QVB and Sydney’s Favourite Icons

June 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm

QVB Exterior Druitt St

Since first opening in 1898, the QVB has had a mercurial history. Designed by George McRae, it replaced the original Sydney Markets and was named to honour the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee. Elaborate Romanesque architecture was chosen for the grand building, which housed a concert hall, coffee shops, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople. Over many decades, the concert hall became the city library, offices proliferated and many tenants moved in.

1900- QVB exterior

Today, the QVB is a Sydney icon and one of the city’s most beautiful buildings with over 180 boutiques housed under its copper-clad domes. Being a key Sydney-sider for over a century, the QVB shares a curation of their favourite Sydney icons via Posse.

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Sydney Opera House


Sydney Opera House. Photo: eesydneypass.iventurecard.com

Located on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, Sydney Opera House is a charming place to enjoy an inspiring production or explore on a balmy summer’s day.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Hours (perhaps days) could be spent in the MCA’s spacious galleries, and our current favourite is the museum’s own Volume One: MCA Collection which showcases iconic Australian contemporary art from the past 20 years.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo. Photo: taronga.org.au

Taronga Zoo. Photo: taronga.org.au

A delightful day trip for the little ones, the adorable animals and breathtaking view of Harbour makes Taronga Zoo a must-visit Sydney destination.

Sydney Theatre Company

Sydney Theatre Company

Sydney Theatre Company’s The Wharf Theatre. Photo: sydneytheatre.com.au

With an alluring mix of contemporary plays and modern interpretations of classics, Sydney Theatre Company has fostered the growth of theatre icons, including Baz Luhrmann, since 1978.

Harbour Bridge Climb


Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Photo: dluxbudgethotel.com.au

Our recipe for a perfect day out starts with the iconic dawn bridge climb to spot the sunrise over the city, followed by a rewarding lunch at one of QVB’s cafes.