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Situated in the north west of the Inner City
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Inner Sydney City and Suburbs

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The size of Greater Sydney Australia covers some 12,145 square kilometres, stretching north to the Nepean River where it meets the ocean, west towards the Blue Mountains and southwards to Camden, Narelland and Campbelltown. The inner city covers the Central Business District (see the CBD map) Pyrmont and Ultimo, Haymarket and Woolloomooloo.

Inner City Suburbs

Chinatown

Chinatown, in the southwest of the city centre, is good for all things Asian, as well as having lots of restaurants and eateries for lunch and dinner:

Chinatown

Circular Quay

Located at the foot of the city and part of Sydney Cove. Here you will find ferries, trains taxis and buses that can take you virtually every other part of the city. Also found here is the Sydney Customs House, a major landmark building for more than a century and a half:

Sydney Customs House

Sydney Cove

Sydney Cove is where the First Fleet landed to begin the Colony of NSW. Located at the foot of the city, you can find the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks and other major city attractions here:

Sydney Cove

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  • Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour is a major entertainment precinct for the city. Located just west of the CBD, you can reach here by walking, bus, taxi or light rail. Two museums well worth visiting here are the National Maritime Museum and the Powerhouse Museum. Other attractions include Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Wild Life Sydney Zoo:

    Attractions at Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour Attractions Map

    Darlinghurst

    During the seventies, eighties and nineties Darlinghurst was very much a gay friendly place, with big dance parties, trendy nightclubs and other venues for entertainment. It declined in later years, but efforts are being made to re-establish its prominence as a place to shop, dine and party. Its Oxford Street is still where the Mardi Gras Parade takes place every year:

    Darlinghurst

    Map of Darlinghurst and Oxford Sts.

    Glebe

    Once the suburb for wealthier workers, professionals and businessmen, Glebe, located just west of Darling Harbour, is an inner city suburb that has retained much of its character:

    Glebe

    Sydney Harbour

    One of the largest city harbours in the world and certainly one of the most scenic, there is plenty to explore. Islands, parks, beaches, the Northern Beach suburbs, Parramatta, Olympic Park are all accessible from Circular Quay, located at Sydney Cove. Ferries and cruises operate from here as well as Darling Harbour on a regular basis:

    Sydney Harbour

    Kings Cross

    The city’s Red Light District by night, it is also a trendy place to visit during the day:

    Kings Cross

    Newtown

    The place where Coldplay’s epic music video of ’A Sky Full of Stars’ was made, Newtown is an old suburb where many workers of the city lived, but now has become a place to eat and party at night

    Newtown

    Paddington

    Paddington was the inner city suburb to live in the Seventies and Eighties and still is, it is just that other suburbs around Sydney have risen to the challenge and also have become expensive and hip to live in. That being said, it is still a nice leafy suburb with beautiful iron lace houses lining the streets as it ever was:

    Paddington

    The Rocks

    This is where the Colony of NSW first housed its convicts, then became a place where ruffians and hooligans would rob hapless sailors in the late 1800s. Now all cleaned up, it is a restored historical district with excellent restaurants, bars and pubs. You can also visit a number of historical attractions here as well as do some excellent shopping:

    The Rocks

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    With Bondi being the closest beach to the city centre it is immensely popular but there actually lots of spectacular as well as quiet beaches to visit, allowing you to get away from the main tracks:

    Sydney Beaches

    Further Reading about Inner City Places to See

    St Mary’s Cathedral

    This magnificent cathedral took many years to build:

    St Mary’s Cathedral

    Colonial Chief Secretary’s Building

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    Bridge and Loftus Streets

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