City Centre


The city is teeming with attractions. From the harbourside to Chinatown, the city charms visitors with its many events. Stroll from the city centre to Darling Harbour and visit a range of shopping areas, from the busy Pitt Street Mall to the grand Queen Victoria Building. The city centre has many eating options, from top-rated restaurants to funky cafes and bars.

  • Queen Victoria Building, Sydney CBD
  • Sydney Festival Village, Sydney

About Sydney city centre

Set on one of the finest natural harbours in the world, Sydney’s city centre fans out from the transport hub of Circular Quay, through the Central Business District (CBD) south to Chinatown and Haymarket, east to The Domain and Hyde Park and west to Darling Harbour.

The city's star attractions, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House sit either side of the Circular Quay Ferry Terminal, overlooking the deep blue water. Nearby are the cobbled laneways and historic pubs of The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest precinct; enjoy a cool drink and delicious food in pubs such as, The Hero of Waterloo, the Lord Nelson Brewery and The Glenmore. Also nearby is Walsh Bay; its heritage-listed wharves house some of Sydney’s most well-known performance spaces, such as Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Theatre Company.

Sydney Festival Village, Sydney

Darling Harbour is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sydney, with Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf offering a wide range of restaurants, bars and attractions, including SEA LIFE Sydney AquariumWILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Take a walk along the historic wharf and stroll across one of the oldest surviving electrically operated swing bridges in the world to Pyrmont or catch a ferry to Balmain or Lavender Bay.

Chinatown and Haymarket, as well as the nearby smaller precinct of Thaitown and Koreatown, are fantastic spots to grab something to eat, with some restaurants in Dixon Street open until late. This is where you can treat yourself to yum cha or try authentic Thai cuisine from the famous Chat Thai. Food halls, gift shops, discount stores and Asian supermarkets are also in abundance, with Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets open Wednesday-Sunday.


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