Sydney is Australia’s oldest city, established in 1850. With all this history, there’s so many historic sights to see and places to visit in Sydney to reconnect with the city’s history.
Step back in time as you step onto the deck of a classic ship. There are plenty of cruises around the Sydney harbour throughout the day–you can even enjoy a lunch, dinner, or wine & canapés cruises.
You can get a little hands-on onboard, helping set and trim the sails. Or you can just chill out on the sea. The experience can be relaxing, exciting, or somewhere in-between, but it’ll be sure to make you feel connected to history when you hop aboard one of these vintage ships.
The hill by York Street, Grosvenor Street, and Margaret Street has been called Church Hill for hundreds of years because it is the home of Australia’s first three Christian churches. If you’re a history buff interested in old buildings, you can’t skip a trip to Church Hill.
You’ll find St Philip’s Anglican Church (the first of the three), St Patrick’s Catholic Church, and Scots Presbyterian Church. Each of them has been rebuilt a little bit over the years due to general wear and tear, but they all retain a sense of history.
Hyde Park Barracks
In the centre of the city is the heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks. If you’re looking for historical things to do in Sydney, this will certainly take you back in time. The building now functions as a museum and is dedicated to educating the public about Australia’s history and culture. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Barracks are well-protected and preserved to be sure we hold on to as much of the country’s history as possible.
The Big Dig
Not a historical structure, but a heritage-listed site nonetheless. The Cumberland Street Archaeological Site (Often just called the Big Dig) is in the middle of the city, perfect for a quick jaunt into the history of Australia. Attached is The Big Dig Archelogy Education Centre to make learning the history of Australia a little easier. The site remains one of the largest urban archaeological excavations in the nation.
While no remnants of the local Indigenous people have been found on the site, the archaeological team has uncovered artefacts from Australia’s first European settlement the late 18th century. Over 750,000 artefacts have been found, giving us a glimpse into what life was like in the early days of Sydney.
There are so many places to visit in Sydney to get your culture fix. These three historic spots can be just the beginning of your journey back in time in Sydney.