Rydges Sydney Central is ideally located for guests to enjoy all of Sydney’s main tourist attractions. While it is easy to hop a train from Central Railway, take a bus, or hail a taxi, Sydney is one of the great walking cities with many, many attractions between Central and the Quay. Heading towards Sydney Harbour you can go up Elizabeth Street or Wentworth Avenue to either side of Hyde Park. The southern half of the park is home to the Anzac Memorial and the northern half has the Archibald Fountain.
Wentworth Avenue leads to College Street and, on the corner of College and William Street (changes here from Park Street), is the Australian Museum. A little further along is St Mary’s Cathedral. From here you can take a right to the Art Gallery of NSW and the Domain, or veer left to go down Macquarie Street where there are some lovely buildings and attractions. Here you will find St James Church, The Mint, the Sydney Hospital, St Stephens Church, the NSW Parliament, the State Library of NSW, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Royal Botanic Gardens and, on the harbour, the stunning Sydney Opera House.
From the Opera House you can head around Circular Quay towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Museum is handy (corner of Bridge and Phillip Streets) and the bridge side of the Quay is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks is steeped in history and home to Cadman’s Cottage, the Argyle Cut, art galleries, markets, fine old pubs like the Hero of Waterloo, the Garrison Church, cafés, restaurants and BridgeClimb.
You could head back on George Street where there are some lovely, atmospheric shopping options like the Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) opposite the Sydney Town Hall. You might like to take a left into Market Street for a bird’s eye view of the city from the Sydney Tower Eye. From Town Hall Darling Harbour is to just the right.
Darling Harbour and its many attractions is also a walk from Rydges Sydney Central – head past Central Railway and cross George Street at the Haymarket. This will take you to Paddy’s Markets and Chinatown (the pedestrian mall, Dixon Street, is at the heart of Chinatown). This leads down to Darling Harbour and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, the IMAX Theatre and some of the city’s main tourist attractions.
There will be some major redevelopment happening to make the Darling Harbour precinct even more popular but there’s a lot to see and do now including the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, the Wildlife Sydney Zoo, the Australian Maritime Museum and the Powerhouse Museum. While in the precinct, there are lots of dining options (e.g. Cockle Bay).
Heading east from Rydges Sydney Central (straight up Albion or down Elizabeth and up Devonshire) will take you through Surry Hills where there are lots of terrific pubs, cafés and restaurants, galleries, historic houses and churches and it leads to Moore Park, home to the Sydney Cricket Ground, Allianz Stadium, the Entertainment Quarter and the Moore Park Golf Course and Club.