Nowhere in Sydney has a quicker pulse than the city's Central Business District (CBD), where travelers shopping on Pitt Street converge with the city's top business professionals, and financiers making deals in skyscrapers peer down at pedestrians below. Beginning at Circular Quay in the north, the Central Business District runs south for 2 miles (3.2 km) to the central rail line and extends east to west from the trees of Hyde Park to the ship masts of Darling Harbour.
While one of the best ways to experience the bustling district is simply by strolling on foot, travelers can also people-watch and explore the area on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. More than just modern construction and skyscrapers, there are still a handful of historic pockets in the downtown area, including Macquarie Street, which features early 19th-century barracks, churches and state offices. For a classic Sydney CBD meander, begin at Hyde Park and take Macquarie Street up to the Sydney Opera House, or cruise the stalls of the Pitt Street pedestrian mall while en route to Circular Quay.
George Street is the CBD's main north-south thoroughfare. For the Central Business District's best people-watching, visit during the lunch hour when thousands of working professionals empty out onto the streets.
Did You Know? The oldest building in the CBD is the Sydney Mint Building, which was built in 1816.