Sight Seen : Australian Delights - Australian National Maritime Museum

Sydney - Australian National Maritime Museum

Beneath a soaring roof, the Maritime Museum sails through Australia’s inextricable relationship with the sea. Exhibitions range from Indigenous canoes to surf culture, immigration to the navy. The worthwhile ‘big ticket’ (adult/child $30/18) includes entry to some of the vessels moored outside, including the atmospheric submarine HMAS Onslow and the destroyer HMAS Vampire. The high-production-value short film Action Stations sets the mood with a re-creation of a mission event from each vessel. Excellent free guided tours explain each vessel's features.

You can also visit a lighthouse and an 1874 square rigger, the James Craig, which periodically offers sailing trips. Normally a replica of Cook’s Endeavour also drops anchor. There's plenty to do for kids, especially at weekends. Other parts of the museum include a free exhibition on wooden boats in the next building north, and, opposite Pyrmont Bay ferry stop, the Welcome Wall, a commemoration of migration to Australia that is particularly relevant in the current political climate.