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Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia, is a hub of culture and activity.


Home to over 4.5 million people, the multicultural city of Sydney is home to the famous Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Harbour. Sydney is also the economic and commercial hub of Australia – with most corporations in the region and worldwide having offices in the city

Sydney CBD is where you will find Sydney’s largest concentration of hotels and apartments – with more 5 star hotels than any other city in Australia – all the way to budget backpacker accommodation, catering to all kinds of budgets and holidays.

Sydney CBD is made up of a variety of smaller areas, including Chinatown, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park and downtown. Access around the city is made possible via the underground train, monorail, tram, bus, taxi or ferry, and most travellers arrive into Sydney at the Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, just outside the city.

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In the CBD you will find most of the cities corporations, as well as theatres, restaurants, and the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Airport is Australia busiest airport, and is also known as Kingsford-Smith Airport. Accommodation options here cater for stop-overs and nightly stays as well as longer stays for the many light industries that operate in the Mascot and airport precinct. Most Sydney Airport hotels also offer an affordable shuttle service throughout the day to take passengers from the hotel to the airport, and most hotels are located within a 10 minute drive from the International or Domestic Terminals.        

Sydney Airport is around a 30 minute drive from the city centre depending on traffic which can often be heavy in this area. 

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Accommodation at the airport is ideal for early or late International flights or those travelling from interstate. Long term parking is also available at the airport and some hotels.

Bankstown is one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Australia, and is home to a host of multicultural festivals and arts events throughout the year. Being in close proximity to central Sydney, it is also a popular destination for corporations to locate their offices.

Sporting Events are also well catered for, and Bankstown is also close to the Olympic Stadium which holds the Royal Easter Show and many other sporting matches throughout the year. Bankstown Airport is also closeby, one of the busiest airports in Australia for light aircraft.

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Accommodation in Bankstown is limited, however there are still good options available for both hotels and serviced apartments for longer stays.

Blacktown located in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, is a primarily government and large business area, dominated by Industrial Parks and corporate headquarters.

A Multicultural city, Blacktown offers an array of dining options from almost all parts of the world. Blacktown is also close to the central business district of downtown Sydney – a 30 minute drive or train ride. The area is also close by to Parramatta – Sydney’s second CBD.

Other attractions to Blacktown include Blacktown Olympic Park, Fairfax Stadium and Blacktown Stadium.

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The Blacktown Hospital is also here, and the Travelodge Blacktown is one of the closest hotels to the hospital (around a 5 minute drive) and Blacktown city centre.

One of Sydney’s most famous icons, Bondi Beach is a favourite among Sydneysiders and tourists alike. Home to white sandy beaches all within a 20 minute bus ride from Sydney CBD, Bondi Beach encompasses the relaxed beach lifestyle Australia is famed for.

Here you will find backpackers hostels, all the way to 4.5 sar apartment hotels. Dining options are wide and varied as well, and of course the favourite activity is sun-bathing. South Bondi is typically known as the family friendly area, and North Bondi more of a younger crowd. Many hotels have rooms overlooking the beach, however these rooms are always at a premium.

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Most hotels and good restaurants can be found along Campbell Parade and Gould Street. Here you will also find the Marine Discovery Centre, at the Bondi Pavilion.

Bondi Junction, to the east of downtown Sydney, is a popular spot for tourists and corporate travellers looking to be close to the CBD, and the beach. Bondi Junction offers the best of both worlds with easy access by train into the city centre, and a short 15 minute walk down to Bondi Beach.

Bondi Junction is also home to Westfields Bondi Junction – a black label upmarket shopping Centre located just opposite the underground railway station. This is one of the largest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere. Bondi Junction is also used by many medical firms in the office towers that create the Bondi Junction skyline.

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Bondi Junction hotels are mostly serviced apartments, servicing the corporate long stay guests that frequent the Junction. One new hotel is the Quest Bondi Junction, a few minutes walk from Bondi Junction train station.

Campbelltown is a suburban area in Sydney’s south-west, and home to the University of Western Sydney. Campbelltown Arts Centre is also a popular attraction with its sculpture Garden and Teahouse.

Being around an hours drive or train trip away from the city centre, Campbelltown is ideal for those who need to be in the local area for business, or visiting family or friends. Many sporting events are also held in the area at Campbelltown Stadium or Leichhardt Oval. There are also two major shopping centres here, including Macarthur Square and Campbelltown Mall.

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Hotels and apartments in Campbelltown are limited as the area is primarily a residential area and not near downtown Sydney. However there are limited hotels and serviced apartments.

Located in Sydney’s Inner West, Camperdown is an ideal location for the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, The University of Sydney, and the University of Technology. Camperdown is also within a 10 minute bus ride or cab ride to Sydney’s CBD, and offers more affordable accommodation options that those in the city centre.

Camperdown is also close to Sydney’s alternative Newtown and Erskineville district – offering café and restaurants in a more urban alternative environment, with King Street boutique shopping well known by locals. Camperdown is otherwise a predominantly residential area with terrace lined streets and small art galleries spread throughout.

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Camperdown is a great location for good value serviced apartments including the Quest Camperdown and the nearby Adina Apartment Hotel Chippendale.

Central Station, located at the southern end of the Sydney CBD, is a large transport juncture that offers rail services within Sydney, New South Wales, and to Victoria. Central Station as well as rail connections, offers tram, bus and cab connections throughout the city.

Central Station hotels and apartments offer an ideal location for those wishing to be near Chinatown, or the southern end of Darling Harbour near the Chinese Gardens or the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Many corporate offices are also located in this end of town along George Street and Pitt Street. Most areas of the city are easily accessible from this part of town including the hip area of Surry Hills, or the famous Rocks precinct near the Opera House and Harbour Bridge being only a 15 minute bus ride from downtown Sydney

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There are a selection of hotels and serviced apartments at central Station and some are ideal for long stay corporate relocations, being slightly away from the towers of the Sydney CBD, just a few blocks away. A good corporate relocation hotel with balconies includes the Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Central - with excellent long stay rates on application available from world-blue.com

Chatswood is located in North Sydney, and is often considered second Central Business District with its recognisable skyline of corporate towers. Chatswood is primarily a corporate area, with many large international firms including Vodafone, IBM, Optus and Cisco choosing to locate their head office here if not in the CBD.

Chatswood is serviced by many hotels and serviced apartments, catering primarily to business travellers, with a selection of business hotels, and an even larger selection of serviced apartments for longer stays and corporate relocations.

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Chatswood is accessible by train or rail – and has connections directly into downtown Sydney. Chatswood Chase and Westfields Chatswood are also large shopping centres located in central Chatswood.

Chinatown, located at the southern end of Sydney city, is Australia’s largest Chinatown district. The area has a large selection of upmarket hotels, as well as apartment hotels and budget hotels to choose from.

Chinatown is host to festivals throughout the year, and the popular Paddys market and regular flea markets are a large tourist drawcard for the area. Located in the CBD, Chinatown offers an alternative to the regular tourist destinations of the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay area, whilst still being with easy walking distance. Chinatown is also home to a large array of Chinese restaurants, most found along Dixon Street and Sussex Street.

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Chinatown is where you go for anything electronic, for bargain clothing factory outlets, and great fresh food you cant find anywhere else. The array of excellent asian restaurants and grocery stores cannot be found in any other part of Australia.

Chippendale is located just to the west of Sydney city, and located next to Central Station along Broadway. Chippendale is an ideal location should you wish to stay in a more relaxed setting in Sydney, whilst being only a 5 minute walk to Central Station and downtown Sydney.

Apartments and hotels here are close to the University of Sydney, The University of Technology and the University Of Notre Dame. Bohemian areas like Newtown and Glebe, with a demographic typically younger and mostly students – offer a diverse Sydney experience – with King Street offering an array of bohemian and eclectic shops, restaurants and bars. The Sydney Fish Markets are also a short walk away in Pyrmont, and Sydneys famous Chinatown is just across the road past Broadway.

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Transport into the city centre is available via bus, train or taxi, and walking will only take you 15 minutes before you are at Central Station.

Serviced apartments in Chippendale include the well priced and popular Adina Apartment Hotel Chippendale, featuring Studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments with balconies, a pool and gym.

Circular Quay is where holiday makers will find the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Here, you can walk along the Circular Quay foreshore or catch a ferry from Circular Quay wharf to Manly, Balmain or a range of other great sydney harbour suburbs. Travellers can also catch a train into or from Circular Quay at Circular Quay train station.

Most hotels in this area are 5 star, and this is one the most expensive and upscale areas of Sydney. Here you will also find many fine dining restaurants along the foreshore and other attractions like the Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Sydney Library.

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Many large ships such as the QE2 moor at Circular Quay docks at the International Passenger Terminal.

Circular Quay offers some of the best views in Sydney, and if you follow the foreshore around the Opera House, you will find Farm Cove, and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.

Coogee is a well known and popular beach in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Not as busy as Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach offers a quieter beachside setting – with a large array of dining options and relaxing activities to keep visitors entertained.

Festivals such as the Coogee Arts Festival draw large crowds, and any warm day in Sydney will fill the beach from the early morning. Hotels in this area are plenty, with a range of apartment hotels and boutique hotels available. Transport into the CBD is possible by bus, driving or cab. Coogee also offers easy access to most of the remaining Eastern Suburbs, including Randwick and other nearby beaches including Clovelly and Maroubra beach.  

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Toursists staying in Coogee will apreciate its proximity to Sydney city attractions like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, whilst being able to experience the real Sydney only 15 minutes drive away in a beautiful beachside setting. 

The Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee offers value for money serviced apartment accommodation with studio, one and two bedroom apartments with balconies. 

Cronulla, famous as Cronulla Beach and locally known as ‘The Shire’ is a beachside suburb in South Sydney, with a population of around 20,000 residents. Most holiday makers come here for the sandy beaches away from the city centre.

Popular attractions include the surf beach and Shark Island. Hotels and serviced apartments are available here – and transport into Sydney city is available via train, bus or cab. Northies pub is a popular local nightspot, and there is a range of restaurants and clubs along the foreshore at North Cronulla and the Cronulla Plaza.

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Being a smaller beachside town, hotels are a little more limited in Cronulla, and include the popular Quest Cronulla offering studio, one and two bedroom apartments.

Darling Harbour located in Sydney’s CBD, is a popular area with families and tourists with a large array of attractions on offer. Visit the IMAX movie theatre, shop at Harbourside shopping centre, or catch the mono-rail around to the Sydney Aquarium or Powerhouse Museum. Sydney Wildlife world is also located on the city side of Darling Harbour.

Many hotels and apartment hotels are available here – given its easy access into the centre of Sydney, and harbourside attractions. Many hotels offer harbour views and some serviced apartments with balconies are also available. The Opera House and Harbour Bridge is also a short 10 minute walk from Darling Harbour.

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The foreshore boardwalk also offers some of Sydney’s best restaurants and nightclubs.

King Street Wharf is also located here which provides many inner city ferry services and docking of cruise ships.;

If you are looking for a serviced apartment with studio, one or two bedroom apartments and balconies, why not try Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Harbourside. This 4.5 star apartment hotel is highly reccomended by world-blue.com

Darlinghurst is an inner city suburb in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, and one of Australia’s most dense living environments, with many apartment towers and units. The area is one of Sydney’s most cosmopolitan communities, with streets and lanes filled with restaurants and small bars. Darlinghurst is also home to Sydney’s large gay community, and it’s only a short walk to Oxford Street and Kings Cross.

Darlinghurst is also ideal for corporate relocations that are looking for an inner city lifestyle – but not an apartment in the city centre. The area is extremely popular with locals and rent can be very high in this area for both hotels and serviced apartments.

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The area is also very close to Hyde Park, and borders popular Potts Point and Surry Hills – all within a few minutes walk of eachother.

There are few hotel and apartment options available here – so advance bookings are generally essential in this location.

Double Bay, located in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, is an exclusive and fashionable suburb home to many boutique fashion retailers, and the popular Redleaf Pool. The suburb is approximately 4km from the centre of Sydney; however transport is available by car, bus or ferry. Nearby Edgecliff station offers rail transport connecting it with the rest of the city.

Double Bay, as one of Sydney’s most fashionable suburbs, is considered to be very upmarket – with the shopping areas along New South Head Road mostly occupied by high-end fashion retailers and boutiques. Hotels here are limited, and book well in advance.

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Rates are also considerably higher than standard hotels and apartments in the city – however many corporate guests prefer this area to living in the inner city for work corporate relocations. One possible option to consider with studio and two bedroom apartments is the Medina Serviced Apartments Double Bay, offering kitchens and laundries in serviced apartment style accommodation in an exclusive location.

The Eastern Suburbs of Sydney is a collection of suburbs to the East of the Sydney CBD stretching to the coast. The suburbs include Double Bay, Coogee, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Bondi Junction and Moore Park. The area is a popular alternative to holidaying in the city centre – especially larger areas such as Bondi Junction where more accommodation options are available – as well as easy access to Bondi Beach to the East and the city centre to the West.

Beach suburbs such as Coogee and Bondi are also popular with tourists looking for a beachside holiday in Sydney. The Eastern Suburbs is a leafy area with a dominance of terrace houses along tree lined streets – dotted with cafes and boutique shops

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For a good value hotel option why not consider the VIBE Hotel Rushcutters Bay, with rooms overlooking the park and harbour, or for a serviced apartment, the Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Crown Street offers one and two bedroom apartments with balcony and kitchen in the leafy Surry Hills district.

Located in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Homebush Bay is where you will find Sydney Olympic Park, home to the Olympic Games of 2000. There are many hotels located in and around the park, offering plenty of options to those attending sporting events, those on business trips to the many local business and industrial areas, or those staying for the Royal Easter Show.

Transport is possible via the Olympic Park railway station, by ferry, bus or cab. ANZ Stadium is the most utilised stadium used for sporting events, festivals and concerts throughout the year. Hotels and apartments book well in advance for these events.

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One serviced apartment hotel nearby is the Quest Rosehill, offering studio, one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments.

Sydney’s Inner West is an area just to the west of the Sydney CBD, that encapsulates suburbs such as Newtown, Camperdown, Chippendale, Leichhardt and Glebe. The area is easily accessed from downtown Sydney, and is primarily a densely populated residential area dominated by terrace houses and apartment buildings.

In the Inner West you will find The University of Sydney near Camperdown, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Italian Forum in Leichhardt. Hotels and apartments here are limited, and can primarily be found in Chippendale and Camperdown, with very few in Newtown and areas around Leichhardt.

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This area may be ideal for corporate guests working in the city - but looking for a more residential area for a longer stay. Such long stay corporate options may include the Adina Apartment Hotel Chippendale or the Quest Camperdown.

Kensington is a suburb in East Sydney, close to Moore Park and Randwick Racecourse. Kensington is also home to the University of New South Wales and the NIDA centre. The eastern suburbs area is conveniently in the middle of Sydney city and Bondi Junction centres – with the Sydney bus network providing connections in both directions.

Hotels and apartments are available in and around Kensington – but are limited. This area is also popular for visitors on airport stopovers – given its easy access to Sydney airport and city location.

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Good value hotels like the Addisons Hotel offers budget accommodation for families, and nearby Randwick offers more serviced apartment and budget hotel options.

Kings Cross, also known as Potts Point, is an inner city suburb known widely as Sydney’s red light district. The suburb is home to many nightclubs, but also a vibrant café culture unrivalled in Sydney, with high end cafes and restaurants lining almost every street.

The area is also home to much of the gay community of Sydney and its surrounding suburbs. Kings Cross is most identifiable by the large Coca Cola sign at its entrance off William Street. This area is popular with corporate guests looking for an urban home away from home, especially for longer stay relocations. 

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Those looking to experience a lively nightlife also look to Kings Cross for accommodation in the heart of inner Sydney.

Kings Cross is also one of the most densley populated suburbs in Sydney, even more so than the city itself, and is an exciting place to be day and night. 

Manly is a popular beachside suburb on the northern beaches of Sydney. Second in popularity to Bondi – Manly is more a family beach – with its famous Corso unrivalled for restaurants and bars. The beach offers calmer waters on the west side, and surf beach on the other. Ferries also dock at Manly wharf – the ferry being the most popular way to get to Manly from Circular Quay with the trip a scenic route out of the harbour and around the cliffs.

Hotels and apartments line the Corso and surrounding streets most offering rooms with Ocean views.

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Oceanworld is a popular family attraction, as is the annual Jazz festival held over the October long weekend.

Weekend stays in hotels tend to book well in advance in Manly and hotel rates can be higher during this time. Take advantage of cheaper rates booking in advance with world-blue.com

North Sydney is a primarily commercial district just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This area is highly geared towards business travellers with many business hotels and long stay corporate apartments available. Many companies who do not have offices in the Sydney CBD have offices on the North Shore – mostly technology firms and financial or insurance firms.

Access into the city is easy via train, cab, bus, ferry or driving – and only takes 10 minutes across the Harbour Bridge. Attractions for leisure travellers include Luna Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and many hotels here offer spectacular views over the city, harbour and Opera House, given it is directly across the other side of the city.

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To walk to the city across the bridge takes approximately 20 minutes.

One good value option right near Luna Park and the Harbour Bridge with great view rooms is the Harbourside Apartments, offering studio, one and two bedroom apartments with full kitchens, and spectacular harbour views.

Sydney’s Northern Beaches includes areas such as Manly, Narrabeen and Whale Beach all the way up to Palm Beach. These beaches are located to the North of the Harbour Bridge and before the Central Coast. These areas are mostly wealthier suburban areas, and here you will not find many hotels or accommodation, and what is available does tend to be more expensive than similar options in Sydney city. 

Limited accommodation is relatively expensive and books out well in advance. Manly is the most popular tourist destination on the Northern Beaches – with its myriad of activities and popular Corso with bars and restaurants. 

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One popular apartment hotel option is the Bellagio by the Sea hotel, located on the beachfront at Narrabeen.

Sydney’s Northern suburbs are a collection of suburbs North West of the Harbour Bridge, and approximately 20 minutes by train or car into downtown Sydney. These suburbs include Artatmon, Lane Cove and Carlingford amongst others, and are typically residential with hotels and apartments catering to the numerous business parks in the area. These business parks usually house medium to large enterprise – specialising in telecommunications and medical industries.

The Northern suburbs also is ideal for corporate long stay accommodation offering an alternative to living in the city yet still being close to major transport hubs for easy access into the city.

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The Hotel Urban St Leonards is a popular hotel located in St Leonards, recently refurbished, with rates starting from as low as AU$99 per night. St Leonards is just near Crows Nest, the Royal North Shore Hospital and only 10 minutes drive from the CBD.

The inner city suburb of Paddington has long been a popular boutique shopping precinct, especially along Oxford Street and down into Five Ways. Paddington is also a popular area given its proximity to Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground, and the area has many manors and mansion terrace homes that make the suburb an enchanting experience to walk around and explore. The Entertainment Quarter is also a few minutes walk from Paddington into Moore Park, offering multiple cinemas and many childrens activities.

St Vincents Hospital and Notre Dame University are also in Paddington – and all are within a 20 minute walk into the city centre. The nearest train station is at Edgecliff or Kings Cross.

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Hotels and serviced apartments in Paddington are limited, and are usually boutique hotels. One example is the Arts Hotel Sydney, a boutique 4 star hotel on Oxford Street offering good value for money rooms in Paddington.

Parramatta is located in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and is considered Sydney’s second Central Business District. It is a large economic hub with many large and medium sized firms operating from Parramatta. Many government agencies also operate from Parramatta.

The business district is home to Westfields Parramatta – the fourth largest shopping centre in Australia, and most hotels and apartment hotels are centred around this area. Many cater to long term relocation guests working on government projects. Transport into and out of Parramatta is easy and very quick using ferry, train, cab or bus. Most trains are direct non-stop into the city or limited stop services, making the trip around 20 minutes from Parramatta into the city.

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Hotels and apartments in Parramatta include the Fiori Apartments Parramatta who offer cheap 4 star serviced apartments with studio, one and two bedroom apartments available. Most apartments feature a balcony.

Potts Point in an inner city suburb of Sydney, well known for its cosmopolitan feel, harbourside location and leafy tree lined streets of terraces, cafes and restaurants. Potts Point is an ideal location for corporate relocations working in the city – but looking for a more ‘Sydney’ experience. Potts Point is also home to the large proportion of Sydney’s gay community, and is one of the most densely populated suburbs in Australia.

Potts Point is accessible by Kings Cross train station, or the many bus routes into Sydney city. The city is a 15 minute walk through the Botanic Gardens or down William Street. The popular Macleay Street is ideal for Sydney’s best restaurants, nightclubs and cafes.

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Hotels here are usually limited, and more boutique style than larger city hotels. The Morgans Boutique Hotel offers studio and one bedroom suites in the heart of Potts Point, just a few minutes walk from the Coke sign, and a few minutes the other way to Oxford Street.

Randwick is located to the east of Sydney CBD and is an ideal holiday location for more budget accommodation close to the city centre. Sydney CBD is accessible by car or bus. Randwick itself also has much to offer including Centennial Park and Randwick Racecourse. The Sydney Children’s Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital are also in Randwick and many of the hotels in Randwick are within walking distance.

Randwick offers good family accommodation in both hotel and apartment style that is an alternative to a city centre hotel and in a more family friendly convenient urban setting.

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Hotels in Randwick include Waldorf Apartments Randwick, which offers one and two bedroom apartments with balcony.

Redfern is an inner city suburb of Sydney located just south of Central Station. Accommodation here is generally aimed at backpacker accommodation or cheaper long term accommodation, with many students living in the area.

Redfern is located near the University of Sydney, the University of Technology and the University of Notre Dame. Redfern’s close location to the city centre is made easier with Redfern train station being one stop from Central and downtown Sydney. Redfern is also known as an excellent area for ‘cheap eats’ with many affordable restaurants and cafes in the area, given the young student population. 

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Hotels in Redfern include the Central Railway Hotel and Apartments, an ideal budget long stay accommodation in Redfern with studio apartments with kitchenettes and hotel rooms all with balconies.

Ryde is located in the Western Suburbs of Sydney and is primarily a residential and industrial area – populated by many large firms from technology, medical and financial services industries, with firms including Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard.

Ryde is also close by to Macquarie University, and is around a 25 minute drive into Sydney city. Ryde is accessible via the many train stations that surround it and the freeways into downtown Sydney. Sydney Airport is the closest airport, and hotels here tend to primarily cater for business travellers with tourists tending to stay closer to Sydney CBD.

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Options in Ryde include the Medina Serviced Apartments North Ryde for a budget serviced apartment options with kitchen and laundry. If it is a value for money hotel you are after - check out the Travelodge Macquarie North Ryde nearby, with rooms from around AU$100 per night.

Surry Hills is a cosmopolitan suburb of Sydney, located just to the East of Central Station, and considered one of Sydney’s most cosmopolitan districts. Known locally for its cafes, alternative lifestyle and gay and lesbian population, Surry Hills offers a wide range of urban activities to enjoy, including the markets on Crown Street, the nightclubs on Oxford Street and restaurants of Bourke and Crown Streets.

Surry Hills is occupied by mostly terraced housing, with a gentrified feel and younger population, that fill the cafes and bars at all hours. Given its proximity to the city and Oxford Street, Surry Hills is a popular destination for singles and couples looking to enjoy the nightlife.

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Families will also enjoy the proximity to the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park and the ANZ Stadium.

Surry Hills offers budget hotels, tourist hotels and luxury serviced apartments. One good value option with balconies includes the Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Crown Street

The Rocks is an historic precinct on the southern side of the Harbour Bridge in the Sydney CBD. Very popular with tourists, the area is one of the few preserved areas in the city from development – with few high rise buildings and the original settlement homes preserved. The area is on the shores of the harbour, with the Harbour Bridge visible from almost every street. The streets are hilly and lined with markets and upmarket restaurants and bars.

Hotels are expensive in this area – and almost all are 5 star hotels lining the shore of the harbour. The city is within just a few minutes walk, and the area is most popular during weekends and evenings filling with locals and tourists taking in the harbour location and many bars and clubs within the area.

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Hotel room rates at the rocks are very expensive, and most hotels do not charge under AU$200 per night for a room. A room with any kind of view usually costs at least AU$250 per night.

Ultimo is an inner city suburb of Sydney, located just to the west of Darling Harbour, near The Star casino and Harbourside shopping precinct.

Ultimo offers easy access to Chinatown, and is accessible via the tram at Sydney Fish Markets, or by cab or train. In Ultimo you will also find Broadway Shopping Centre, and the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre. Harris Street – the main thoroughfare through Ultimo is also home to the popular Powerhouse museum. Ultimo offers a good alternative to Sydney city hotels as many hotels and apartment here are much more affordable, and are within easy walking distance to the city centre. 

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A good value for money holiday option includes the Aspire Hotel Sydney just a few minutes walk into Darling Harbour, offering room for around A$100/night. 

Waterloo is an inner city suburb of Sydney, located to the south of Surry Hills and approximately 10 minutes drive into the city centre. The area was once filled with light industry, and is now dominated by luxury high rise apartments and refurbished warehouses with a unique feel in the area. Waterloo offers good apartment style accommodation at rates cheaper than in the city centre, and still within easy reach using Green Square underground, bus or cab.

Hotels in Waterloo tend to be around Danks Street – the main shopping and restaurant district. Many small art galleries and boutique stores can also be found here, and attractions such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge are only minutes away by train.

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Long stay guests may also prefer this area given its more residential feel and proximity to the city centre.

The Western suburbs of Sydney are a vast region to the west of Sydney city, encompassing areas such as Ryde, Bankstown, Blacktown and Parramatta. Smaller suburbs include Ashfield, Strathfield and Auburn. This area is primarily a residential area – with pockets of light industry and technology parks. Parramatta is also considered Sydney’s second business district with a large corporate presence here.

Tourists will find the area a 30 minute journey into the city centre by car or train; however accommodation here is usually much more affordable than the city itself. Attractions within the western suburbs include Olympic Park at Homebush, and Parramatta Riverside Theatre.

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Hotels in the Western Suburbs tend to cater for corporate travellers, however family accommodation is available in hotels and serviced apartments. For example, Quest Rosehill offers a good western location with studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments to choose from.

Woolloomooloo is an inner city suburb of Sydney, across from the Domain Park and approximately a 10 minute walk into the Central Business District. Woolloomooloo is an upmarket area right on the harbour, with its central feature being the Finger Wharf. The boardwalk of the wharf is home to Sydney’s most exclusive restaurants, and the famous ‘Café de Wheels’. This area is ideal for those looking for a harbourside stay, close to the city but not in it. Woolloomooloo is also home to much of Sydney’s gay community.

The streets of Woolloomooloo are known for excellent bars and restaurants, and many of Sydney’s rich and famous can be found in the area over weekends. 

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The wharf and marina is also an excellent spot for celebrity spotting. Hotels and apartments here tend to be expensive, and most are boutique and upmarket. 

Sydney is the largest city in Australia with a population of over 4 million. Set on the east coast with a year round temperate climate, Sydney is also the most popular destinations in Australia and one of the worlds most visited cities. Sydney is also a very large city and is one of the worlds most spread out metropolises - spreading from the coast far inland to Penrith and beyond. The Greater Sydney region encapsulates all these areas with a wide range of accommodation available from budget hotels to luxury serviced apartments and resorts.

Some of the main attractions in Sydney include of course the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. For corporate travellers, areas like Parramatta and Chatswood and outer downtown areas with large business centres and many corporate offices.

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Sydney offers the chance for visitors and corporate travellers alike to explore Taronga Zoo, go shopping at the Queen Victoria Building, or dine in the rotating restaurant at the Westfield Tower.

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