Pyrmont is a thriving hub on the water that boasts beautiful colonial heritage, from Victorian terraces to classic pubs and Jones Bay Wharf, which was finished in 1919. It's best known as being home to the Sydney Fish Markets and The Star casino.
Things to do
The Sydney Fish Market is the beating heart of Pyrmont. Browse the many stalls and learn how to cook your catch at the Sydney Seafood School, head upstairs to Fisherman's Wharf for yum cha, stop by Vic’s Meat Market for smoked meats and burgers, or grab takeaway fish and chips and eat it on the grass at Wentworth Park. Another delightful picnic spot is Pirrama Park (formerly Pyrmont Point Park) which has sweeping views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as a playground and barbecue facilities.
Nearby Union Square is brimming with colonial sandstone heritage. As the unofficial social hub of Pyrmont, it's a popular meeting spot for a range oftours, from guided walking tours about the area’s architecture and colonial history to Sydney Harbour cruises. It's also a great spot for boutique shopping, from funky clothing and gifts at Urban Oasis to handcrafted herbal teas at Golden Wattle Tea.
The Star is more than just a casino, it's an exciting entertainment complex comprised of fine-dining restaurants, bars, a food court, big-name shopping and a luxury hotel. It is perfectly positioned by the water with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Host to the Sydney Lyric Theatre, be sure to catch a world-class show – check out the events calendar for upcoming performances.
Children love the Powerhouse Museum, which is all about interactive exhibitions covering technology, science, engineering and design. Another interactive experience is sailing aboard Sydney Heritage Fleet’sJames Craig, a tall ship built in 1874 and one of only four remaining working 19th-century barques in existence. About $30 million was spent restoring the James Craig to its former glory, and a day on the water comes with a gourmet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and an onboard bar.
For more casual options, head to taqueria Nativo for Mexican with a native Australian twist, Mister Percy for pintxos and handpicked drops, Ikhwan Café for Malaysian fare, Calla for a café-style breakfast like no other, Mashi No Mashi for wagyu ramen and Quick Brown Fox Eatery for coffee or cocktails in a charming sandstone cottage.
Live music on Thursdays at Mister Percy - Credit: Ovolo Hotels
Discover one of Sydney’s oldest pubs, The Terminus, which was abandoned for three decades before being reborn. Nearby Quarryman’s Hotel boasts a rooftop and craft beer on tap. Meanwhile, Gallon is perfect for a laid-back glass of wine and small bites in a leafy courtyard. Savour mouth-watering food and drink events too, such as the annual Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art in May.
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Getting to Pyrmont is easy. Walk from the city centre to Darling Harbour and over one of the oldest electrically operated swing bridges in the world, Pyrmont Bridge, which opened in 1902. Or take the light rail from Central Station or Chinatown to Pyrmont Bay, The Star and the Sydney Fish Market.
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