Sydney’s CBD has a high concentration of skyscrapers dominating the city skyline. Some of the tallest buildings in Australia are in Sydney such as Governor Phillip Tower, MLC Centre and World Tower.
Nearly all of the largest companies in Australia have their headquarters in Sydney as well as all of the major banking and financial institutions.
Still up in the sky; Sydney Tower, formerly known as Centrepoint Tower, is the tallest building in the city stretching 309 metres into the sky and is also the tallest observation tower in the southern hemisphere. If you’re after a great view of the city then look no further.
Once you’re up the top there are a number of attractions worth a look. Why not have dinner at Sydney Tower Restaurant or enjoy a drink at Sydney Tower 360 Bar? Test your balance on the skywalk or take a virtual reality ride across Australia in OzTrek.
There are a large number of cultural and artistic highlights located within the CBD. The Museum of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Powerhouse Museum are all located within the city centre, each featuring a different range of all year round exhibitions.
Shopping is everywhere in the CBD. From its extensive collection of shopping centres through to independent stores, tourists should not miss Pitt Street Mall. The Strand Arcade, also on Pitt Street, was originally built in 1892 and is impressive for its wrought iron lattice work throughout. Shopping opportunities within the Strand include fashion, jewellery and accessories.
There is more department store shopping located on the intersection of Market and George Streets and the area around Elizabeth and Castlereagh Street is home to many international designer stores.
Chinatown is a must for any visitor to the CBD as are the Queen Victoria Building, Martin Place, Chifley Plaza and Broadway.
Annual festivals worth mentioning are Sydney Festival and the Sydney Film Festival.
Some of the best known and some of the best kept secret dining options are in Sydney’s CBD offering everything from meat pies to French delicacies. George Street has some amazing sushi, Darling Harbour’s choice of restaurants seems to go on for ever and Circular Quay offers some of the views and food in the city.
Accommodation options in the CBD and are huge. Ranging from the budget to the beautiful, there is something to suit everyone. Hotels are located throughout and are priced from the relatively cheap to the incredibly expensive. Serviced apartments and short term stays are also abundant in the city.