Experience Sydney like an insider with David's tips to Sydney.5:22
Welcome To Sydney
As Chief Concierge of InterContinental Sydney, it is my pleasure to ensure every guest is given the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Sydney. My team and I are here to help you experience Sydney and the surrounds from a local's perspective.
InterContinental Sydney is located in the cultural end of Sydney, just footsteps from the famous Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens. Built around the historic Treasury Building of 1851, the hotel has one of the oldest operating elevators in the Southern Hemisphere and was built on the site of the first grapevine ever planted in Australia.
Set your alarm 30 minutes early and take a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a breathtaking way to start the day and you’ll feel not only refreshed, but also like a true Sydneysider. For the best vantage point in Sydney, head towards the Opera House and enter the Gardens through the Queen Elizabeth II Gate. Follow the waterfront path along Farm Cove to Mrs Macquaries Chair where you’ll experience a spectacular view of the city. Did you know that this historic chair was carved out of a rock ledge for Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth, who used to come here to enjoy the panoramic views of the harbour.
Take a 30-minute flight aboard a seaplane and head due north over some phenomenal scenery - including Sydney Heads, Manly Beach and the spectacular northern beaches. You land at Cottage Point, to be met on arrival and seated at one of the locals' best kept secret; The Cottage Point Inn. There you'll enjoy a lunch of modern Australian cuisine while relaxing and taking in the exquisite views, you may even have the opportunity to hand feed a friendly local bird called the Kookaburra.
Head to the award-winning Aria Restaurant for a pre theatre dinner. Whilst sipping cocktails and enjoying the sunset, while reminiscing about the day's highlights. The concierge at the InterContinental Sydney has secured tickets on your behalf to the evening's performance at the Sydney Opera House. If stamina allows, stop off at the Opera Bar afterwards for a nightcap before retiring to the hotel and a peaceful night of slumber.
Driving and Taxis
When driving in Australia you must stay on the left hand side of the road. Taxis take all credit cards.
The electrical current in Australia is 240 volt a/c. For most US appliances a transformer is required.
Australia prohibits all animal and plant products being brought into the country.
The hottest three months of the year are December, January and February - the average high is 27C and the average low is 17C. The coldest three months of the year are June, July and August. No need to pack heavy jackets as Sydney's climate is generally quite mild.
There is no obligation to tip in Australia. Australians do believe in tipping for good service, though, so tip when you see fit.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Sydney is known for its multicultural diversity. There are over 200 nationalities represented in Sydney's population.
At 1pm every day, a canon is fired from Fort Denison to indicate the time to Sydneysiders. This practice started in 1906 and continued until World War II when it was stopped for fear of alarming residents. It was only started again in 1986.
General Post Office
All distances to Sydney are measured to Sydney's GPO, located at Martin Place in the CBD (Central Business District)
The InterContinental Sydney was built in 1985. The hotel was constructed around the heritage listed New South Wales Treasury building, built in 1849.
The Rocks district was named after the formation of land it was built upon. The sandstone found in the area was used in many of the original buildings in Sydney, including the InterContinental.
WHAT TO PACK
Australia's power outlets will be different to most countries. It is advisable to bring an Australian socket adaptor.
It is recommended that you exchange some money, although just enough to cover transportation to the hotel and other incidentals. It is not necessary to exchange a lot as all taxi services will accept credit cards.
Comfortable walking shoes
Sydney is well known for its outdoor activities and beautiful harbour walks. Bringing a comfortable pair of walking shoes is advisable.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. The sun during the warmer months is especially intense, however it is advisable that you pack sunscreen no matter what time of year you visit.
We are very lucky in Sydney as the weather here is always quite mild, no matter what time of the year it is. There's no need to bring any heavy jackets.
- 117 Macquarie Street
- Sydney , 2000
- Front Desk +61-2-92539000
Distance 12 KM / 7.46 MI SOUTH to Hotel
Taxi Charge (one way): $50.00 (AUD)
Time by taxi: 15 to 30 minutes
Train Charge (one way): $15.80 (AUD)
Time by train: 19 to 27 minutes
North to Sydney along southern cross dr. drive approx 6 mi & through Eastern Distributor tunnel. Take Macquarie St/City turn off & turn right down Macquarie St. The hotels heritage listed treasury building is prominent on the corner of Bridge St.
Station Name: Circular Quay
Distance 0.1 KM / 0.06 MI NORTH to Hotel
Taxi Fee From Train Station: $5.00 (AUD)
- In-House guest valet and car parking fee: $45.00 (AUD) per car per day
- Valet Parking Available: $45.00 (AUD)
- Valet Parking Available
- Controlled Access Gates to Parking
- Parking Area Equipped with Lights
Head North to Sydney along Southern Cross Drive/Metroad 1 for approximately 6min (8km) via Eastern Distributor tunnel. Take Macquarie St Exit keeping right at fork. Turn right onto Macquarie St. Take first left onto Bridge Street then first right on to Phillip St. Hotel’s entrance will be on immediate right. Enter the hotel via driveway for car to be valet parked in hotel’s car park. (Note: Hotel's entrance is located on Phillip Street). Road closures will be in place on Monday, 31 December
Languages spoken by staff
- High-speed Internet Access
- Wireless Data Connection