It takes me some times to decide the right place to stay in Sydney. I would say it rather hard especially this is my first visit. With this article, I hope I could give some help to those first timer.
I have put together my thoughts on the most popular tourist areas in the city and also the map.
- Central Business District or CBD
- The Rocks and Circular Quay
- Pyrmont and Darling Harbour
- Central Station
Central Business District (CBD)
The CBD just located in the middle of the city and surrounded by shops, bars and transport. This area is home to government offices, multinational companies and is the central shopping district.
For your easy reference, I make it more precise to North End & South End.
Northern End – bordered by Bridge Street to Park Street, Macquarie and Kent Street. Martin Place is the landmark. By walking distance ~10 minutes, you will reach The Rocks, Circular Quay and Pitt Street Mall shopping. Besides, here also have a great range of small bars in this part of town.
Southern End – it is best suit for shoppers, Asian food lovers, budget travellers and also a good choice for families. It take about 20-30 minutes walk to Hyde Park, Museums, Chinatown and Darling Harbour.
The Rock & Circular Quay
The Rocks is Sydney old town. Beautiful historic buildings share the spotlight with the Harbour and Opera House. There are some great old pubs, plenty of dining options and transport to the rest of the city is less than 10 minutes walk. Circular Quay also the best area to stay in Sydney if you are on a very short visit.
Pyrmont & Darling Harbour
It is a favourite spot for family dining and weekend festivals. It’s also home to several popular attractions including the Star Casino, Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World. I super love this place and this is where I stay during my trip. The area is connected to the city via the light rail or ferries, but neither option is a quick trip. It is an uphill walk to Pitt St Mall and the other city sites.
Central Station is the main train and regional bus hub of the city. It is also the primary location for budget accommodation. Near here, it have Paddy’s Market and Chinatown with all its delicious, cheap eats. You can also go to Surry Hills looking for more higher end bars, exciting food and hipsters rule.
Hope my article will ease your mind especially if you are the first timer or in the mid of searching where to stay.