Sydney’s Pyrmont is sometimes overlooked as a destination in the city, partly due to the fact that it resides on it’s own little peninsula just off the CBD. With the famous Darling Harbour on one side, and the Anzac Bridge on the other – sweeping you away before you’ve even had a chance to get into Pyrmont itself.

It may sound like you need to find a reason to go there, but luckily it’s pretty easy to come up with excuses to get to Pyrmont. Its proximity to central Sydney means it’s only a short walk or even a ferry ride away, and just a few minutes by light rail from Central station. Sloping down into harbours on either side, a short climb into Pyrmont proper brings you to this hidden gem of a suburb.

Part of historic Sydney, a great deal of the original sandstone, and unchanging rock faces, mix with the newer developments. Pyrmont has seen fantastic residential development in the past few years; flying the flag for apartment living in Sydney. The proximity to the city brings young professionals, while families are drawn to the quiet, and the amenities nearby. Multicultural and vibrant, Pyrmont is well worth considering if you’re thinking of moving.

Pyrmont also has its share of things to see and do…

The Star may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but no one can complain about having Gelato Messina just a walk away. With any number of restaurants and shops, The Star is more than just the casino, plus bars overlooking the water make a great destination on a summer night.

The nearby Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre is perhaps the top tier in leisure and fitness in Sydney. Skirt around the other side of Pyrmont, away from Darling Harbour, and you’ll find the Sydney Fish Markets. A sight in itself, you can treat yourself to amazingly fresh sushi or good old fashioned fish and chips. The tip of Pyrmont brings you down into Pyrmont Point Park; a lovely space with greenery, BBQ set ups, and a boardwalk running around the waters edge. Perfect for family gatherings, or as a running route.

There’s a reason to start running

Aside from the big name places, Pyrmont is also a hub of cafes, bars and restaurants. Especially Pyrmont Village, in the heart of the suburb and away from the bustle of the CBD. For all your caffeinated needs, check out Cafe XXII (Union St) and their classic brunch menu. A beautiful old fashioned building, sit out on the street tables and you could easily be in Europe.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, but we reckon Gallon on Harris St has you sorted for a leisurely lunch, or for an evening. The story goes that it was originally purchased for a gallon of rum back in 1799, although Gallon now focuses its expertise on wines. Check out the beautiful interior and outdoor area, and it won’t break the bank either. Of course, there’s always the Quarrymans Hotel if you’re looking for a quiet beer and some good pub grub.