Discover the intriguing history, famous beaches and iconic landmarks in Sydney
The city of Sydney on the east coast of Australia is as idyllic is it appears from its instantly recognisable cityscape. It boasts a rich and intriguing history, famous beaches and iconic landmarks, with a diverse and friendly population, all spread around an elaborate shoreline of Port Jackson’s yacht-filled inlets, bays and rivers. It is the capital of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia.
- Visit the Sydney Opera House
- Enjoy a cruise around Sydney Harbour
- Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Relax on Bondi Beach
- Dine at one of the restaurants around the harbour
The Harbour City can trace its roots back to 1788, though Aboriginal occupation dates back at least 30,000 years, and today Sydney is dotted with dignified Victorian architecture that sits alongside gleaming modern designs, none more emblematic than Sydney Opera House. For the best views of it all, head to the top of Sydney Tower or scale the steel spans of the Harbour Bridge.
Pubs, markets, modern restaurants, theatres and galleries old and new add an exciting, sophisticated cultural air, while the fine weather and surrounding natural wonders of New South Wales make it a very outdoorsy place, and a great base from which to explore nearby beaches, mountains and national parks.
Australia’s largest and most iconic city. Cruise around the harbour appreciating the breathtaking, world-famous backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Relax on unmistakable Bondi Beach and watch world-class surfers whilst enjoying a cocktail at the equally unmistakable Bondi Iceberg Club.
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Our favourite places to stay in Sydney
Four Seasons Sydney$$$$$With its perfect location in the heart of the city, the Four Seasons offers fantastic panoramas and proximity to landmark attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Rooms and suites are decorated in contemporary grand-luxe style, with big windows that look out over the Sydney skyline. In the larger suites, guests are treated to full harbour views that show the city in all its glory. Enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine at Mode Kitchen and Bar where locally-sourced produce is served in a relaxed bistro-style environment. Head to the Grain for craft beers, organic wine and a selection of expertly mixed cocktails. After a day of exploring, relax and unwind at the hotel spa or take a dip in the outdoor pool. For those who like to stay active on holiday, there is a fitness centre with the latest equipment while the sauna and Jacuzzi act as soothing tonics. The Four Seasons is close to Sydney’s vibrant shopping districts as well as operating as the ideal spot from which to begin your adventures in the surrounding Port Jackson region.
Shangri-La Sydney$$$$$The beautiful port city of Sydney plays host to the luxury Shangri-La Hotel located in the historic Rocks district. The rooms are both contemporary in design and spacious in size, soundproof windows ensuring you get the perfect night’s sleep. Guests are treated to breathtaking panoramas, views covering both the iconic Sydney Opera House as well as the vast expanse of the Harbour Bridge. After a day of exploring the city, nothing beats coming back and sitting down for a bite to eat at the world-class Altitude Restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a beautiful backdrop as you enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine and world-class wines. The Café Mix offers all-day dining with a menu of Asian classics with a twist. For some of best views of the city, head to Blu Bar on 36 where the sparkling lights of Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are laid out before you. The health and wellness centre provides you with everything you need to unwind. Sink into the Jacuzzi, indulge in a treatment at the spa, take a dip in the indoor pool or stick to your usual routine in the full-equipped gym.
Pier One$$$$$Located in the historic district of The Rocks, Pier One is right at the heart of what makes the city so special. Built on, and over, the harbour it allows guests to experience the very best of the bustling waterfront. The 189 rooms at the Pier One carry a contemporary aesthetic, tastefully complemented by early 20th-century Federation elements. Some look out over landmark sites including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while others offer views of Walsh Bay. All rooms and suites are bright and spacious, large windows flooding the spaces with natural light. The Gantry enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular waterside restaurants and here you can relax and enjoy views of Walsh Bay and the harbour while sampling a menu of fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. To sooth sore muscles after a day of exploring, Pier One offers spa treatments in the comfort of your room. Massages, scrubs and facials await while the gym lets you carry on with your fitness routine.
Spicers Potts Point$$$$$Spicers Potts Point is an intimate boutique hotel on a picturesque avenue in the affluent central suburb of Potts Point. Created from three handsome Victorian terrace houses, airy, light-filled interiors and artworks by Australian artists Martine Emdur and Keith Burt create a calm, welcoming space. The 16 rooms and four suits are all luxuriously appointed, some featuring their own terrace areas, with rain showers, Bose sound systems and modern fittings. Breakfast can be taken in the garden room and while there’s no restaurant here, after evening cocktail and canapés at the bar, you can head out into Potts Point to discover some of Sydney’s best restaurants and cafés. The Royal Botanical Gardens, The Art Gallery of NSW, Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House are all also close by. The hotel has also partnered with several local restaurants if you are after in-room dining, and complimentary gym and yoga facilities are just a 50 metre walk away.
Park Hyatt Sydney$$$$$The Park Hyatt is found in the historic district of The Rocks with views of the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Interiors are modern with a contemporary and clean design. Rooms have a neutral colour scheme of chocolate and cream, naturally-textured fabrics and soft lighting ensures rooms are bright and calm. Specially commissioned paintings and artwork from prominent Australian artists adorn the walls. At the Dining Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant, diners are treated to spectacular vistas of the harbour while enjoying a French-inspired menu. The Living Room has a more relaxed atmosphere while The Bar is a stylish location in which to enjoy fine wine, cocktails and live music. For those looking to relax and let go, indulge in a treatment at the spa or take a dip in the waters of the rooftop pool after working out at the fitness centre.
The Langham Sydney$$$$$The Langham enjoys a quaint location among cobbled streets and the old architecture of the historic Rocks district. Rooms are spacious with high ceilings, large windows flooding them with natural light and letting in the warm Australian sunshine. Some rooms come with a balcony from which you can enjoy views of the iconic Sydney cityscape. Stop by the sophisticated Palm Court bar for an expertly mixed cocktail and vistas of the Western Harbour, before enjoying dinner at Bistrot Remy, boasting a contemporary menu that makes the most of Australia’s finest produce. Guests can also enjoy a decadent afternoon tea served on fine Wedgwood china, along with a glass of champagne. The underground spa is an oasis of calm while the health club, indoor swimming pool and tennis court are great for those who like to stay active while on holiday.
QT Sydney$$$$$QT is a luxury hotel with a focus on modern design. Located in the former State Theatre and Gowings department store buildings, the QT Hotel has a rich history and has retained many if its distinctive features, including the Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate facade. The 200 rooms and suites feature bespoke designer furniture, splashes of vibrant colour and fur throws. Quirky design features add plenty of character and most rooms feature oversized bath tubs. Gowings Bar & Grill has a menu celebrating European brasserie-style cuisine, using the freshest Australian produce, while the Gilt Lounge is an intimate hideaway, perfect for sampling their adventurous cocktail list. There is also the Parlour Lane Roasters right next to the hotel for your morning caffeine fix and evening apéritif. The SpaQ is a heavenly retreat for both body and mind, while the on-site barber shop ensures gentlemen are kept looking sharp throughout their Australian adventures.
The Little Albion$$$$$Enjoying a great location in the heart of one of Sydney’s most burgeoning districts, boasting a great array of eateries, bars, and boutiques, The Little Albion puts visitors on the doorstep of a true, local impression of Australia’s most alluring, sun-kissed city. Found down a quiet alleyway, the hotel is set within the walls of a former convent, yet the interior is anything but a step back in time, defined by unique artistic touches, striking architectural themes and plenty of contemporary and Art Deco influences. With a vibe much like a personable guesthouse, the hotel encourages guests to make themselves feel at home, with thoughtful touches like an honesty bar. The 35 rooms are all varied but consistently beautiful and striking, decorated with one-off furnishings and interesting pieces of art, while each bathroom is wonderfully designed, including further artwork, hand-painted tiles, Art Deco mirrors, and large rain-showers. The hotel is a great place to retire to after a busy day exploring Sydney, particularly in the shape of its rooftop bar. Fix yourself a cocktail from the honesty bar and head up there to watch the sun set behind the urban cityscape. In addition to the rooftop, throughout the hotel, you’ll find numerous nooks and crannies in which to settle and relax.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo$$$$$A trendy and unique hotel occupying the length of Finger Wharf in Woolloomolloo, Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a prominent landmark in the heart of Sydney Harbour, offering guests a sense of luxury and comfort, all in walking distance of some of Sydney’s premier landmarks. Blending a sense of heritage with the utmost in modernity, contemporary designs and tech-savvy features combine with the history of the wharf, ensuring the significance of the area isn’t dwarfed by the impressive facilities and features of the interior. As you enter the hotel, you’ll be met by dramatically high ceilings, exposed beams and giant fans, all helping to display the building’s history. Countering this are the likes of trees draped in fairy lights, a pool table, and old video games, all helping to add a fun and informal touch to the setting. There’s a choice of 100 rooms at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, all defined by their spacious nature and touches of a playful theme, characterised by striking colours, eclectic pieces and unique lighting. Countless gadgets can be found in each room, including an iPad and AppleTV, while signs of the hotel’s commitment to sustainability are also present, through the likes of reusable bathroom amenity containers. Dining is also a thoughtfully considered feature of a stay at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, with the hotel’s own Alibi, a design-led bar, and restaurant, providing dishes and refreshments that are the brainchild of the renowned plant-based chef, Matthew Kenney. If you need to work off the cocktails and inspired plant-based dishes enjoyed at Alibi, the hotel is home to a 24-hour gym, as well as a 24-hour swimming pool, both perfect for getting your fill of exercise during your stay in Sydney.