Where you should stay in Sydney?

Where you should stay in Sydney?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 05/28/2019

Reading time: 4 mins

Find out which area suits your needs best for your visit to Sydney!

A bustling cosmopolitan, Sydney is one of the top travel destinations for over 10 million tourists annually and with good reason. You’re never too far from the harbour and the neighbourhoods that reflect the multi-faceted personality of Sydney, no matter what sort of holiday you’re after. Whether you’re a budget-friendly traveller or looking for something a tad more luxurious, the many areas of the metropolis include fabulous restaurants, iconic landmarks and cultural experiences will fit in the budget of all! So where should you stay to get the most of your Sydney vacation?

  • Circular Quay

    Staying in Circular Quay means that you’ll be centrally located, near the main ferry terminal and in the heart of iconic tourist attractions. Fine dining restaurants dot the waterline and it is in this area where you’ll be able to snap a photo of the famed Sydney Opera House, as well as the Harbour Bridge. Most tourists base down here in Circular Quay, especially if its their first time visiting as it is quite easy to see all the sites as you’re situated on the gateway to visiting other spots on the harbour from the main ferry port.

    For the Budget- Friendly traveller: Stay at the Sydney Harbour YHA Hostel, a 6-minute walk from Circular Quay in the Rocks district.

    For the Luxury traveller: The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is a 5-star hotel with it’s own restaurant and luxury amenities in a prime location.

  • Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour is a tourist’s playground thanks to its various recreational activities such as the Sydney Zoo, Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Museum to name a few. It has become a favourite for tourists who are after a larger space to branch out and enjoy some time away from the more crowded hotspots. Darling Harbour is buzzing with activities and events with nightly fireworks every Saturday over Cockle Bay. For a relaxing break in the heart of the city, head to the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a tranquil garden, one of the largest outside of China with trickling water and colourful flora, a gift from Guangdong to Sydney.

    For the budget-friendly traveller: The Sydney Central YHA Hostel is a popular choice amongst backpackers as it has its own indoor pool, sauna and café. It’s opposite Sydney’s Central station so remains a favourite in terms of accessibility.

    For the luxury traveller: The Darling at the Star is a five-star resort that is popular among celebrity travellers and recently received a Forbes 5-star rating. If glitz and glamour is what you prefer on your holiday, this is the place to be.

  • Bondi

    Bondi Beach requires no introduction as the name speaks for itself. Home to Bondi Beach, arguably Australia’s most famous beach, this area is youthful and sunny, perfect for a summer getaway. The hipster lifestyle is at its peak in Bondi, this local suburb is picking up traction thanks to it’s laidback vibe that tourists are choosing over the chaos that can come hand in hand with a central city location. While its typically not as easy to access transport to Sydney, it’s a good idea to alternate your time in Sydney with some beach time at the Icebergs, a turquoise pool that you may have seen as the new Instagram hotspot for #vacationgoals.

    For the budget-friendly traveller: Noah’s Bondi Backpackers is the place to stay for a perfectly cheaper alternative. This budget accommodation doesn’t hold back with its amazing views and central beach location.

    For the luxury traveller: Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach perfectly captures the essence of the coastal vibes of Bondi Beach It has 6 restaurants, an outdoor pool and is just a 10-minute walk to the Bondi Icebergs.

Related article: The Centre Of Everything: Sydney’s Circular Quay

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.