State Library of NSW
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...
A swathe of splendid sandstone colonial buildings graces this street, defining the central city's eastern edge. Many of these buildings...
Sydney Tropical Centre
The Sydney Tropical Centre comprises the interconnecting Arc and Pyramid glasshouses – a great place to warm up on a wintry morning....
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...
State Library of NSW information
Lonely Planet review
The estimable State Library holds over five million tomes, including James Cook’s and Joseph Banks’ journals and Captain (later Governor) Bligh’s log from the mutinous HMAV Bounty . The main reading room is an elegant temple of knowledge clad in milky marble.
Also worth checking out are the temporary exhibitions in the galleries, and the elaborately sculpted bronze doors and grand atrium of the neoclassical Mitchell Wing (1910); note the map of Tasman’s journeys in the mosaic floor. Beneath one of the windows on the Macquarie St side of the building is a sculpture of explorer Matthew Flinders with his intrepid cat Trim.