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Aus­tralia’s largest lux­ury de­signer store, Estro is your one-stop shop for ev­ery­thing fash­ion. Estro of­fers lo­cal and vis­it­ing fash­ion­istas a wide se­lec­tion of the lat­est fash­ion and ac­ces­sories from Europe’s most pres­ti­gious de­sign­ers. Touch and feel the up-to-date Euro­pean col­lec­tions on the rack, with 10,000 dis­counted ladies and men’s de­signer fash­ion items, in­clud­ing Moschino, Valentino, Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Ver­sace, Ar­mani, Kenzo, Max Mara, Lan­vin, Giuseppe Zan­otti, Dolce & Gab­bana, Miu Miu, Givenchy and many oth­ers. All avail­able for im­me­di­ate pur­chase. 192 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 183 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 72 Castlereagh Street, Syd­ney. 20 Bridge Street (ASX Build­ing), Syd­ney. 204 Botany Road, Alexan­dria.


Et Al has a cult fash­ion fol­low­ing as an Aus­tralian la­bel that is well known for its re­laxed tai­lor­ing and time­less pieces that tran­scend gen­der, age and cal­i­bre. The staff are en­light­en­ing and pro­vide a per­son­alised styling ser­vice with ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the Et Al aes­thetic. Et Al of­fers men’s and women’s cloth­ing with an ex­ten­sive size range avail­able. Shop 40, Level 1, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9267 6476. etal-aus­


Aus­tralian fash­ion la­bel Gor­man brings fun and colour to their cool cloth­ing. From dresses, tops, pants and jack­ets, to funky socks and shoes, Gor­man of­fer a very unique and colour­ful take on Aus­tralian style, of­ten in a range of quirky pat­terns and colours. Shop 18, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9269 0992. The Ga­leries, 500 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9261 0971. gor­man­


One of the most pre­dom­i­nant fash­ion houses in the world, Gucci has its Syd­ney home on the lux­ury level of West­field Syd­ney. Gucci rep­re­sent the pin­na­cle of Ital­ian crafts­man­ship and are known for their qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail. Shop women’s and men’s cloth­ing, hand­bags, jew­ellery, ac­ces­sories and more. Shop 3012/4004, West­field Syd­ney, 188 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 1300 442 878.


Harrolds is an Aus­tralian fash­ion in­sti­tu­tion and the go-to store for mod­ern lux­ury pieces. It was founded in 1985 by John Poulakis in Mel­bourne. The un­par­al­leled range found within Harrolds lux­ury Syd­ney depart­ment store in­cludes pres­ti­gious tai­lor­ing from her­itage la­bels and mod­ern red­car­pet favourites along­side their own hand-made, Ital­ian-crafted pri­vate la­bel. Harrolds Man: West­field Syd­ney, Level 3, 188 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9232 8399. Harrolds Woman: West­field Syd­ney, Level 4, 188 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9210 2500.


Ignazia pro­duces their own unique la­bel of easy to wear gar­ments, both time­less and clas­sic made from the very best fab­ric. They also stock

a range of la­bels in­clud­ing Mela Pur­die, Verge, Sarah Pacini and more. Shop 4037, Level 4, West­field Syd­ney, 185 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9233 2007. Shop 2043, West­field Bondi Junc­tion, 500 Ox­ford Street, Bondi Junc­tion. 9389 4348. Shop L109 Chatswood Chase, Chatswood. 9411 7699. Shop 7/10, MLC Cen­tre, Syd­ney. 9232 3787. 633 Mil­i­tary Road, Mos­man. 9960 5284.


Aus­tralia’s py­jama king, Peter Alexan­der, is a must-visit for all your stylish sleep­wear needs. From chic slip­pers to luxe robes, and a host of funky sleep­wear op­tions, in­clud­ing men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s py­ja­mas, Peter Alexan­der has cre­ated a loyal fol­low­ing. Look out for the ever-pop­u­lar de­signer col­lec­tions with your favourite char­ac­ters, like Mickey Mouse and Win­nie the Pooh. Shop 2037 West­field Syd­ney, Pitt Street Mall, Syd­ney. 9223 7451. Shop L00.57 Mid City, 197-211 Pitt St Mall, Syd­ney. 9232 4941. Shop 10.37 World Square, 644 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8098 0487. pe­teralexan­


Founded in 1913, Prada is an Ital­ian fash­ion house that is al­ways on trend and push­ing fash­ion bound­aries. View their lat­est sea­sonal col­lec­tions, as well as lux­ury hand­bags and ac­ces­sories. Shop 3015, West­field Syd­ney, 188 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9223 8322.


Smooth is Aus­tralia’s premier age pos­i­tive, size pos­i­tive brand. De­sign­ers Amanda Owens and Catherine Mc­quade met in the 80s when Cathy’s pop group Deckchairs Over­board played at Amanda’s night­club, Stranded. They be­came best friends and in 2000 launched Smooth, de­sign­ing el­e­gant but funky pieces for women over 40. 100% Aus­tralian made, they of­fer an exclusive range of both spe­cial event and ca­sual wear. 139 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. 9252 7451. smoothaus­


Get back to high-qual­ity ba­sics with UNIQLO’S wide range of men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s cloth­ing. From their fa­mous ul­tra­light down puffer jack­ets, to their fine-merino wool sweaters, UNIQLO has an enor­mous range, all stocked in a wide va­ri­ety of colours. Check out their de­signer col­lab­o­ra­tion col­lec­tions too! Mid­c­ity Cen­tre, L01.01 Level 1, 197 Pitt St Mall, Syd­ney. 9232 6862.


Visit Ae­sop’s sig­na­ture stores and you’ll walk into a beau­ti­ful, metic­u­lous­ly­crafted space. This iconic Aus­tralian skin­care brand of­fers a unique range of skin, hair and body care prod­ucts for­mu­lated in their cus­tombuilt lab­o­ra­tory us­ing in­gre­di­ents from the most rep­utable sup­pli­ers across the globe. Shop 4033, Level 4, West­field Syd­ney, Pitt Street Mall, Syd­ney. 9239 0477. Shop 20, The Strand Ar­cade, 412–414 Ge­orge Street, The Strand Ar­cade, Syd­ney. 9235 2353. 95 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. 9247 0788. ae­


Bring­ing you exclusive and hard-to-find brands from around the world, Mecca Cosmetica is your one-stop-shop for all things beauty in­clud­ing cos­met­ics, skin­care, hair­care and body­care. Their friendly staff will help you find prod­ucts and so­lu­tions best suited to you. Shop 50/52, Level 1, The Strand Ar­cade, 412–414 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9223 3176. 1 Glenmore Road, Padding­ton. 9361 4488.


Suc­cess­ful Aus­tralian cos­met­ics brand Napolean Perdis has been mak­ing cult beauty prod­ucts for 25 years. Visit one of their con­cept stores to try the prod­ucts for your­self and get tips and tricks on how to ap­ply your make-up with their in­no­va­tive beauty prod­ucts. 285a Crown Street, Surry Hills. 9380 7593. napoleon­


Make-up lovers re­joice, Sephora has made its mark in Pitt Street Mall. Favourite brands Ben­e­fit Cos­met­ics, Marc Ja­cobs Beauty and tarte are avail­able, as well as Sephora Col­lec­tion, and Ri­hanna’s own Fenty Beauty. Shop 2043, 188 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9221 5703.


In the heart of the city, stop by the enor­mous Books Kinokuniya and browse their ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Manga, graphic nov­els, art and de­sign books, cook­books, travel books and chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. This Ja­panese chain also has a great range of Chi­nese books and mag­a­zines. Level 2, The Ga­leries, 500 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9262 7996.


This Aus­tralian book re­tailer has a huge flag­ship store on Ge­orge Street of­fer­ing three floors of ev­ery genre imag­in­able. There’s a large se­lec­tion of chil­dren’s books down­stairs, as well as a va­ri­ety of sta­tionery and gifts. Re­lax with a book at the café on the sec­ond floor. 424 Ge­orge Street (be­tween King and Mar­ket Street), Syd­ney. 9235 0155.


Head down the stairs to Red Eye Records and en­ter a mu­sic lover’s dream. With a wide range of not only CDS, but also new and clas­sic vinyl records, you are sure to pick up an indie, al­ter­na­tive, rock or pop gem. 143 York Street, (op­po­site the Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing), Syd­ney. 9267 7440. red­


David Jones is the old­est depart­ment store in the world that’s still op­er­at­ing un­der its own name. An Aus­tralian in­sti­tu­tion, its fash­ion shows are the main high­light of ev­ery fash­ion sea­son. Here is where you will find a range of lead­ing Aus­tralian fash­ion de­sign­ers like Camilla, Carla Zam­patti and Zim­mer­mann. 86–108 Castlereagh Street and 65–77 Mar­ket Street, Syd­ney. 9266 5544. david­


Myer is Aus­tralia’s largest depart­ment store group. They stock ev­ery­thing from fash­ion, ac­ces­sories, beauty and fra­grances to elec­tri­cal goods and home­wares. A leader in the fash­ion and style stakes for over 100 years, they of­fer a wide range of top fash­ion brands

in­clud­ing Cue, Tony Bianco and Wayne Cooper. 436 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8015 6580.


Syd­ney’s only lux­ury duty and tax free des­ti­na­tion in Syd­ney of­fers over 150 brands to choose from, in­clud­ing exclusive col­lec­tions and a wide range of lo­cal prod­ucts. This is your trusted source for the finest in fash­ion and ac­ces­sories, beauty and fra­grances, watches and jew­ellery and wines and spir­its, com­ple­ment­ing ev­ery as­pect of your life­style. Bilin­gual staff are on hand to of­fer prod­uct ex­per­tise. 155 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. 8243 8666.­ney


The beau­ti­fully crafted wares of de­sign­ers Louise Olsen and Stephen Or­mandy are what make Di­nosaur De­signs so unique. Renowned for their jew­ellery and home­wares crafted from resin, you can be sure to pick up a very spe­cial piece. The hard­est part is choos­ing from a huge vi­brant, rain­bow of colours. Shop 77, Strand Ar­cade, 412–414 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9223 2953. 339 Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. 9361 3776. di­nosaur­de­


For sta­tionery, note­books, jour­nals and home­wares with a Scan­di­na­vian touch head to kikki.k. Their beau­ti­ful func­tional de­signs will bring some joy to your ev­ery­day. Check out their travel range of travel diaries, purses, lug­gage tags and bags. Shop LG24, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8264 0123. Shop 2036, Level 2, West­field Syd­ney, 188 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 8098 0147.


A visit to Fin­nish de­sign house, Marimekko, is a treat for all de­sign lovers. From their bold colour­ful de­signs to their qual­ity crafted home­wares, Marimekko are renowned the world over. Pick up de­light­ful de­sign pieces in­clud­ing cloth­ing, shoes, fab­ric, bags, crock­ery, glass­ware, bed­ding and more. Shop 5A, 388 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9299 0372.


As the largest re­tailer in the Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, Vic­to­ria’s Base­ment has cre­ated an invit­ing shop­ping bazaar stock­ing the city’s finest se­lec­tion of pre­mium gift­ware, crys­tal, china, col­lecta­bles, home­ware and kitchen­ware at heav­ily dis­counted prices. Shop for world-fa­mous brands at their world­fa­mous base­ment prices. Base­ment Level, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9261 2674. vic­to­ri­as­base­


To dis­cover the mys­ti­cal, unique Aus­tralian opal look no fur­ther than the ex­pe­ri­ence and pas­sion of this third-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily busi­ness. Cel­e­brat­ing their 70-year an­niver­sary in 2018, Alt­mann + Ch­erny is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised as the old­est Aus­tralian opal jewellers. The ex­tra­or­di­nary artis­tic tal­ent of Fiona Alt­mann, is high­lighted in her stun­ning jew­ellery de­signs. The shape and colour of the opal is care­fully con­sid­ered when de­sign­ing the set­ting to high­light all the beauty of the opal. 18 Pitt Street, (Cir­cu­lar Quay) Syd­ney. 9251 9477. alt­man­nch­


Visit this fam­ily-owned Euro­pean-style jew­ellery sa­lon and dis­cover ex­cep­tional pieces hand­crafted from Aus­tralian opals, South Sea pearls and pink, cham­pagne, co­gnac and white di­a­monds. Gi­u­lians’ highly trained, mul­ti­lin­gual staff will wel­come you to a re­laxed at­mos­phere that re­calls the in­ti­macy and tra­di­tion of a by­gone era. Gi­u­lians of­fers qual­ity pieces of orig­i­nal de­sign and re­mark­able beauty. Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, Level 3, Shop 4, 199 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 98 Har­ring­ton Street, Syd­ney. 9247 5630. gi­u­


As one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing opal com­pa­nies, this cen­tre houses the finest col­lec­tion of opal spec­i­mens on dis­play any­where in the world. A must for over­seas vis­i­tors in­ter­ested in Aus­tralia’s na­tional gem­stone, en­try to this mu­seum is free. Walk through the opal mine and watch opals be­ing cut, while the show­room dis­plays the largest range of opals and opal jew­ellery any­where in Aus­tralia. 60 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9247 6344. na­tion­


The Opal Minded store was founded in 1989 and grew out of the con­tin­u­ing fa­mil­ial tra­di­tion of opal min­ing of its founder, John Bernard-benny. Di­rectly from its own mines in Queens­land, Opal Minded of­fers an un­matched col­lec­tion of mes­meris­ing Jun­dah-opalville opals, which have bench­marked Aus­tralian boul­der opals since the late 19th cen­tury. Opal Minded’s clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary de­signs cap­ti­vate and im­press. 55a Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. 9247 9885. opal­


In the heart of Syd­ney lies Vollé Jew­ellery, your pass­port to the most beau­ti­ful Aus­tralian opals, South Sea pearls and Ar­gyle pink di­a­monds that Aus­tralia has to of­fer. Vollé of­fers an un­par­al­leled jew­ellery ex­pe­ri­ence for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, who are taken back to the Vic­to­rian era as they browse the com­pre­hen­sive range, with ev­ery­thing from small gifts to pre­cious and rare Aus­tralian gems. 149 York Street, (cor­ner of 80 Druitt Street), Syd­ney. 9269 0898. volle­jew­


Lo­cated at Syd­ney’s fa­mous Bondi Beach, the Bondi Mar­kets are open ev­ery Sun­day. Sup­ply­ing a com­bi­na­tion of lo­cal de­signer fash­ion, ac­ces­sories and home­wares, you’ll surely pick up a oneof-a-kind piece. 9am–4pm, Sun­day. Bondi Beach Pub­lic School, Campbell Pa­rade, Bondi Beach. bondi­mar­


Lo­cated just a 10-minute walk from Red­fern Sta­tion,

this busy farm­ers’ mar­ket is very pop­u­lar with lo­cals, fam­i­lies and dogs! Meet lo­cal and re­gional food pro­duc­ers in an old rail yard work­shop in the his­toric sur­rounds of Car­riage­works. Buy qual­ity fruit and veg­eta­bles, meat, poul­try, eggs, cheese and milk as well as bread, baked goods, cakes, pas­tries and desserts. 8am–1pm, ev­ery Satur­day, Car­riage­works, 245 Wil­son Street, Eveleigh. car­riage­


Ev­ery Satur­day within the Glebe Pub­lic School grounds you’ll find the vi­brant and funky Glebe Mar­kets. Stay­ing true to the area’s artis­tic aes­thetic, the mar­kets have a big fo­cus on sec­ond-hand goods and lo­cal ar­ti­sans. Browse around and you’ll find plenty of vin­tage cloth­ing stalls, hand­made resin jew­ellery, ster­ling sil­ver jew­ellery, leather hand­bags, ac­ces­sories, can­dles, soaps and pre-owned DVDS and books. Your in­ner hip­pie will love the crys­tals and dream catch­ers on of­fer. 10am–4pm, ev­ery Satur­day, Glebe Pub­lic School, cor­ner Derby Place and Glebe Point Road, Glebe. glebe­mar­


These mar­kets are great for vis­i­tors to Syd­ney with lots of unique lo­cally de­signed prod­ucts, ar­ti­sanal goods and sou­venirs. Meet the mak­ers and dis­cover art, paint­ings, glass­works, wood­works, lights, sta­tionery, leather bags, jew­ellery, cloth­ing, scarves, boomerangs, ceram­ics, beeswax, can­dles, soaps and so much more! There are food stalls sell­ing corn on the cob, fresh le­mon­ade, meat on skew­ers, Ja­panese pan­cakes, steak sand­wiches, burg­ers and more. Join the queue for the pop­u­lar mar­ket-sta­ple go­zleme, or try a Ger­man hot dog from the Mu­nich Brauhaus stall. 10am–5pm, ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day; Play­fair Street, Ge­orge Street and Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks. the­


Syd­ney’s orig­i­nal and largest out­let cen­tre is sit­u­ated just 10 min­utes from the Syd­ney CBD by the Shop­per Hop­per from Cir­cu­lar Quay or Har­bour­side, bus, taxi, car or wa­ter taxi and of­fer­ing up to 70% off the reg­u­lar re­tail prices. Birkenhead Point is home to over 120 of your favourite na­tional and in­ter­na­tional brands in­clud­ing Hugo Boss, Oro­ton, Nike, Coun­try Road, Calvin Klein, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lau­ren, Sheri­dan, Levi’s, Peter Alexan­der, The Academy Brand, Hype DC, Tommy Hil­figer and Brooks Broth­ers. 19 Roseby Street, Drum­moyne. 9812 8800. birken­head­


Con­ve­niently lo­cated near Cen­tral Sta­tion and the trendy in­ner-west sub­urb of Glebe, Broad­way Syd­ney houses a range of fash­ion, beauty and home­wares stores, great din­ing and restau­rant op­tions, as well as su­per­mar­kets, banks, post of­fice, Hoyts Cine­mas and ma­jor stores, such as Tar­get, Kmart, Aldi and Coles. 1 Bay Street, Ul­timo. 8398 5620. broad­waysyd­


Syd­ney’s down­town shop­ping cen­tre, a mul­ti­level ver­ti­cal mall, fea­tures ev­ery­thing from fash­ion (Adi­das, Hype DC, Glue) and home­wares (Daiso), through to din­ing and liv­ing. Don’t miss the amaz­ing ver­ti­cal gar­den and the new 14 screen Palace Cen­tral Cine­mas. 28 Broad­way, Chip­pen­dale. 8096 9900. cen­tral­parksyd­


This bou­tique shop­ping haven is where shop­pers go to find one-off pieces. The slick min­i­mal­ist de­sign fea­tures four lev­els and a cen­tral pi­azza area. Spe­cial­ity shops in­clude Books Kinokuniya, Syd­ney’s largest global book­store; MUJI, JB Hi-fi, The Body Shop and fash­ion stores in­clud­ing 124 Shoes, Incu and Carhartt. 500 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6800. the­ga­


Har­bour­side is lo­cated on the wa­ter’s edge of Dar­ling Har­bour, with stores spe­cial­is­ing in one-off pieces from lo­cal de­sign­ers and artists, and best of all, Har­bour­side is open un­til 9pm ev­ery day. With more than 30 eater­ies, there’s also a mouth-wa­ter­ing ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional cui­sine with Eat Street and the Prom­e­nade Eatery of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from a quick snack to an in­dul­gent din­ner. 2–10 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. 8398 5700. har­bour­


Pitt Street Mall, lo­cated in the cen­tre of the CBD, nes­tled be­neath the iconic Syd­ney Tower, is the heart of Syd­ney shop­ping. Link­ing shop­pers with West­field Syd­ney, The Strand, Mid­c­ity, flag­ship fash­ion bou­tiques and ma­jor depart­ment stores like Myer, it is a des­ti­na­tion in it­self. Pitt Street, Syd­ney. pittstreet­


Over 100 years old, this stately icon fills an en­tire city block. Hous­ing some of Syd­ney’s most stylish fash­ion bou­tiques, art, jew­ellery and an­tique stores, restau­rants and cafés on five lev­els, you can ex­pe­ri­ence Syd­ney’s chic shop­ping all at the QVB. 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6800.


Wan­der the his­toric cob­ble­stoned laneways and charm­ing streets of The Rocks and dis­cover a hid­den world of funky bou­tiques and lux­ury brands. The Rocks is the home of be­spoke fash­ion where you’ll find some­thing that’s a per­fect fit just for you. You can buy unique jew­ellery, cloth­ing, Aus­tralian art, pho­tog­ra­phy and au­then­tic In­dige­nous arte­facts. Ge­orge Street and sur­rounds, The Rocks. the­


This iconic struc­ture is part of Syd­ney’s his­tory, with fash­ion, jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories on dis­play. The Strand is home to Aus­tralian de­signer fash­ion bou­tiques in­clud­ing Alex Perry, Akira and Lover, while jew­ellery stores in­clude Di­nosaur De­signs, Mon­dial by Na­dia Neu­man and Vic­to­ria Buck­ley Jew­ellery. 412–414 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6800. stran­dar­


If you’re a lover of fash­ion, then take a short train jour­ney to Bondi Junc­tion in the Eastern Sub­urbs, where West­field have cre­ated a fash­ion mecca. Over sev­eral lev­els, you will find the best of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional shoes, fash­ion, ac­ces­sories, beauty, home­wares and food. 500 Ox­ford Street, Bondi Junc­tion. 9947 8000. west­ bondi­junc­tion


West­field Syd­ney of­fers over 300 fash­ion, life­style and food spe­cial­ity stores, de­liv­er­ing an un­ri­valled shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence in the heart of the CBD. The cen­tre is di­vided into a se­ries of dis­tinct precincts, such as lux­ury, ur­ban, Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers. Stores in­clude TOD’S, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Zara, CHANEL, Ignazia, Carla Zam­patti, Se­crets, Mul­berry, Prada, Zim­mer­mann and more. Cor­ner Pitt Street Mall and Mar­ket Street, Syd­ney. 8236 9200. west­­ney


Of­fer­ing fresh and pre­pared food, a unique se­lec­tion of fash­ion, home­wares, life­style items and ser­vices with over 90 spe­cial­ity re­tail­ers, World Square is lo­cated on the CBD’S bustling Ge­orge Street and spans three lev­els of an en­tire city block. En­joy lunch in the re­lax­ing Open Air Square, which is sur­rounded by restau­rants and cafés. 644 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8275 6777. world­


Lo­cated at the el­e­gant Shangri-la Ho­tel Syd­ney, CHI, The Spa fo­cuses on tra­di­tional well­be­ing prac­tices, with a fo­cus on Aus­tralia with such treat­ments as the Wat­tle­seed Reawak­en­ing, a full-body ex­fo­li­a­tion. Shangri-la Ho­tel Syd­ney, 176 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9250 6032.­ney/ shangrila/health-leisure/ chi-the-spa/


This exclusive Syd­ney spa is home to 11 treat­ment rooms where you will be pam­pered from head to toe. Us­ing in­ter­na­tional brands like La Prairie and ESPA, The Dar­ling Spa also fea­tures a heated Moroc­can Ham­mam cham­ber. Level 2, The Dar­ling, 80 Pyr­mont Street, Pyr­mont. 9657 8088. syd­ney/ho­tels-and-spa/ the-dar­ling/spa


You’ll find this serene in­nercity oa­sis at the bot­tom of The Lang­ham ho­tel. With di­vine fa­cials, re­lax­ing mas­sages and body wraps on of­fer, you’ll also have use of the Jacuzzi, steam rooms and the lux­u­ri­ous 25-me­tre in­door pool. Sub-base­ment Level, The Lang­ham Syd­ney, 89–113 Kent Street, Syd­ney. 8248 5250. lang­hamho­ en/the-lang­ham/syd­ney/ well­ness/the-day-spa/


From a na­tive clay and hot oil mas­sage to an Aus­tralian up­lift, The Spa at Park Hy­att Syd­ney prides it­self on their holis­tic treat­ments. For a full day of bliss, try the Aus­tralian Awak­en­ing pack­age. Park Hy­att Syd­ney, 7 Hick­son Road, The Rocks. 9256 1633. hy­­po­rate/spas/ The-spa-syd­ney/en/ home.html


Syd­ney’s flag­ship Ap­ple store on Ge­orge Street is a three­level mecca for tech­heads. You’ll find the lat­est mod­els of iphones, ipads, Mac­books and more, as well as the Ge­nius Bar for any tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties that might pop up on your trav­els. 367 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 8083 9400. ap­


4A Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Asian Art (4A) presents a dy­namic pro­gram of Asian con­tem­po­rary art. With a fo­cus on art that ad­dresses the Asian-aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as fos­ter­ing an un­der­stand­ing be­tween dif­fer­ent cul­tures, 4A is a hid­den arts gem near the city’s Chi­na­town precinct. 181–187 Hay Street, Syd­ney. 9212 0380.


Abo­rig­i­nal Art Gal­leries is Syd­ney’s largest col­lab­o­ra­tive of In­dige­nous art gal­leries, pre­sent­ing over 140 artists from which to choose. They have on of­fer Abo­rig­i­nal art­works, didgeri­doos, sculp­tures, totem poles and other arte­facts. View a large va­ri­ety of beau­ti­ful af­ford­able or in­vest­ment art­works by Dorothy Na­pan­gardi, Walangkura Na­panangka, Min­nie Pw­erle and Kud­ditji Kng­war­r­eye. Opera Quays, Shop 13, 2 East Cir­cu­lar Quay. Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, Shop 47–51, Level 2, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 1300 385 862. abo­rig­i­nalart­gal­


The Brett Whiteley Stu­dio was the work­place and home of Aus­tralian artist, Brett Whiteley (1939–92). The stu­dio is com­plete with his un­fin­ished paint­ings, art equip­ment and col­lec­tions of ref­er­ence books. There are chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions of the artist’s works in­clud­ing paint­ings, draw­ings, sculp­ture and graph­ics. Also on dis­play is mem­o­ra­bilia such as pho­to­graphs, ob­jects, post­cards, fur­ni­ture, his mu­sic col­lec­tion and sketch­books. 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills. 9225 1881. art­ brett-whiteley-stu­dio


Lo­cated 10 min­utes from the CBD and spread over three lev­els, this gallery stocks a huge range of con­tem­po­rary In­dige­nous art of note in­clud­ing pieces from Glo­ria Pet­yarre, Min­nie Pw­erle and Emily Kng­war­r­eye, and a host of other ac­com­plished and emerg­ing artists. Of­fer­ing per­son­alised ser­vice, their friendly staff are on hand to as­sist with any queries you may have. 680 Dar­ling Street, Rozelle. 9555 5283. ka­te­owen­


Lo­cated at Faulcon­bridge in the beau­ti­ful Blue Moun­tains, the Nor­man Lindsay Gallery and Mu­seum cel­e­brates the life and work of Aus­tralian artist and writer Nor­man Lindsay (18791969), best known for his clas­sic chil­dren’s book “The Magic Pud­ding”. Ex­plore the land­scaped gar­dens, then head in­side the his­toric sand­stone cot­tage which is now home to an ex­hi­bi­tion of Lindsay’s work, in­clud­ing wa­ter­colours, sculp­tures, and mem­o­ra­bilia. 14 Nor­man Lindsay Cres­cent, Faulcon­bridge. 4751 1067. nor­man­lind­


A ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion of Sal­vador Dalí art is on now at Bil­lich Gallery in The Rocks pre­sented by Art Evo­lu­ See bronze sculp­tures and graphic art­works of Dali’s fa­mous melted clock in­clud­ing the mon­u­men­tal “No­bil­ity of Time” and the “Dance of Time II” sculp­tures. Also on dis­play are three spec­tac­u­lar mu­seum size Dalí bronze sculp­tures and one Mon­u­men­tal Dalí bronze sculp­ture to be pub­licly dis­played on Ge­orge Street op­po­site First Fleet Park. Bil­lich Gallery, 106 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. artevo­lu­


The White Rab­bit Gallery is home to an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese art. Founded by Kerr and Ju­dith Neil­son, it fo­cuses on works pro­duced af­ter the year 2000. There are two new ex­hi­bi­tions hung each year, and ad­mis­sion to the gallery is free. 30 Bal­four Street, Chip­pen­dale. 8399 2867. whit­er­ab­bit­col­lec­


The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing and most pop­u­lar mu­se­ums, of­fer­ing five lev­els of art. Ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian art, Abo­rig­i­nal art, the Asian wing with works from China, Ja­pan and South-east Asia and see Euro­pean art from the Re­nais­sance to Vic­to­rian times.

Art Gallery Road, The Do­main, Syd­ney. Spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions may be tick­eted. 1800 679 278. art­


The MCA is Aus­tralia’s Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, ded­i­cated to ex­hibit­ing, col­lect­ing and in­ter­pret­ing the work of to­day’s artists from across Aus­tralia and around the world. With a con­tin­u­ally chang­ing pro­gram of ex­hi­bi­tions and stim­u­lat­ing events there’s al­ways some­thing new and in­spir­ing to see. 140 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. Daily 10am–5pm ex­cept Wed­nes­day 10am–9pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions may be tick­eted. 9245 2400.


Wher­ever you are go­ing Avis will help get you there with a wide range of ve­hi­cles avail­able to hire. For a stress­free car rental ex­pe­ri­ence, you can rely on Avis. 136 333.


Brunel World­wide Chauf­feur Drive is a bou­tique lux­ury trans­port ser­vice. Cap­ture the ex­cit­ing at­mos­phere of Syd­ney in the air-con­di­tioned com­fort of a Brunel chauf­feured car. They of­fer per­son­alised tour­ing around Syd­ney and its en­vi­rons, in­clud­ing air­port trans­fers. En­joy lux­ury limos in Syd­ney, with to­tal se­cu­rity, pri­vacy and con­fi­den­tial­ity. 1300 855 955. brunelchauf­feur­


With great on­line deals and low rates, East Coast Car Ren­tals make book­ing a hire car easy. They have new or near-new mod­els avail­able from a va­ri­ety of rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Hyundai, Toyota and Honda. 151 William Street, Dar­linghurst. 200 O’ri­or­dan Street, Mas­cot. 1800 EAST COAST (1800 327 826). east­coast­car­


Dis­cover Syd­ney’s most fa­mous icon—its beau­ti­ful Har­bour—on a Cap­tain Cook Cruise. With a range of award-win­ning din­ing and sight­see­ing cruises, plus Hop On Hop Off fer­ries up to 11 des­ti­na­tions and spe­cial event cruises, you won’t miss a minute of what Syd­ney’s amaz­ing har­bour has to of­fer. Their Baranga­roo Fast Ferry is a new di­rect ser­vice be­tween Manly and Syd­ney’s new­est and most ex­cit­ing city precinct—baranga­roo. No.6 Wharf, Cir­cu­lar Quay. King St Wharf 1, and Pier 26, Dar­ling Har­bour. 9206 1111. cap­tain­


Fantasea Cruis­ing of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of har­bour cruise ex­pe­ri­ences, from hop-on hop-off cruises, to morn­ing tea cruises to wa­ter taxis. En­joy a va­ri­ety of clas­sic Aussie touches on the Syd­ney Har­bour Snap­shot Cruise. You’ll get up close and per­sonal with var­i­ous iconic sites in the har­bour. 1800 326 822.


My Fast Ferry is the per­fect way to ex­plore Syd­ney, and with so many op­tions avail­able there is sure to be some­thing for ev­ery­one. Book on­line at my­fast­ferry. or pur­chase tick­ets di­rectly via the My­fast­ferry app. The Eco­hop­per 24-hour hop-on hop-off sight­see­ing pass vis­its pop­u­lar har­bour lo­ca­tions; Manly, Dar­ling Har­bour, Wat­sons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Fort Deni­son, Quar­an­tine Sta­tion, Cir­cu­lar Quay, Rose Bay, Pyr­mont Bay and Mil­son’s Point. If you are head­ing to Manly, catch the fast ferry, it only takes 18 min­utes and ser­vices de­part ev­ery 20 min­utes from Wharf 2. Har­bour Sight­see­ing cruise de­parts Wharf 6, Cir­cu­lar Quay and to Manly de­parts Wharf 2, Cir­cu­lar Quay. 9583 1199. my­fast­


Fer­ries de­part ev­ery week­end be­tween 9am and 5pm be­tween Syd­ney Fish Mar­ket and Baranga­roo, King Street Wharf No.1. The mar­ket is the largest of its kind in the South­ern Hemi­sphere with a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of seafood, wines, bak­ery and gourmet deli items which can all be en­joyed from a wa­ter­side pic­nic ta­ble or restau­rant. Tick­ets from $9 per per­son. 9206 1111. cap­tain­


Whale watch­ing sea­son is here. The three-hour dis­cov­ery cruise on Ocean Dream­ing II will take you on Syd­ney’s largest and best pur­pose-built whale watch­ing boat, en­sur­ing a smooth and com­fort­able ride over three lev­els with 360-de­gree wrap around spa­cious decks, per­fect for spot­ting whales from all an­gles. The two-hour Ad­ven­ture Cruise on To­tally Wild takes you on a pur­pose-built, 27-seat high speed craft, per­fect for thrill seek­ers want­ing an adrenalin rush. Travel with the best for less with the Whale Watch­ing Dis­cov­ery Cruise Combo. In­clud­ing the three-hour Dis­cov­ery Whale Watch­ing Cruise, a 24-hour Eco­hop­per Pass, the Manly Fast Ferry, three dif­fer­ent har­bour ferry ser­vices plus pro­fes­sional pho­tos taken on­board a whale watch­ing cruise, there’s no bet­ter deal

for the full har­bour and ocean ex­pe­ri­ence. 9583 1199. whale­watch­ingsyd­


The Zoo Ex­press makes get­ting to Taronga Zoo fun, as it lets you re­lax and en­joy the scenic feast of the Har­bour. The Zoo Ex­press in­cludes your re­turn rocket ferry with com­men­tary, en­try to Taronga Zoo and Sky Sa­fari ca­ble car, leav­ing from Dar­ling Har­bour, Wat­sons Bay or Cir­cu­lar Quay. The Zoo Ex­press tick­ets are avail­able from Cap­tain Cook Cruises and de­part ap­prox­i­mately ev­ery 30 to 45 min­utes. 9206 1111. cap­tain­


For trip plan­ning, routes and maps for all pub­lic trans­port in Syd­ney, in­clud­ing trains, buses, light rail and fer­ries visit trans­


There are ma­jor bus ter­mi­nals at Wyn­yard Sta­tion (York Street), the Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing (York Street), and Rail­way Square. Buses op­er­ate right across Syd­ney, with pri­or­ity routes in the Syd­ney Cen­tral Busi­ness District (CBD) along El­iz­a­beth Street, Castlereagh Street, Park Street, Druitt Street, Clarence Street and York Street. To travel on pub­lic trans­port in Syd­ney, you will need an Opal Card. Don’t for­get to tap on and tap off! trans­


Cir­cu­lar Quay is the main ferry hub in Syd­ney with fer­ries depart­ing from a num­ber of wharves. From Cir­cu­lar Quay you can travel by ferry to nu­mer­ous

tourist des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Cock­a­too Is­land, Baranga­roo, Taronga Zoo, Wat­sons Bay and Manly. trans­


The Syd­ney Light Rail net­work links the hub of Cen­tral Sta­tion with Syd­ney’s in­ner-west via Pyr­mont, Glebe, Le­ich­hardt North, and Lewisham West right through to Dul­wich Hill. Syd­ney Light Rail is a com­fort­able, con­ve­nient and ef­fi­cient mode of trans­port. Tap on and off with your Opal Card when you use light rail. The net­work is cur­rently be­ing ex­tended through the CBD. Road clo­sures and di­ver­sions are in place. trans­


Opal Card is an elec­tronic ‘smart card’ tick­et­ing sys­tem used through­out the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem in Syd­ney, the Blue Moun­tains, Cen­tral Coast, Hunter Valley, Illawarra and the South­ern High­lands, which al­lows easy and con­ve­nient travel across the ferry, rail, light rail and bus net­works. Sim­ply tap on at the start of your jour­ney be­fore you board, then tap off as you are leav­ing. Opal Cards can be pur­chased from var­i­ous re­tail­ers through­out Syd­ney.


Syd­ney Trains has eight lines, each colour coded for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. In the City, trains run through the City Cir­cle line from Cen­tral on to Town Hall, Wyn­yard, Cir­cu­lar Quay, St James, Mu­seum and back to Cen­tral. Syd­ney Trains op­er­ate through­out the Syd­ney metropoli­tan area. NSW Train­link serves more than 480 des­ti­na­tions by train and coach through­out NSW. In­ter­city trains link the South Coast, South­ern High­lands, Blue Moun­tains, Cen­tral Coast and Hunter re­gions of NSW. Re­gional trains and coaches link the South­ern, Western, North Western and North Coast re­gions of NSW as well as link­ing Can­berra, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane. trans­


AAT Kings bring Syd­ney and sur­rounds to life with a range of half day and full day tours. Dis­cover the ma­jes­tic Blue Moun­tains, ex­plore the scenic Hunter Valley wine re­gion, visit Aus­tralia’s cap­i­tal Can­berra or see Syd­ney’s fab­u­lous city sights. You’ll en­joy stress-free travel, lux­ury air-con­di­tioned coaches, ex­pert com­men­tary and all the must-see high­lights. Their friendly and en­gag­ing Driver Guides will en­hance your ex­pe­ri­ence with sto­ries, lo­cal knowl­edge and a sense of fun. AAT Kings also of­fer se­lected free ho­tel pick-ups so all you need to do is re­lax and en­joy your day. 1300 228 546. aatk­


For a guided bike tour around Syd­ney head to Bonza Bike Tours. It is a fun, safe way to get around, with their guides show­ing you where to go. Try the Syd­ney Clas­sic tour to take in all the city’s fa­mous sights, or per­haps try the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge ride and ride across this marvel­lous icon. 30 Har­ring­ton Street, The Rocks. 9247 8800. bon­z­abike­


Take a guided Segway Tour at New­ing­ton Ar­mory in Syd­ney Olympic Park. Zoom around the his­toric grounds of the Ar­mory for a fun out­door ad­ven­ture. You can cruise up and around on paths, through grassed ar­eas, around old bunkers and her­itage-listed build­ings and travel across a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ter­rain. New­ing­ton Ar­mory, Syd­ney Olympic Park. 1300 85 99 83. seg­way­


Sport­ing fans will love the Syd­ney Cricket Ground Guided Walk­ing Tour which takes you all around the famed Syd­ney Cricket Ground (SCG), Al­lianz Sta­dium and SCG Mu­seum. It is avail­able to the pub­lic most days of the year (some block­out days ap­ply when events are on) and caters to all sports lovers. You’ll get to visit the tele­vi­sion com­men­tary box, get your chance to be a jour­nal­ist in the press rooms, and take in the in­cred­i­ble views from the top of the grand­stands. Then you’ll get a fas­ci­nat­ing look into the his­tory of this marvel­lous venue at the SCG Mu­seum. Mon–sat at 10am. Tours de­part from the Venue Ser­vices Of­fice, Gate A, Al­lianz Sta­dium fore­court, Driver Av­enue, Moore Park. scg­


De­signed by Dan­ish ar­chi­tect Jørn Ut­zon and com­pleted in 1973, the Syd­ney Opera House is one of the world’s most fa­mous struc­tures. You can now see in­side the world’s most recog­nis­able sails on a va­ri­ety of Syd­ney Opera House tours. The Syd­ney Opera House Tour is a clas­sic choice, and it runs daily, of­fer­ing an up-close look in­side this ar­chi­tec­tural gem. Visit ar­eas off-lim­its to the pub­lic and un­cover the sto­ries and his­tory be­hind this spe­cial build­ing. The Syd­ney Opera House Tour is also avail­able in dif­fer­ent lan­guages in­clud­ing Man­darin, Ja­panese, Ger­man, French, Spanish and Korean. Ex­plore be­hind-the-scenes on the Back­stage Tour. Walk through the per­former’s re­hearsal spa­ces and hear in­sider se­crets. The Taste of the Opera House tour only op­er­ates monthly but is a foodie’s dream as you wine and dine your way around the Syd­ney Opera House’s restau­rants and bars, in­clud­ing Port­side Syd­ney and Ben­ne­long. Visit the Wel­come Cen­tre or Box Of­fice to book tours. Syd­ney Opera House. Tours leave ev­ery half-hour from 9am–5pm daily. 9250 7250. syd­ney­op­er­a­


For a fun, spooky, and ed­u­ca­tional time try a Rocks Ghost Tour. Their adult tours op­er­ate ev­ery night of the week, and you’ll learn about the haunt­ings, hang­ings and mur­ders that have oc­curred in the area. Be­ware of strange sight­ings and spir­i­tual en­coun­ters. Tours nightly. 9241 1283. ghost­


Ex­plore the his­tory of Syd­ney on The Rocks Walk­ing Tour. These tours are both en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive as you walk the cob­ble­stoned streets of The Rocks and learn about its unique past from your friendly guides. You’ll get to wan­der down hid­den al­ley­ways, dis­cover the

nooks and cran­nies, and un­der­stand the liv­ing his­tory and her­itage of Aus­tralia’s first Bri­tish set­tle­ment. Depart­ing daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Shop 4a, Clock­tower Square, cor­ner Ar­gyle and Har­ring­ton Streets, The Rocks. 9247 6678. rock­swalk­ing­


The city’s Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tres are a one-stop shop for all your vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion needs. Staff are on hand to as­sist vis­i­tors with maps, brochures and other in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and travel around Syd­ney and New South Wales, in­clud­ing a free book­ing ser­vice.


Cen­trally lo­cated in the his­toric Rocks area, Syd­ney Vis­i­tor Cen­tre is a great start­ing point when ex­plor­ing The Rocks. Shop 1–2, The Rocks Cen­tre, Cor­ner Play­fair and Ar­gyle Streets, The Rocks. Daily 9.30am–5.30pm (ex­cept Christ­mas Day and Good Fri­day). 8273 0000. aus­tralian­vis­i­tor­


As soon as you step off the ferry in Manly, head to the Hello Manly In­for­ma­tion and Book­ing Cen­tre for ad­vice on what to do, where to go and how to spend your time in this coastal town. Manly Wharf Fore­court, Manly. Daily Mon–fri 9am– 5pm, week­ends 10am–4pm (ex­cept Christ­mas Day). 9976 1430. hel­


Wa­ter taxis are an easy and con­ve­nient way to criss­cross the har­bour, whether head­ing out on a day trip, or need­ing a safe way to re­turn home af­ter a night out.


Pro­fes­sional and re­li­able on-time ser­vice awaits at H20 Maxi Taxis. If you have a large or small group, this is a safe and fast way to trans­port them across the har­bour. 1300 420 829. h2owa­ter­


Wa­ter Taxis Com­bined pick up and drop off from any lo­ca­tion on Syd­ney Har­bour, in­clud­ing ferry wharves and pub­lic pon­toons. They of­fer com­pet­i­tive pric­ing, and a wide fleet of boats, per­fect for any oc­ca­sion and any size group. 9555 8888. wa­ter­


Fantasea Cruis­ing op­er­ate the Yel­low Wa­ter Taxis on Syd­ney Har­bour. They of­fer a large and safe fleet of yel­low wa­ter taxis to get you around the har­bour, whether you are in need of a har­bour shut­tle or a sight­see­ing cruise. 1800 326 822. yel­lowwa­ter­


Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous beach is pop­u­lar no mat­ter what time of the year it is. The golden sands and gen­tle blue waves are great for swim­ming and learn­ing to surf. Walk along the shore, take a dip in the wa­ter or re­lax on the sand—bondi Beach is Syd­ney at its best. Campbell Pa­rade, Bondi.


Lo­cated on Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge, Bridgeclimb is one of the city’s favourite pas­times. More than 3 mil­lion peo­ple have ven­tured across the cat­walks, lad­ders and arches to get to the 134-me­tre-high peak, look­ing down over the shim­mer­ing har­bour and across to the im­mense city sky­scrapers. 3 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 8274 7777.


Cock­a­too Is­land is a UNESCO World Her­itage is­land lo­cated in the mid­dle of Syd­ney Har­bour. Ex­plore the is­land through its nu­mer­ous walk­ing paths and tun­nels, and learn more about the con­vict his­tory of this for­mer ship build­ing dock­yard. You can even stay overnight in the campground. Cock­a­too Is­land, Syd­ney Har­bour. 8969 2100. cock­a­toois­


This wa­ter­side precinct is renowned for its vast ar­ray of restau­rants, shops and tourist at­trac­tions in­clud­ing SEA LIFE Syd­ney Aquar­ium, WILD LIFE Syd­ney Zoo, Madame Tus­sauds Syd­ney, the Pow­er­house Mu­seum, Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum and a chil­dren’s play­ground. From the city, walk down Mar­ket or Bathurst Streets and across the foot­bridge. 9240 8500. dar­ling­har­


Lo­cated in Syd­ney’s west, Featherdale Wildlife Park is a hands-on wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence with a fo­cus on an­i­mal ed­u­ca­tion. From koalas, kan­ga­roos and wom­bats, through to snakes, crocodiles, lizards, birds and more, you’ll get to see so many an­i­mals up close. You can even have a per­sonal en­counter with a koala, owl, rep­tile or dingo. 217–229 Kil­dare Road, Doon­side. Daily 8am–5pm. 9622 1644.


Luna Park is Syd­ney’s top en­ter­tain­ment precinct of many faces! Bring the fam­ily and en­joy a day of fun on The Wild Mouse—syd­ney’s favourite roller­coaster, the fer­ris wheel, Coney Is­land, mir­ror maze or the nu­mer­ous other rides and at­trac­tions. 1 Olympic Drive, Mil­sons Point. Open­ing times vary, check on­line. 9922 6644. lu­na­parksyd­


The world-fa­mous wax at­trac­tion Madame Tus­sauds Syd­ney al­lows you to get up close and per­sonal with over 70 of the world’s iconic celebri­ties and our very own Aussie stars! With nine ex­cit­ing, in­ter­ac­tive zones Madame Tus­sauds com­bines glitz and glam­our with in­cred­i­ble his­tory. Aquar­ium Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 10am–6pm. madame­tus­ syd­ney/en/


One of Syd­ney’s favourite beach­side sub­urbs is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Cir­cu­lar Quay. The trip on the Manly Ferry is spec­tac­u­lar and once in Manly, there is so much to do. Take a surf les­son, go for a dip, hire a bike and ride along the beach­front or stroll around to beau­ti­ful Shelly Beach and go for a snorkel. Then there are the many restau­rants and bars in which to sit back and re­lax by the sea­side. Manly. 9976 1430. hel­


The Mint is one of Syd­ney CBD’S old­est pub­lic build­ings and is an his­toric coin­ing fac­tory. The build­ing was con­structed in 1811–1816 as the south wing of Gov­er­nor Mac­quarie’s Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal for convicts. The hos­pi­tal be­came known as the ‘Rum Hos­pi­tal’, be­cause it was built in ex­change for exclusive rights for three mer­chants to im­port

45,000 gal­lons of spir­its to the colony. 10 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. Mon–fri 9.30am– 5pm (closed week­ends). 8239 2288. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ the-mint


This his­toric precinct is lo­cated north of the CBD, be­tween Cir­cu­lar Quay and Walsh Bay. Wan­der the cob­ble­stoned streets and dis­cover the many sto­ries from The Rocks’ con­vict past at The Rocks Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum. Check out the mar­kets at the week­ends, then head to one of the many restau­rants and bars in the area. Be sure to drop by one of The Rocks’ his­toric pubs for a drink or two with lo­cals. The Rocks. the­


Be taken on a jour­ney of amaz­ing dis­cov­ery through 14 themed ar­eas, in­clud­ing the trop­i­cal Bay of Rays, Dis­cov­ery Rock­pool, South Coast Ship­wreck, Dugong Is­land and more. SEA LIFE Syd­ney Aquar­ium is also home to the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian aquatic life. Aquar­ium Pier, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 10am–7pm. syd­neyaquar­


The star of our New Year’s Eve fire­works and prob­a­bly the most pho­tographed man-made struc­ture in Aus­tralia, the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge opened in 1932 as the world’s tallest steel arch bridge. More than 200,000 cars travel over the bridge ev­ery day. Climb up the 200 stairs in the South East Py­lon to the look­out and check out the mu­seum in­side.


The Syd­ney Ob­ser­va­tory at The Rocks is con­sis­tently ranked by Syd­neysiders as one of the city’s favourite at­trac­tions. It’s the place to en­joy a starry night, watch a 3D show, and learn about the uni­verse. The Ob­ser­va­tory is also a favourite ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tion for lo­cals and runs shows by day and by night. 1003 Up­per Fort Street, Millers Point. 9217 0111. syd­ney­ob­ser­va­


An easy train or ferry ride from Syd­ney’s CBD will get you to Syd­ney Olympic Park. Built for the Syd­ney 2000 Olympics, Syd­ney Olympic Park is now known as one of Syd­ney’s ma­jor sport­ing and en­ter­tain­ment venues. There are lots of fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy and plenty of green spa­ces to ex­plore. Aus­tralia Av­enue, Syd­ney Olympic Park. 9714 7888. syd­ney­olympic­


The Syd­ney Opera House is one of the most recog­nised build­ings in the world. It was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Jørn Ut­zon and opened in 1973. To­day it is home to a huge pro­gram of events en­com­pass­ing mu­sic, the­atre, dance, ideas, com­edy and more. You can take a tour and learn more about this mas­ter­piece, or stop by the fa­mous Opera Bar for a drink and

bask in the glory of this ar­chi­tec­tural beauty. Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. 9250 7111. syd­ney­op­er­a­


Lo­cated on the shores of Syd­ney Har­bour, Taronga Zoo show­cases over 4,000 an­i­mals from all around the world. Get nose to nose with ev­ery­thing from emus to ele­phants and lions to lizards. There are reg­u­lar shows and feed­ing times, with great photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. Bradley’s Head Road, Mos­man. Daily 9.30am–5pm (Sep–apr), 9.30am–4.30pm (May–aug). 9969 2777.


The Goods Line is Syd­ney’s an­swer to New York’s High Line. Run­ning from Rail­way Square near Cen­tral Sta­tion, through to Dar­ling Har­bour along an old freight rail­way cor­ri­dor, the path­way is an ur­ban re­treat. Walk past the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Syd­ney’s ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece, the Frank Gehry-de­signed Dr Chau Chak Wing Build­ing, known to lo­cals as the “pa­per bag” build­ing. Along the way take a seat at one of the bright com­mu­nal pic­nic ta­bles, or have a fun game of ta­ble ten­nis. From Rail­way Square, Ul­timo to Dar­ling Har­bour.


Get wet at Syd­ney’s big­gest wa­ter theme park—wet’n’wild Syd­ney! En­joy ac­tion-packed rides like 360Rush, fea­tur­ing 360-de­gree loop­ing wa­ter slides to The Surf Deck, where you can learn to catch a wave. The whole fam­ily will en­joy The Beach, Aus­tralia’s largest wave pool, and Boomerang Bay. Open Sept–apr only, check web­site for open­ing days. 427 Reser­voir Road, Prospect. wet­nwildsyd­


Jour­ney around Aus­tralia on an all-aussie an­i­mal ad­ven­ture at WILD LIFE Syd­ney Zoo. Come face to face with one of the world’s largest salt­wa­ter crocodiles at the amaz­ing Kakadu Gorge. Ex­plore the Kan­ga­roo Walk-about, meet koalas in Gum Tree Valley and more! WILD LIFE Syd­ney Zoo fea­tures in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, en­ter­tain­ing keeper talks and en­hanced walk-through habi­tats in­clud­ing Koala En­coun­ters and But­ter­fly Trop­ics. Aquar­ium Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 10am–5pm. wildlifesyd­


Aus­tralia’s first pub­lic mu­seum is ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing and un­der­stand­ing the world. Their ex­hi­bi­tions are a joy for adults and kids alike. Col­lec­tions not to be missed in­clude First Aus­tralians and Wild Planet. 1 William Street, Syd­ney. Daily 9.30am–5pm. 9320 6000. aus­tralian­mu­


Aus­tralia’s ded­i­cated mar­itime mu­seum is lo­cated right on the wa­ter’s edge at Dar­ling Har­bour. Their core ex­hi­bi­tions ex­plore mar­itime as­pects of In­dige­nous cul­ture, Euro­pean ex­plo­ration, im­mi­gra­tion, sport and leisure, de­fence and Aus­tralia’s mar­itime links with the USA. Climb aboard the HMAS Vam­pire, Aus­tralia’s largest mu­seum ves­sel and the last of the coun­try’s big gun ships. 2 Mur­ray Street, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 9.30am–5pm. 9298 3777.


Hyde Park Bar­racks is a sig­nif­i­cant con­vict site in Aus­tralia, and has had World Her­itage list sta­tus since 2010. The Hyde Park Bar­racks stood at the cen­tre of the world’s largest and most di­verse sys­tem of trans­ported con­vict labour. More than 50,000 convicts passed through its gates from 1819 to 1848. In 1984, the Bar­racks opened as a mu­seum, and to­day, you can learn the sto­ries of the thou­sands of men and women who lived and worked here. Queens Square, Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. Daily 10am–5pm. 8239 2311. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ hyde-park-bar­racks-mu­seum


The Mu­seum of Syd­ney is on the site of Aus­tralia’s first Gov­ern­ment House, built in 1788 by NSW’S first Gov­er­nor, Cap­tain Arthur Phillip. The build­ings’ foun­da­tions were suc­cess­fully ex­ca­vated by ar­chae­ol­o­gists in the 1980s and are now a cen­tre­piece of the mu­seum. The mu­seum ex­tends over three floors, ex­hibit­ing colo­nial his­tory, doc­u­ments, fur­ni­ture and art, and in­dige­nous cul­ture. Cor­ner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Syd­ney. 9251 5988. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ mu­seum-of-syd­ney


The Pow­er­house Mu­seum con­tains a unique and di­verse col­lec­tion that spans his­tory, science, tech­nol­ogy, de­sign, in­dus­try, dec­o­ra­tive arts, mu­sic, trans­port and space ex­plo­ration. Their pro­grams have a strong fo­cus on the ideas and tech­nolo­gies that have changed our world, and the peo­ple who cre­ated them. 500 Har­ris Street, Ul­timo. 9217 0111.­seum


This fam­ily-friendly mu­seum tells the story of The Rocks area of Syd­ney from pre-euro­pean days to the present. Housed in a re­stored 1850s sand­stone ware­house, the mu­seum is home to a unique col­lec­tion of im­ages and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts found in The Rocks. The ex­hibits are filled with in­ter­ac­tive fun, us­ing touch screens to bring the his­tory of the area alive. Ken­dall Lane (en­ter via Ar­gyle Street), The Rocks. Daily 10am–5pm. 9240 8680. the­


Su­san­nah Place has been home to more than 100 fam­i­lies through­out his­tory. Learn their sto­ries in this orig­i­nal ter­race of four houses that has sur­vived mod­ern de­vel­op­ment. Don’t for­get to pick up a unique sou­venir at the de­light­fully re-cre­ated 1915 cor­ner shop. 58–64 Glouces­ter Street, The Rocks. Daily 2pm–5pm. 9241 1893. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ au/su­san­nah-place-mu­seum


The Aus­tralian Botanic Gar­den, Mount Annan is Aus­tralia’s largest botanic gar­den with more than 416 hectares for vis­i­tors to dis­cover. The Gar­den fea­tures themed ar­eas such as the Wat­tle and Banksia gar­dens, 7 kilo­me­tres of moun­tain bike trails and more than 20 kilo­me­tres of walk­ing tracks. Narel­lan Road, Mount Annan. Daily 8am–5pm (un­til 7pm dur­ing sum­mer). 4634 7900. aus­tralian­b­otan­ic­gar­


Baranga­roo Re­serve of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge, ANZAC Bridge and sur­rounds. The six-hectare head­land has been planted with over 75,000 trees and shrubs. Stroll around the fore­shore on the Wu­lugul Walk, lie back on the Stargazer Lawn or bask in the vast mul­tipur­pose space of The Cut­away. En­ter via Ar­gyle Place or Towns Place, Walsh Bay. 9255 1700. baranga­roo.syd­ney


Stroll through 78 acres of mag­nif­i­cent land­scaped gar­dens hous­ing Aus­tralia’s most ex­ten­sive cool-cli­mate col­lec­tion. Themed dis­plays in­clude the Plant Ex­plorer’s Walk, the an­cient Gond­wana For­est with pre­his­toric Wollemi Pines and the south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest rock gar­den. Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah. Mon–fri 9am–5.30pm, Sat–sun 9.30am–5.30pm. 4567 3000. blue­moun­tains­b­otanic gar­


A gift from China’s Guang­dong prov­ince in 1988 to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia’s Bi­cen­te­nary, the Chi­nese Gar­den of Friend­ship is one of the few tra­di­tional gar­dens of its type in ex­is­tence out­side main­land China. Pier Street, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 9.30am–5pm (Apr–sep), 9.30am–5.30pm (Oct–mar). 9240 8888. chi­ne­segar­


Cen­ten­nial Park­lands is a beau­ti­ful recre­ation area in the mid­dle of Syd­ney’s iconic Eastern Sub­urbs. Home to a di­verse range of flora and fauna, Cen­ten­nial Park­lands is a play­ground for both adults and chil­dren alike. It is one of the few in­ner-city parks with horse-rid­ing fa­cil­i­ties as well. En­try via Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. 9339 6699. cen­ten­ni­al­park­


Hyde Park is Aus­tralia’s old­est park, and one of its most well-known. Lo­cated in Cen­tral Syd­ney, it is the per­fect spot for a pic­nic or if you just want a break from the bustling city streets. You’ll also find that Hyde Park is home to nu­mer­ous spe­cial events through­out the year. El­iz­a­beth Street, Syd­ney.


Come into the gar­dens and dis­cover hid­den botanic trea­sures set against one of the most mag­nif­i­cent vis­tas in the world. Of­fer­ing ar­guably the best views of the Syd­ney Opera House and Syd­ney Har­bour, a visit to Syd­ney isn’t com­plete with­out a walk through the beau­ti­ful Royal Botanic Gar­den Syd­ney. Mrs Mac­quar­ies Road, Syd­ney. Daily from 7am, check web­site for sea­sonal clos­ing times. 9231 8111.


Asian Spice Al­ley is Syd­ney’s not-so-se­cret hid­den din­ing laneway of­fer­ing some truly au­then­tic Asian cui­sine. You’ll find Spice Al­ley in Chip­pen­dale’s Kens­ing­ton Street of­fer­ing sev­eral hawker-style eater­ies un­der a ceil­ing of lanterns. Try Sin­ga­porean dishes at Alex Lee Kitchen, Viet­namese at Viet, Thai Street Food at Bang Luck, Malaysian at Old Jim Kee, Can­tonese at Hong Kong Diner and Ja­panese at Kyo-to. 18–20 Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. Sun–wed 11am–10pm (last or­ders 9:30pm), Thu–sat 11am– 10.30pm (last or­ders 10pm). 9281 0822. spiceal­ CIR­CU­LAR QUAY


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Aria is an award-win­ning restau­rant by famed Aus­tralian chef Matt Mo­ran. Aria pro­vides a fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with strik­ing har­bour and Syd­ney Opera House views, a sea­sonal tast­ing menu and ex­ten­sive wine list, served in an in­ti­mate and el­e­gant din­ing room. Aria first opened its doors in 1999 and is highly re­garded and awarded both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. 1 Mac­quarie Street, East Cir­cu­lar Quay. Lunch Mon– Fri 12pm–2.15pm, Sat 12pm– 1.30pm (va­cate by 4pm), Sun 12pm–1.45pm (va­cate by 4.30pm); Din­ner Mon–fri 5.30pm–10.30pm, Sat 5pm–11pm, Sun 5.30pm–10pm. 9240 2255. ari­arestau­­ney


Mex­i­can Bar Patrón by Rock­pool is a mod­ern Mex­i­can restau­rant. It fea­tures a menu of quin­tes­sen­tial Mex­i­can favourites such as em­panadas, tamales, que­sadil­las and tacos; soups and small plates of es­quites and tostadas; tor­tas and tra­di­tional sand­wiches; and larger plates of en­chi­ladas, en­mo­lada con pollo and shared taco plat­ters. A de­light­ful range of pas­tries and desserts are hand­made on site daily. Cock­tails de­liver a re­fresh­ing take on clas­sic Mex­i­can drinks, such as the Paloma, Can­tar­ito and Ponche de Granada. 2 Phillip Street, Syd­ney. Daily mid­day-late. 9259 5624. barpa­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Con­sid­ered one of Syd­ney’s best restau­rants, Ben­ne­long pairs Aus­tralian fine din­ing with the best views in town. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Peter Gil­more show­cases an in­cred­i­ble menu filled with an ar­ray of the finest Aus­tralian pro­duce. Ben­ne­long of­fers a la carte din­ing, as well as the re­laxed Cured & Cul­tured counter, ideal for ca­sual meal and a glass of wine. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Restau­rant hours: Lunch Fri– Sun 12pm–2.30pm, din­ner Sun–wed 5.30pm–9.30pm, Thu–sat 5.30pm–10pm. 9240 8000. ben­ne­


Around The World This din­ing precinct at Cir­cu­lar Quay of­fers a bustling hub of eater­ies to ex­plore. Open seven days a week, Gate­way Syd­ney is home to more than 25 eater­ies that fo­cus just as much on the the­atre of cre­at­ing a dish as they do on serv­ing the best qual­ity pro­duce. Whether you’re af­ter break­fast, lunch, din­ner or even just a cof­fee and af­ter­noon treat, head to Gate­way Syd­ney to try out favourites like Roll’d, Din Tai Fung, Four Frogs Creperie, Burger Project, Chat Thai, Mad Mex, Gelato Messina or Zumbo. Alfred Street, Cir­cu­lar Quay. 9256 6900. gate­waysyd­


Steak­house Lo­cated in the lobby of the iconic In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney, The Meat & Wine Co has spared no ex­pense in bring­ing this spec­tac­u­lar steak­house to Syd­ney Har­bour. Rus­tic wooden walls, orig­i­nal arched win­dows, lux­u­ri­ous leather seat­ing, and stone fea­tures make this the ideal set­ting for busi­ness meet­ings and ro­man­tic din­ners alike. Shop 12, Lobby, In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney, 117 Mac­quarie Street, Cir­cu­lar Quay. Lunch and din­ner Sun–thu 12pm– 10pm and Fri–sat 12pm–11pm. 9252 7888. the­meatand­


Around the World Top off your visit to the Syd­ney Opera House with a meal at Opera Kitchen.

En­joy ca­sual cre­ative fare, with panoramic har­bour­side views. Choose from burg­ers, slid­ers, hot­dogs, fries, seafood, sand­wiches, sal­ads, sushi, dumplings and Asian cui­sine. They also have a wide drinks menu, so you can sit back and re­lax, sip­ping a cock­tail un­der the sails of the Opera House. Lower Con­course level, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Daily break­fast, lunch and din­ner, Sun–thu 7.30am–10.30pm, Fri–sat 7.30am–12am. 9250 7111. syd­ney­op­er­a­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Re­lax by the har­bour with un­in­ter­rupted views and dis­cover one of the Syd­ney Opera House’s best-kept se­crets. With an in­ven­tive menu show­cas­ing lo­cal sea­sonal pro­duce and re­laxed ta­ble ser­vice din­ing, Port­side Syd­ney fea­tures a new look in­te­rior in­clud­ing stylish in­door fur­ni­ture, cre­at­ing a re­laxed lounge space for those look­ing for an in­ti­mate, ca­sual din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Of­fer­ing prethe­atre din­ing and high tea as well as brunch, lunch and din­ner, Port­side Syd­ney is the per­fect place to un­wind while look­ing out over Syd­ney’s fa­mous har­bour. Western Broad­walk, Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. Mon– Fri lunch from 11.30am and din­ner from 5pm, Sat–sun from 11.30am. 9250 7220. port­sidesyd­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian The Squire’s Land­ing is a two-storey restau­rant and brew­house with a free­stand­ing mi­cro­brew­ery at Cir­cu­lar Quay. With in­cred­i­ble panoramic views of the Opera House and Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge it is the per­fect spot for a meal and drink by the har­bour. There are three sep­a­rate din­ing spa­ces all of­fer­ing menus with unique mod­ern Aus­tralian flavours, in­spired by the leg­end him­self, James Squire, a con­vict on the First Fleet and Aus­tralia’s first brewer. Hearty pub clas­sics are on of­fer in­clud­ing burg­ers and steaks, while the up­stairs restau­rant serves a sea­sonal menu us­ing fresh lo­cal pro­duce. North­ern end of the Over­seas Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal, Cir­cu­lar Quay. 8014 5661. thesquires­land­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian This stylish and in­ti­mate restau­rant of­fers guests an in­dul­gent culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence with 360-de­gree re­volv­ing views of the city. With dark ma­hogany wood fin­ishes and soft am­bi­ent light­ing, 360 Bar and Din­ing pro­vides a breath­tak­ing set­ting with an un­beat­able back­drop. In the kitchen, tra­di­tional tech­niques are com­bined with con­tem­po­rary flair to cre­ate sea­son­ally chang­ing menus util­is­ing the best in fresh pro­duce. Re­cep­tion Level 4, West­field Syd­ney, be­tween Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Syd­ney. Daily lunch 12pm–4pm (last seat­ing 2pm) and din­ner 5.30pm–11pm (last seat­ing 9pm). 8223 3883. 360din­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian The pic­turesque Botanic Gar­dens Restau­rant is an en­chant­ing venue of­fer­ing open-air din­ing in ex­quis­ite gar­den sur­rounds. En­joy a lunch dur­ing the week, or long break­fast on the week­ends, and in­dulge in qual­ity food with their sea­son­ally chang­ing menus. The café pro­vides an ex­cel­lent ca­sual spot for lunch with a se­lec­tion of gourmet sand­wiches, sal­ads, baked goods and ex­cel­lent cof­fee. Royal Botanic Gar­den Syd­ney, Mrs Mac­quar­ies Road, Syd­ney. Restau­rant: Lunch daily 12pm–3pm, break­fast Sat–sun 9.30am– 11.30am. Cafe: Daily 8.30am– 4.30pm. 1300 558 980. botani­crestau­


Ital­ian Fratelli Fresh is Syd­ney’s lead­ing provi­dore, spe­cial­is­ing in fresh pro­duce and serv­ing up au­then­tic Ital­ian fine food. The menu he­roes the very best of Ital­ian cook­ing, where sim­plic­ity meets ro­bust flavours and fresh pro­duce. The por­tions are gen­er­ous and the menu is ex­ten­sive with beau­ti­fully blended wines to com­ple­ment a mix­ture of savoury dishes, pas­tas and piz­zas. Buon Ap­petito! 11 Bridge Street, Syd­ney. 9259 5692. 229–231 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. 9259 5672. Shop 8, 16 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. 9259 5674. 52 Mitchell Road, Alexan­dria. 9259 5691. Level 5, West­field Syd­ney. 8099 7055. 118 Wil­loughby Road, Crows Nest. 8099 7070. 211 Bent Street, Moore Park, En­ter­tain­ment Quar­ter. 8099 7069. ICC Syd­ney, 14 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. 9259 5600. fratel­


In­dian/sri Lankan Go on a jour­ney to the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent at INDU. Their flavour­some menu of cui­sine from Sri Lanka and south­ern In­dia is fused with mod­ern in­flu­ences. The menu is di­vided into sections for easy choos­ing and is de­signed to share. Try the pan-seared scal­lops in a shell with cauliflower puree, cumin, fin­ger lime and green mango pickle, or the in­ven­tive squid ink hop­per with spice-crusted tuna, pomelo and tuna belly pickle. There’s also a great range of cool cock­tails as well as their sig­na­ture gin and ton­ics, and the friendly staff are al­ways on hand to help choose. 350 Ge­orge Street, (en­try via An­gel Place) Syd­ney. Mon–fri 12pm–late and Sat 5pm–late. 9223 0158. in­du­din­


Ja­panese With a se­ri­ous nod to the iconic mu­sic of the 80s and 90s, Kid Ky­oto is a mod­ern Ja­panese restau­rant in­spired by the Iza­kaya bars of Ja­pan. With a hand-picked sound­track of clas­sic tunes play­ing from Nir­vana to Por­tishead, Kid Ky­oto is a feast for all your senses. The menu is di­vided into dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal sections. Go “Raw & Un­plugged” with the beef tartare ‘teriyaki flavour’, nashi pear and whipped kat­suobushi, or take to the “Main Stage” with the Soundgar­den-in­spired ‘Black Hole Sun’ pork belly with nori jam, ap­ple and pick­led radish. 17–19 Bridge Street (en­try via Bridge Lane), Syd­ney. Mon–fri 12pm–late, Sat 5pm–late. 9241 1991. kid­ky­


Steak­house Lo­cated in the heart of the Syd­ney CBD, Kingsleys Aus­tralian Steak­house is housed in a for­mer can­dle fac­tory. En­joy a per­fect steak and a glass of wine in this rus­tic steak­house. They be­lieve in serv­ing pre­mium qual­ity beef in a sim­ple man­ner al­low­ing true flavour and tex­ture to shine. 29A King Street, Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm– 3pm, din­ner Mon–sat 5.30pm–10pm. 9295 5080. kings­leysaust­


French Ja­panese Lo­cated at The Tank Stream Ho­tel, Syd­ney, Le Pe­tit Flot restau­rant of­fers con­tem­po­rary French cui­sine with a Ja­panese in­flu­ence. With shar­ing plates and large com­mu­nal ta­bles, you can en­joy French cui­sine and fine meats in the heart of Syd­ney CBD. Ex­pe­ri­ence flavours in­spired by French cook­ing tech­niques com­ple­mented with a Ja­panese in­flu­ence. Level 2, 97 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, din­ner Mon– Sat 5.30pm–10pm. 8222 1270. lep­etit­


Greek Set in the heart of Syd­ney’s CBD and part of the Me­dusa restau­rant fam­ily, Me­dusa Greek Meze brings Greek street food to Syd­ney. You’re in­vited to sit back and re­lax within a warm and com­fort­able set­ting, as you sip Greek wine and peo­ple watch while in­dulging in the au­then­tic flavours of Greece. 111 York Street, Syd­ney. Mon–fri 7.30am–10pm. 9283 2423. medusagreek­


Greek From the sun soaked hills of Greece comes Me­dusa Greek Taverna. Tra­di­tional fam­ily recipes and farm fresh in­gre­di­ents com­bined with the love of au­then­tic Greek cook­ing is what you will find at this restau­rant in Syd­ney’s CBD. Owned and op­er­ated by Peter Kout­sopou­los, Me­dusa Greek Taverna suc­ceeds in cre­at­ing a true Greek ex­pe­ri­ence. 2 Mar­ket Street (Cor­ner Mar­ket and Kent Streets), Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3.30pm, din­ner Mon–sat 5.30pm–9pm (last book­ing). 9267 0799. medusagreek­tav­


Mex­i­can This mod­ern Mex­i­can trea­sure is in the heart of Syd­ney’s busy CBD. Méjico is a funky, con­tem­po­rary restau­rant that places a huge em­pha­sis on fresh, mouth­wa­ter­ing in­gre­di­ents. Most of the menu is tapas-style and de­signed to share, but there are larger mains avail­able too. The ta­ble-made gua­camole with plan­tain chips is a must, or why not try the grilled ocean trout tacos, or the highly pop­u­lar corn lol­lipops. The friendly staff are al­ways on hand to help with ever-im­por­tant menu de­ci­sions and for drinks, there’s a huge range of tequila to choose from, as well as cock­tails, san­gria and wine. 105 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. Mon–sat 12pm–late. 9230 0119.


Mod­ern Aus­tralian The Pav­il­ion is seated on the edge of The Do­main di­rectly op­po­site the Art Gallery of NSW. The Pav­il­ion of­fers a uniquelyshaped curved build­ing, with mod­ern in­te­ri­ors and

leafy gar­den vis­tas. With an em­pha­sis on fresh pro­duce, the sea­son­ally chang­ing menus are crafted with a mod­ern Aus­tralian flare, of­fer­ing guests qual­ity food matched with at­ten­tive ser­vice. 1 Art Gallery Road, Syd­ney. Restau­rant: Daily 9am–3pm. Kiosk: Daily 8am–4pm. 1300 300 278. pavil­ion­restau­


Chi­nese This city restau­rant is at the fore­front of mod­ern Chi­nese din­ing. It fo­cuses on dishes from China’s lesser known re­gions. The dark and in­ti­mate sur­round­ings add to the mys­tique, while the menu def­i­nitely favours those who en­joy a hit of spice. With in­cred­i­ble ser­vice and di­vine food, Spice Tem­ple lives up to its name. 10 Bligh Street, Syd­ney. Mon–wed 12pm–3pm and 6pm–10.30pm, Thu–fri 12pm–3pm and 6pm–11pm, Sat 5.30pm–11pm and Sun 6pm–10pm. 8078 1888. spicetem­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Steel Bar and Grill have sourced the finest cuts of meat from qual­ity pro­duc­ers and have en­hanced their flavour with a nat­u­ral smokey good­ness that only a wood­fired grill can pro­duce. If a quick bite and a drink is what you’re af­ter, then grab a spot on their en­closed ter­race and try some Syd­ney rock oys­ters and a glass of wine. 60 Car­ring­ton Street, Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm– 3pm, din­ner Mon–sat 6pm–late. 9299 9997. steel­barand­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Syd­ney Tower Buf­fet of­fers din­ers over 60 freshly pre­pared dishes from a range of cuisines, in­clud­ing mod­ern Aus­tralian, Viet­namese, Chi­nese, Ja­panese, Ital­ian and a se­lec­tion of fresh seafood, not to men­tion the DIY dessert bar. At­ten­tive and friendly ser­vice is matched with spec­tac­u­lar 360-de­gree views of the city, mak­ing this a unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. Re­cep­tion Level 4, Syd­ney West­field Cen­tre, be­tween Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Syd­ney. Daily lunch 11.30am– 3.30pm (last seat­ing 2pm) and din­ner 5pm–10.30pm (last seat­ing 9pm). 8223 3800. syd­ney­tower­buf­


Tra­di­tional High Tea What bet­ter way to cap­ture the sense of oc­ca­sion than with the time-hon­oured rit­ual of tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea. In­dulge in a truly unique ex­pe­ri­ence from Royal Al­bert fine china and Bri­tish sil­ver­ware set­tings, to the de­lec­ta­ble se­lec­tion of pe­tit fours pre­pared by the award­win­ning patissier. Tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea in­cludes a set se­lec­tion of sweet cakes and savoury pas­tries, se­lec­tion of fin­ger sand­wiches, home­made scones with pre­serve and cream and a wide se­lec­tion of tea or cof­fee. Level 3, North End, Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, 455 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. Morn­ing tea Mon–fri 10am–12pm. Tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea daily 10am–close. 9283 7279. thetea­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Set in Dar­ling Har­bour’s bustling Cockle Bay Wharf, Blackbird uses the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate mouth­wa­ter­ing burg­ers, stone-oven piz­zas and more. The mod­ern Aus­tralian menu is not only sat­is­fy­ing but also ad­ven­tur­ous in an at­mos­phere that ex­udes so­cia­bil­ity. Bal­cony level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 11.30am–late. 9283 7385. black­bird­


Ital­ian Head chef Ro­mano has used his Ital­ian his­tory and her­itage to cre­ate unique dishes to suit the taste buds of Syd­ney lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. You will en­joy de­li­cious clas­sic Ital­ian food made from Syd­ney’s fresh­est pro­duce, with a great wine list to match. The wood­fired piz­zas are a must and will have you trans­ported to Italy with ev­ery bite. 42–48 The Prom­e­nade, King Street Wharf, Syd­ney. Daily 11.30am–late, Sat–sun break­fast from 8.30am. 9279 4115. love­


Mediter­ranean Ge­orges Mediter­ranean Bar & Grill sources the finest pro­duce to cre­ate their flavour­some dishes. Ge­orges’ sim­ple and unique con­cept mixed with their flare and am­biance stems from the heart of the Mediter­ranean, giv­ing vis­i­tors a spe­cial din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. With stun­ning views of Dar­ling Har­bour, sig­na­ture cock­tails and unique wines, Ge­orges will def­i­nitely se­duce your taste­buds!


Wharf 3, The Prom­e­nade, King Street Wharf, Syd­ney. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, din­ner 5.30pm–10.30pm and lunch Sat–sun 12pm– 4pm, din­ner 5.30pm–10.30pm. 9295 5066. georges­restau­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Span­ning across the bal­cony level of Har­bour­side, Har­bour Bar & Kitchen (HBK) of­fers stun­ning views of Syd­ney Har­bour and the iconic Syd­ney city sky­line from ev­ery seat in the house. HBK is a world-class din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence paired with a luxe out­door bar scene. The menu of­fers the finest char­coal oven meats, seafood and veg­eta­bles, as well as in­no­va­tive smaller share plates. Shop 437 & 447, Level 2, Har­bour­side Shop­ping Cen­tre, 2–10 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. Mon– Fri 10am–late, Sat–sun 9am–late. 9280 2029. har­bour­barand­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Hunter & Bar­rel is a so­phis­ti­cated take on the hunter’s way, where an­cient rit­ual com­bines with raw ele­ments of na­ture in a mod­ern set­ting. In­side, you can hear the crackle from the fire, smell the meat smok­ing and see the stacks of coals by the pit. With abun­dant food of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing braised soups, slow-cooked meats, pies, and hearty stews pre­pared by their sig­na­ture coal and spit ro­tis­serie, Hunter & Bar­rel is the per­fect place to feast with friends and fam­ily. Ten­ancy 303, Cockle Bay Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Sun–thu 12pm–10pm, Fri–sat 12pm–10.30pm. 9264 9888. hunterand­bar­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian At Meat District Co, the hang­ing cured meats, fall-off-the­bone ribs and fresh-made bread will leave noth­ing to be de­sired. Their menu fea­tures ten­der and juicy steaks, slow roasted ribs, suc­cu­lent burg­ers, the fresh­est of sal­ads and ir­re­sistible desserts. Shop R3, 11 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 11am–late. 9299 9762. meat­dis­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Con­ve­niently lo­cated on the ground floor of the ICC Syd­ney in the heart of Dar­ling Har­bour, Planar is the per­fect spot for a bite to eat any time of the day or night. From prawn lol­lipops and Tex-mex na­chos to burg­ers, stone-baked piz­zas and mains like Amer­i­can pork ribs and Aus­tralian shred­ded wagyu, there’s some­thing on the menu to cater to ev­ery­one’s tastes. Tempt­ing desserts and a wide va­ri­ety of drinks are also on of­fer. Shop C08, Ground Floor, ICC Syd­ney, 1A Har­bour Street, Syd­ney. Daily 7am–12am. 9212 6789. pla­nar­restau­


Ja­panese Sorenzo brings con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese flavours to Dar­ling Har­bour for guests to ex­pe­ri­ence whilst tak­ing in the calm­ing water­front views of the har­bour. Rang­ing from sashimi to wagyu steaks, Sorenzo en­com­passes the ever-chang­ing Ja­panese cui­sine by in­fus­ing Ja­panese flavours into western in­gre­di­ents to pro­vide a fresh change of pace, whilst keep­ing some of the Ja­panese favourites for the tra­di­tion­al­ists. Shop 347, Level 2, Har­bour­side Shop­ping Cen­tre, 2–10 Dar­ling Drive, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily lunch 12pm– 3pm, din­ner 5.30pm–late. 9211 9550.


Steak­house Steersons of­fers pre­mium qual­ity in all as­pects of their din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence—from the restau­rant set­ting to the ex­cel­lent steak. Their steaks are sec­ond to none in qual­ity, taste and tex­ture; they are suc­cu­lent and sump­tu­ous and matched by an im­pres­sive and ex­ten­sive wine list fea­tur­ing Aus­tralian and im­ported wines. If you are a steak lover, then a visit to Steersons is a must. 17 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Syd­ney. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm, din­ner 5.30pm–10.30pm. 9295 5060.


Asian This spin-off of the suc­cess­ful Mel­bourne restau­rant is prov­ing pop­u­lar here too. Housed in the his­toric Grif­fiths Tea Build­ing in Surry Hills, Chin Chin of­fers a uniquely Aus­tralian take on Asian cui­sine. Us­ing the fresh­est pro­duce and a mix of herbs and spices, their chefs have cre­ated a stun­ning menu of de­light­fully tasty dishes. 69 Com­mon­wealth Street, Surry Hills. Daily 11.30am–late. 9281 3322. chinch­in­restau­


Sri Lankan Hop­per Kade serves a mod­ern take on Sri Lankan cui­sine. They fuse tra­di­tional Sri Lankan flavours with western cook­ing tech­niques and Aus­tralian in­flu­ences. Their sig­na­ture hop­pers are made in-house from fer­mented rice flour and co­conut milk. The hop­pers

are nat­u­rally dairy and gluten free, filled with a free-range egg and new ad­di­tions such as Lankan-spiced 12-hour beef brisket and pulled pork. The menu also fea­tures Roti wraps, a Sri Lankan roti filled with biryani rice, pickle and hung yo­ghurt and Biryani plates made with a base of biryani rice, topped with pickle, co­conut sam­bol and a choice of fill­ings such as beet­root curry or spiced chicken. 253 Crown Street, Dar­linghurst. Tue 11am–3pm, Wed–fri 11am–3pm and 5pm–10pm, Sat–sun 8am–3pm and 5pm–10pm. hop­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian This renowned lo­cal gas­tro pub in Rozelle of­fers a mod­ern take on con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian cui­sine. They of­fer pub clas­sics as well as mul­ti­cul­tural fare. Try the de­li­cious baked whole bar­ra­mundi with sweet and sour pump­kin, quinoa, ginger, chilli, soya and pick­led car­rot; or the clas­sic grilled scotch fil­let with three mus­tard but­ter, chips and salad. 197 Evans Street, Rozelle. Kitchen: 12pm–late. 9818 2788.


Ve­gan Lo­cated in the in­ner­west sub­urb of Rozelle, The Green Lion is said to be Aus­tralia’s first-pub of­fer­ing a 100% plant-based menu. You’ll get all your reg­u­lar pub favourites but with a ve­gan twist. Try their ve­gan ver­sion of burg­ers, hot dogs, pizza, lasagna, chicken schnitzel, “seafood” bas­kets, na­chos and more. Up­stairs at The Red Lion Ho­tel, 726 Dar­ling Street, Rozelle. Wed–thu 6pm– 9pm, Fri 6pm–9.30pm, Sat 12.30pm–9.30pm, Sun 12.30pm–8.30pm. the­green­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Tucked away in the back streets of Bal­main you’ll find a gem of a pub, The Royal Oak. It is one of Bal­main’s old­est pubs and of­fers a sub­stan­tial mod­ern Aus­tralian menu and ye olde charm. Choose from snacks and share plates, qual­ity cuts of meat, sal­ads, and pub favourites like the beef and Guin­ness pie with mash. 36 College Street, Bal­main. Daily 11am–late. 9810 2311. roy­aloak­bal­


Around The World Filled with top-notch restau­rants and food provi­dores, Tramsheds is the per­fect pit stop for the hun­gry diner with many op­tions to choose from. The Tramsheds site is the for­mer home of the Rozelle Tramway De­pot which was orig­i­nally built in 1904. In­side the build­ing you’ll find a mix of restau­rants that all fo­cus on food, sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­nity. Restau­rants in­clude Belles Hot Chicken, Flour Eggs Wa­ter, Osaka Trad­ing Co, Gelato Messina, Bekya, Butcher and the Farmer and Fish and Co. 1 Dal­gal Way, For­est Lodge. Daily 7am–10pm. 8398 5695. tramshedssyd­


GUN­NERS’ BAR­RACKS Mod­ern Aus­tralian/high Tea This for­mer mil­i­tary bar­racks was orig­i­nally de­signed and con­structed in 1873. Grand Pa­cific Group re­stored and re-opened Gun­ners’ Bar­racks in 2005 as a stun­ning din­ing and events venue. With views across Syd­ney har­bour and in­te­rior fea­tures in­clud­ing hand-printed Florence Broad­hurst wall­pa­per, Czech crys­tal chan­de­liers and or­nate an­tique fur­ni­ture, Gun­ners’ Bar­racks truly is a unique world-class din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. End of Suakin Drive, Ge­orges Heights, Mos­man. Devon­shire, morn­ing and af­ter­noon tea from 10am week­days. Af­ter­noon tea from 10am week­ends. À la carte lunch from 12pm Mon–fri. 8962 5900. gun­ners­bar­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian/high Tea Lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful Syd­ney sub­urb of Mos­man, Burnt Orange is housed in a stun­ning sand­stone man­sion over­look­ing Syd­ney har­bour. Their café

is open daily serv­ing yummy break­fast, lunch, high tea and af­ter­noon tea. The menu fo­cuses on buy­ing the best qual­ity in­gre­di­ents from the top sup­pli­ers in Syd­ney and they change their menu sea­son­ally. 1109 Mid­dle Head Road, Mos­man. Mon–fri 8.30am–4pm and Sat–sun 8.30am–5.30pm. 9969 1120. burn­tor­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian With six unique spa­ces un­der the one roof, The Ar­gyle is per­fect for any oc­ca­sion. Whether it be cock­tails in the sleek and stylish Belvedere Bar, drinks in the re­laxed lounge or a pri­vate party in the in­ti­mate sur­rounds of the Reibey Room. You can even grab a de­li­cious lunch or din­ner at The Ar­gyle Kitchen. 18 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Daily 11am–late. 9247 5500. thear­gyle­


Steak­house Housed within a her­itage cel­lar in the heart of The Rocks, The Cut Bar & Grill was in­spired by New York’s su­per-chic steak restau­rants. The menu cel­e­brates the very finest cuts of prime Aus­tralian beef and sus­tain­able seafood and the dishes are cooked to per­fec­tion and matched with im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and fine wines. 16 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Mon–fri lunch 12pm–3pm and din­ner 5.30pm–10.30pm, Sat 5.30pm–11pm, Sun 5.30pm–10pm. 9259 5695. cut­barand­


Tex-mex Lo­cated in the heart of The Rocks precinct, El Camino Cantina boasts two huge bars fea­tur­ing fully-re­stored 1957 Chevy trunks, com­pli­men­tary fresh salsa and chips and a large din­ing room, all with an ex­plo­sive Texmex meets rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Think mus­cle cars, mo­tor­bikes and neon signs with glim­mer­ing lights. It’s all about big, bold flavours as well as freshly blended mar­gar­i­tas. 18 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Mon–thu 12pm–12am, Fri–sat 12pm–1am, Sun 12pm–10pm. 9259 5668. el­


Seafood This fam­ily-owned restau­rant fea­tures im­ages of the early-20th-cen­tury fish­ing boats on its walls, while the menu in­cludes ex­quis­ite of­fer­ings such as the chef’s sig­na­ture dish of whole baked baby bar­ra­mundi stuffed with prawns and veg­eta­bles, as well as tra­di­tional seafood of­fer­ings of oys­ters, lob­ster, prawns and scal­lops plus the daily spe­cials board. 29 Kent Street, The Rocks. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–2.15pm, din­ner daily 6pm–9.15pm. 9252 4614. fishatthe­


Bavar­ian Mu­nich Brauhaus is a tra­di­tional Bavar­ian bier­haus, where guests can dine, drink and party like Ok­to­ber­fest never ended. Lo­cated in Syd­ney’s his­toric Rocks district it is a bier lovers’ de­light. Try the venue’s very own sig­na­ture Mu­nich Lager, as well as a se­ries of ex­clu­sively im­ported Bavar­ian Biers, while the menu in­cludes crispy pork belly, pork knuckle, spicy squid and haus-made sausages. Cnr Ar­gyle and Play­fair Streets, The Rocks. Mon– Fri 11am–late, Sat–sun 9am–late. 9247 7785. mu­nich­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Pony’s open-plan kitchen fea­tures a wood-fired Ar­gen­tinian grill and the in­te­rior in­cludes her­itage brick walls, wo­ven art hang­ings and pen­dant lights hung from the orig­i­nal tim­ber ceil­ing. The out­door deck has a stylish bar and com­mu­nal din­ing ta­ble, per­fect for cock­tails, shar­ing small plates with friends, or a more in­ti­mate din­ner for two. The Rocks Cen­tre, cnr Ken­dall Lane and Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Daily lunch 12pm–3pm, din­ner from 5.30pm. 9252 7797. pony­din­ingth­e­


Ja­panese Saké Restau­rant & Bar com­bines funky dé­cor and de­li­cious Ja­panese cui­sine to cre­ate a truly ex­cit­ing din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Top ex­ec­u­tive chefs de­liver an in­trigu­ing blend of new-style sushi and clas­sic dishes in a stun­ning con­tem­po­rary space. The bar serves 50 kinds of saké as well as a se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary cock­tails. 12 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–3pm, din­ner Mon–thu 5.30pm–10.30pm, Fri–sat 5.30pm–11.30pm and Sun 5pm–10pm. 9259 5656. Also lo­cated at 33 Cross Street, Dou­ble Bay. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–3pm, din­ner Sun–thu 5.30pm–10pm, Fri–sat 5.30pm–11pm. 8017 3104. sak­er­estau­


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Tea Din­ing on Syd­ney’s shim­mer­ing har­bour is a must and Cap­tain Cook Cruises of­fers pre­mium din­ing on­board Syd­ney’s most pres­ti­gious cruise ships. A com­pre­hen­sive range of lunch, high tea and din­ner op­tions are avail­able over four decks and pri­vate din­ing rooms. For the ul­ti­mate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence try the Gold or Plat­inum Pen­folds din­ner op­tions in­clud­ing six course de­gus­ta­tion din­ing and a se­lec­tion of Aus­tralia’s most cel­e­brated wines. Cir­cu­lar Quay (Wharf 6) and Dar­ling Har­bour (Pier 26). 9206 1111. cap­tain­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Walsh Bay Kitchen is lo­cated in the heart of Syd­ney’s vi­brant arts and the­atre district at Walsh Bay. Their in­no­va­tive menu fea­tures Aus­tralian fare and pro­duce from Syd­ney’s finest provi­dores. The Walsh Bay Kitchen bar of­fers a space for pre-the­atre go­ers and lo­cals to meet. 22 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Tue–sat lunch from mid­day, din­ner from 5pm, Sun din­ner from 5pm, as per per­for­mances. 1300 368 801. wal­sh­bayk­


Mod­ern Aus­tralian Prom­i­nent Aus­tralian chef Luke Man­gan brings you Luke’s Kitchen. The venue is a neigh­bour­hood style eatery and the kitchen is led by Syd­ney chef Mathew Leighton. The space fea­tures a con­tem­po­rary pal­ette of earthy green and blush pink is the back­drop to warm pen­dant light­ing, and retro fin­ishes in­clud­ing a beaded cur­tain and a flo­ral screen. Wed–fri 4pm–late, Sat 10am–late, Sun 10am–4pm. 8 Danks Street, Water­loo. 9002 5346.

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