Shopping and Culture

Sydney is a world-class place to shop, discover fabulous local markets or explore the numerous galleries, museums and other cultural experiences on offer.

When it comes to shopping in Sydney - start in the city. The pedestrian mall of Pitt Street, located between Market, George, King and Castlereagh Streets is a must-visit, and includes boutique shops, department stores and shopping arcades. Check out the beautiful historic arcades of The Strand and the QVB (Queen Victoria Building) which has everything from Australian designers to custom-made jewellery. Be sure to visit Westfield Sydney, one of the newest and most impressive shopping centres in Sydney, housed in Pitt Street Mall.

The shopping precincts of the city fringe are also not to be missed. Explore Oxford Street from Paddington to Woollahra and discover the sophisticated boutiques in the area. Head to Surry Hills for vintage clothing or handmade gifts, Newtown has for some awesome clothing stores and window shopping, and Darling Street, which runs from Rozelle and down through Balmain, for eclectic, upmarket shopping that ranges from vintage threads to upmarket homewares.   

Sydney is also blessed with some stellar markets. Paddy’s Markets in Chinatown runs Wednesday to Sunday and includes fresh food and hundreds of stalls selling everything from clothing to camping gear. The Rocks Markets is held on weekends and specialises in handmade arts and crafts, while the Carriageworks Farmers Markets, which take place at Carriageworks in Eveleigh each Saturday, specialises in fresh, local produce. For an amazing range of clothing, handmade and secondhand goods, check out the Glebe Markets (Saturdays), Bondi Markets (Sundays) and Rozelle Markets (Saturdays and Sundays).

  • Vivid LIVE Sydney Opera House

    Theatres and Performances

    Sydney is home to  some of Australia’s top stages, such as the Sydney Opera House, State Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and the Belvoir St Theatre. The Sydney Opera House frequently hosts some of the most highly-regarded Australian performers, with The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare and Opera Australia making appearances.  

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    Museums and Galleries

    Head to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), which shows cutting-edge contemporary works ranging from painting, photography and sculpture to video and installations. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is another must-visit, it has an extensive collection of Australian art. Check out the Museum of Sydney to find out more about Sydney’s history.

  • Tribal Warrior, Clark Island

    Aboriginal Culture

    Take a Tribal Warrior cruise on Sydney Harbour, where you'll hear stories of Sydney’s original inhabitants whose history dates back at least 50,000 years. In the Garden not Gardens a garden display also remembers the first inhabitants of the Sydney City area. Visit the nearby Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery of NSW, which has one of the largest collections of Aboriginal art in Australia.