City Centre

Enjoy marvellous attractions in the city centre, from UNESCO World Heritage to dazzling shows, wonderful galleries, intriguing museums, hip bars and acclaimed restaurants. The shopping is enticing too, with elegant boutiques in grand colonial arcades such as the Queen Victoria Building.

The city centre fans out from Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House, through the central business district south to Chinatown and Haymarket, and west to Darling Harbour. On the eastern side are the Royal Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum and Hyde Park.

View from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Across the road from Hyde Park’s northern end is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum in Queens Square, which is in the historic Macquarie Street precinct. Designed by convict architect Francis Greenway, Hyde Park Barracks housed convicts between 1819 and 1848.

All the attractions on the eastern side are a stroll from each other. In pretty Hyde Park is the art deco Archibald Fountain and the ANZAC Memorial, with its evocative sculpture Sacrifice. By sparkling Sydney Harbour is the Royal Botanic Garden, a tranquil oasis with more than 8,600 plant species.

Cenotaph at Martin Place during Vivid Sydney

Check out the exhilarating events calendar for exhibitions at museums and galleries as well as blockbuster musicals and shows in the city centre’s theatres. There are fabulous outdoor concerts and vibrant festivals, including the Sydney Festival in January and Vivid Sydney in May and June.

In Angel Place, near the City Recital Hall and Martin Place, is Forgotten Songs, an extraordinary art installation of bird cages and bird songs suspended above the laneway. On the forecourt of the Museum of Sydney is the Edge of the Trees, a powerful installation with an Aboriginal soundscape.

For a breathtaking panorama, Sydney Tower Eye is perfect. High above the bustling city centre, marvel at Sydney’s iconic attractions and beyond, from the Pacific Ocean in the east to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains in the west. You can even step outside onto to a glass platform.

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  1. Bald Archy Art Exhibition: Sydney

    Tuesday 20 March 2018 to Sunday 22 April 2018 , City Centre

    Created in 1994 as a spoof of that more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of h…

    20 Mar - 22 Apr
  2. Sydney Fitness Show

    Friday 20 April 2018 to Sunday 22 April 2018 , City Centre

    You all like to approach fitness and wellness in your own way so find what works for you, along with all the support and tools you need, at the Fitness Show in Sydney – the largest gathering of fitness experts, accessories, healthy food and…

    20 Apr - 22 Apr