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Sydney City Centre is the largest central business district within Australia. The city centre of Sydney has many tourist attractions including parks, shopping centres, museums, art galleries and some of the finest restaurants in the world.
Sydney Town Hall
Sydney Town Hall is located on George Street pretty much in the very centre of the Sydney Central Business District, directly above Town Hall Train Station. The Sydney Town Hall was built between 1886 and 1889 officially opened in 1890. The Sydney Town Hall is still the working offices of the Sydney City Council though the steps out the front have become a famous meeting place for Sydneysiders and tourists.
Queen Victoria Building
The Queen Victoria Building is located on George Street directly across from the Sydney Town Hall. Known as the QVB it was completed in 1898 and refurbished in the 1980's to become one the cities most popular shopping arcade with 5 floors of boutique and designer fashion stores. Stores in the Queen Victoria Building include Kikki K, Guess, Politix Men's Fashion, Bijoux Jewelry, Adidas, Country Road, Esprit, Bon Bon Fine Chocolates, Georg Jensen, ABC Shop, Ayers Rock Souvenirs and Bloom.
The Australian Museum
The Australian Museum is located on College Street directly opposite Hyde Park. The Australian Museum has displays of natural history and indigenous cultures.
Sydney Hyde Park Barracks Museum is located on Macquarie Street just at the northern end of Hyde Park. The Sydney Hyde Park Barracks Museum has on display the history of Sydney from when Australia was first settled including the history of the convicts from 1819 - 1848. Try on some leg irons. lay in a hammock, step into one of the punishment boxes and hear some of the stories about the Sydney convicts.
Hotels in Sydney City Centre
There's a variety of hotels in the Sydney City Centre to suit all budgets. Here are some of the hotels to stay in Sydney City Centre:
Pensione Hotel is located on George Street in the centre of Sydney CBD close to Chinatown and the entertainment district of Sydney. Room prices from $99 per night.
Park Regis Hotel (1 review) 27 Park Street Sydney Ph: 9267 6511. Room prices from $109 per night. Located right in the heart of Sydney city close to Town Hall Train Station and Hyde Park. A self rated 3.5 star hotel. For hotel reviews for Park Regise Hotel click here.
Grace Hotel (1 review) is a 4.5 star art-deco hotel located right in the centre of the Sydney CBD on York St. Close to bars, pubs restaurants and businesses. Room prices start from $260 per night. For more information about the Grace hotel and how to book discounted rooms click here.
Rydges World Square Hotel (1 review) is a 4.5 star hotel right in the centre of Sydney CBD close to restaurants, bars and entertainment. It is a great hotel for holidays or business. Room prices start from $149 weekdays and $189 Fridays $279 Saturdays. For more information and hotels reviews for Rydges World Square hotel click here.
Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour (3 reviews) is in one of the best locations in the Sydney central business district. Right next to the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Chinatown and a short walk from Darling Harbour. Room prices from $179 per night weekdays and $199 weekends with wi-fi internet access. For more infromation on the Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour including hotel reviews click here.
Last updated 17th January 2016
Hyde Park Sydney City Centre
Hyde Park Sydney Hyde Park is located right in the centre of Sydney's Central Business District spread over 2 large city blocks. Hyde Park is a popular for city workers at lunch time as there is plenty of grassed area to sit and enjoy lunch.
There are many festivals held in the park area of Hyde Park throughout the year including the Sydney Festival in January every year. Read more about Hyde Park.
In the middle of Hyde Park, right next to Park Street you'll find Sandringham Garden which is a memorial to King George V and King George VI.
Right at the southern end of Hyde Park, next to Liverpool Street is The Anzac War Memorial which was built in 1934. You can enter the memorial during the day to see various statues and memorials to Australian men and women who were killed during war time.
St Mary's Cathedral is located directly opposite Hyde Park on College Street. St Mary's Cathedral is the largest church in Australia. The foundations for St Mary's Cathedral were layed in 1868 with various alterations to the building until it was finally completed when the spires were attached to the roof in 2000. The church is open for viewing daily from 9am - 5.30pm.
Restaurants in Sydney City Centre
There is a huge variety of restaurants in the Sydney Central Business District from all over the world. For a list of restaurants with restaurant reviews check out our Sydney CBD Restaurant Guide.
Bars and Nightclubs in the Sydney City Centre
There are plenty of bars and nightclubs to suit everyone in Sydney city. Here are some of the best to choose from:
Maze Backpackers 417 Pitt St Sydney. Dorm prices from $17 per night.
Home Backpackers 238 Elizabeth Street Sydney Ph: 1 800 444 527. Just along from Central Train Station. Dorm prices from $20 per night.
Wake Up Backpackers accommodation. 509 Pitt St Sydney. Right next to Central Train Station. Dorm prices from $28 per night.
Sydney Backpackers 7 Wilmot St Sydney. Right in the heart of the Sydney city. In the lane way directly across from the Cinema complex on George St. Single room from $69 per night. Twin from from $44.50 per person. Dorms from $26 per night.
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