Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in City Centre & Haymarket

Art Gallery of NSW

With its neoclassical Greek frontage and modern rear, this much-loved institution plays a prominent and gregarious role in Sydney society. Blockbuster international touring exhibitions arrive regularly and there's a…
Top Choice Area in City Centre & Haymarket

Chinatown

Dixon St is the heart of Chinatown: a narrow, shady pedestrian mall with a string of restaurants and insistent spruikers. The ornate dragon gates (paifang) at either end have fake bamboo tiles, golden Chinese callig…
Tower in City Centre & Haymarket

Sydney Tower Eye

The 309m-tall Sydney Tower (finished in 1981 and still known as Centrepoint by many Sydneysiders) offers unbeatable 360-degree views from the observation level 250m up – and even better ones for the daredevils bravi…
Historic Building in City Centre & Haymarket

Queen Victoria Building

Unbelievably, this High Victorian Gothic masterpiece (1898) was repeatedly slated for demolition before it was restored in the mid-1980s. Occupying an entire city block on the site of the city’s first markets, the Q…
Museum in City Centre & Haymarket

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Convict architect Francis Greenway designed this squarish, decorously Georgian structure (1819) as convict quarters. Fifty thousand men and boys sentenced to transportation passed through here in 30 years. It later …
Museum in City Centre & Haymarket

Museum of Sydney

Built on the site of Sydney’s first Government House, the MoS is a fragmented, storytelling museum, which uses installations to explore the city’s history. The area's long Indigenous past is highlighted, plus there'…
Park in City Centre & Haymarket

Hyde Park

Formal but much-loved Hyde Park has manicured gardens and a tree-formed tunnel running down its spine, which looks particularly pretty at night, illuminated by fairy lights. The park’s northern end is crowned by the…
Street in City Centre & Haymarket

Martin Place

Studded with imposing edifices, long, lean Martin Pl was closed to traffic in 1971, forming a terraced pedestrian mall complete with fountains and areas for public gatherings. It's the closest thing to a main civic …
Church in City Centre & Haymarket

St Mary’s Cathedral

Sydney has traditionally been quite a Catholic city, and this is the hub of the faith. Built to last, this 106m-long sandstone Gothic Revival–style cathedral was begun in 1868, consecrated in 1905 and substantially …
Historic Building in City Centre & Haymarket

Parliament House

Twin of the nearby Mint, the venerable 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…