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Published October 18th 2014

Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) extends southwards for about three kilometres from Sydney Cove. Its north–south axis runs from Circular Quay in the north to Central railway station in the south. Its east–west axis runs from a chain of parkland that includes Hyde Park, The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens and Farm Cove on Sydney Harbour in the east, to Darling Harbour and the Western Distributor in the west. The Sydney CBD is also sometimes used loosely to encompass the surrounding suburbs such as Pyrmont, Haymarket, Ultimo and Woolloomooloo.

Where does one park, when trying to access the large concentration of cultural institutions within the CBD including: the Museum of Sydney, the State Library of New South Wales, the Customs House branch of the City of Sydney Library, the Theatre Royal, the City Recital Hall and the Japan Foundation. Transit is certainly an option, but can be prohibitive for families with small children, and can even be cost prohibitive compared to the cost of parking in the CBD, if you know a few "secrets".
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Many other cultural institutions are located at the edge of the CBD, such as: the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art to the north, the Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales to the east, the Powerhouse Museum to the west, White Rabbit Gallery and the Haymarket branch of the City of Sydney Library to the south.

Sydney boasts a lively cafe culture which is complemented by a club and bar scene distributed throughout the CBD and concentrated in a couple of locations such as Darling Harbour.

A few secrets about parking in Sydney, and you're on your way to spending less on parking, and more on the amazing meal you're about to find around the corner. Okay, so they are not-so-secret, and kind of widely advertised, but I am still surprised at how few people know, so here you go Sydney: Secure-a-Spot Online Booking.

A bit of planning ahead (as little as 20 minutes), and a few simple, one-time-registration steps, and you're on your way to the cheapest (sometimes free) parking in Sydney CBD (currently 19 locations) and beyond (Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches, North Sydney, Paramatta, and the inner west).

Book in advance, choose your location, entry, and exit time, and receive an entry code by email. For all Secure-a-Spot bookings, you have a 15-minute grace period prior to the entry time of your Secure-a-Spot reservation period. If you exit the car park outside of your reservation period, you may incur fees in addition to your Secure-a-Spot booking fee. When you book early bird, evening, or weekend, you will have more flexible entry and exit conditions. You may only park at the nominated location.

Heading to an A-League game? Secure Parking has car parks conveniently located in Parramatta, offering great rates for the A-League games. $9.99 weekend parking at Riverside Parramatta Car Park, give you great parking close to Parramatta Stadium; sign up for Club Secure to receive notifications of special promotions, competitions, and voucher codes offering discounted and free car park deals.

Do you have any tips for great parking in Sydney? Where is your favourite car park, or do you have tricks and tips to taking transit?

GoSecure is a smartphone app by Secure Parking that helps you find the cheapest and closest car parks to your destination while you're on the go. GoSecure provides you with all the details you need for each car park, including car park rates, operating hours, and the services that are available at the car park. All you need to do is enter your destination, the date and time of day you want to park, and the Deal Finder will provide you with a choice of the cheapest or closest parking. At over 70 Secure Parking car parks you book your parking with Secure-a-Spot, you'll guarantee a spot in the car park and save money on the normal parking rate. Visit the App Store or Google Play to download GoSecure.

Wilson Parking is the main competitor of Secure Park, for parking in the CBD. They have a platinum membership option (convenience only, not a discount card), as well as their own app.

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