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Sydney City Walk

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This stroll through the city from Central Station to Circular Quay covers a distance of approximately five kilometres and lasts about two hours, not allowing for any major stops. At the rear of Central Station, a tunnel connects Chalmers Street with Railway Square. Notice the artwork in the tunnel and also on the bus shelters in Railway Square. Then turn along George Street, which follows the route of an aboriginal track to the fishing grounds and has always been the main thoroughfare of the city.


Turn left when you reach Hay Street and then almost immediately right into Dixon Street. This is the Chinatown area of the city. If you turn left when you reach Liverpool Street and walk one short block to Harbour Street, you will see the Chinese Garden donated by the Local Government of Guangdong (Canton) in China to commemorate Australia’s 200th birthday in 1988. Chinese tea is available here in the Tea House Courtyard.


Go back along Liverpool Street, to change from Chinese to Spanish. This is an area of Spanish restaurants and shops, where the Spanish food is often accompanied by Spanish music. Soon World Square is reached, a redevelopment on the site of the former Anthony Hordern Department Store, which is why the 45-storey tower is named Hordern Tower.


Turn left into Elizabeth Street and walk one block to the obelisk at the corner of Bathurst Street. What can this impressive Egyptian-style sculpture be? In fact, it is a ventilator for the major sewer running beneath the street. It was erected as long ago as 1857 and nicknamed Thorton’s Scent Bottle, Mr. Thorton having been the mayor at the time.


Now turn right into Hyde Park, in and around which there are several of the attractions the Anzac War Memorial, the Australian Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and then, continuing along Macquarie Street, Sydney Mint, Sydney Hospital, Parliament House and the State Library of New South Wales.


As you pass Sydney Hospital, you will see a statue of a wild boar, Il Porcellino, a copy of a statue in a seventeenth-century fountain in Florence. If you rub the shiny snout of the pig, as it is apparent that several others have done before you, and make a wish, good luck is sure to ensue, especially if you donate an appropriate amount of money at the same time. The money goes to the benefit of the hospital, not of the pig.


Almost opposite is Martin Place, a plan of a house which once stood here is marked by black paving stones and by a misty spray which will catch you unawares as it issues unexpectedly from the ground just as you walk over the spot.


At the State Library, divert right, enter the Royal Botanic Gardens and walk though to the harbour at Farm Cove. Then turn left and continue to the Opera House, round the promontory and to the ferry terminal at Circular Quay.

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