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Pyrmont Area Walking Tour (Self Guided), Sydney

Pyrmont is a Sidney suburb located on a peninsula and connected to the city by two bridges: Pyrmont Bridge and ANZAC Bridge. Once it was an important component of the industrial life of Sydney, but today this picturesque place is one of the most popular areas for tourists due to its numerous landmarks, which are listed on the Register of the National Estate. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent attractions in Pyrmont, Sydney.
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Pyrmont Area Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Pyrmont Area Walking Tour
Guide Location: Australia » Sydney (See other walking tours in Sydney)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Pyrmont Bridge
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Union Square
  • Pyrmont Fire Station
  • Sydney Fish Market
  • ANZAC Bridge
Pyrmont Bridge

1) Pyrmont Bridge

The Pyrmont Bridge, connected the city of Sydney with the western suburbs. It is one of the oldest surviving electrically operated swingspan bridges in the world. Engineers Australia declared the bridge as a National Engineering Landmark.

The present Pyrmont Birdge replaced an older wooden bridge and was opened to traffic in 1902. The swingspan helped tall ships that could not go under the bridge to pass through. It was designed by engineer, Percy Allan who was known for his common sense approach in designing structures. He believed in economical use of material and ease of construction and maintenance. It had the largest swingspans in the world and the first to be powered by electricity. Most other swingspan bridges were driven by winches using steam or hydraulic power. When Pyrmont Bridge opened, it was a high traffic bridge as Darling Harbour was the main industrial area of Sydney. Warehouses, railway junctions and international ships docked at the harbour. After large container ships were introduced, Darling Harbour was found unsuitable and the area declined.

Pyrmont Bridge was restored and reopened in 1988 when Darling Harbour was converted into a recreation precinct. The Swingspan was made functional and a monorail runs above it connecting Darling Harbour with the Sydney Central Business District.
Australian National Maritime Museum

2) Australian National Maritime Museum (must see)

The Australian National Maritime Museum is dedicated to the maritime history of the country and its continuing involvement and dependence on seas and oceans. The building looks like a ship and the roof resembles billowing sails.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is the only federally-operated museum outside the capital territory. It has seven main galleries with different themes including one wholly funded by the USA, showcasing the maritime relationship between the two countries. The museum opened in 1989.

The galleries have permanent exhibitions depicting the discovery of Australia, the relationship and trade carried on by the Aborigines with other parts of Asia, travel to Australia by sea, the ocean as a resource and a gallery devoted to the ocean as a recreational venue. Three galleries are used for temporary exhibits. There are also three museum ships, a replica of HMS Endeavour that discovered the Australian continent, HMAS Vampire and HMS Onslow, a submarine, that are open to the public. Visitors can view life on convict ships, what emigrant ships brought to Australia and the history of the World War I naval battle of Gallipoli where an Australian fleet fought bravely and lost. The museum has many hands-on exhibits to entertain children, a cinema, and ocean-related computer games.

Why You Should Visit:
Excellent experience with really informative volunteer guides providing a real insight into life as a mariner.
The ships can be a bit claustrophobic but you can really appreciate what it must have been like to have served on board.

The main museum is free (ink stamp on the wrist) but if you want to do the submarine, destroyer, or the wooden sailing ship you have to pay for those.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-5pm
Union Square

3) Union Square

Union Square is a closed part of Union Street in Sydney between Paternoster Row and Harris Street. It is now a heritage precinct and many buildings in and around the square are listed on the Register of the National Estate, a directory of monuments of cultural importance in Australia.

Union Square was created when Union Street in Pyrmont was closed in 1998. Important buildings located here are the Post Office of Harris Street, the Harlequin Inn Pub, two bank buildings on Union Street, some buildings on Harris Street, the terrace from Harris Street, the terraces of Paternoster Row and the villas in 4-20 Union Street. These villas were built on land allotted by Edward Macarthur who inherited the land around Pyrmont from his father and landowner, John Macarthur. The land was purchased and fashionable houses were built here from 1839 to 1840.

The notable monument within Union Square is the Pyrmont War Memorial. The structure has the names of 750 local soldiers who served in World War I. It has angel on top carrying a shield on which the words, ‘Their names liveth for evermore’ are inscribed. It was unveiled by Sir. Walter Davidson, the Governor of New South Wales in 1922.
Pyrmont Fire Station

4) Pyrmont Fire Station

The Pyrmont Fire Station was built in 1906. This three-story red brick building with a terracotta tiled gable roof and sandstone features is a great example of Federation Free Style architecture. Other elements include a corner tower with dome, an arch, and multiple paned upper sashes. The Pyrmont Fire Station was one of 23 stations that were closed during cutbacks in 1945.
Sydney Fish Market

5) Sydney Fish Market (must see)

The Sydney Fish Market is an authentic working wholesale market for fish in the city. It is located on Blackwattle Bay in the Inner West suburb of Pyrmont.

The Sydney Fish Market was opened in the location by the State Government in 1945. It became a privately owned firm from 1994. It is the largest seafood market in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest in terms of the variety of species available, in the world. Buyers arrive to check the catch of the day at 5:30 in the morning before bidding at a seafood auction. Over 52 tons of fish are sold every day.

The Sydney Fish Market has a working fishing port, a wholesale fish market where fish is auctioned daily, a fresh fish retail market, many eating places where customers are assured of the freshest seafood dishes, a florist, a beverage outlet, a vegetable market and a gift shop. There is also an outdoor promenade for visitors. A behind-the-scenes tour takes visitors around the market to learn how a functioning fish market works. The Sydney Seafood School forms part of the market. It holds seafood cookery classes that are sometimes hosted by leading chefs from around Australia.

Why You Should Visit:
To shop for gorgeous prawns and scallops to prepare at home, but you can also find cooked items and join the locals who are dining.
There are nice variations available where seafood and fish are grilled and/or prepared in a number of different ways using sauce, cheeses and rice.

Firstly, enjoy walking around the market and absorb the atmosphere. Select your meal from the array on offer and take it to your table outside. If crowded, find a table or spot first then get someone to go to order the food.

Operation Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm; Sat-Sun: 7am-5pm
ANZAC Bridge

6) ANZAC Bridge

The ANZAC Bridge is the longest bridge in Australia supported by cables. It is the main link between the Sydney City Centre and Glebe Island that forms part of the West suburbs.

The ANZAC Bridge replaced the older Glebe Island Bridge. It was constructed by the engineering firm, Baulderstone, and was inaugurated in 1995. It stands 805 meters long and 32.2 meters wide. The Pylons are made of concrete and are 120 meters high. They support the deck through two planes of stay cables reinforced by thin stabilising cables. The bridge carries automobile, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The northern side of the bridge has a pedestrian and bicycle path that is constantly patrolled and monitored as a counter terrorism measure.

The bridge was named the ANZAC Bridge in 1998 on the 80th anniversary of the Armistice Day in memory of the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand who served in World War I. The Australian flag is mounted on top of the bridge’s eastern pylon and the New Zealand flag atop the western pylon. On ANZAC day in the year 2000, a bronze memorial statue of an Australian soldier, colloquially called Digger, was placed on the western end and in 2008 a sculpture of a New Zealand soldier was added directly opposite the Digger figure.

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