Sydney CBD and Suburbs | New South Wales
Sydney's CBD stretches from Sydney Cove, in the north, to Central Railway Station in the south. The best way to explore the city is on foot and by public transport. Try to avoid taking a car into the city; not only is there a lot of traffic, but parking is scarce and what is available in the city's car parks is expensive.
Walking Tour of the CBD
Arrive at Circular Quay via ferry, train or bus. Begin with a wander through The Rocks, perhaps stopping to browse in the shops and markets. On the way, take a look at Cadman's Cottage; built in 1816. The Museum of Contemporary Art is a nice place to observe Australia's modern art and perhaps there's even time for a coffee on the terrace that overlooks the Quay.
Wander around to the Sydney Opera House, on the way taking a look at Government House, which sits at the opening to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Walking up Young St, past Customs House you will reach the Museum of Sydney. Inside, an interactive presentation brings Sydney's colonial heritage to life. From here, venture along Macquarie St, past the State Library, Parliament House, Sydney Hospital, the Mint and Hyde Park Barracks.
Once you reach Hyde Park, wander through to the ANZAC War Memorial, or perhaps visit the Australian Museum on William St. It is one of the top 5 natural history museums in the world, and is Australia's oldest. Take a detour to Stanley St, where some of the city's best cuisine is to be found, or walk back along College St, to see St Mary's Cathedral, which was finally resurrected after the 1865 fire that burnt it to the ground. The twin spires were completed in 2000.
Walk through the Domain to the Art Gallery of NSW, to view some of the finest works of art in the country, including historic, contemporary and photographic works, as well as major overseas exhibitions.
For Those Who Love to Shop
Don't miss getting a train to the Queen Victoria Building, or wander back down towards the Quay to find the Pitt Street Mall and the Strand Arcade. Perhaps visit the tallest building in the city, the AMP Tower Centrepoint for a panoramic view.
On the Darling Harbour side of the city (which can be reached by ferry, monorail or bus), take a stroll through Chinatown, and on the way, stop for an authentic Yum Cha experience. Worth a look on this side of town are the Powerhouse Museum, Imax Theatre and the Chinese Garden. Darling Harbour is also home to the Sydney Aquarium, National Maritime Museum and Star City Casino, as well as the variety of shops and the restaurants, clubs and bars of Cockle Bay.
Take a look at the well-regarded Sydney Fish Markets in Ultimo. Be tempted by some of the fresh produce available, and find a spot in the sun to enjoy your seafood experience.
For Movie and Theatre-Goers
There is an abundance of cinemas along George St, and theatres dotted throughout the city, all of which have a rich tradition of outstanding theatrical productions.
To the north
The beachside suburb of Manly is easily accessible by bus or ferry, and is a well-regarded surfing and tourist destination. Both the Food and Wine Festival(late May-early June) and Jazz Festival(end Sept) draw huge crowds every year; locals and visitors alike.
Another beachside suburb, Palm Beach, is a holiday playground for many Sydneysiders. Beaches lie on both sides of the northernmost point of the peninsula, bordering a golf course and recreation reserve.
Closer to the city, Taronga Zoo sits nestled in Bradley's Head, Mosman and enjoys amazing harbour and city views. It is regarded as one of the world's finest zoos.
In a more secluded part of the northern suburbs, Berowra Waters is known for its quiet waterfront setting. There are 4 restaurants and 2 marinas to enjoy, or a picnickers' paradise on the western bank next to a handy boat ramp.
To the south
The south of Sydney boasts the famous Bondi Beach. Wander the promenade with its restaurants and cafes, or perhaps join the Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations.
A most amazing sight is that of Waverley Cemetery, which is situated on a promontory of Sydney's south-east coastline and dominated by tall, white marble headstones.
Closer to the city centre is the bustling and colourful district of Kings Cross. Nestled together with the strip shows and sex shops are some of the city's best restaurants and night spots.
A visit to Vaucluse to see some of Sydney's most exclusive residences and the gothic mansion, Vaucluse House, could end with a lunchtime stop at Watsons Bay. This prime harbour position boasts the famous Doyles Wharf Restaurant and impressive scenic walks to South Head. Alternatively, picnic in shady Nielsen Park.
The University of Sydney in Camperdown is one of the most striking universities in Australia. Modelled on Cambridge and Oxford, Sydney Uni has a heritage worth discovering on one of the guided tours on offer.
To the north-west
This region is dominated by the mighty Hawkesbury/Nepean river system, which winds its way through recreational parks, picnic spots and holiday retreats.
The City of Parramatta contains 24 historic buildings as well as several memorials in and around Parramatta Regional Park.
While travelling up the Great Western Hwy towards Penrith and the Blue Mountains, Wonderland Sydney will be top of the children's list of places to visit, with over 80 rides, food outlets and theme shows.
To the south-west
This is Macarthur Country, named after the early pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur who bred merino sheep and provided the foundation for Australia's wool industry. Today, it is a relatively urbanised region but has successfully preserved a few rural pockets and parts of its colonial heritage.
The historic centre of Camden boasts 3 reserves, which are perfect for picnicking, as well as many heritage-listed buildings.
Mount Annan Botanic Garden is the largest in Australia and will eventually include most of the country's 25 000 known plant species organised in themes.
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