Forming the easterly boundary of the CBD, Macquarie Street connects Circular Quays/Sydney Opera House with Hyde Park. It is lined with grand public buildings - along this stretch, initiated in the early part oof the 19th century, were the first buildings constructed with any concept of permanence. Thus, early public buildings to survive redevelopment of the city include the Sydney Hospital, State Parliament, Hyde Park Barracks (now a museum), the Sydney Mint, the State Library (although the major part of the Library on Macquarie Street is a modern extension) and The Treasury (now incorporated into the InterContinental Hotel). It's a grand street and invariably will form part of any exploration of central Sydney.
Sydney's greatest concentration of early public buildings are straddled or near to famous Macquarie St. The best for both looks and visitng reasons is the elegant, two-storey Parliament House. You will also find the Sydney Hospital, the Mint Building, the exquisite Hyde Park Barracks, St James Church and the voluminous State Library. You can take tours of both the Parliament House and the Hospital, while the Barracks and Mint Buildings are both museums. Macquarie St runs from Hyde Park to Circular Quay and is on the border of the central business district.