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Where to stay in Sydney
Where to stay in Sydney
If you’re not a local or particularly familiar with the city, you may have some trouble deciding where to stay in Sydney. After all, the city is sprawling! The good news is you really can’t go wrong when choosing a base for your time here. Will you wake up with views of the harbour and the hustle and bustle of the city below you? Maybe you’d like to tuck yourself away along a terrace-lined street, with quaint coffee shops and beautiful gardens as your neighbours. Wherever you decide to stay, there’s bound to be something to enjoy right on your doorstep.
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Circular Quay is the home of Sydney's most famous attractions. The Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens are just a stone's throw from each other, while ferries and buses run constantly to Manly and the north shore of the harbour. The western side of the quay is where you'll find The Rocks with its charming cobbled laneways and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Surry Hills and Darlinghurst
Surry Hills has a reputation as one of the most plentiful suburbs for drinking and dining. If nightlife is what you're after, Oxford Street is where you'll want to be. Running along the border of both Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, Oxford Street is your connection from the city all the way to Bondi Junction. If you're looking to soak up the atmosphere of Sydney fashion, food and nightlife, this area is tailor-made for you.
Home to white sands, rolling waves and the occasional famous face, Bondi Beach is the epitome of Australian surf culture. A morning swim, an afternoon drink, or an evening of fine-dining – Bondi is beautiful any time of day. Weekend farmers' markets and a coffee in the shade is a great way to relax, so if a laidback atmosphere is what you're after, Bondi Beach is your best bet.
With the city just across the water and easy access via ferry, or a quick walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, North Sydney offers convenience away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. A quieter green metropolis, North Sydney is home to the beautiful mansions of Kirribilli and the splendid escapism of Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden located in the wonderful Lavender Bay.
Chinatown and Darling Harbour
Discover the finest in Asian cuisine and culture, waterfront dining, wine and cocktail bars, and entertainment. Chinatown and Darling Harbour are at the heart of Sydney's buzzing life after dark. The lively precinct is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, and it's also easily accessible via the light-rail network. Darling Harbour is one of the best places to stay in Sydney.
Frequently asked questions
Sydney is a city best explored on foot, so comfortable walking shoes are a must! If you’re heading there in summer, be sure to throw in some swimmers, a towel, a fabulous hat and, of course, your reusable water bottle. Other times of year can get chilly in the city, so throw in a jacket or cardigan but leave room in your suitcase as Sydney is known for its excellent shopping.
Sydney is a culinary and cultural smorgasbord dishing up an endless array of things to see, do and devour. Some of the must-see spots while you’re in town are the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo and Darling Harbour, to name just a few. Our advice? Arrive with a (mostly) empty itinerary and just see where the day (and night) takes you.
Summer in Sydney is a special kind of magic. Skip from the beach to a rooftop bar, sipping cocktails as the sun sinks from the sky. Summer (December to February) also offers a jam-packed roster of festivals and events. If you’re less of a beach dweller and more of a culture seeker, autumn (March to May) winter (June to August) and spring (September to November) is a nice time to check out the city’s artistic heart.
Whoa, where to start? Sydney is known for its exceptional food scene, so be sure to dedicate some solid time to snacking and sipping. When you need to walk off your food coma, pound the pavement and explore the city on foot, popping into museums and galleries that take your fancy along the way. Of course, no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the incredible harbour to check out the bridge and Opera House. Better yet, book a sunset cruise around the harbour or get the heart pumping with a bridge climb.