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Sydney – Host City

Sydney, Australia’s gateway city and the capital of New South Wales is built around one of the largest, most beautiful harbours in the world and along miles of golden surfing beaches which stretch north and south of the city on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The beaches and harbour play a major role in the leisure and sporting lives of Sydneysiders – yachting, surfing, sailboarding, swimming, boating, fishing and water skiing are all popular activities.

Many national parks and protected areas of natural bushland surround the city and the beautiful Blue Mountains are a short journey to the west.

Perhaps the most famous of Sydney’s landmarks is the spectacular Sydney Opera House with its graceful ‘sails’. The Opera House has become Sydney’s cultural centre, offering opera, ballet, drama and film. The historic ‘Rocks’ area, site of the original white settlement, is nearby, and this part of the harbour foreshore is a hub of activity for both local residents and visitors.

Sydney is a vigorous, cosmopolitan city, a major industrial, business and commercial centre and is endlessly fascinating in its variety and beauty – make sure you make the most of what it has to offer.

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Sights to see in Sydney

See Sydney shine bright as you climb to the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enter a spectacular world of colour and light from a unique and unbeatable vantage point. The Vivid Climb runs from Thursdays to Sundays during Vivid Sydney 2022, with the first Climb departing each afternoon just in time to reach the Summit and witness the big “lights-on” moment – a sight of Sydney you’ll never forget! WONCA 2023 delegates will be provided a 20% discount to book the BridgeClimb – more information to be provided shortly.

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It looks amazing on the outside but wait till you see what’s inside! Step beneath the ‘sails’ of this iconic building on your visit to Sydney. Take a tour, venture backstage, have a memorable dining experience in one of several restaurants, bars and cafes, or take in a show of music, theatre, dance, or opera. 

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The Glenmore is one of the oldest rooftop establishments, dating back pre-Harbour Bridge days. In the heart of The Rocks, the charming iconic pub has some of the best views over the city, Circular Quay, the harbour and Opera House, making it a perfect destination for long lunches and sunset dining. 

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Discover. Learn. Relax. Whatever your mood, there’s always something to do in the Garden. You’ll find all you need to know about community festivals, exhibitions, plant sales and special events here.

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Experience the best of Australia’s wildlife right in the heart of Sydney! Discover some of the most endangered creatures in the world including Tasmanian Devils, a friendly Quokka and an adorable Numbat. Plus, get up close and personal to the ‘Aussie Big 5’ including Kangaroos, Koalas and our Wombat, Platypus and giant Saltwater Crocodile. 

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Explore five levels of art at one of Australia’s most popular art museums, located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour, just 10 minutes walk from the city.

See an extensive collection of Australian art, including one of the largest galleries of Aboriginal art in the country, alongside European masters, Asian treasures and leading local and international contemporary art.

Enjoy refreshments in the award-winning restaurant or cafe, and pick up a unique gift from the Gallery Shop.

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The Sydney Tower Eye – often referred to by Sydneysiders as Sydney Tower, Centrepoint Tower, AMP Tower, Westfield Centrepoint Tower or Sydney Skytower, amongst other names – has been an integral part of the famous Sydney skyline for the past 30 years. Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. 

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The Enmore Theatre is now Sydney’s oldest and longest running live theatre. The Enmore Theatre plays a distinctive role in the social and cultural life of the city and occupies a unique position in Sydney’s theatrical history. Originally built in 1908 and opened to the public as a photo-play theatre in 1912, The Enmore and the Szarka brothers commenced a succession of sold out performances and remarkable success. The Enmore Theatre is classified by the National Trust and is listed in the Historic Buildings Register of the Australian Institute of Architects. The Enmore Theatre is one of two surviving art deco theatres in Sydney and the only one in its full original condition. 

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Day Tours

The Big Bus Sydney is the perfect way to take in all the major sites of Sydney. Get an introduction to the best of Sydney on day one of your visit or take a grand circuit to see the sites one final time before your holiday ends. Also, a perfect way to give your feet a rest, or to save time getting from one attraction to another. Gaze at all the impressive iconic buildings and monuments, and of course spectacular views of the harbour, from the comfort of open-top double decker buses. Choose from several routes – or make time for all – and hop on board for door-to-door service to the best sights, along with on-board commentary in 8 languages.

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Explore the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Crisp, clean, fresh mountain top air with distant blue haze horizons overlooking deep ravines with rainforest ca rpeting the valley floor. To book a coach tour with Grayline Tours . 

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Passionate food and wine enthusiasts will delight in a day trip to Australia’s most visited wine region, Hunter Valley. Some of the nation’s oldest wine families call this valley home where traditional methods and techniques of wine making are used. Those with a more modern palate are catered for by numerous young innovative growers offering up original blends. To book a coach tour with Grayline Tours. 

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Australia’s capital city, Canberra, was purpose-built to cater for the nation’s political seat. Its location was chosen as a compromise between rival cities Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra is also the location for numerous social and cultural organisations which hold national significance such as National Gallery, Australian War Memorial and Australian National University. The modern architecture is striking and the layout most impressive.

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Here are some useful links to help you best plan your time when you are visiting Sydney: 

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