A selection of self guided walks in and around the inner city area, covering history and heritage, attractions, things to see and do, architecture, and more.
Central Railway Station
Built in two sections, the earliest section, with its majestic hall, services intra and interstate trains. On the lower level at the Elizabeth Street end, are the suburban platforms. Central Station s 75-metre iconic clock tower and the top two floors were built in the Free Classical style, and added to the north-western corner of the station in 1921.
Sydney has its Chinatown, located in Central Sydney at the Haymarket end, within walking distance of Central Station, and at the southern end of Darling Harbour. The area - around Dixon Street - is home to the Chinese business community as well as a wide variety of Chinese and Asia restaurants.
Australia's oldest and original market boasts a wide range of products and is one of Sydney's major suppliers to the tourist with souvenirs and Australiana. As well as clothing, electrical goods and souvenirs, the Paddys has a section where fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood are sold at market prices.
The Goods Line Precinct
Part of the disused Darling Harbour and Rozelle Goods Line corridor has been converted into a shared pedestrian and cycle path, known as The Goods Line Precinct.
The southern end of town is just as much a shopper's paradise as the central city area around Pitt Street. Market City, above Paddy's Market, World Square in Greoge Street and Broadway Shopping Centre, towards Glebe, are the main centres, each tofferin a different shopping experience.
Sydney's beautiful historic Capitol Theatre is host to world class musicals, theatre, ballet, concerts and performers. Nestled in the historic Haymarket district, the building itself began its life in 1892 as the Belmore markets. The market s motif of fruit and foliage mstill decorates the spandrels of the arches.
Sydney's Little Spain is squeezed into 100 metres of Liverpool Street in the city between George and Sussex Streets. The the area is quite small, there is plenty of choice for the diner, with Tapas Bars, spicy Iberian cuisine, paellas, red wine, not to mention dancing and live Spanish music on weekends.
The main cinemas of Australia's largest cinema chains are located in George Street between the Haymarket area and Sydney Town Hall. The cinema strip is Sydney's busiest spot in at night. Easiest access to the strip is by train, alighting at Town Hall station. There are many cafes, bars and take-away outlets in the strip.
The first major bay to the east of Sydney Cove, Darling Harbour is one of Sydney's hotspots with museums, restaurants, night life and more. The Chinatown district has dozens of shops and restaurants offering a wide variety of Asian cuisine and produce; the Cockle Bay and King Street Wharves feature eateries offering a broad variety of waterfront dining experiences.
Prince Alfred Park
Situated on the edge of the city, this park is much quieter than The Domain and Hyde Park up the hill in the centre of town and is an excellent alternative. Prince Alfred Park boasts views of the city skyline, including Sydney Tower, lots of open space, shaded seating, basketball courts, workout stations and a free outdoor swimming pool.
Regent Street Mortuary Station
One of Sydney's forgotten archirtectural gems, between 1869 and 1938, trains left here for Rookwood cemetery, with with coffin and mourners aboard. These days the Venetian Gothic style station is all locked up, except when it is has been used to launch special train services or as a venue for functions.