City West in Sydney
City West is a distict of Sydney including Broadway, Ultimo and Pyrmont, but not Glebe or Newtown. It lies between the City South, Darling Harbour and the Inner West. It contains Star City, and Pyrmont Bay, including Harris St.
The light-rail system that skirts the western side of Darling Harbour, and then runs past the Casino and the Fish Markets. It is an easy way of accessing the area if you are coming through Central Station, where the line commences.
If coming from the City Centre, the 443 bus is your friend. The bus travels from George St in the City Centre, doing a loop around the entire Pyrmont and Ultimo area, before returning to the City Centre. Get back on where you got off. The bus runs every 10-15 minutes from around 6am until midnight.
If you are enthusiastic, the whole area can be walked from most points in the City Centre in 30 minutes or so, and less from Darling Harbour.
- Powerhouse Museum (address: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo) (directions: If walking, follow the signs from Darling Harbour near the Exhibition Centre. If driving, access via Harris St) +61 2 9217 0111
price: $10 adults, $5 children
open: 10AM-5PM daily
The Powerhouse Museum is a large museum, essentially of popular culture. It has displays on the history of fashion and transport, decorative arts, music, and space exploration exhibits. It also partly plays on a sci-tech theme, with interactive hands-on and discovery displays of technology, design and industry There is usually a special exhibition on as well. There are in-depth displays for all ages, but also displays especially created for young children to discover and play.
- Fish Markets
- Sydney Fish Market (address: Bank Street, Pyrmont) +61 2 9004-1100
open: Wholesale auctions from 5:30AM, retail from 7:00AM daily
The Fish Market is both a trade market for retailers and a place for the general public to get their hands on the day's catch. The fish market has a number of vendors who will cook your fish for you, and a cooking school. An early lunch at the fish markets is a local institution.
- Viva Goa (address: 2-4 Scott Street, Pyrmont) +61 2 9566-1311
price: Mains $15
A small Goan restaurant. Try their vindaloo, and ask for a table outside if the weather is right, because it gets noisy inside.
- The Little Snail (address: 50 Murray Street Pyrmont) +61 2 9212 7512
price: Does a 3 course lunch menu, including escargot, for $32
Where else can you have Kangaroo marinated and cooked in a French mustard sauce? Try the snails for starter
- Star City Casino
- Pyrmont Arms
Darling Harbour is just next door, with a selection of upmarket accommodation.
All the pubs have accommodation, varying in quality, offering a real alternative style from the normal city accommodation.
Star City has the obligatory large hotel rising above the Casino. Don't expect the kind of accommodation deals you would find in Las Vegas however, unless you quality for admission to the Inner Sanctum.
The rest of the city is just at your eastern doorstep, but if you have made it this far west, why not keep going to Sydney's Inner West. Still plenty of restaurants and cafes, with a more inner-city residential feel.