The capital of New South Wales is one of the biggest and most important cities in Australia, as well as being one of the most interesting and iconic. Sydney brings together all the things that make Australia such a wonderful place to visit and is truly a modern-day melting pot of culture, ideas and history.

Sydney is highly recognisable on travel pictures by the world heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. You might have seen the opera house flashing by more often on your TV in 2000, reason being is that the city hosted the summer Olympics that year.

The city has a well-documented history since the state of Australia only exists since 1778, James Cook was the first European to land in Sydney. Originally the Aboriginals inhabited the continent and their history has been well preserved.

It’s no surprise then that so many gather here every year for an unforgettable holiday experience, and with so many magical districts to explore, the only question is where to stay.

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Paddington

Great For

Business and formal meetings

Not Great For

Meeting new people and socialising

Near Australia’s Central Business District, Paddington is an inner-city suburb which oozes a feeling a wealth, not just financially but also in terms of culture and history. Architecturally, it stands out thanks to its stunning Victorian elements, with plenty of heritage listed buildings giving the district its unique sense of identity and personality. It’s not all about importance and prestige though: Paddington is also a wonderful place to simply have fun, with tons of attractions from art galleries to museums.

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Top Attractions in Paddington

  • Paddington Reservoir
  • Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas
  • The Intersection Paddington
  • Piermarq
  • Victoria Barracks Museum

Getting to Paddington

Much like the rest of Sydney, getting to Paddington from the airport is fairly quick, cheap and simple, with plenty of options to choose from. The train generally offers a perfect mix of ease and affordability, while a taxi or Towncar will cost you more. There’s also the option of travelling via shuttle.

Top Picks: Luxury Hotels in Paddington, Sydney

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific features an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness centre. The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. A computer station is located on-site, and wireless Internet access …

Ibis Sydney Olympic Park

Dining is available at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. A business centre is on-site at this 3.5-star property. This business-friendly hotel also offers a terrace, multilingual staff and gift shops/news stands. On-site parking is …

ibis Sydney Airport

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. A 24-hour business centre is on-site at this 3.5-star property.

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Mid-range hotels in Paddington, Sydney

PARKROYAL Parramatta

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Business-related amenities at this 4.5-star property consist of a 24-hour business centre and a limo/town car service.

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

In addition to an outdoor pool, Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour provides an outdoor tennis court and a fitness centre. The hotel offers a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a …

Rydges World Square

Dining is available at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This 4.5-star property offers access to a business centre and meeting rooms.

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Budget hotels in Paddington, Sydney

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific features an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness centre. The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. A computer station is located on-site, and wireless Internet access …

Ibis Sydney Olympic Park

Dining is available at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. A business centre is on-site at this 3.5-star property. This business-friendly hotel also offers a terrace, multilingual staff and gift shops/news stands. On-site parking is …

ibis Sydney Airport

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. A 24-hour business centre is on-site at this 3.5-star property.

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Darling Harbour

Great For

Amazing attractions and museums

Not Great For

Peace and tranquillity

The sun-kissed shores of Darling Harbour really highlight some of the best elements of Sydney. This is a modern Australia, with amazing attractions including museums to aquariums and everything in between. It’s also a wonderful place to shop, grab a bite to eat or just relax with a drink or two. We don’t know which shines brightest; the sun reflecting on the waters or the twinkling lights of the city itself.

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Top Attractions in Darling Harbour

  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
  • Sydney Harbour
  • Madame Tussauds Sydney

Getting to Darling Harbour

If you’re in Sydney CBD, you may find it easiest and cheapest to simply walk to Darling Harbour. However, there are other options available too, such as by train, with stops at both the nearby Town Hall and central stations. There’s also light rail, which can be caught from Central Station, by car, or by ferry if you’re travelling from Circular Quay. Train, buses, taxis and shuttle services are also available direct from Sydney Airport.

Top Picks: Luxury Hotels in Darling Harbour, Sydney

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour features an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel’s bars, which include 3 bars/lounges …

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

In addition to a full-service spa, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney features an outdoor pool and a health club. The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

SKYE Suites Sydney

SKYE Suites Sydney features an indoor pool and a fitness centre. Dining is available at one of the apartment’s 2 restaurants, and guests can grab a coffee at one of the 3 coffee shops/cafés. The property also has a nearby …

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Mid-range hotels in Darling Harbour, Sydney

PARKROYAL Parramatta

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Business-related amenities at this 4.5-star property consist of a 24-hour business centre and a limo/town car service.

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

In addition to an outdoor pool, Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour provides an outdoor tennis court and a fitness centre. The hotel offers a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a …

Rydges World Square

Dining is available at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This 4.5-star property offers access to a business centre and meeting rooms.

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Budget hotels in Darling Harbour, Sydney

Ibis Sydney Olympic Park

Dining is available at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. A business centre is on-site at this 3.5-star property. This business-friendly hotel also offers a terrace, multilingual staff and gift shops/news stands. On-site parking is …

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Manly

Manly

Great For

A place to discover the history of Sydney, nature and beautiful beaches

Not Great For

Nightlife, restaurant and pubs

Featuring one of the most interesting histories of any part of Sydney, Manly is almost as famous for its origins and heritage listed sites as it is for its very popular beaches, which are some of the finest the city has to offer. It also has terrific parks, a wonderful brewing history, amazing scenery, great restaurants and more. Manly is a true melting pot of ideas and influences, which makes it a truly fascinating place to visit.

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Top Attractions in Manly

  • Manly Bike Tours
  • Freshwater beach
  • Grotto Point Lighthouse
  • Manly scenic walkway
  • Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head

Getting to Manly

Unlike some parts of Sydney, getting to Manly on foot isn’t really practical, unless you want to start your holiday with a three-plus hour trek. However, both the train and ferry are quite cheap, and the shuttle from the airport is by far the fastest. The bus is a little cheaper than the train and takes a little longer, so you pretty much get what you pay for. You can also get a taxi or Towncar, which is fairly fast and easy, but will cost more.

Top Picks: Luxury Hotels in Manly, Sydney

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour features an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel’s bars, which include 3 bars/lounges …

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

In addition to a full-service spa, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney features an outdoor pool and a health club. The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

SKYE Suites Sydney

SKYE Suites Sydney features an indoor pool and a fitness centre. Dining is available at one of the apartment’s 2 restaurants, and guests can grab a coffee at one of the 3 coffee shops/cafés. The property also has a nearby …

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Mid-range hotels in Manly, Sydney

PARKROYAL Parramatta

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Business-related amenities at this 4.5-star property consist of a 24-hour business centre and a limo/town car service.

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

In addition to an outdoor pool, Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour provides an outdoor tennis court and a fitness centre. The hotel offers a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a …

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Budget hotels in Manly, Sydney

Ibis Sydney Olympic Park

Dining is available at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. A business centre is on-site at this 3.5-star property. This business-friendly hotel also offers a terrace, multilingual staff and gift shops/news stands. On-site parking is …

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