Roads and maps of Sydney
Sydney started as a tiny convict settlement by the harbour which then sprawled outwards. This means its streets are neither planned or orderly, but with a street map in hand it is still very easy to get around Sydney once you understand a few of the major roads.
George Street - Sydney CBD to Broadway
George Street runs from Circular Quay and The Rocks at Sydney Harbour, through the Central Business District (CBD), past Haymarket and Chinatown, and then ends at Broadway, where the roads heads west towards Glebe and Balmain.
Pitt Street - Sydney CBD from Harbour to shopping mall
Pitt Street runs parallel to George Street from Circular Quay. When it reaches the CBD Pitt Street is closed to traffic, and for one block it is a vibrant outdoor shopping mall for foot traffic only. When the road resumes after the mall, traffic is one-way.
Macquarie, College and Elizabeth Streets, eastern Sydney CBD
Macquarie Street runs parallel to George and Pitt Streets from Circular Quay, where Parliament House and a number of historic buildings sit. At the end of Macquarie (Hyde Park is in front), a left will take you to College Street towards Paddington and East Sydney, right will take you to Elizabeth Street past the David Jones shopping centre and the inner west.
Sussex Street, Sydney CBD close to Darling Harbour
Running parallel to George Street but to its west, is Sussex Street. One way in parts, Sussex Street runs through Chinatown and can take you to the Entertainment Centre and to the Cockle Bay Wharf side of Darling Harbour (by foot). The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is on the opposite side of Cockle Bay Wharf towards the left hand side.
Oxford Street, Sydney city east to Bondi Junction
Directly across Sussex, George, Pitt, Elizabeth and College Streets runs Liverpool Street. At its eastern end, Liverpool Street becomes Oxford Street. Follow Oxford Street through the Darlinghurst gay and lesbian precinct and Paddington’s glamorous shopping precinct to Bondi Junction, or follow the signs to the world famous Bondi Beach, just five minutes away.