Post # 1
We are ready to book our hotel in Sydney for our Australia/New Zealand honeymoon. We will have already spent 4 days in a beach-front cottage in Nelson, NZ and 4 days in downtown Queenstown, NZ so we will probably be ready for some city time. (And I should mention that after spending 3 nights in Sydney we are going to Port Douglas for 4 days on the beach…)
Where should we stay?! I’m so overwhelmed, Sydney is such a huge city! We would like to stay in a neighborhood that’s good walking distance to restaurants, parks, etc. – doesn’t need to be too touristy but not too far a walk or bus/train ride from the main things to do either. Is The Rocks really tourist? The CBD is pretty quiet since it’s mostly a commercial neighborhood right? What about Kings Cross?
Thanks in advance! 🙂
Post # 3
What do you want to see in Sydney and what’s too far? 🙂 Also will you be there on the weekend or weekdays?
I ask because many Sydney siders regularly travel on a train for an hour to go to the city to work, which is where all the famous attractions are like the Opera House.
Kings Cross is similar to Bourbon St in New Orleans. It’s more a location for bacholette/bachor parties In My Humble Opinion.
The Rocks is touristy and trendy, lots of restaurants and bars.
CBD is busy, particulary the finance district, it is very different to downtown Houston. There are lots of bars, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, shops and many many people walking around the streets.
I used to work in the finance district and for lunch I would either, go for a run in the park (botanical gardens) past the Opera House, go have lunch down at King St Wharf and sit outside or dash to the shops to get something for the weekend or a gift for whatever dinner I was heading to straight after work.
Post # 4
@cowgirlboots: We don’t want to spend more than 20-30 mins on the train… Ok, I don’t think Kings Cross is what we’re looking for…
We got engaged in New York and we stayed on Central Park West, which is not quite as old-money/wealthy as the Upper East Side but still had some good restaurants and was close enough (15-45 min walking distance) to most of the places we wanted to see. I guess on this trip to Sydney we would like to stay somewhere like that, or else like the West Village in NYC – where there are lots of shops and restaurants and culture.
So maybe CBD would be the best bet?
I can’t wait to go for a run in the botanical gardens, sounds nice!
Post # 6
Hi, I’m an Aussie bee and I used to live in Sydney 🙂 You could either look around the Northern Beaches area – try starting in Manly and look around the surrounding areas. It looks far on the map but theres a ferry that runs from Manly right to the city (Circular Quay) that takes 30 mins and is a beautiful water trip. Manly and areas are very Aussie, beaches and cafes.
Another really nice alternative would be around North Sydney, Cammeray, Cremorne, Mosman, Neutral Bay. There’s a lot of little cafes and pubs and shopping boutiques. The zoo is up in that area and there are ferries to the city also. There are buses too though which would be faster. It is a pretty quiet area.
If you want to be right in the city, Potts Point is a rich old suburb right next to Kings Cross, you will find beautiful places and it’s nothing like Kings Cross right next door. Glebe, Surry Hills and Newmarket are ultra hip and alternative, HEAPS of bars and cafes, cool hangout spots and right in the city. Of if you want the stereotypical beach experience, Bondi 🙂 Hope that helps.
Post # 7
The Quay Grand at Circular Quay is hands down the most wonderful hotel in Sydney. Incredible location, easy for public transport, get a Harbor View room for a massive balcony and stunning view of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The rooms are all suites and have washing machine/dryer (w00t for packing half as much stuff!) and a full kitchen. Hit the fish market, bring home some good stuff, cook it up and have sunset dinner on the balcony.
Really an incredible hotel, one of my 3 favorite in the world and I’ve stayed in probably 300-400 hotels.
Post # 8
@Laura_224: Ok thanks for the tips! SO many choices! haha
@fishbone: I wishhhhhh we could stay there but it’s a little out of our price range 🙁 We’re going on a 16-day honeymoon, plus the cost of airfare to fly all the way from Texas to NZ and Australia is eating up a lot of our budget. But we’ll see, maybe we can book one night there 🙂
Post # 9
Hi hi, I would recommend maybe trying to stay in eithor Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Glebe or Pyrmont. These are all walking distance from the city and very east to just hop on a bus to go anywhere you like. Plus there is plenty of bars, restaurants which are of all different price ranges.
May jump onto Wotif they have pretty reasonable accomodation which is still nice, or jsut try google with those areas and hotels.
Good Luck 🙂
Post # 10
I don’t know if your still looking but my Fiance and I stayed at the Sebel Surry Hills once and I loved it, Plus it was no more than a 5 minute walk to Central Station from the hotel. We found it though a Wotif Mystery Deal and got it cheaply so if you don’t mind a bit of mystery you could look into that 🙂