Continuing our journey of the heritage sites, today we move to explore the sites in Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. Located on Australia’s south-east coast of the Tasman Sea, Sydney is a colourful and dynamic cultural hub with many famous museums, galleries and performing arts centres. Home to architecture with prominent styles such as Gothic Revival, Georgian, Classical, Romanesque, Italianate, Federation, Edwardian, Queen Anne, Second Empire as well as other contemporary styles, New South Wales has a number world heritage listed buildings.
Sydney Opera House – Built in 1973 by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre where creative works are created and presented by great international artists. Conferred the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2007, it is certainly one of the most iconic buildings in the 20th century and easily recognised around the world. Situated along 2 Macquarie Street, the Sydney Opera House is only a 10 minute drive from our 5-star luxury apartment, Fraser Suites Sydney. Housing several performing theatres and halls, the Sydney Opera House currently features many famous world-class performing companies such as the Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Australia. The Sydney Opera House’s core structure is made up of a series of interlocking roof shells. A grand urban architecture set in the stunning waterscape which is located at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has attracted many tourists and locals who travel from far to marvel at this masterpiece. There are plenty to do at the Opera House – taking architecture walks, joining the Aboriginal heritage tours, watching arts and cultural performances, dinning, and even shopping!
This photo of Hyde Park Barracks Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Australian Convict Sites – Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Australian Convict Sites in New South Wales including Cockatoo Island, Great North Road, Hyde Park Barracks and Old Government House are penal sites constructed by the colonial British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Australian Convict Sites are the most intact example of Australia’s rich forced convict migration history, with each particular site serves a different purpose through forced labour to aid the British in their colonial expansion. It has once housed around 166,000 men, women and children condemned by British justice to the convict colonies. Visitors should not miss the Cockatoo Island that includes the last surviving example of a dry dock in Australia built by convict labour, as well as buildings and fabric illustrating the administration, life and working conditions of the convicts. Do check out the Hyde Park Barracks which is the only remaining example of the principal male convict barrack in New South Wales from the Macquaries era. You can also visit the Old Government House, which was the former residence and office of 12 distinguished governors of New South Wales from 1788 to 1856. The last site worth visiting is the surviving example of the major public infrastructure constructed by convict labour which is located at the Great North Road.
Willandra Lakes Region – Covering an extensive area of 2,400 square kilometres, Willandra Lakes Region is a system of ancient lakes and sands of the Pleistocene epoch that was over two million years ago. Also awarded the World Heritage Site status, the Willandra Lakes Region is a geological site with well-preserved fossil remains. Here you will find the remains of a 40,000 year old female found in the dunes of Lake Mungo, archaeologists believed to be the world’s oldest ritual cremation site. The Willandra Lakes Region is an excellent example of the past human civilisation – Aborigines who resided on the shores of the lakes for at least 50,000 years. Although it takes half a day to get there from Sydney, it would most certainly be worth your while to make this trip as this world heritage site will take your breath away.
Greater Blue Mountains Area – Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2000, the Greater Blue Mountains Area is a natural habitat of rare flora and fauna that illustrates the extraordinary story of the Australia’s antiquity and its diversity of life. Here you will learn more about the story of the evolution of Australia’s unique eucalypt vegetation and its associated communities, plants and animals. The extensive forested landscape on the sandstone which consists of plateaus, sheer cliffs, deep valleys, tranquil rivers and lakes form breath-taking scenery for visitors to enjoy. Situated 60 to 180 kilometres inland from central Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains Area is easily accessible from Fraser Suites Sydney, and is an 80 minute drive from the property so if you ever want to get out of the city for a bit, look no further.
Make Fraser Suites Sydney your choice of stay in the city. The best of dining, shopping, entertainment and the leading businesses in Australia are all virtually on your doorstep. Whether you are doing business or enjoying deserved vacation time, the superb location of our luxury apartments in the geographical heart of the city will enhance your quality of life during your stay in Sydney.
From the calm oasis of your 5-star luxury apartments in Sydney you will step out directly into a vibrant precinct which boasts everything from rich architectural heritage and natural beauty of landmark attractions, such as St Andrew’s Cathedral, the historic Sydney Town Hall, nearby Hyde Park and Darling Harbour to the best of the city’s chic shopping zones, and the heartland of its entertainment district.
Just at your doorstep is Sydney newest upmarket shopping plaza, Regent Place, with three levels of your immediate needs from retail supermarket to chic designer label boutiques.
Walk a few minutes and you can choose from a wealth of options – major department stores with all their variety, the Queen Victoria Building, uber-mode fashion shops, waterfront restaurants at Darling Harbour, the Spanish Quarter and Chinatown, stage plays at Sydney’s historic Capitol Theatre or extravaganzas at the Entertainment Centre.