THE ROCKS AND CIRCULAR QUAY
A good place to start your visit. It’s where Captain Arthur Phillip, commanding the First Fleet of convicts from England, first decided to establish Sydney in 1788. Discover it for yourself!
The Rocks is Sydney’s historic centre of shopping, dining, traditional pubs, galleries, entertainment and history.
The Sydney Visitor Centre at The Rocks has information about the whole of Sydney as well as The Rocks. Call in for bookings for accommodation, tours and attractions and free information about what’s on as well as maps and tourist guides.
Explore The Rocks Markets on weekends and visit Contemporary Art, Susannah Place, Westpac and The Rocks Discovery Museums.
Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walk under, over or across this world famous symbol of Sydney. Picnic at Dawes Point Park under the Southern Pylon and see the Harbour at its busiest. Climb the South Pylon from Cumberland Street for a display of the Bridge’s beginnings, history and construction as well as some simply breathtaking views.
Walk across the Bridge on the pedestrian walkway and catch a train or ferry back from Milsons Point on the North side of the harbour to Circular Quay.
Circular Quay. Walk around Circular Quay from The Rocks. Call in to Cadmans Cottage Historic Site, built in 1816. There is a great model of the Sydney CBD under a glass floor in the foyer of Customs House.
Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney’s transport system and from here you can take a train, bus or ferry to anywhere in Greater Sydney.
Sydney Opera House. Outside it’s spectacular. Inside it’s fascinating. Call in to the Guided Tours Office for information on guided tours and backstage tours. Or just walk around the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point. Tel: (02) 9250 7250
From the Opera House wander around the foreshore of Farm Cove to Sydney’s famous Royal Botanic Gardens a place of natural beauty, peace and relaxation Tel: 9231 8111 www.rbgsyd.com.au
Some of Sydney’s most spectacular views of the Harbour, Harbour Bridge and Opera House are from Mrs Macquarie’s Point in the Gardens.
Walk up Art Gallery Road past the 100-year-old Andrew (Boy) Charlton Swimming Pool a unique harbour pool named after one of Australia’s early Olympic swim champions.
See one of Australia’s finest collections of art at the nearby Art Gallery of NSW. What’s On Line: 9225 1790 www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
MACQUARIE STREET, HYDE PARK AND DARLING HARBOUR
Continuing on from the Art Gallery of NSW, walk across the Domain to Macquarie Street and on to Hyde Park.
Macquarie Street. Some of Sydney’s most beautiful and important buildings including The Conservatorium of Music, Government House (Friday to Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm by guided tour ONLY, grounds daily from 10am to 4pm, check for closures see www.hht.net.au
Also in Macquarie Street are the State Library of NSW (incorporating the Mitchell Library), State Parliament, Sydney Hospital, St Stephen’s Church, the old Mint Building, Hyde Park Barracks and the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.
Hyde Park. The ‘lungs of Sydney’. A particularly good spot for lunchtime picnic or just relax under a shady tree. Features, Archibald Fountain, statue of Captain Cook, ANZAC War Memorial and Pool of Remembrance and the nearby Cook + Phillip Park Indoor Aquatic Centre.
Australian Museum 6 College Street (opposite Hyde Park). Range of exhibitions, events, guided tours, school holiday and Indigenous programmes. Tel: (02) 9320 6000 www.austmus.gov.au
Historic St James Church at Queen’s Square was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway in 1819 and is Sydney City’s oldest church. St Mary’s Cathedral and the Great Synagogue are both nearby.
Darling Harbour. Take the Metro Monorail or Light Rail from Sydney CBD or Central Railway or walk down Park Street past the beautiful Queen Victoria Building to Darling Harbour a great waterfront destination.
Darling Harbour is where you will find some of Australia’s key tourist attractions including Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Chinese Gardens, Harbourside Shopping, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Wildlife World as well as cafés, pubs, nightspots, restaurants and shops. Nearby are Sydney’s famous traditional Chinatown, Market City, Paddy’s Markets, Fish Markets and Star City Casino.