Stroll down to the hustle and bustle of Sydney City
Sydney’s exuberant central business district (CBD) is home to one of the world’s man-made wonders: Sydney Opera House. Billowing sails make up the roof shape of this iconic architectural landmark, and beside it the Sydney Harbour Bridge stretches across the skyline, reflecting in the sapphire waters below.
With so much to explore in this downtown region, staying locally is your best way to see all the major sights as well as venture off the beaten path to discover gems that only the locals rave about.
Potts Point is conveniently located within walking distance to Sydney’s CBD. This area is full of charming historic architecture and a variety of quality dining options. Victoria Street and Macleay Street are replete with restaurants, tantalising your taste buds with cuisine from Italy, Asia, India and France, as well as Australian delicacies such as kangaroo meat.
It’s not just the CBD that you have easy access to, though. Kings Cross Railway Station is also near Potts Point, so you can stroll over and catch a train if you wish to travel further distances.
For those wanting to truly make the most of what’s in the vicinity, neighbouring suburbs include the amusingly named Woolloomooloo. This is home to the world’s largest wooden structure, Finger Wharf, an impressive 410 metres long and 64 metres wide. Throughout this wooden masterpiece are restaurants and bars too, as well as the chance to spot celebrities such as Russell Crowe or Delta Goodrem.
Walk towards the main Sydney CBD to enjoy the bustling city, and tick the following must-do attractions off your Sydney bucket list.
Climb the Harbour Bridge
Truly, the panoramic views of Sydney are unparalleled from the 134 metre-high summit of this bridge. All you need is your comfortable walking shoes, a camera and sunglasses, as the team operating the climb will supply protective clothing and other equipment on site.
Step by step, you rise through the arches, catching breathtakingly beautiful glimpses of Sydney’s CBD the whole way up. Best of all, Climb Leaders act as tour guides and share stories of the history of this bridge, right from the days of its construction to its opening in 1932, as well as fascinating facts from recent years.
Tour the Sydney Opera House
Back in 2007, this amazing building became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Danish architect Jorn Utzon designed this spectacular monument, and you can learn all about the construction process and musical events that take place here by participating in a guided tour. More than 1,600 concerts, ballets, theatrical plays and of course operas have graced the hallowed halls of this building.
Tours will show you rare internal areas that are usually off limits to the general public. Foodies will also be happy to know there is a special package combining this tour with a tasting plate session, so you can indulge in a three-tiered sample menu from the alfresco dining area of the Opera Kitchen. Gaze back at the Sydney Opera House as you share a meal with loved ones.
Shop up a storm in the city centre
Pitt, Castlereagh and King Streets in the CBD are full of lovely stores to offer retail therapy during your holiday. Oxford Street has a range of both high street chains as well as designer flagship stores, running all the way from the lush greens of Hyde Park through to Paddington. Winding your way along side streets such as Glenmore Road, William and Elizabeth Streets will offer quirky boutiques for those who like one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.
Here are map directions to get from The Macleay Hotel to Sydney CBD: