A coastal metropolis that hugs its harbour like a proud parent, Australia's biggest city does 'quality lifestyle' better than most. Its enviable climate, laid-back vibe and beachside culture sit comfortably alongside world-class restaurants, a vibrant arts scene and retail hotspots.
As the country’s first, largest and most iconic city, Sydney is unsurprisingly the most popular destination in Australia. And with stunning coastline, world famous landmarks, a gorgeous climate and a vibrant atmosphere, it’s not hard to see why.Centered on its world-famous harbour, Sydney stretches west to the Blue Mountains, up to the northern beaches and down to historic Botany Bay, the site of Captain James Cook’s first steps on the Australian landmass. Over 5 million people call this sprawling metropolis home, as do such famous sights as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour.Ready to book your Sydney adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with over 200 in Sydney alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your fiftieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Sydney and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Sydney?
- The CBD: Here you’ll find the most iconic views of the city, and be just a stroll to the vibrant Darling Harbour district. The CBD is also the focal point of Sydney’s transport network, making exploring easy.
- Bondi Beach: Home to one of the most famous stretches of sand in the world, the suburb of Bondi is a cool, vibrant and laid back hipster haven.
- Paddington: One of the most opulent areas of the city, Paddington is home to boutique shopping, gorgeous buildings and countless cafes and galleries.
- Newtown: Perhaps the coolest of all the Sydney suburbs, live music constantly emanates from graffiti-covered buildings.This area is also home to many of the world’s most delicious cuisines.
- Manly: Found on the northern side of the harbour, Manly is a half hour ferry ride from the CBD. Here the hustle and bustle is traded for a more peaceful and laid back vibe.
What are Sydney’s must-see attractions?
- Sydney Opera House: One of the most iconic structures on earth, more than 1,500 performances per year are held within the famous sails of the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge: Upon completion in 1932, this steel arch bridge was the largest of its kind. As iconic as the opera house, BridgeClimb allows tourists to scale its heights.
- Bondi Beach: Australia’s most famous beach, this glorious stretch of white sand is found east of the city centre. The perfect waves are enjoyed by surfers and swimmers alike.
- Darling Harbour: A recreational and pedestrian complex located on some of Sydney’s best waterfront real estate, Darling Harbour boasts an exceptional Aquarium, theatres and the National Maritime Museum.
- Royal Botanic Gardens: Want magnificent harbour views and a tranquil escape? Look no further than the Royal Botanic Gardens, 30 hectares of stunning greenery found on the eastern border of the CBD.
- Taronga Zoo: In a truly spectacular setting on the northern side of the harbour, with views across the CBD, this stunning zoo has over 4,000 animals and 350 species across 28 hectares.
Find the right hotel
What are Sydney’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney or Pullman Sydney Airport if you’re a solo traveler in Sydney,and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it.
What are Sydney’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples traveling to Sydney could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Little Albion Guest House, The Langham Sydney and Spicers Potts Point.
What are Sydney’s best hotels for families?Heading to Sydney with your tribe? ADGE Apartment Hotel, Quest Manly and Zara Tower are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are Sydney’s best hotels for location and views?Sydney is a spectacular city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection and The Darling at the Star - hotels that boast both a central location and stunning views.
What are Sydney’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, WiFi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, Ovolo Woolloomooloo, The Branksome Hotel and Residences and Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around Sydney?
Public transportSydney boasts an efficient and comprehensive public transport network that includes rail, bus and ferry services, as well as the soon-to-be-opened Sydney Metro. The contactless Opal Card grants you access to the network, which can be bought and topped up at many supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations.
Private transportIf you prefer private transport to public, rideshare apps are always the safest choice. Uber is available in Sydney, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Sydney hotels cost?On average a 3-star hotel in Sydney costs $130 per night, a 4-star costs $200 and a 5-star costs $290 (be aware that these price averages will be greater on weekends and at times of high demand).
What are Sydney’s best hotels?After the best of the best? Luxurious 5-star escapes can be found at Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, the Park Hyatt Sydney and the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park.
Where should I visit outside of Sydney?The Hunter Valley, three hours north of Sydney, is a spectacular destination for wine connoisseurs, while the Blue Mountains National Park is great for hikers and nature lovers. The world’s second oldest National Park (after Yellowstone), the Royal National Park is also a must-see, with dramatic coastline and golden beaches stretching southwards to Wollongong.