Sitting on the shores of Blackwattle Bay in Pyrmont are the famed Sydney Fish Markets – the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, you’ll find myriad fishmongers, restaurants, a gourmet deli and sushi bar serving up some of the tastiest seafood in town. On weekdays, early birds flock to see retailers and restaurateurs face off in the Dutch clock auctions, a silent bidding system that sees 65 tonnes of fresh seafood fly out the door (weekdays, 5.30am). The Sydney Fish Markets are also home to Sydney Seafood School, which runs hands-on classes by leading Australian chefs like Dan Hong, Shaun Presland and Jonathan Barthelmess. Behind-the-scenes tours of the markets are held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; bookings are essential; call (02) 9004 1108.
There’s plenty to do in the waterfront suburb of Pyrmont. Kids will get their kicks at the Powerhouse Museum, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and The Playground at Darling Quarter. Dining at nearby Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay or King Street Wharf is made extra special with Saturday night fireworks.
Bank Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney; (02) 9004 1100