Sydney and News South Wales are steeped in history, culture and the arts. Whether it is history since Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay or learning about Aboriginal culture you are after, then there is a place for you. If you like to indulge in the arts then there are some fantastic galleries that make some of the finest pieces in the world accessible to the public. Of course, you can’t miss the world-beating stage performances at iconic venues such as the Sydney Opera House. Accommodation – which includes everything from Sydney hotels to serviced apartments– within walking distance of the many cultural locations in the city, is plentiful, making them easy to access.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Opened in 1991, this museum celebrates everything nautical. It has indigenous artefacts, celebrates the early explorers and marks the achievements of the Royal Australian Navy. There are plenty of hands-on activities for all ages and vessels to admire, including a navy destroyer, a submarine and even a tall ship.

Museum of Sydney

Built on the ruins of the house of Australia’s first governor-general, Governor Phillip, the Museum of Sydney explores the city through the use of artefacts, pictures and new digital media techniques. The site is historically significant to the city and Australia – Government House was built on the site in 1788. Everything from convict labourers to contemporary Sydney is celebrated at this amazing museum.

Powerhouse Museum

This science-and-technology museum has more than 25 exhibitions that explore science and technology, human achievement and the decorative arts. The museum itself is historically significant, as it is built from the shell of a power station constructed at the turn of the 20th century to power Sydney’s tram system.

The Discovery Museum

Located in the heart of the Rocks, this museum tells the story of the area from pre-European days to the present. It is housed in an 1850s sandstone warehouse and covers 3 floors, tracing the history of the Aboriginal inhabitants through to white settlement and beyond, using artefacts and displays.

Art Gallery of NSW

There are around 29,000 items in the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of NSW, which is divided into 7 major collections. The museum’s aim is to acquire and present the finest works of art, with an emphasis on the artistic traditions of Australia.

The Museum of Contemporary Art

With a stunning Sydney outlook that includes an uninterrupted view of the Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art is the perfect place for quiet contemplation. It houses contemporary artworks from national and international artists with up to 4 floors of hanging space available, making for some fascinating exhibitions.

Sydney Opera House

One of the world’s most distinctive buildings, the Opera House hosts around 1600 performances every year including ballet, opera, theatre, dance, music, comedy, kids shows, talks and more.

Sydney Theatre Company

Regarded as the premier theatre company is Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company puts on an annual 12-play program at The Wharf, on Sydney Harbour at Walsh Bay, and also manages the nearby Sydney Theatre. The Sydney Theatre Company is also the resident theatre company of the Sydney Opera House.

Other venues where an eclectic mix of performances can be found include the Belvoir St Theatre (which is home to local and visiting productions), Lyric Theatre at the Star and Riverside Theatres at Paramatta.