Hotels in Sydney
Sydney is Australia's most iconic city. But it's also a large area and, with so many districts to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to stay in Sydney. If you want to stay in one of the hotels near Sydney Harbour, take a look at the five-star Pullman Quay Grand. This place comes complete with views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Plus, its amazing leisure facilities include a spa pool, swimming pool, gym and sauna.
If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Sydney, you might find that sacrificing those harbour views saves you money. If you stay in Sydney's CBD (Central Business District) you'll still be within walking distance of the sites, and have views of the surrounding by the cityscape. Somewhere like Swissotel Sydney is a great option – it's just a 15-minute walk to the Harbour.
Alternatively, you could stay outside of the city and opt for a Sydney hotel on the beach. There are lots of hotels on Manly Beach. Our pick of the bunch is Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific. This four-star hotel is right on the beach – and there's a rooftop pool. Plus, Sydney's CBD is less than 20 minutes away by ferry.
Things to do in Sydney
As Australia’s oldest city, Sydney has a laidback, outdoor lifestyle and its beauty – both natural and man-made – make it one of the world’s most pleasant cities to visit. The locals are a friendly, energetic bunch with a tell-it-like-it-is approach to life, so you'll always feel welcome here. Sydney's vibrant cityscape blends outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture, while the sweeping beaches and five major national parks give you the chance to relax.
There are plenty of things to do in Sydney. In the city itself, you can visit several world-famous sites. Watch a magical performance at the Sydney Opera House, or simply take a tour of this magnificent building. For something a little more adventurous, climb over the arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge, or take an adrenaline-pumping jet boat from Darling Harbour. After a busy day, enjoy dinner in the historic precinct of The Rocks, where you'll find endless pubs and breweries, or eat down by the Harbour and soak up the views.
Outside the city centre, there's plenty more going on. You could take the bus to Bondi Beach and learn to surf, or stroll along the scenic coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. Manly Beach is another must-see. Try catching the ferry at sunset for one of Sydney's most beautiful – and affordable – trips.