Bar 83 is a playful and eye-popping space in Sydney's revamped Sydney Tower. Sitting 83 stories above street level, and accessible through a tucked-away elevator in the neighbouring Westfield Shopping Centre, this swinging '60s-themed bar and restaurant is peak Sydney tourist – but without any of the bad bits. You'll be surrounded by locals and travellers alike in this sun-soaked round space that gives you 360 degree views of every part of Sydney, from the Northern Beaches to Penrith. Sink back a fruity cocktail, snaffle some bar snacks and see Sydney from a perspective usually just reserved for a) people in planes, and b) sea eagles.
Let's face it, there are some tourist attractions in Sydney that totally suck. With their pricey plastic objects, long queues and ridiculous prices, a trip to a touristy hotspot does not a good Sydney trip make. But luckily for every attraction that disappoints, this city has dozens that don’t. We’ve been through the best of Sydney’s biggies and lesser known attractions – and we can confirm that there are plenty of them that certainly do not suck.
Just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it’s tacky. And just because you’ve never heard of something doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth a look. Below we’ve laid out a full range of tried-and-tested tourist stops around Sydney, ranging from thrilling adventures to peaceful scenic tours. Not only is there an attraction here for everyone – but we can pretty much guarantee that they won’t let you down.
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