[Featured destination] Attractions in Sydney

Located on Australia’s south-east coast of the Tasman Sea, Sydney is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in the country. This state-capital of New South Wales is considered to be one of the most recognizable cities in the world with two of the most iconic structures on the planet;  the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Filled with art, nature, culture, history, fashion, cuisine, the Harbor City has a reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities. This is hardly surprising given that Sydney  is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches and the hinterland of the metropolitan area is surrounded by beautiful national parks.

Photos of Sydney Opera House, Sydney
This photo of Sydney Opera House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Sydney Opera House – Built in 1973  by the Danish Pritzker Prize winning architect,  Jørn Utzon, this masterpiece and one of the greatest iconic buildings of the 20th century, took 14 years to complete. Today, the Sydney Opera House stands not only as  a symbol for the city, but an entire country and continent. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor, close to the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Housing numerous performance halls; Grand Concert Hall, Opera Theatre, Drama Theatre, Playhouse, Utzon room, The Forecourt and The Studio, the Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most creative and busiest performing arts centres. There are over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people, the Sydney Opera House is also home to many performing arts companies including the four main resident companies, Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the world famous Sydney Symphony Orchestra. It is also probably one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, with more than seven million people visiting the site each year.

Photos of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
This photo of Sydney Harbour Bridge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Sydney Harbor Bridge –  Completed in 1932, this bridge is one of Sydney’s most famous landmarks.  It is often mentioned in the same breath as Sydney Opera House. The construction of this bridge was considered during its time to be an economic feat as well as an engineering triumph. The fifth longest spanning-arch bridge and the tallest in the world,  the Sydney Harbor Bridge carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. Prior to construction, the only links between the CBD and North Shore were by ferry or by a 20 kilometre (12½ mile) road route that involved numerous bridge crossings. In tandem with the harbor and the Opera House, this trio of landmarks form an iconic imagery of both Sydney and Australia.

Here are some interesting facts about the Harbor Bridge:

  1. The total cost of the Bridge was approximately 6.25 million Australian pounds ($A13.5 million)
  2. The bridge was built by 1400 workers
  3.  Approximately 80,000 litres (21,000 gallons) of paint are required for each coat, enough to cover an area equivalent to 60 soccer fields
  4. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is also affectionately known as the ‘Coathanger’,

Photos of Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney
This photo of Hyde Park Barracks Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Hyde Parks Barracks – Designed by convict architect Francis Greenway, the impressive Hyde Park Barracks housed over 15,000 convicts both men and boys between 1819 and 1848. Located at the head of Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street, it is one of the most familiar works of the accomplished colonial England-born, Australian architect. As of the 11 preeminent Australian Convict Sites (UNESCO World Heritage List ), it is best described by its inscription, “…the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts.” After the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1887, the Hyde Park Barracks became a hub of government departments and was renamed Chancery Square. Today the Hyde Park Barracks is a museum about itself.

Shark Island – Before you start panicking, fret not. This island which lies offshore of the Sydney suburbs of Point Piper, Rose Bay and Vaucluse is not surrounded by sharks. The island received its name because of its shape and not its wildlife. Shark Island is said to have resembled a shark and the shallow waters around it presented a constant danger to shipping, especially with the growth of trade in the early 19th century. Today it is exclusively a recreation reserve and part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. Visitors can head out to the island for the day and explore the rocky foreshore, the hand-built grottos and the island’s sandy beaches and have their lunches on the picnic tables by the shady trees.

If and when you are planning a visit to this iconic city, consider staying at our luxury apartments, Fraser Suites Sydney. The first all suite luxury hotel designed by internationally renowned architects Foster + Partners is ideally located adjacent to Darling Harbour precinct: the heart of vibrant shopping and entertainment and within immediate reach of major corporate headquarters.

The 42-level tower, constructed with an exterior of glass, becomes increasingly transparent as it rises high into the sky, has become an inspiring city landmark. From the moment you enter our striking foyer with its spectacular 6-metre rainfall chandelier you will experience the warmth of our welcome and the graciousness of our service. All you would expect from your 5-star luxury serviced apartments appealing to discerning leisure and business travellers to Sydney alike.

Our 201 self-contained studios, one and two bedroom suites as well as our two spectacular duplex penthouse in Sydney have been designed by RLD, an award winning interior design company, respected for its signature style of warm functionalism with an edge. As you relax in the modish intimacy of your elegant Sydney apartment you will be captivated by the luxurious fabrics and custom designed contemporary furnishings evoking a sense of Manhattan style. Each floor accommodates just seven luxury hotel suites ensuring your privacy and a sense of exclusiveness – especially appreciated when you are on a long-term stay in Sydney

When you are ready to workout, you will find all that the modern lifestyle conscious traveller seeks in our 200 sqm gymnasium fully fitted with state of the art cardiovascular and resistance machines, and a 20 metre heated lap pool cantilevered over the adjacent Regent Place shopping precinct. Explore our luxurious apartment’s vicinity and in a few minutes you will be immersed in the best of Sydney’s chic shopping amid the Queen Victoria Building, major department stores, international fashion boutiques and the Pitt Street Mall. For gourmet or casual dining you will be spoilt for choice by the myriad of restaurants within the ten-minute arc of Darling Harbor, Cockle Bay, Chinatown, and the Spanish Quarter. The entertainment hub of George Street and the celebrated Capitol Theatre are literally around the corner.

From Fraser Suites Sydney this vibrant and varied universe is all within your easy reach. Even during your long-term stay in Sydney, you will never run out of things you can do within a few minutes or more distant. Our Sydney self-contained apartments are the perfect base for work or leisure, for family or single traveler. Embracing convenience, choice, luxury and modern functionality.

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