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Where to stay in Sydney

Exploring Sydney (vicinity)

From the stunning Northern Beaches to the historic northwestern Hills district, Sydney is Australia’s most renowned city. Catering for more than four million residents, this iconic city is the country’s oldest settlement, with Sydney Cove having been established by British settlers in 1788. Things have certainly developed since then, and the city’s downtown district is today among the world’s leading financial and commercial centres.

Sydney is also a renowned tourist magnet, with brilliant architectural, historical, and natural attractions located within and around the city’s vibrant heart. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and Bondi Beach are just a small taste of what this city has to offer. With Sydney being such a popular tourist destination, hotels of all price ranges and styles can be found throughout. Many of the high-end hotels can be found in inner-city districts like Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, and the Sydney CBD. However, there are cheaper options outside the downtown area that won’t disappoint.

Sydney’s public transport system makes it easy to travel throughout this expansive city. Buses, trains, and ferries ensure just about every corner of the city is accessible, and the multi-modal ticket allows for the use of more than one type of transport

Sights nearby

Sydney is bursting at the seams with illustrious attractions, some of which are among the world’s most visited attractions. Fortunately for tourists, most landmarks are within close proximity to a range of hotels.

Bondi Beach
Arguably Australia’s most famous and most visited beach, the golden strip of sand at Bondi is a busy yet memorable landmark of Sydney. Famous for its beautiful women, large crowds, great surf, and close proximity to the CBD, Bondi Beach provides the perfect day out for couples, individuals, and families. The beach is lined with an incredible array of shops, restaurants, and cafés, so visitors never have to stray far from the surf to refuel.

Circular Quay
The site of Australia’s first British settlement over 220 years ago, Circular Quay is now one of the busiest ferry docks in the country. It is the main hub for Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River ferries, and is considered to be the centre of the city’s tourism. A large train station rests at Circular Quay, while Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Pitt Street, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Sydney Opera House are all within walking distance. Plenty of convenient hotels reside near Circular Quay, including the historic Holiday Inn Old Sydney the Rocks.

Kings Cross
Regarded as Sydney’s red-light district, Kings Cross is found adjacent to Woolloomooloo and Potts Point in downtown Sydney. This is the place to go for an exciting night out, as it boasts a tremendous range of nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, cafés, and other adult entertainment establishments. The district contains a host of affordable hotels and inns, including a handful of high-end options like The Bayswater Sydney.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Sydney is an entertainment hub and as such, it features hundreds of dining options, shopping spots, and nightlife venues. The best place to shop is Sydney City Centre, although outer suburbs like Parramatta and Bondi Junction boast large shopping malls, too. The city is also a culinary hot spot, with each district possessing a special blend of cosmopolitan restaurants. Of course, famous districts like Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, and The Rocks make the downtown area of Sydney an outstanding place to dine.

Public transport

Despite Sydney’s massive landscape, tourists can almost get to any district or landmark via the public transportation system. Ferries provide great travel options across Sydney Harbour and along the Parramatta River, while trains radiate from the inner-city underground network to outer suburbs. The Sydney Bus system connects travellers to spots that trains and ferries fail to access, including major locations like Bondi and the Northern Beaches. The downtown area of Sydney is served by a light rail service which provides a looping route just outside central Sydney.

Sydney travel guides

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