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Central Business District

Famous around the world for its beautiful harbor setting, Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) is the hub of Australia’s finance sector. The district extends from the Circular Quay in the north to the Central railway in the south, while its east-west axis runs from Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens in the east to Darling Harbor in the west.

The CBD is an area of densely concentrated skyscrapers and hosts some of Australia’s tallest buildings, including the Governor Phillip Tower, the MLC Centre, the World Tower and Sydney Tower. This concrete jungle is interspersed with several parks, including Hyde Park, The Domain, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Wynyard Park.

George Street is the CBD’s main north-south thoroughfare, while Pitt Street, which includes the Pitt Street Mall and the Sydney Tower, is the retail heart of the CBD. Nearby, Macquarie Street is a historic precinct that contains the State Parliament House and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

The Sydney CBD is home to some of the largest Australian companies, but also contains a large concentration of cultural institutions, including the Museum of Sydney, the State Library of New South Wales, the Theatre Royal and the City Recital Hall. Along the edge of the CBD you’ll also find the Sydney Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Powerhouse Museum.

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