Sydney Tower is Sydney's tallest building and the third tallest in Australia. It is also the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The tower stands 309 m (1,014 ft) above the Sydney central business district (CBD), located on Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets. It is accessible from the Pitt Street Mall, and sits upon the newly refurbished Westfield Sydney (formerly centrepoint arcade). The tower is open to the public, and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, being visible from a number of vantage points throughout town and from adjoining suburbs.
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It’s beautifully laid out, and most importantly the place is full of animals, interesting ones too: along with the lions and tigers and bears you’ll find young elephants, chimps and giraffes, and now, brand new baby tigers! Also Taronga classics (pygmy hippos, the komodo dragon, koalas, platypi, Andean condors) and many exotic creatures you may not be immediately familiar with. Make a day of it: pack a picnic, enter by ferry from Circular Quay, and take in the shows, as well as the feeding times.
More info at www.taronga.org.au
Luna Park is very much a vintage attraction. Iconic clown face at the entrance, the rickety wooden rides, and the vaudeville decor gives the park a strong sense of nostalgia. If a great night out means going on every ride four times and screaming yourself hoarse then you are in for a win, if you just want to soak up the history of a classic amusement park, you can do that too. And the park gets bonus points for boasting some of the city’s best harbour views.
More info at www.lunaparksydney.com
Located in the heart of Sydney at Darling Harbour, visitors to the new SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium are taken on a journey of amazing discovery through 14 newly themed zones, including Tropical Bay of Rays, Discovery Rockpool, Mangrove Swamps, South Coast Shipwreck, Dugong Island, Shark Walk and the stunning new ocean tunnel walk through, Shark Valley.
More info at www.sydneyaquarium.com.au
Latching on in the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, you will walk on catwalks below the road-deck until you reach the south-east pylon. Here you will ascend 4 ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney’s traffic. With the summit in your sight, your journey continues along the Bridge’s outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top.
More info at www.bridgeclimb.com
The Utzon-designed marvel isn’t just for adult culture vultures. The Sydney Opera House has an awesome kids programme too. The 2012 season kicks off with an interactive stage adaptation the Lynley Dodd classic Hairy Maclary and Friends. Or, for musical nippers, check out the much-loved Babies Proms series, which sees a range of composers and conductors raise their batons for the city’s toddlers. You might also find circus performances, musicals, films, or dance. And for a little history lesson in architecture and performance, take the Kids Tour – a junior version of the ever-popular Opera House Essential Tour.
More info at www.sydneyoperahouse.com