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Where to Find the Best Sydney Neighborhoods

Where to Find the Best Sydney Neighborhoods Image Credit Trover User Jimmy Kurniawan
Written by Carl Hedinger

Are you having trouble deciding between the best Sydney neighborhoods and which one you should stay in or near? It’s understandable because there are so many parts of the massive Australian city to choose from and you don’t want to waste too much time focusing on that. You don’t have to worry anymore about all the planning. Why? Because this guide will introduce you to four key Sydney neighborhoods and things to do in them. Let’s start with one of Sydney’s most iconic and historic parts of town!

Sydney Neighborhoods

The Rocks

Not far from the Sydney Opera House, Spend some time in the Rocks and enjoy a truly historic part of Sydney that came very close to being demolished. Thankfully that never happened, and visitors today can still come here and enjoy the Rocks Market along with everything else in the area. Spend some time at Lord Nelson Brewery and enjoy a pint or two at Australia’s oldest pub. Spend time witnessing a variety of exhibitions found at places like Susannah Place Museum and Ken Done Gallery among many others.

Pyrmont

Also, many people love visiting Darling Harbour and Pyrmont for many reasons but the Tao-inspired Chinese Garden of Friendship is a big draw. Get to the Sydney Fish Market as early as 5:30 in the morning. That way you can witness local fisherman vocally spar over the day’s best catch and enjoy some really fresh seafood. Families will love Sea Life and the Wild Life Zoo for its huge collection of animals from all over Australia. Or you can spend time admiring Anzac Bridge, Australia’s longest suspension bridge, connecting Pyrmont and Rozelle.

Potts Point

Many people visit Potts Point to enjoy the buzz going on in Kings Cross but there are many more things to do in the area. Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf’s hotels and restaurants are a huge draw and popular spot to search for Russell Crowe and other celebrities who have homes nearby. There are plenty of picnic spots in Woolloomooloo and Elizabeth bay as well. Visitors flock to the popular, historic, and eloquent Elizabeth Bay House for a walk around a Greek Mansion and the adjacent botanical garden.

Haymarket

Just south of Darling Quarter and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Haymarket is a great spot and very central location. Sydney’s light rail runs through here, which is perfect for visitors who aren’t driving. Haymarket is very well-known for Chinatown. There, you’ll find tons of wonderful places to eat and the annual Lunar New Year festival that brings big crowds to the area. Paddy’s Markets are a really fun way to shop for just about anything, with over 1,000 stalls to investigate. Book a night or two at least and you’ll find tons to explore in Haymarket!

Our Thoughts and Yours

Now you know where to stay in Sydney. So go ahead and start booking your hotel. Which part of the city stands out to you? Either way, get ready for a fun-filled ride through Sydney. You’re going to have an awesome trip through one of Australia’s best and biggest cities so I hope you’re prepared for it!

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About the author

Carl Hedinger

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.