4 Hours In

Enjoy Sydney’s fa­mous views, and along the way in­dulge in art, food, shop­ping and a bit of adren­a­line ac­tion

Business Traveler (USA) - - LIFESTYLE - By Va­le­rian Ho

Sydney

1 SYDNEY FISH MAR­KET

Get started with some fresh seafood. Sydney Fish Mar­ket is the third-largest in the world, trad­ing an av­er­age of 50 tons of seafood ev­ery day.You can find a wide range of oceanic trea­sures in­clud­ing mus­sels, crabs, yel­low fin tuna, squid, lob­sters and oys­ters.

Chefs are on hand to pre­pare your catch into de­li­cious sashimi or a cook­ing style of your choice, which you can enjoy sit­ting out­side the mar­ket over­look­ing Black­wat­tle Bay. How­ever, beware the “fly­ing thieves” (seag­ulls) who will steal your food given half a chance! The site fea­tures nu­mer­ous restau­rants and cafés, a bak­ery, gourmet deli, green­gro­cer, bot­tle shop, fish­ing sup­plies store and gift shop. Open 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily, Fri-Sun un­til 5:00 PM; Bank Street, Pyr­mont, NSW 2009.

2 PITT STREET MALL AND SYDNEY TOWER EYE

From the mar­ket, take a 15-minute taxi ride to the CBD (about A$8/$5.70). Pitt Street Mall is the per­fect place for shopa­holics. This pedes­tri­an­ized precinct is filled with re­tail cen­ters such as Glasshouse, Myer and David Jones fea­tur­ing fash­ion brands in­clud­ing Cue, Zim­mer­man and Top­shop. The other at­trac­tion worth vis­it­ing in the area is the city’s tallest build­ing, Sydney Tower Eye. The en­trance is on level five of the Westfield re­tail cen­ter. Be­fore tak­ing an el­e­va­tor up the dizzy­ing 1,014-foot tower, you will be di­rected to watch a five-minute 4D movie show­cas­ing the fa­mous har­bor, coast­line and iconic land­marks with great in-the­atre ef­fects. When you reach the 360-de­gree ob­ser­va­tion deck, enjoy views of Hyde Park and Sydney Har­bour, and even as far as Bondi Beach and the Blue Moun­tains.

Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000; open­ing hours de­pend on in­di­vid­ual shops;

pittstreet­mall.com.au; 100 Mar­ket St. Sydney Tower tick­ets from A$26.50/US$18.90; open daily 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM (Oc­to­ber 4 to April 24 un­til 10:00 PM). syd­ney­tow­er­eye.com.au

3 BRIDGE CLIMB

It’s time to test your nerve! Take a ten-minute taxi to The Rocks and

get ready to climb the Har­bour Bridge. No bot­tle courage al­lowed here, as an al­co­hol test is a manda­tory pre­cur­sor to the event. A guide leads the group, in­tro­duc­ing you to the history of the fa­mous land­mark as you go. With Sydney Har­bour and the Opera House as a back­drop, this is a great photo op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture an un­for­get­table mo­ment. For those short on time – or scared of heights – the Sam­pler route (from A$148/$106) takes around 1.5 hours with­out reach­ing the top, while the 2.25-hour Bridgeclimb Ex­press (from A$228/$163) is the fastest way to reach the top of the bridge. Climbs can be sched­uled at dawn, day, twi­light or night; 3 Cum­ber­land St, The Rocks, NSW 2000. bridgeclimb.com.

4 THE GLEN­MORE

Af­ter chal­leng­ing your­self, it’s time to chill out. A fa­vorite wa­ter­ing hole with lo­cals, The Glen­more Ho­tel is just a few steps from the bridge. The his­toric build­ing was orig­i­nally built on the other side of Cum­ber­land Street in the 1840s, but was re­lo­cated in 1921 due to the con­struc­tion of the Har­bour Bridge. The ground floor is a tra­di­tional pub, while the mid­dle floor can be rented for cock­tail par­ties and pri­vate din­ing. The must-see rooftop bar is a pop­u­lar spot, buzzing with peo­ple through­out the day who come for the beau­ti­ful har­bor views while en­joy­ing beer, cham­pagne and rooftop jugs of Pimms (from A$6.50/ $4.60 per glass) along­side sal­ads, burg­ers and beef ribs (from A$9.50/US$6.80 to A$28.50/$20). Open daily 11:00 AM – 12 mid­night, Fri & Sat un­til 1:00 AM; 96 Cum­ber­land St, The Rocks. the­glen­more.com.au

5 MU­SEUM OF CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART AUS­TRALIA

Walk five min­utes in the di­rec­tion of Sydney Cove, and you’ll reach the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia, which houses a di­verse col­lec­tion of vis­ual arts from paint­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy to sculp­ture and mov­ing im­ages. Cur­rently the mu­seum is ex­hibit­ing Sydney artist Matthys Ger­ber, a painter who de­lib­er­ately chooses an ar­ray of con­trast­ing styles from pho­to­re­al­ism to fluid ab­strac­tion. Look for the mo­tif of the Rorschach; it reap­pears in his paint­ings in vary­ing colours, sizes and styles. Other art fea­tures in­clude Loop. A Model of How the World Op­er­ates. The mu­seum is open daily 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thu un­til 9:00 PM; free ad­mis­sion. 140 Ge­orge St, The Rocks. mca.com.au.

6 MRS MAC­QUARIE’S CHAIR

The last stop is a stroll to Mrs Mac­quarie’s Chair, to cap­ture the view you al­ways find on post­cards. The 30-minute walk from the mu­seum along the bank of Sydney Cove and Farm Cove isn’t tax­ing, but you can take a 10-minute taxi ride if you pre­fer. Al­ter­na­tively, board the Choo Choo Ex­press train (A$10/$7) at Royal Botanic Gar­dens to reach the Chair in 25 min­utes. The Chair is a rock carved into the shape of a bench for Gov­er­nor Mac­quarie’s wife El­iz­a­beth in 1810, who used to sit there and enjoy the panoramic har­bor view. Cre­ate your own post­card mo­ment and cap­ture an iconic mem­ory of Sydney.

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