The steps of this iconic building in the heart of Sydney’s central business district serve as a popular meeting place for both travelers and locals, but it is what’s found within its walls that make a visit worthwhile.
Built in the 1880s, this sandstone structure is the political powerhouse of the city, housing the Sydney City Council chamber and the offices of the lord mayor, the deputy lord mayor and the city’s councilors. But what catches the eye of most visitors is the building’s Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ, the world’s largest pipe organ. Two-hour guided tours include a look at Centennial Hall, the Lady Mayoress’s Rooms, the Reception Room and the former site of the Old Sydney Burial Ground, in addition to a stop at the world-famous organ.
Sydney Town Hall is located at 483 George Street between Druitt and Bathurst streets near Hyde Park and opposite the Queen Victoria Building. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The schedule may change depending on scheduled events, so it’s best to call ahead for tours, which cost $5.