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.

Find Your Vibe, Stay with Your Tribe

Best Sightseeing $$$ Hotels $$ Hotels $ Hotels History Nightlife Shopping Artsy Foodie Family Backpackers Nature Beach Bustling
Laidback
The Rocks
Newtown
Paddington
Balmain
Darlingharbour
Manly
Bondi
Chippendale
Circular Quay
Kings Cross
paddington

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.

Click the tabs to see more practical info and our top hotel picks

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

The Village Kings Cross

The Village Kings Cross – Hostel features a rooftop terrace, tour or ticket assistance and a BBQ. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. This East Sydney hostel also offers on-site laundry facilities, a television in the common …

ibis Sydney Darling Harbour

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Event facilities measuring 473 square feet (44 square metres) include meeting rooms. This business-friendly hotel also …

Holiday Inn Old Sydney the Rocks

Holiday Inn Old Sydney the Rocks features an outdoor pool and a spa tub. The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

Find Yours

Mid-range hotels in Paddington, Sydney

Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments Darling Harbour

This apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Australian National Maritime Museum and Harbourside. International Convention Centre Sydney and Chinese Garden of Friendship are also within 15 minutes. Exhibition Light Rail Station and Exhibition Centre Station are within a 5-minute …

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.

Rydges Sydney Central

In addition to an indoor pool, Rydges Sydney Central provides a spa tub and a fitness centre. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a …

Find Yours

Budget hotels in Paddington, Sydney

Ibis Sydney

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Event facilities measuring 473 square feet (44 square metres) include meeting rooms. This business-friendly hotel also …

Song Hotel Sydney

The hotel offers a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. This Sydney hotel also offers tour or ticket assistance, coffee/tea in common area and …

Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central

The hotel offers a restaurant. Wireless Internet access is available at a surcharge. Event facilities measuring 2045 square feet (190 square metres) include meeting rooms. This business-friendly hotel also offers an outdoor pool, tour or ticket assistance and multilingual staff.

Find Yours

darlingharbour

Darlingharbour

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.

Click the tabs to see more practical info and our top hotel picks

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 Wentworth

Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This 5-star property offers access to a 24-hour business centre and meeting rooms.

Hilton Sydney

In addition to a full-service spa, Hilton Sydney features an indoor pool and a health club. The hotel offers a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel’s 3 bars/lounges. Public areas …

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

In addition to a full-service spa, Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney features an indoor pool and a spa tub. The hotel offers a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. A …

Find Yours

Mid-range hotels in Darling Harbour, Sydney

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 …

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

In addition to an outdoor pool, Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport provides a spa tub, a sauna and a fitness centre. The hotel offers a restaurant, a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. Guests can unwind with a drink at one …

The Grace Hotel

The hotel offers a restaurant. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. The Grace Hotel features an indoor pool and a fitness centre. This luxury hotel also offers a rooftop terrace, tour or ticket assistance and multilingual staff. …

Find Yours

Budget hotels in Darling Harbour, Sydney

Sydney Central Inn – Hostel

The hostel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. This Haymarket hostel also offers a nightclub, tour or ticket assistance and on-site laundry …

Kirk On Harris Hotel

The bed & breakfast offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. This Pyrmont bed & breakfast also offers a rooftop terrace, on-site laundry …

Wynyard Hotel

The hotel offers a restaurant. Public areas are equipped with wireless Internet access (surcharge). For a surcharge, a shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available during limited hours) is offered to guests. This Haymarket hotel also offers tour or …

Find Yours

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.

Click the tabs to see more practical info and our top hotel picks

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

The Westin Sydney

The hotel offers a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Business-related amenities at this 5-star property consist of a business centre and meeting rooms.

Swissotel Sydney

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

Hyatt Regency Sydney

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This 5-star property offers access to a limo/town car service and meeting rooms.

Find Yours

Mid-range hotels in Manly, Sydney

Park Royal, Sydney

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

Park Royal Parramatta

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This 4.5-star property offers access to a 24-hour business centre, a limo/town car service and meeting rooms.

Cremorne Point Manor

Cremorne Point Manor features tour or ticket assistance, on-site laundry facilities and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Event facilities measuring 323 square feet (30 square metres) include conference rooms. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet …

Find Yours

Budget hotels in Manly, Sydney

Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments features an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace and tour or ticket assistance. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. This beach motel also offers a safe deposit box at the front desk and a lift service. Limited …

Manly Designer Studio’s

Situated in Manly, this apartment is close to Manly Beach, Manly Wharf and Shelly Beach. Also nearby are Curl Curl Beach and Warringah Mall. Each apartment boasts a tablet computer and offers free WiFi and a kitchenette. Guests will appreciate conveniences, …

The Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel

The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. This Manly hotel also offers tour or ticket assistance, a garden and on-site laundry facilities. The Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel is a smoke-free property.

Find Yours