The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre have been closed to make way for a larger, state-of-the-art ICC Sydney International Convention Centre which will open in December 2016. Meanwhile, major events and exhibitions such as Australasian Gaming Expo 2015 will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island.
If you are going to be at one of the events or exhibitions at Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island, you may also want to check out these hidden cultural, shopping and dining gems to make your trip a more memorable one. Take your pick from cultural sites, art galleries, vibrant markets and some of Sydney’s best dining experiences.
The 800 metres tall Anzac Bridge is located above the Johnstons Bay that joins Pyrmont and Glebe Island. It is also one of Sydney’s most distinctive landmarks with the 200 metres high concrete towers and cables. You should cross the bridge for a leisurely walk to enjoy some of the most striking views of the Sydney’s city skyline and across the bay. You can also take a selfie with the bronze memorial statues of Anzac soldiers at the both ends to mark the start and end of your walk across the bridge.
Bicentennial Park, Glebe
Walk to the very end of Glebe Point Road and you will find Glebe Bicentennial Park. This quiet, grassy pocket of greenery is one of the Glebe locals’ best-kept secrets and overlooks the scenic Rozelle Bay. This is a place where you can get panoramic views of the Anzac Bridge and the bay. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and just relax in the arms of Mother Nature.
You will find local artists’ or designers’ galleries of different nature and interests as you walk along Darling Street that stretches all the way from Glebe to Rozelle. There are plenty of choices for your viewing pleasures and shopping opportunities from Aboriginal art to contemporary sculptures to emerging artists’ works and even wearable art or objects.
The Rozelle Markets located at Rozelle Public School and only open on weekends. You will be able to have interesting finds from this treasure trove filled with collectibles, antiques and second-hand stuff.
The Glebe Markets is open only on Saturdays. You will definitely be able to find some good buys here from fashion to home wares to clothing. You can even enjoy live entertainment and music as you tuck into yummy international street food.
If you are a dessert person or you have been watching Australia Masterchef series, you will not want to miss a chance to taste Australia’s best-known patissier – Adriano Zumbo’s ‘Zumbarons’ at his Balmain patisserie where he first started out. Otherwise, you can also choose to sit back, relax and enjoy a cuppa with his infamous ‘Zumbarons’ as you watch his chefs in action at his Rozelle outlet. Finally, you may want to visit his branch at The Star where you can pack some of the sweets he created from the confection store back home.
The Sonoma Bakery Cafe, Glebe is famous among the Glebe locals as the best spot for good coffee, amazing sandwiches, especially their sensational sourdough bread baked on site.
Glebe Point Diner
At Glebe Point Diner, you will be able to enjoy delicious modern Australian cuisine prepared with fresh, local ingredients.
Take the opportunity to explore the food, culture and shopping scenes during your visit to Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island. Extend your stay and consider hiring a coach or minibus from Transport Network Australia for a road trip to the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley.