Martin Place

Martin Place, Sydney: Address, Phone Number, Martin Place Reviews: 3.5/5

Martin Place
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,324 contributions
Mar. 2022
Tourists with busy itineraries can easily give Martin Place a miss. It is a fairly unremarkable pedestrian zone in the city which is mainly used by city-workers as a thoroughfare between Macquarie, Pitt and George Streets.
Some people will remember it from 1999 movie, The Matrix. The central fountain featured in the scene where Keanu/Neo gets distracted by the woman in the red dress. Some years later, scenes for Superman Returns were also filmed here.
15 seconds of movie fame aside, Martin Place is normally a nondescript but busy central square.
Its most attractive features are the fountain, the ANZAC Cenotaph (1929) and the heritage buildings on either side of the square. In summer, there are pretty plantings of flowers, which gives it a lift.
For those who have the time and interest, you can see quite a lot of Sydney’s heritage buildings in a very short time because they’re clustered around Martin Place.
The grandest and most significant of these is the General Post Office. Built in 1864-1887 at a time when Australia was flush with funds from the gold rush, it was constructed on a grand scale and at great expense. Other noteworthy buildings include the former Bank of Australasia Building (1908), the former MLC Building (1937-38), the old sandstone Colonial Mutual Life Building (1896), and Challis House (1909). The former State Savings Bank (1928), with an imposing Beaux-Arts facade, massive Ionic columns and dusky pink tiles is worth a quick look, especially because the public can go inside the lavishly restored interior to the grand hall.
Written 30 March 2022
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia13,229 contributions
Sep. 2021
This is a wonderful place just to hang out and watch the world go by, we especially love the additional outdoor furniture that is abundant just adding to lovely space.
Written 21 November 2021
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia1,987 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
Martin Place is a pedestrian thoroughfare north of the Pitt Street Mall. It contains various shops, banks, television studios, a Metro Station, the Cenotaph and various cafes and restaurants.
Written 10 June 2021
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia954 contributions
Mar. 2021
Martin Place runs from George Street to Macquarie Street and has the Martin Place underground railway station. It was named Martin Place in 1921 after Sir James Martin (1820-1886) Premier of NSW. It was original known as Moore Street and was a small lane running between George Street and Pitt Street. It has the former General Post Office, many fine architectural buildings,, the ANZAC centopath and Matrix Fountain
Written 2 May 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia38,887 contributions
Sep. 2020
Martin Place is one of the few pedestrian areas in the city centre. It is quite a long strip, crossed by a number of streets where vehicular traffic is allowed to go through. The general area is a centre of financial activity as there are several banks and other institutions along its length. There is also a fountain, one of very few in the city! There are many shops as well, including big department stores as well as smaller ones and cafes, restaurants and others. It is a good area to go to for meeting people and some lunchtime relaxation.
Written 8 November 2020
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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia839 contributions
Oct. 2020 • Solo
In the heart of the business district it is full of amazing heritage buildings And home to the World War I Cenotaph. If you get a chance, go into some of the foyers and see the beauty of some of these buildings.
Written 1 October 2020
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,968 contributions
Dec. 2019
Martin Place is a cobblestone street, which is a pedestrian only walkway located in the heart of Sydney. A short walk from the Sydney Botanical Gardens, it is flanked by the Parliament of New South Wales on one end and the Sydney GPO on the other.

Martin Place is a nice place to walk and spend time with many cafes and restaurants nearby. The Reserve Bank of Australia as well as the major commercial banks of the country all are located here. You may also come upon surprises such as I did, when I saw a living sculpture for the first time! One can spend 1-2 hours here.
Written 9 April 2020
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lydia
Sydney, Australia77 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Solo
Always a must see in December, they do a lovely display of lights and the awesome Christmas tree is a sight to be hold, I used to enjoy seeing the windows at David Jones but their no existant now Wich is a shame, but take a look around the city and discover some pretty Christmas sights.
Written 29 December 2019
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia4,647 contributions
Jun. 2019
Visited on Sunday 10th November, has so many old buildings it is well worth going there to check them out.
Written 17 December 2019
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Peter
Glasgow, UK2,930 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
This large pedestrian plaza shouts wealth.
Designed by city council 1923 till 1935 after an expensive battle with land owners.
Written 17 November 2019
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