Top Choice Notable Building in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this World Heritage-listed building is Australia's most recognisable landmark. Visually referencing the billowing white sails of a seagoing yacht (but described by some local…
Notable Building in City Centre & Haymarket

Australia Square

Generally acknowledged as Australia’s first major office tower, Australia Square (1968) was designed by archi-phenomenon Harry Seidler. His 50-storey design assumes a distinctive cylindrical form, with an open plaza…
Notable Building in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Cockle Bay Wharf

The first vaguely tasteful development in Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf occupies the harbour’s cityside frontage as far as Pyrmont Bridge. Its sharp, contemporary angles are softened by the use of timber and whi…
Notable Building in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont


The first major Darling Harbour development, Harbourside shopping centre is like that nightclub guy still wearing a pirate shirt and an unreconstructed mullet; its 1980s stylings are no match for the chic constructi…
Notable Building in Bondi & Coogee

Bondi Pavilion

Built in the Mediterranean Georgian Revival style in 1929, ‘The Pav’ is more a cultural centre than a changing shed, although it does have changing rooms, showers and lockers. There's a free art gallery upstairs, a …
Notable Building in Newtown & the Inner West

Italian Forum

This re-created mustard and maroon Italian piazza has copped its fair share of criticism, and yes, it’s totally Disney-goes-to-Rome, but the Italian Forum is a reliable place for a strong coffee, some pasta or a pai…
Notable Building in Manly

Rose Seidler House

Sydney's most famous architect, Harry Seidler, designed this modest 50-sq-metre house (1950) for his mother and father, Rose and Max. It’s a modernist gem, with free-flowing open spaces, retro colour schemes and hip…
Notable Building in City Centre & Haymarket

5 Martin Place

Built in 1916, this 12-storey building was Australia’s first steel-framed ‘skyscraper’. At the time of writing, it was in the process of a major redevelopment, with a glass tower being grafted on to it.
Notable Building in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Darling Walk

The $560-million environmentally conscious Darling Walk development is Darling Harbour's newest block of restaurants and offices, all wrapped up in a curvy glass shell.
Notable Building in City Centre & Haymarket

State Theatre

The ostentatiously ornate State (1929) is Sydney’s most beautiful theatre. Originally built as a movie palace during Hollywood’s heyday, it’s now a National Trust–classified building, dripping with gilt and velvetee…