Sydney Destination Guide

Sydney Opera House













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I was lucky enough to go to Sydney earlier this year and loved exploring this fascinating city.

Sydney is one of the most recognisable cities in the world. With, its iconic view over the harbour showing off the Sydney Opera House and the famous Harbour Bridge. It is definitely a city that should be on your bucket list if it isn’t already! In my Sydney Destination guide, I will go through public transport, Hotels and Attractions to help you plan your trip to Sydney.

Main Airport

Sydney’s Main Airport is Sydney (Kingsford Smith)  Airport which, currently holds the title of Australia’s Busiest airport being used by 44.2 Million passengers in 2018. Getting to and from the airport is easy. It is about a 25 Minute Drive from Sydney’s CBD. However, the best way and fastest way to and from the airport is by public transport!

 Sydney runs their Airport Link trains every 10 minutes and stops at main hub stations like Central Station, Museum Station and Circular Quay Station. 

I was shocked when my friend and I walked down to the station and this double-decker Train rolls up, yes like a double-decker bus but it is a train. Amazing! The other thing that blew my friend and I away was that you don’t need to purchase a special card to use their public transport you can touch on with any Visa, Mastercard or Amex credit/debit card and can be used on all modes of public transport. 

Accommodation

Darling Harbour Sydney

Sydney Offers a wide range of accommodation options from Simple Hostels to 5 Five star Hotels there are plenty of options to suit your style and budget here I have listed some options which you might like to consider.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour: 5 Star

This new 5-star hotel opened in October Last year. The rooms have been done in ‘french refinement’ style featuring a stunning infinity pool, choice of 3 bars including a champagne bar. The new restaurant on site, Atelier By Sofitel continues on luxurious french theme featuring cuisine inspired by the South of France. This hotel is definitely one to consider if you are looking to explore the luxury side of Sydney. You can check out more information here: https://www.sofitelsydneydarlingharbour.com.au/

Park Royal Darling Harbour: 4 Star

Located just a 5-minute walk from darling harbour this stunning four-star hotel is also a short walk from the new darling quarter which features a great park area and playground for kids as well as plenty of dining options. The hotel itself features a club lounge, restaurant/ bar and offers an extensive buffet breakfast at Barker’s restaurant. They have some great family packages which include breakfast, guaranteed two interconnecting rooms and valet parking. You can check out more information here: https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pr-darling-harbour-sydney.html

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour: 4 Stars 

If you are after room with full kitchen facilities but still what something close to all the action you can’t go past Adina Darling Harbour. Located on king street wharf this property overlooks the stunning Darling Harbour. Their one and two-bedroom apartments have fully equipped kitchen facilities if you are looking to create your own culinary masterpiece. This property also features a fitness centre, pool and sauna for guests. You can check out more information here: https://www.adinahotels.com/en/apartments/sydney-darling-harbour/

Russell Hotel The Rocks Sydney: 3 Stars

This Gorgeous Boutique Property features classic antique styled rooms with the option of ensuite rooms or rooms with shared bathrooms. Making it a perfect budget-friendly option without compromising on key hotel features such as bathrobes, complimentary breakfast and wifi, iron and Ironing board. It is also in a base to go sightseeing as the hotel is just a 5-minute walk from both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. You can check out more information here: https://www.therussell.com.au/

 Wake up! Sydney: 1 Star

This Hostel is perfect for a budget-friendly stay and ideal for backpackers. They offer dorm rooms for up to 10 people, as well as ensuite rooms. All dorm rooms have a locker to safely store valuables, powerpoints at each bed. The hostel also features free wifi, cafe, bar/ lounge area and onsite restaurant. You can check out more information here: https://wakeup.com.au/sydney/ 


Attractions

Sydney has endless number attractions no matter what you’re into you will be able to find something you. Here I have some information some of Sydney’s most famous attractions as well as some you may not have considered.

Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge











You would have seen Oprah do it and you can too!  Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

You have 3 climbs to chose The Summit, The Summit Express and The Sampler. The Summit Climb this climb is 1,332 steps and goes over the upper arch of the bridge getting amazing views as you climb up the summit. This Climb is from $268 per Adult and $188 per child.

The Summit Express takes a shorter route up to the summit at 1002 steps and climbs along the bridges lower arch before reaching the summit. This shorter climb is from $268 per Adult and $188 per child

The Sampler is the shortest climb at 556 steps and follows the lower arch a quarter of the way up the summit. 

The Sampler is $174 per adult and $148 per child. All climbs also include a free group photo for each climber.

You can check out more information here: https://www.bridgeclimb.com/

Museum of Sydney 

This Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in Sydney’s history. Located on the site of the home of Arthur Phillip  (First New South Wales Governor), the museum explores Sydney’s history from the very beginning. Giving you a fascinating story of discovery, struggle and murder.

Tickets are $15 for Adults ,  $12 Concession/ Children  and $38 for Families 

You can check out more information here: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/museum-of-sydney

Sydney Eye Tower

Eye Love Sydney Sign – Sydney Eye Tower

The Sydney Eye Tower stands 305 Metres above the streets of Sydney and gives you 360° view over the city On a clear day you’ll see the stunning Blue Mountains in the distance from the Observation deck. 

They also offer a Skywalk experience, which allows you to explore the amazing views with the wind in your hair! This experience also includes a 90 Minute guided tour and access to the observation deck before and after the skywalk experience If your after creating memories they also have a photographer on-site to get some amazing souvenir photos.

Entry to the Observation starts from $23.20 per Adult and $16 per child. 

Entry to the Skywalk and Observation starts from $75 per Adult and $60 per child. You can check out more information here: https://www.sydneytowereye.com.au/

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Only thing arguably more iconic then the Sydney Harbour Bridge would be the Sydney Opera House. This iconic landmark hosts 100’s of events every year everything from film screenings, theatre and of course Opera. Entry to the Opera house is free.

They offer a range of Guided tours starting from $42 Per Adult, $32 Per Concession and $22 per child. You Can check out more information here:https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/

Habour ferry from Circular Quay


This is a must-do activity for anyone visiting Sydney. The ferry terminal down at Circular Quay has 8 ferry routes that can take your on day trips to Taronga Zoo, Manly beach even Parramatta

Best of all you can ‘touch on’ at the terminal using any Visa, Mastercard or Amex.

You Can check out more information: https://transportnsw.info/travel-info/ways-to-get-around/ferry#/

Bondi Beach

This iconic beach is about 35 minutes from Central Station by public transport or about 20-minute drive from the CBD. Once you’re there you can sunbake on the beach, lie under a tree on the grass or book yourself a Beach Umbrella and just relax.  Nearby, there are plenty of trendy cafes, restaurants and surf shops to check out as well. You can check out more information here: https://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-east/bondi/beach-lifestyle

Chinese Garden of Friendship

This Stunning Garden is right in the heart of the new Darling Quarter precinct. This extensive garden is inspired by the Taoist principles of the 5 harmonious elements and Ying and Yang. Here you can relax listening to the tranquil water, Sit an watch the lake Koi fish, or follow the path looking out for the water dragons along the way. Entry is $8 for adults and $4 for Children. You can check out more information here:https://darlingharbour.com/things-to-do/chinese-garden-of-friendship.aspx

Well, I hope you enjoyed my Sydney Destination Guide and this has given you some ideas about where stay and where to go in Sydney! 

-Madi xo

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