Extend Your Stay in Sydney

Wildlife, nightlife, the good life. Hidden restaurants down historic laneways, famous icons on Sydney Harbour, an endless calendar of events. Golden sands, turquoise oceans, dewy green rainforests. This is Sydney. Bring the family, your best mates, your soul mate — and feel the city’s heartbeat all year round. So, where to first?

Justice & Police Museum

Explore the intriguing and character-filled spaces rich in Sydney’s underworld history at the Justice & Police Museum. Tucked in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, overlooking the iconic Circular Quay, this museum boasts a colourful and chequered past that offers a captivating backdrop for a diverse range of events and experiences.

If you’re planning to explore Sydney’s cultural treasures, here are the opening hours for three renowned museums, all within easy walking distance from Circular Quay:

  1. Justice & Police Museum:
    • Open on Saturdays and Sundays
    • Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  2. Hyde Park Barracks:
    • Open every day of the week
    • Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  3. Museum of Sydney:
    • Open daily for your convenience
    • Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The best part? All of these exceptional museums offer free entry, allowing you to delve into Sydney’s history and culture without spending a dime. Enjoy your visit!

A Brief History

As Sydney thrived in the 1850s, marked by the end of convict transportation, the discovery of gold, and improved transport and communication networks, this bustling port city attracted people from all walks of life. This was also the era that witnessed the vigilant watch of the Water Police and piqued the interest of magistrates at the Water Police Court. By 1856, the new Water Police Court and Water Police Station were established, with a Police Court added between them in 1886, forming a three-building complex that became one of the busiest legal precincts in the colony.

Today, the Justice & Police Museum delves into the gritty history of crime, policing, and justice. With its beautiful wood-panelled rooms and historic spaces, the museum offers a unique and character-rich setting for a wide range of events, making it a must-visit destination for anyone intrigued by Sydney’s intriguing underworld history.

Sydney Harbour

Not only is it the largest steel arch bridge on the planet, but it also spans one of the globe’s finest natural harbours. Affectionately named the Coathanger by locals, it’s an intrinsic part of the city; you can walk or cycle across it and even climb to its peak for incredible views.

Sydney Zoo

Sydney Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including awe-inspiring and endangered species from all around the world. . Take a walk through the new Koala Trail and snap a photo with Australia’s most iconic animal, stand tall next to a giraffe, feed a mob of mischievous meerkats and more.

Bike around Sydney

If you are looking for a fun way to see the Sydney sights, learn about the history of Sydney, ride through historic neighbourhoods, and take in iconic harbour views, then you have come to the right place – Bonza Bike Tours!

Experience Sydney, Australia

Art & Culture

A place where ancient art is carved into the rock and modern artists channel thousands of years of history. Make a detour to nearby Broken Hill, a quirky OUTback capital where there are more art galleries than pubs.

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is known for being home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but there’s so much more to discover. Spend some time here and you’ll be awed by its natural beauty, from hidden beaches to pristine bushland and charming islands that are made for exploring.

Food & Drink

Aside from seafood, the region is known for nurturing a plethora of produce – with air and water this clean, plus verdant volcanic soil, there’s little that doesn’t thrive here. Expect richly marbled wagyu, tangy cheeses, flavourful vegetables and fruits, and distinctive wines.

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