Cook + Phillip Park
This Olympic-sized indoor pool has a hydrotherapy area and a gym ($18 including pool use), plus massage, pilates, a basketball court,...
It sounds like a cliche, but Hyde Park really is the city’s lungs. It’s a formal park with manicured gardens, ibises probing the...
Since 1964 this funky institution in the seamy lower reaches of Riley St has been pumping out quality. James Gleeson, Ken Whisson, Tony...
Bambini Wine Room
Don’t worry, this bar doesn’t sell wine to bambinis – 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. Quick-fire waiters bounce off stainless-steel minimalism inside and slatted...
6 College St · interesting places nearby
Australian Museum information
This natural-history museum, established just 40 years after the First Fleet dropped anchor, strives to shrug off its museum-that-should-be-in-a-museum feel. 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.
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.
Yet it's the most old-fashioned section that is arguably the most interesting – the large collection of crystals and precious stones. The hall of skeletons 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 Dreamtime stories to videos of the Freedom Rides of the 1960s.