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East Sydney

A showcase of Australian history, life and culture

Incorporating historic Macquarie Street and some of the city’s finest green open spaces, Sydney’s Eastside features many premier cultural and heritage institutions and is the place to gain an insight into Sydney’s rich Aboriginal and colonial history.

Take in the greenery by walking north through Hyde Park’s broad path arched by impressive fig trees. Then go through the Domain, host to seasonal outdoor concerts and home to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Gallery has an impressive permanent collection and includes art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin. Next experience a diversity of flora and fauna in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, situated on the harbour’s edge adjacent to the Opera House. Fully appreciate the Cadi Jam Ora garden exhibition, which depicts the story of the local Aboriginal people, by joining a tour led by an Aboriginal guide.

Take in the architectural splendour of Macquarie Street. Good examples include St Mary’s Cathedral, the Australian Museum, Sydney Hospital and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum where you can sample life as a convict in the re-created dormitory.

Sydney Eastside Highlights

  • Walk the length of Macquarie Street and admire the grandeur of Francis Greenway’s colonial buildings such as St. James’s Church.
  • Visit the underground Crypt and contemplate the architectural glory of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
  • Rub the faded pig’s nose at Sydney Hospital for good luck.
  • Shop for premium quality Australiana in the museum and gallery shops.
  • During summer, enjoy one of many outdoor concerts such as Jazz or Opera in the Domain.
  • Enjoy the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House vista from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – a superb photo opportunity.

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