1. Art Gallery NSWOne of Australia’s foremost cultural institutions houses a significant collection of Australian, European, Asian and Aboriginal Art. Located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour, only 15 minutes -walk from the city centre. 10 minute in a taxi from the Four Seasons Sydney.
Every day from 10am until 5pm
Open late on Wednesdays only until 10pm
Admission is Free.
2. Sea Life Sydney AquariumSea Life Sydney Aquarium is located on the city side of Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney. This is one of the top attractions for families visiting Sydney. Sea Life Aquarium houses over 12,000 animals from 650 species including sharks, dugongs, turtles, stingrays, penguins, platypuses, tropical fish and much more.
Sydney Ferries to Darling Harbour depart from Circular Quay Wharf 5 approximately every 30 minutes. Click here for Ferry Information – link to Getting around in Sydney page. If taking a taxi, ask to be dropped off at King Street Wharf on Lime Street or Wheat Road. If taking the train Sea Life is located only a short walk from Town Hall or Wynyard Stations.
9.00am – 8.00pm, 365 days a year
Last entries strictly 7.00pm
3. Sydney ObservatoryThe observatory today is a museum and public observatory with an important role in astronomy education and public telescope viewing. There is also a virtual reality 3-D space theatre, exhibitions about astronomy, meteorology and the history of Sydney Observatory, cosy planetarium, souvenir shop and beautiful gardens.
Sydney Observatory is located near the historic Rocks District and the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
4. Royal Botanic GardensAt the edge of Sydney’s downtown is the Royal Botanic Gardens, an oasis of green at the harbours edge. It includes a distinctive array of native Australian plants and examples of English, European and American-introduced species, laid out in the manner of a formal English garden. The Botanic Gardens’ tropical plant collection is housed in a temperature-controlled glass pyramid inspired by I.M. Pei
Gardens are 20-minute walk from the Four Seasons Sydney.
July & August – 7.00am to 5.00pm
Admission is Free
5. Museum of Contemporary ArtAustralia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.
On 29th March 2012, a bold, new and significantly expanded Museum of Contemporary Art was unveiled to the public. The redevelopment transformed the Museum, with spacious new galleries including an entire floor dedicated to the MCA Collection; the National Centre for Creative Learning with state-of-the-art technology; public spaces that embrace one of the world’s most famous locations, and a series of site-specific artists’ commissions.
Located on George Street the MCA is a short stroll from the Four Seasons Sydney.
Daily Free guided tours of exhibitions:
Weekdays: 11.00am and 1.00pm
Thursdays: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 7.00pm
Weekends: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm
Admission to the MCA is free
Address: 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
6. Taronga ZooHome to more than 3,000 animals from around the world, including Koalas, kangaroos, platypus and Tasmanian devils. Its elevated location offers outstanding views of Sydney Harbour. The zoo is a short ferry ride from Circular Quay.
Visit the Getting Around in Sydney for ferry information.
9.30am – 4.30pm (May–Aug)
7. ShoppingThe Four Seasons Sydney is located on George Street, beside Circular Quay. George Street is excellent for shopping and is home to the Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building. Pitt Street is parallel to George Street and is the home to the Westfield Sydney shopping mall.
8. Hunter ValleyA special Hunter Valley day tour is being organised privately for the World Harp Congress which can be booked via the registration site. You can select from the following days: Saturday 19th July 2014, Saturday 26th July 2014 and Sunday 27th July 2014 or alternatively book your own day trip for a different day.
Distance from Sydney: Approx. 2 hours
9. Sydney Bridge ClimbThis is a fabulous experience and a wonderful way to take in the views of Sydney, either by day or night. You can book a climb via the registration site where the World Harp Congress guests can avail of discounted rates.
10. Sydney Opera HouseThe Four Seasons Sydney is located on Circular Quay which boasts spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House. The walk from Circular Quay to the Opera House is buzzy and beautiful. A ferry ride to Manly or Taronga Zoo for example is a really great way to view the exterior of the Opera House. We do hope you can attend and that you enjoy the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance on Friday 25th July 2014.
Lots of cool places to soak up the atmosphere around the Opera House, these will be more costly but worth a treat considering the surroundings.