DARLING HARBOUR AND CBD
THE HEART OF THE CITY
CBD and Darling Harbour
A self guided walk through heart of the city
Starting from the Art Gallery of NSW (Photo above), walk across the Domain to Macquarie Street and on to Hyde Park.
MACQUARIE STREET The Mint, Government House, Hyde Park Barracks (Photo above), Museum of Sydney and Police & Justice Museum in Phillip Street are all managed by the Historic Houses Trust. Tel: (02) 8239 2442 www.hht.net.au
Also in Macquarie Street are the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Hospital, the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.
The STATE LIBRARY OF NSW (Photo above) Historic exhibitions and collections. The Mitchell Library holds a world-renowned collection of books on Australia & NSW. Tel (02) 9273 1414 www.sl.nsw.gov.au
The PARLIAMENT OF NEW SOUTH WALES is Australia's first and oldest Parliament and has met in this building since 1829. Free public tours Tel: (02) 9230 2111 www.parliament.nsw.gov.au
The QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING (QVB) c.1898 (Photo above). On George Street between Druitt & Market Streets. Great shopping and dining. Guided Tours of this magnificent beautiful restoration. Tel: (02) 9264 9209
HYDE PARK The 'Green heart of Sydney'.
Hyde Park is Australia's oldest park and 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 (Photo above).
Open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Tel (02) 9267 7668
Completed in 1934, is the main commemorative military monument of Sydney, Australia. It was designed by C. Bruce Dellit, with the exterior adorned with monumental figural reliefs and sculptures by Rayner Hoff. Wikipedia
Photo Ben Newcomer
Explore collections, exhibitions, natural science and indigenous cultures at the AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM (Photo above) in nearby College St.
Tel: (02) 9320 6000
Churches of the CBD
Many churches in Sydney's CBD date from the 19th Century and most have outstanding architectural features. These are well worth seeing and hold regular worship services.
ST MARY'S CATHEDRAL c.1865.
Opposite Hyde Park. Tel: (02) 9220 0400 www.stmaryscathedral.org.au
ST STEPHEN'S UNITING CHURCH 1935
197 Macquarie Street, opposite Parliament House. Tel. (02) 9221 1688 www.ssms.org.au
ST ANDREW'S CATHEDRAL c.1868
Cnr George & Bathurst Sts. Tel (02) 9265 1661 www.sydneycathedral.com
THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE c.1878
Elizabeth St opposite Hyde Park.
Tel: (02) 9267 2477 www.greatsynagogue.org.au
CITY RECITAL HALL (Photo above)
Angel Place Tel: (02) 8256 2222 www.cityrecitalhall.com
World class performance space with a unique design and location. Performances all year.
Photo Lenny K Photography
Take the Light Rail (Tram) from Central Railway or walk down Park Street from Town Hall Railway Station to Darling Harbour where you will find some of Australia's key tourist attractions including Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Chinese Garden of Friendship (Photo below), Aquarium, Wildlife World, Waxworks, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as cafes, pubs, nightspots, restaurants and shopping. Nearby are Sydney's Chinatown, Market City, Paddy's Markets, Fish Markets and Star Casino. www.darlingharbour.com
Darling Harbour - Photo pixelposeur
Sydney Visitor Centre
Darling Harbour Palm Grove, between Cockle Bay Wharf and Harbourside.
Open daily: 9.30am - 5.30pm (Except Good Friday & Christmas Day.
Opening hours may vary on some public holidays)
Tel: (02) 9240 8788 www.darlingharbour.com