SYDNEY CBD At A Glance
Sydney is defined by its incredible harbour, everchanging skyline and a dining scene that keeps out doing itself. It’s a magnet for those who love being close to the action and the best that the city has to offer. And in a city that’s equal parts pleasure and business, there is now Barangaroo–a thriving business and leisure precinct right on the foreshore.
Living in the city – you’re steps away from Sydney’s best shops, restaurants, galleries, parks and events.
Walk everywhere, it’s the quickest way to get around and go to O Bar and Dining for jaw-dropping views of the city.
Sydney’s George Street is the oldest street in Australia. It was the main street during Captain Arthur Phillip’s settlement.
With skyscrapers, charming buildings and power suits aplenty, Sydney City is a buzzing business hub that has a playful side. There’s always something going on, something to see. The excitement, coupled with the convenience of city living, is why locals love calling it home.
During the working week, the city is a hive of activity, with people filling up the incredible cafes and restaurants dotted around the CBD and Barangaroo, shopping in one of the many malls and arcades, exploring art galleries, or soaking up the sun in Hyde Park and the Botanic Gardens. In the evenings, the nightlife and entertainment scene lights up. Locals and commuters can stroll around the harbour or drop into restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres. Some choose to unwind at various salons, gyms and yoga studios.
Then there are the events. The Sydney Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Vivid Sydney, Good Food Month and the much-loved annual events at the Domain showcase just how much Sydney has to offer. They bring the greater community together with all that Sydneysiders love – the arts, different cultures, great food and being outdoors.
On the weekends, the city is a playground for locals and tourists. People spend their days wandering along the harbour foreshore, reading, exercising and picnicking in the many green spaces, and shopping up a storm in some of Sydney’s prominent fashion precincts.
As the biggest economic and commercial hub in Australia, Sydney is very popular with professionals and young couples. They love having easy access to their workplaces as well as a variety of places to network and wind down. University and international students attending school in neighbouring Ultimo also make up a good chunk of the city’s population. Together, these groups bring an energy and buzz to the city, especially on weekends when things calm down.
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In Sydney, style doesn’t go unnoticed. It has slews of shops within its borders, so whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. The streets are dotted with stores, but the big players are Pitt Street Mall, The Strand Arcade, the Queen Victoria Building, Galeries Victoria and the multi-level Westfield Sydney.
While the rest of Sydney focus on the Botanical Gardens, Barangaroo Reserve and Hyde Park (and who can blame them with incredible vistas and landscaped gardens), locals tend to slip away to Cook + Phillip Park, a sleek, modern green space – a playground, basketball court, fitness centre, off-leash areas for dog lovers, a café for that all-important coffee, and a lap pool.
Wander along Macquarie or George Street and you can’t help but be in awe of some of Sydney’s most iconic heritage buildings. From the grand St Mary’s Cathedral to NSW State Library and the Queen Victoria Building to The Strand Arcade.
In the city, apartments are the norm, and the choices are endless. From studios and one-bedroom units to full-floor residences with all the modcons. It’s common to live above an office building, and there are contemporary and more heritage-style properties available. When it comes to good streets, Clarence, Sussex, Castlereagh and Bridge Streets are the ultimate in convenient city living without being right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Shelley and Macquarie Streets score points for water views, and they’re also a little quieter.