For those who love the outdoors but don't want to stray too far from city sophistication, it doesn’t get much better than Sydney, Australia. Famous for its cool laid-back energy, enviable beaches and world-famous harbours, Sydney is the perfect holiday destination, especially if you’re looking to escape the colder months in the northern hemisphere. From the salty-haired surfers that spend their days soaking up the sunshine on the coast, to the fashion-forward sets that flock to the city centre, Sydney is home to a diverse bunch that give the city its dynamic and multi-dimensional personality. Our travel guide to Sydney takes you to our favourite hotels, restaurants and attractions to make the most out of this capital down under.
Paramount House is undoubtedly one of the coolest hotels in Sydney. Sharing a building with the Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Paramount Coffee Project, Paramount Recreation Centre and a co-working office space that attracts some of the city’s trendiest creatives, the hotel occupies the former headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios. Nestled in the evolving suburb of Surry Hills, here you’ll be surrounded by hole-in-the-wall bars, stylish eateries and boutiques showcasing up-and-coming local designers. The hotel’s 27 rooms and two suites capture a softer, warmer version of ‘industrial chic’ combining materials like concrete and brushed brass with muted cool colours and cosy textures.
Salt At Shoal Bay: A contemporary Australian luxury beach house providing stylish sea front accommodation.
Campbell Point House: An ultra-private luxury boutique hotel capturing classic Australian elegance.
Known by Sydney locals simply as ‘The Pav’, the bright and ambient Coogee Pavilion has become an institution in this New South Wales capital. A restaurant, bar and rooftop where good food, good drinks and a good atmosphere are guaranteed, it is the perfect place to tuck into sharing plates like lobster rolls, sushi platters or wood-fired pizzas and enjoy a few drinks as you look out onto glorious sea views from the huge wraparound balcony. If you’re travelling with kids, there is a dedicated children's area with retro games that will keep them entertained for hours. The rooftop is adults only
Porch & Parlour: This trendy café specialises in delicious breakfasts and light lunches – come for brunch.
Sean’s Panorama: Located directly across from Bondi Beach at the north end, this casual beachside eatery is known for its daily specials.
Chin Chin: One of the most loved fusion restaurants in Sydney, this local favourite specialises in south-east Asian flavours.
Chiswick: Casual fine dining serving creative meals made from produce grown in the onsite kitchen garden.
Papa Gede’s: A quirky no-frills bar with voodoo-themed decor and intimate comedy events.
Bert’s Bar and Brasserie: A popular restaurant reminiscent of Australia’s 1930s style and sophistication.
A hideaway on a hill, the Lon Retreat Spa is the perfect escape if you ever need some respite from the city pace. The Lon Retreat is a boutique hotel offering a collection of seven adults-only luxury oceanside suites. Open only to hotel guests on Mondays and Tuesdays, the general public are welcome to book one of the excellent treatments available at the spa from Wednesday to Saturday. Offering a wide range of treatments from deep-tissue massages and detoxing scrubs to holistic facials and remineralising body masks and wraps, the spa uses products that focus on results-based aromatherapy and Ayurveda principles. The spa also boasts a mineral pool, sauna and Vichy steam shower, all of which can be incorporated into any treatment.
Dover Heights: Hike the cliff-top walking trails around Dover Heights and Vaucluse for amazing panoramic views of sandstone cliffs and the Tasman Sea.
Bronte to Coogee: A quieter route than the popular Bondi to Bronte walk, hike this trail and stop halfway at Clovelly Beach for a swim or snorkel among schools of blue groper fish.
Ferry from Watson’s Bay to Manly: A sightseeing ferry tour between two picturesque Harbourside destinations.
For another unique guide taking you to the best hotels, restaurants and attractions in Australia, check out our guide to Perth, the capital on the west coast.
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