Choosing the best things to see and do in any neck of the woods can be a very personal decision so I asked Kan Huang from Rydges World Square for his Top 5 things to do if visiting Sydney and staying in that part of town. Kan went for these:
- Hyde Park
- Darling Harbour
- Australian Museum
- Koreatown (Pitt St)
It is indeed a personal thing as Kan’s Top 5 things to do/see in Sydney differ totally to mine… BUT I can now see exactly why he has chosen his - and all bar one have been rewarding to me (and that one I am yet to try!)…
Many Sydneysiders don’t appreciate the beauty of Hyde Park. In fact I had forgotten the rewards it has given me. It is a lovely, green heart of the city that covers 16 hectares. It is Australia’s oldest public parkland and as well as great grassy expanses for picnics or catching a few rays there are hundreds of huge leafy trees. The park to the north of Park Street is home to the lovely Archibald Fountain and it is where people gather for chess in the outdoors. To the south are the Anzac Memorial and the Pool of Reflection. At various times through the year the park hosts concerts, festivals and food & wine fairs.
Darling Harbour is certainly a jewel in Sydney’s crown. There are lots of terrific eateries and many attractions like the Chinese Gardens, Madam Tussauds, the Sydney Aquarium, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Entertainment Centre, IMAX Theatre and the Maritime Museum.
The Australian Museum (across Hyde Park on the corner of College and Park Streets). Architecturally stunning in itself it is the home to many treasures, especially in the areas of natural history and anthropology. It opens every day except Christmas Day and is a really rewarding sojourn.
To be honest, I need more info from Kan on which restaurants are the best in Koreatown (Pitt Street between Goulburn and Bathurst) but am looking forward to trying this ethnic eating precinct – I know Chinatown and Dixon Street well and also the nearby Spanish Quarter (Liverpool Street).
And the beautiful QVB (Queen Victoria Building) takes up a whole block, is wonderfully grand and full of atmosphere – it is home to more than 200 specialty shops and it worth the window shop stroll just to soak in the ambience.
PS – my personal five faves for Sydney – Bridgeclimb, Manly (by ferry from the Quay), Taronga Zoo, Pittwater and The Rocks & Opera House.