Central Business District, the best area to stay in Sydney
This area is just to the north of the city centre, which is just a short walk away from the Central Station. The Rocks is best explored by foot as it is flat and is a great place to wander around due to the harbour front walk, historic buildings and being home to one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The Sydney Harbour Bridge dominates the landscape and can be seen from The Rocks and surrounding areas.
The bridge can be walked across as well as cycled and can be climbed in various ways including climbing the Bridge Pylon, which has a small museum on the history of the bridge. For the adrenaline junkies, you can also climb to the top of the bridge by putting on special climbing suits and following the Bridge Climb staff, which offers the most exhilarating views of the city. Cadman’s Cottage is one of the oldest houses in Sydney and is only one of a few sandstone cottages that overlook Sydney Cove. These sandstone houses were built in the early 19th century and there is an information centre on the history of them. Other things to see and do are the first military church, Garrison Church, the Sydney Observatory, the Colonial House Museum and the Rock Market, which has hundreds of stalls that sell arts, food, clothing, photography, jewellery and crafts.
The Rocks has plenty of high quality hotels with some being the best in the world let alone the city, which offer superb harbour views and brilliant service. At night, The Rocks is one of the busiest areas in the city as there are lots going on with fabulous restaurants serving BBQs, German, French, Thai and various other Asian dishes as well as modern Australian food. Pubs and bars are dotted along the waterfront and all offer unique experiences and then there are The Wharf Theatre and Sydney Theatre, which have various plays and productions on every night.
The Circular Quay is a harbour that is found in the small inlet of Sydney Cove and is one of the most popular tourist neighbourhoods as well as part business district, which offers some of the most magnificent sights of Sydney. There is always lots of activity in the area with huge cruise liners to tiny little boats that are moored at one of the various parts of the harbour that include Mosman Bay, Manly Bay and Watsons Bay. From any of these areas, you can jump on a ferry and go for a cruise around the harbour, which is a great perspective of the city, as well motoring down and up the coast.
The only other icon that can compete with the Harbour Bridge is the Sydney Opera House and there is a walkway from the Circular Quay to it. The quay gives outstanding views of the stunning building and there are many performances to choose from the likes of the Australian Ballet, The Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney Theatre Company and many more. Other things to see in the area include the beautiful Botanical Gardens and Taronga Zoo, which features Australia’s most native and exotic animals and is located on an elevated bit of land that gives excellent views too.
There is a whole load of luxury hotels to pick from with most of them lining the harbour front and have their own outstanding restaurants. However, there are restaurants everywhere and the fish is a must with it being so fresh, but there are cuisines from all over the globe.
This area is the earliest site of European settlers in the country and now today the city is compared to that of Manhattan skyline of high-rise buildings. The main attractions include Sydney Tower and is the tallest freestanding structure in the city at 305 metres, which makes it the highest observation deck in the country. Australia’s oldest cathedral is found here, St Andrew’s Cathedral, as is The Strand Arcade, which is one of only a few remaining shopping arcades in the world.
Other historic sites include the Government House and Parliament House and the area is littered with the best museums and galleries like Museum of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. At night, there is live music at many of the bars and clubs, night markets and stores along George Street and various classy restaurants. There is also an excellent selection of luxury hotels that consist of huge rooms, great views and brilliant facilities.