Sydney area guides

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Sydney is one of the most recognisable cities in the world. Its icons, the Opera House and the Darling Harbour Bridge, are often featured in Hollywood movies alongside the Eiffel Tower, etc. — usually being destroyed by aliens or some other world-ending event...

Central Sydney

CBD

The CBD (Central Business District, which is simply referred to as «the city») is always bustling with life, you can smell business opportunity around every corner.

It’s one of the best cities in the world to do business as it’s not only the Sydney-siders that are very entrepreneurially-minded, but Sydney CBD is Australia’s top destination for international business travellers as well.

The City is where the action is, with well-developed transport infrastructure, it’s easy to get to that business meeting wherever it may be.

The Rocks

Located in the northern part of central Sydney, The Rocks is often described as the birthplace of Australia, being the site of the first white settlement which arrived ‘down under’ in 1788.

The area is a mix of colonial buildings and modern structures intended to blend with the architecture of the past. There are many pubs, restaurants, and speciality shops to be found in The Rock’s streets and alleys developed transport infrastructure, it’s easy to get to that business meeting wherever it may be.

Pyrmont-Ultimo

Pyrmont-Ultimo is situated on the western side of the CBD and like many suburbs of Sydney, it has a rich history.

Pyrmont and Ultimo have undergone colossal changes during the last two centuries. It’s hard to imagine that this landscape was once filled with the sounds of quarrying, smoke from ironworks and power stations, combined with a sweet smell from Colonial Sugar Refinery (CSR).

Surry Hills

Once home to Sydney’s rag trade, this bustling inner-city suburb has converted its industrial warehouses into trendy gallery spaces and million-dollar apartments. Surry Hills is a place of contrasts, of streets lined with blossoming jacaranda trees, high-end boutiques, and renovated terrace homes. But the area’s most defining trait is its ever-evolving food scene — home to some of the best coffee in the city, there’s no shortage of new eateries, serving everything from New York-style bagels to award-winning Japanese cuisine.

Barangaroo

Located on the western side of central Sydney, Barangaroo is undergoing a major transformation from a disused container terminal to a 22-hectare waterfront precinct.

It’s quickly becoming the new hottest address in Sydney. It showcases some of the best contemporary art and is home to regular design markets. When the planned development will be completed (2024), it will accommodate more than 23,000 workers and residents, and host thousands of visitors each day.

Northern Suburbs

North Sydney has always been associated with upper class and prestige, setting up a business in this part of town is highly recommended if you’re planning to attract wealthier clients.

A lower north shore office location sends a message of exclusivity and luxury.

St Leonards

A suburb that tends to be better known for its commercial scene than its homes, St Leonards is transforming into one of Sydney’s high-rise living hotspots with construction sites around the suburb telling the story of a neighbourhood in flux. The local government is still to decide how much development will be approved, but plans are already underway for many more high-rise apartments to be added to the landscape.

Macquarie Park

Macquarie Park is a vibrant business district that’s on the rise and headquarters location for a number of ASX-listed companies.

Chatswood

Today’s major commercial and retail centre at Chatswood is predominantly a post-World War II creation through a decision made in 1948, under the County of Cumberland Planning Scheme, to develop the suburb as a District Centre. Chatswood City Centre is now one of Sydney’s largest regional commercial and retail centres and a major transportation hub.

Southern Sydney

The south of Sydney is home to over 50 successful companies like Telstra, Bosch, Sunbeam & Mazda, to name a few. The south is undergoing massive development and upgrading, turning it from a mosty industrial, concrete landscape to an edgy, creative utopia — a magnet for fashion, art, and design professionals.

Sydney Airport (Mascot)

Being the largest city on an isolated continent, Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (colloquially Mascot Airport) is one of the busiest airports in the world, handling between 40-50 million passengers, and gazillion tons of goods, per year. Located in Mascot, the area around the airport has a mixture of residential, commercial and industrial areas, which is currently being redeveloped to contain more high-density commercial and residential developments.

Botany

Located just south of Sydney’s CBD, Botany is an ideal location for potential growth. It’s the site of Sydney’s major port (Botany Port) and as such, it’s a suburb with extensive commercial development centred on shipping and freight — and if you travel often, Sydney Airport is only a 5-minute drive.

Eastern and Western Suburbs

The east is the land of Sydney’s rich and famous, all located within a relatively small pocket between the eastern border of the city and the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The Eastern Suburbs hold some of the country’s most exclusive and expensive real estate, designer boutiques, top-end dining and drinking destinations, as well as some of the very best beaches in Australia such as Bondi or Coogee. According to Deloitte, Sydney’s western suburbs have turned into the strongest growth areas over the last 5 years with Parramatta and its surrounding suburbs recognised as Sydney’s second most significant business area in Sydney, after the CBD.

Bondi Junction

‘Shop till you drop’ is what locals most associate with Bondi Junction, mainly due to the six heavenly levels of pure shopping bliss offered by the huge Westfield Shopping Centre. It’s one of the largest (fifth) commercial and shopping centres in Sydney’s east.

Parramatta

Parramatta (dubbed Sydney’s «second CBD») is a major business and commercial centre. It’s home to Westfield Parramatta — one of the top 10 shopping centres in the country. Parramatta is also the major transport hub for Western Sydney, providing access to trains and buses, as well as a ferry wharf. Light rail and metro services have also been planned for the near foreseeable future.

Randwick

Among the most renowned suburbs, Randwick is situated about 6km east from the central business district of Sydney.

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