*City Centre (map). Home to the centre of the busy CBD (Central Business District), centre of government and finance but also home to many famous attractions (including the Opera House (map) and the Royal Botanic Gardens (map)), fine restaurants and shopping. Take ferries from Circular Quay (map) to some the Sydney Harbour Islands.
*The Rocks (map) is an inner-city suburb, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney. It is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour adjacent to the city centre, close to where Sydney was first settled in 1788.
The Kings Cross area (map) is infamous in Australia as being a red light district, similar to Kings Cross, London with numerous strip clubs and “girlie” bars along Darlinghurst Road, although the demographics have changed in recent years and gentrification of the area has led to clashes between new and established elements.
Chinatown (map). Officially, Chinatown does not have clearly defined borders, due to its continuous growth. The traditional core of the Haymarket Chinatown has been centred around Dixon Street (map), a pedestrian street mall with many Chinese restaurants, and with a paifang (a traditional Chinese gateway) at each end.
- Walking tour of Sydney – mainly around Central Sydney. Please see separate listing for detailed information.
- One week in Sydney – some ideas on how to spend a week in and around Sydney, exploring different areas.
Sydney ocean beaches all have shark mesh nets around 100 metres out to sea, and are regularly patrolled by air for sharks. A shark alarm will sound if any are sighted, and you should get out of the water. The risk of shark attack swimming on a patrolled beach between the flags is low. Shark attacks are rare on Sydney beaches, but they have occurred.