Sydney Central Business District
Whether you call it CBD or simply "the City," Sydney Central Business District is at the heart of the action in Australia's trendiest city. Home to iconic destinations such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Rocks, plus bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, and malls, it’s almost impossible to visit Sydney without swinging by.
For many visitors, their first encounter with Sydney’s CBD comes when they cross the city's iconic bridge from the north. There are plenty of ways to discover CBD. Join a hop-on hop-off bus tour; shop til' you drop in malls or arcades; scale the Harbour Bridge or catch a show at the Opera House; cruise or even kayak around the harbour; explore the cobbled lanes and heritage buildings of the Rocks, where European colonists first landed in 1788; take a food or nightlife tour of the area’s bustling bar and restaurant scene; or discover sights such as the Royal Botanic Garden and the SEA LIFE® Aquarium.
Things to know before you go
*Sydney CBD is an essential stop for any visitor to the city. *Wear practical shoes if exploring on foot: streets can be steep and cobbled. *Sydney is an accessible city for travelers who use wheelchairs, and most attractions are well-adapted.
How to get there
Sydney CBD is easy to access, with trains arriving directly from the airport to Circular Quay and an efficient public transport network. The City Circle railway line, much of it underground, is great for getting around the wider CBD area.
When to get there
Business district by day, nightlife destination by night, Sydney’s Central Business District offers attractions morning until late evening. December to February-- Sydney’s summer-- is the tourist peak season. If you can, aim to visit over the shoulder seasons: October, November, March, and early April.
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