Cook & Phillip Park
This Olympic-sized indoor pool has a hydrotherapy area and a gym ($20 including pool use), plus yoga, pilates, a basketball court,...
Formal but much-loved Hyde Park has manicured gardens and a tree-formed tunnel running down its spine which looks particularly pretty at...
Fronted by the Pool of Remembrance, this dignified art deco memorial (1934) commemorates the soldiers of the Australia and New Zealand...
Bambini Wine Room
Don’t worry, this bar doesn’t sell wine to bambini – it’s a very grown-up, European affair. The tiny dark-wood-panelled room is the...
Bodhi scores highly for its cool design and leafy position. It's all stainless-steel minimalism inside and slatted wooden tables and...
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Australian Museum information
This natural-history museum, established just 40 years after the First Fleet dropped anchor, has endeavoured to shrug off its museum-that-should-be-in-a-museum feel by jazzing things up a little. Hence dusty taxidermy has been interspersed with video projections and a terrarium with live snakes, while dinosaur skeletons cosy up to life-size re-creations. Yet it's the most old-fashioned sections that are arguably the most interesting – the large collection of crystals and precious stones, and the hall of skeletons.
The latter has an intriguingly bizarre tableau of a skeletal man riding a horse, and another sitting in a comfy chair next to his underfed pets.
Also worthwhile is the Indigenous Australians section, covering Aboriginal history and spirituality, from Dreaming stories to videos of the Freedom Rides of the 1960s. There are also interesting displays on extinct megafauna (giant wombats – simultaneously cuddly and terrifying), and a sad 'where are they now' exhibit featuring stuffed remains and video footage of recently extinct species.