Originally the Rum Hospital, Australia’s oldest hospital has a grand Victorian sandstone facade and a chequered history. You can’t...
State Library of NSW
The estimable State Library holds over five million tomes, including James Cook’s and Joseph Banks’ journals and Captain (later...
The stately Mint building (1816) was originally the southern wing of the infamous Rum Hospital, built by two Sydney merchants in return...
Saunter down to this stylish underground bunker for cocktails in the lounge bar, accompanied by live jazz on Thursdays. On weekends the...
Rockpool Bar & Grill
You'll feel like a 1930s Manhattan stockbroker when you dine at this sleek operation in the art deco City Mutual Building. The bar is...
Lonely Planet review
The twin of the Mint, the puce-coloured Parliament House (1816) has been home to the Parliament of New South Wales since 1829, making it the world’s oldest continually operating parliament building. And like the Mint, its front section (which now blends into a modern addition on the eastern side) was part of the Rum Hospital.
You need to pass through a metal detector to access the inner sanctum, where you can check out art exhibitions in the lobby and the historical display in the wood-panelled Jubilee Room. On nonsitting days both assembly chambers are open, but when Parliament is sitting, you’re restricted to the Public Gallery.