The CBD (Central Business District)
The Central Business District (CBD), as downtown Sydney is called, includes much more than George Street. Many landmarks are sprinkled in this area and quite a number of internships take place in the CBD. Nightlife in The CBD revolves around high-end restaurants and backpacker bars with the majority of locals heading out to their respective suburbs on the weekends.
During the day, the CBD hosts various shopping areas from Pitt Street Mall to the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) to David Jones which is like Sydney’s answer to New York’s Bloomingdale’s. Likewise, the city hosts Sydney’s larger art and museum institutions. Plus, no visit to the city is complete without strolling through Hyde Park or the Botanical Gardens.
The Sydney Tower
The Sydney Tower is a beacon in Sydney and has two revolving restaurants at the top with average food but extraordinary views. It also has a new attraction known as the Skywalk for those who are not afraid of heights.
This stretch of grass between Elizabeth Street and College Street in the CBD is a manicured refuge from the city’s urban jungle. The Northern half has a large fountain and the Southern half of Hyde Park has a War Memorial. Split in half by William Street, Hyde Park is always buzzing with workers on their lunch break or a festival or rally on the weekend.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens focuses on native and new plants in Australia and has a herbarium and glass pyramid in the centre. Mrs. Macquarie’s chair, created for Governor Macquarie’s wife, offers one of the best photo opportunities on the harbour. It’s a prime spot for a wedding or a romantic picnic and cuddling couples dot the landscape. An outdoor cinema operates there during the summer months.