Sydney attractions that are worth extending your visit

Sydney is one of the most popular destinations in Australia, and for good reason. These top three experiences are perfect for delegates to include in their itinerary when coming to Sydney, Australia for ISVEE 17.

Sydney Opera House


The architectural splendour of the Sydney Opera House set on beautiful Sydney Harbour is also a world-class working opera house hosting more than 1,600 performances a year.

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed building offers daily 1 hour guided tours, available in English, Mandarin, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Visitors can access areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Experienced guides will share the story behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece and what inspired his revolutionary design.

In addition, the Opera Bar has the best view in the city, where you can sip cocktails as you marvel at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge – ticking off two of Sydney’s major attractions.

Taronga Zoo

Just 12 minutes from the city sits Taronga Zoo which is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. Open 365 days a year, admission includes daily keeper talks and shows, and access to the Sky Safari, Sydney’s only cable car. For a unique stay and getting up close and personal it is worth considering a stay at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, an eco-retreat nestled within the zoo.  

The Rocks

With the arrival of European settlers to Sydney in 1788, it was here that the convicts first set up house and shop. Today, The Rocks is renowned for having the oldest streets in Sydney, dotted with beautifully restored nineteenth century buildings.

The best way to discover the area’s rich colonial history is on foot walking the cobbled streets and following tight laneways that house everything from markets to museums and galleries. You can join several walking tours including The Rocks Walking Tour by participating in one of their daily 90-minute tours. Wander down hidden alleyways, into shady courtyards, along cobbled laneways and hear the story of Australia’s first British settlement.

Sydney has something for everyone, whether you’re interested in exploring the great outdoors, immersing yourself in culture and history, or just enjoying the city’s famous landmarks and attractions.

For those delegates wanting to make the most of their trip down under, Sydney is also a gateway to neighbouring bucket list locations in Australia including Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Sydney Attractions Worth Visiting:

  • Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Sydney Aquarium
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
  • Royal Botanic Walking Tour
  • Blue Mountains Tour
  • Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

For the foodies, check out some of the highest rated dining locations for delegates recommended by locals below.

Why Sydney chosen to host IVSEE17

Whether you’re looking to re-connect with industry friends or re-ignite passion, there are multiple reasons why the 17th International Symposium for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE17) will be hosted in Sydney, Australia from 11-15 November 2024.