City Centre, 0.19 mi
Corner of O'Riordan Street
& Bourke Road
Mascot, NSW 2020
City Centre, 3.63 mi
68 Harbour St
Sydney, NSW 2000
City Centre, 3.94 mi
242 Arden Street
PO Box 558
Coogee, NSW 2034
City Centre, 4.25 mi
203 Victoria Street
Sydney, NSW 2011
City Centre, 4.77 mi
117 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
City Centre, 4.83 mi
33 Cross Street, Double Bay
Sydney, NSW 2028
City Centre, 5.06 mi
55 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
City Centre, 10.97 mi
10 Byfield St
Sydney, NSW 2113
City Centre, 12.91 mi
18-40 Anderson Street
Parramatta, NSW 2150
City Centre, 14.17 mi
355 Hume Highway
Warwick Farm, NSW 2170
Visiting Sydney on a stopover? Or staying a bit longer? Either way, Mascot makes an ideal base. Sydney’s international and domestic terminals dominate this laid-back, waterside suburb, bringing billboards and swanky hotels to an otherwise residential area. Bustling Botany Road is nearby, and the busy heart of the city is less than a 15-minute drive away.
Sydney Airport is located on the shores of Botany Bay, surrounded by the quiet, leafy streets of Mascot and, to the south-west, the lively beachside suburb of Brighton-Le-Sands.
To the north, just a short drive or train ride away, are Sydney’s world-famous harbour and soaring skyline. East of the city centre are the vibrant nightlife districts of Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, while nearby Potts Point and Woolloomooloo offer smart bars and pavement cafés. Further south is trendy Surry Hills, a buzzing neighbourhood of terraced houses, pubs and culinary hotspots. Also close by are the bohemian inner-western suburbs of Glebe, Newtown and Enmore.
● If you only have a few hours: You can’t come to Sydney without spending time on Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a meal at one the waterfront restaurants at Circular Quay or head out to Fort Denison. A glass of champagne at Opera Bar is a must as the sun sets. Take a stroll along George Street in The Rocks. Get a taste of Sydney shopping with a visit to Queen Victoria Building. If you have time, take a stroll through Hyde Park.
● If you have another day up your sleeve: Enjoy brunch in the sunshine in Alexandria. Take a round trip on the Manly Ferry. Head out to The Gap at Watsons Bay and enjoy the incredible views of the city, the Harbour and the sea. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at Doyle’s as the sun sets. Finish off with cocktails by the sea at Bondi Icebergs Club or The Bucket List.
● Bondi to Bronte coastal walk: This four-kilometre walking track guides you through some of Sydney’s most impressive coastal locations, including Tamarama Beach and the historic Waverley Cemetery, which offers cliff-top views out to sea.
● Henry Deane rooftop bar: This chic bar is the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail. Its floor-to-ceiling windows give 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour and the city.
● Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb: For one of Sydney’s most unforgettable views, take a walk along the upper arch of this iconic structure, 134 metres above the water.
● North Sydney Olympic Pool: Swim laps in this art deco open-air pool, ideally located beneath the Harbour Bridge.
● Taronga Zoo: Get up close to native Australian animals, as well as elephants and giraffes, against the backdrop of spectacular Sydney Harbour.
Whether you’re looking for an action-packed, brief layover close to the city, or a longer, more peaceful experience by the sea, Sydney hotels have you covered.
If you have a plane to catch, there are plenty of smart hotels in Mascot, Sydney’s airport hub. This family-friendly destination is only a 15-minute drive from the city centre.
Hotels in the Central Business District (CBD) are ideal to be within reach of the city’s excellent shopping and nightlife, as well as the main tourist attractions, such as Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Garden. The Rocks is Sydney’s historic district, founded by convicts and full of charming places to eat and drink.
If you’d like to be near chic bars and restaurants and great nightlife, elegant Potts Point has plenty of accommodation options, including Holiday Inn Potts Point. It also has leafy streets and beautiful architecture, a short walk from the city centre. Double Bay is a stylish harbourside suburb and home to Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay. The area’s designer boutiques and outdoor dining are right on your doorstep.
Sydney’s foodie movement has left its mark on just about every corner of the city. Culinary standards are high across the board and you can find superb cuisines from all over the world.
The Grand Parade in Brighton-Le-Sands is a bustling, beachside thoroughfare of cafés, bars and restaurants, many of them with outdoor seating. Enjoy seafood or pizza at Le Sands Pavilion. For more waterside restaurants, visit King Street Wharf, Rose Bay or The Rocks.
Trendy King Street in Newtown and Enmore Road in Enmore form Sydney’s bohemian heartland, a hive of small bars and restaurants. Nearby Erskineville is a more peaceful spot for a great meal and a glass of wine. Leafy Alexandria is a vibrant neighbourhood for brunch.
Glebe Point Road, Glebe and Crown Street, Surry Hills are tree-lined streets brimming with a multitude of cafés, bars and restaurants for every budget. Queen Street, Woollahra and Potts Point are where you’ll find Sydney’s ritziest dining experiences.
● Sydneysiders love schnitzel, and the best in town are served at long-running Una’s in Darlinghurst. Tuck into the chicken jaeger schnitzel with mushroom sauce, rösti and cabbage salad. One thing is certain – when you eat at Una’s, you definitely won’t leave hungry.
● You’ll find superb Thai food across Sydney. Don’t miss the beef with black pepper sauce at much-praised Thai Pothong in Newtown.
● Brunch is a serious business here. Visit bucolic eatery The Grounds in Alexandria and treat yourself to the three-cheese omelette or berry hotcakes. While you wait for your table, say hello to the animals in their small farm.
Sydney has plenty of excellent retail opportunities, from restored 19th-century arcades and vast, glamorous modern malls to buzzing weekend markets and signature shopping streets.
In the city centre, the striking Queen Victoria Building (QVB) stands next to Sydney Town Hall and offers three floors of stylish fashion, jewellery and gift boutiques alongside high-end restaurants and cafés.
For major international brands and department stores, explore Pitt Street Mall, a bustling, open-air pedestrianised thoroughfare lined with fashion, accessories and beauty shops, or head to the smart Westfield Sydney shopping centre and the charming, historic Strand Arcade.
Sydney has an exciting, diverse cultural scene which is focused around a number of key venues and annual festivals, including Sydney Festival and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which take place during summer. When the sun sets, a number of city suburbs come alive with small bars, nightclubs and pubs.
Sydney Opera House is the jewel in the city’s cultural crown, presenting superb opera and theatre productions from Australia and abroad. Sydney Theatre Company is the city’s flagship theatre company, formerly under the artistic direction of Cate Blanchett. Its location on a finger wharf in Walsh Bay guarantees stunning harbour views. Other major theatres include the Theatre Royal, State Theatre and the Seymour Centre. Art lovers should visit the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay and the Art Gallery of NSW next to the Royal Botanic Garden.
When it comes to nightlife, The Rocks has busy, colonial-style pubs, while waterside bars line stylish King Street Wharf. Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach are lively oceanside spots after dark. Oxford Street in Darlinghurst has long been Sydney’s gay and lesbian heartland.
There are many ways to explore the dazzling waterway that is Sydney Harbour. Daredevils can try a thrilling jet-boat ride, or you can opt for a more leisurely journey on a classic gold and green Manly Ferry. For a truly luxurious experience, you can even charter a yacht for the day. Be sure to stop off for lunch at Fort Denison, a tiny historical structure in the middle of the harbour.
A great way to get your bearings is to see Sydney’s attractions from aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus. The panoramic views from Skywalk, a glass-floored platform on top of Sydney Tower, the city’s tallest structure, are breathtaking.