date information on train timings can be found on the Transport for NSW website.
  • The fare can be paid either using credit/ debit cards or Opal transportation card.
  • Do not forget to tap on and off before boarding and leaving from the trains.

For a self guided walk in Sydney CBD, read explore Sydney CBD.

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Built in the year 1898, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a heritage listed building in Sydney. The building was designed by George McRae, a Scottish architect. It was built to replace the original Sydney markets.

  • Nearest train station: Town Hall.
  • Cost of visiting: Free.
QVB Sydney
Inside the Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Customs House

Customs House in the Circular Quay is a heritage listed museum. Opened in the year 1845, Customs House now hosts a library and a restaurant. The building once served as a head office of the New South Wales (NSW) operations for Department of Trade and Customs until the year 1988.

Are you an adventurous soul like me? If yes then definitely read the 3 adventurous activities to do in Circular Quay.

  • Nearest train station: Circular Quay.
  • Cost of visiting: Free.
Sydney History Walk at the Rocks - Customs House
Customs House

Luna Park

The Luna Park is a heritage listed amusement park in Milsons Point of Sydney. It is an iconic park for thrill seekers to go enjoy the rides and games. The park is a great place to view Sydney Vivid during the vivid festival.

Adjacent to the Luna Park is the cute and short Comic walk. If you are a fan of comics and cartoons then this walk is definitely for you.

  • Nearest train station: Milsons Point.
  • Cost of visiting: From AUD 44 per person for a day pass. Bookings on their website.
The Luna Park Sydney
The Luna Park

Sydney Tower Eye

Also referred as Sydney Tower, Centrepoint Tower and AMP Tower, the Sydney Tower Eye is a famous landmark forming part of the Sydney skyline for past 30 years.

  • Nearest train station: Town Hall.
  • Cost of visiting: From AUD 49.50 per person. Bookings are done on their website.
Sydney Tower Eye
Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge

Everyone in the World has definitely heard of Sydney Opera House. It is one of the most famous landmarks that did make it to the UNESCO World Heritage structures in the World. Sydney Opera House is opened officially in the year 1973. It is around 185 metres long and each roof weighs up to 15 tonnes.

I suggest taking the audio tour in the Sydney Opera house to get an insight into the history.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the steel arch bridge in Sydney CBD, connecting the CBD and North Shore. The bridge carries trains, vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. It is about 134 m tall and is World’s sixth-longest arch bridge.

Did you know that you can climb the Harbour bridge?

  • Nearest train station: Circular Quay.
  • Cost of visiting: Free except for the audio tour in Sydney Opera House.

While you are already in Circular Quay, check out some of the other things that you can do in Circular Quay.

Sydney Town Hall

The Sydney Town Hall is a heritage listed building, housing the government offices and venues for meetings. It is also the chambers of the Lord Mayor of Sydney. The building is of Victorian architecture and was opened in the year 1886.

  • Nearest train station: Town Hall.
  • Not allowed to go inside unless you are part of an event.
Town Hall
Sydney Town Hall

Central train station

Opened in 1906, Sydney Central train station is the heritage listed and one of the main train stations in the city. It is the largest and busiest train station in Australia. The NSW Train Link (regional trains) also depart from Central train station.

  • Nearest train station: Central.
  • Cost of visit the concourses: Free unless you want to take the trains.
Central train stations Sydney
Sydney Central train station

St Mary’s Cathedral

One of the prominent landmarks in the city is the St Mary’s Cathedral. It is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in the Central Business District (CBD) of Sydney. The cathedral is around 180 years old and is dedicated to the “Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christmas“. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney.

For a detailed guide, read Visit St Mary’s Cathedral.

  • Nearest train station: St James or Museum.
  • Cost of visiting: Free.
A panoramic view of St Mary's Cathedral | Sydney

Anzac Memorial

The Anzac memorial was opened in 1934 and is a heritage listed war museum and monument. The memorial is the focus point of commemoration ceremonies. Detailed information about the Anzac memorial can be found on the Wikipedia page.

Anzac is a short form of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. April 25th every year is celebrated as Anzac Day in Australia.

  • Nearest train station: St James.
  • Cost of visiting: Free.
Anzac Memorial Sydney
Anzac Memorial

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) was founded in the year 1872 and is located in The Domain. It is one of the most amazing and important buildings of Sydney. There is no entrance fee to visit AGNSW.

  • Nearest train station: Museum.
  • Cost of visiting: Free.
Art gallery of NSW
Statue in front of Art Gallery of NSW

Closing Notes

Sydney has plenty of other landmarks including the Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. It is truly a divine to see some of the architectural designs and landmarks around the city and the way the city has shaped from what it was to what it is now. The city requires a lot many days to explore and see most of the things.

Read the top 5 things to do in Sydney if you are short of time.

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8 comments

  1. Sydney was a dream trip. I had taken a train from the quieter Brisbane and it was a whole new world. Rooting for Sydney Opera House.

  2. Frankly no one knows how much I had wanted to visit Sydney last year … but then Covid19 reared its ugly head and all my travel plans went to a screeching halt. I have bookmarked these 10 best landmarks for future reference in any case. I hope the pandemic ends soon, so I could start traveling again.

  3. These are some awesome place to visit in Sydney. This post was like a virtual tour to me . Lovely post and I totally enjoyed reading

  4. My best friend stays in Australia and she always have shared some great locations with pictures from her trip to sydney. It indeed seems like one of the great places to visit.

  5. Sydney is one of the places that is in my bucket list too. The opera House is a must visit for me thanks for this detailed post for places to see.

  6. Every time I read your Sydney posts, I envy you because you are so lucky to be a resident of this beautiful city! Thanks for sharing this like a local, we have visited only a half of what you have mentioned.

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