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As Australia's largest city and home to the iconic Opera House, it's no wonder Sydney is often mistaken as the country's capital. Whether you're into history, nature, fashion or food, this city has it all.

Many of Sydney's most popular attractions are in the compact downtown area, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and countless restaurants and shops. There's also a large selection of museums and galleries like The Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Sydney, and the Australian National Maritime Museum. And for some fresh air, be sure to visit both the Royal Botanic Garden and the Victorian-style Centennial Park.

On the way out to the Eastern Suburbs, you'll find the world-famous Bondi Beach, frequented by surfers and swimmers alike for its big, warm waves. Another main attraction is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, offering panoramic views over Sydney from its West Head lookout point. Then check out some Aboriginal rock paintings and cave art at any one of +800 well-preserved archaeological sites.

Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is about 5 miles south of the city and can be reached easily by train, bus, and taxi.


From $35 per night

This weekend

From $71 per night

Next weekend

From $71 per night

Most popular time to visit March-May
Cheapest time to visit July-September
Local currency AUD 10 = $7.57
Language English
Average weekend price $182 per night
Average weekday price $157 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Sydney is like a lot of other capital cities, a great place...

June 4, 2021

Sydney is like a lot of other capital cities, a great place to spend a week or so, then you need to leave for more human-friendly environs. That said, Sydney, especially the harbour at night, has a unique beauty missing from a lot of other places. Tokyo is the only other city where I have looked around at night and thought “this is stunning”. One thing though, don’t catch the light rail if you need to get anywhere on time, it is slow, really slow. On a related note, the trains are terrible - smelly, dirty and unreliable.

David Australia

Sydney has been ruined by over-development.

May 17, 2021

Sydney has been ruined by over-development. There are too many people and cars and roads and not enough natural habitat. There are too many residential towers in Sydney Metro areas. It's becoming an ugly concrete jungle.

Jacqui Australia

I only stayed o/nite as I was to attend a forum at NSW...

April 26, 2021

I only stayed o/nite as I was to attend a forum at NSW Parliament House. But as a Sydney-sider from the suburbs, it encouraged me to make more trips to the CBD. Sydney Harbour & surrounds are so beautiful. Because we arrived on Anzac Day it was fun to eat at the nearby Irish Pub. What a hoot as it was crowded with sailors. That was indeed a fun experience!

Rita Australia

Rooms were clean, however, i didnt expect that the room is...

May 25, 2018

Rooms were clean, however, i didnt expect that the room is smaller than i thought. Pictures are misleading =)... but it's ok.The 3 of us fits ourselves in anyway.Bedsheets are neat and comfy,location is great it's just in the heart if the city. Very convenient to walk around. It's a good choice.. Thumbs up Sydney hotel CBD.

Lalaine Philippines

Nice city.

December 9, 2017

Nice city. People are generally friendly & helpful. A lady staff at the town hall station was extremely helpful when we reached the station at night for direction to the castlereagh hotel on 30/11/17. Public servants in particular are primely important to make a difference for all tourist. Public servants are usually the first line of contact for any visitor to a new country. The gentleman who checked us in at the castlereagh hotel on the night of our arrival on 30/11/17 was extremely helpful and efficient in getting us into our room. He is a cheerful lot each day when we meet him at the front desk. Hotel is very clean and convenient. Hotel has a self service laundry facility at no extra charge, very useful. Room is a little small though, but, the service and efficiency of the staffs made it up to all. Kudos 💪🏼Castlereagh.. will return at the next opportunity. F&B, supermarket & shopping are all close by. However, the shops close very early, making it rather boring if one prefers to shop than drink or party! Luckily, the supermarket WOOLWORTHS closes at 10pm and that is a bonus for us. We love Woolloomooloo Darlinghurst, rushcutters bay, Pitts point and barangaroo.. each has its charm and flavour! Interesting architecture skyline too.

Tham Malaysia

Best place to stay for the view of Sydney harbour is the...

June 30, 2017

Best place to stay for the view of Sydney harbour is the North Sydney Harbour View, great public transport at your door, great walking/running tracks especially over the Harbour Bridge. Good comfortable accommodation in and around the city if you want to be right in the action with an average price of $150 AUD, you can pay more and I would if I was staying for more then a few days but if your there for the night life go cheaper as your only in the room to sleep. The down side is if you drive even though you pay good money for your accommodation you will also be hit with an average $25 per day for parking, I feel that should be included in the price. Down side is NSW still have the lock out laws so you need to find a good place you like before 0100h. Good idea if you want to be escorted around is to jump onto OZ Party buses and they will take you out for dinner, move you around on a Disco bus to experience up to 4 night clubs or pub depending on the party bus you jump on. During the day you can jump on the ferry to manly and walk to the Spit Bridge then bus it up to Military road and down to the zoo and make your way to the bottom of the zoo and catch the ferry back to the CBD, shower change and hit the many bars and Restaurants in and around the Rock or Opera house. If your after a great hassle free night out without the thugs hit the Newtown gay friendly area where everyone is there to party and meet new people. I found this area to be so friendly and safe to walk around. Great food as well!!!!

Todd Australia

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