If you haven’t been to Australia before but plan to visit as soon as things calm down more, you’re probably going to Sydney first, right? Even if you intend to explore the country more than just seeing it’s a major city, for first-time visitors it’s easier to start off at its most popular city. Sydney is the largest and oldest city in Australia which means you’d have a lot to see and do. But before you do that, you may want to find the best areas in the city to stay. Depending on what you are thinking of doing while in the city or the vibe of the environment that you want, there are different neighbourhoods that are great to stay at.
This may not only assist visitors and newcomers find their bearings as they explore the city, but can also spark interest in investing in Sydney property. This isn’t surprising at all because the city is a great place to work, live and play all within 20 minutes’ reach which is the new gold standard desirable lifestyle nowadays. Yes, the pandemic is still ongoing but there is a positive forecast for the Sydney property market in the year 2021-2022. Not to mention that for investors out there, the inner-city Sydney property will always have intrinsic value to both buyers and tenants. This is thanks to its unique location in the heart of an international city.
If you ever become interested to invest, it would be wise to start looking into properties now through virtual tours. Real estate listings nowadays have Matterport tour providers making your property hunting a lot more convenient, fast, and safe. And even for tourists, taking 3D virtual tours of your accommodations and/or itinerary whenever available is always best. It helps you see if the place you will be staying at is actually suitable and see the sites you’re visiting beforehand to plan your trip better. Having said that, here are some suggestions on the best neighbourhoods to spend your time in Sydney.
When visiting a new place or country for the first time, some people like to take in as many memories of the view as possible. You’ll find a lot of areas throughout Australia with breathtaking scenery, but in Sydney, The Rocks is definitely the one for those who want a good view. This neighbourhood offers an amazing view of the waterfront because it is located north of Sydney’s Central Business District and on the harbour. You will also find many historic buildings, several pubs, markets, restaurants, museums, and entertainment venues around the area.
For accommodation, Sydney Harbour YHA is great if you’re on a budget. But aside from that, this is where you can enjoy the best view of the harbour and the Opera House. If you have a little more wiggle room in terms of budget, would love live music, free wifi, and all standard amenities you’d expect from a mid-range hotel, the Mercantile Hotel would be ideal. And if money is no problem, Four Seasons Sydney would be the best luxury hotel in the area.
For an authentic local experience, Surry Hills will be the best place that can give you that. Traditionally, this area is popular as the fashion district of Sydney which is located southeast of the Central Business District. If you’re itching to shop ‘til you drop, experience unique and creative dining options, visit classy art galleries and discover the longtime Gay Capital of Sydney which is Oxford Street, time to look for the right hotel for you in Surry Hills.
If you want to save as much money as you can so you can shop more, Big Hostel is the most affordable option for you. This hostel comes with free breakfast, free wifi, free luggage storage, and late checkout. Definitely a budget-friendly accommodation! If you don’t mind spending a bit more on hotels, Manor Boutique Hotel is great. This hotel is located in a heritage building and is conveniently just 5 minutes away from Oxford Street. But if you’re looking for a luxury hotel, Little Albion which is near Central Station and only a short drive from Chinatown and Paddy’s Market is the hotel for you.
For those who want to be near a beach, Coogee is the area for you. You may be thinking Bondi Beach is better, but that depends. Bondi Beach is certainly great but if you can’t handle crowds, you may not enjoy it as much. Coogee for that matter is just as scenic but offers a calmer, youthful, and family-friendly feel. And because this neighbourhood is an eastern suburb of Sydney, it will only take you less than 30 minutes on public transit to get to town. So if you want to do a lot of swimming, snorkelling at Gordons Bay, and even get stuffed by the seaside town’s popular fish and chips, Coogee is where you should book a hotel.
Want the most affordable hotel right on the beach? Mad Monkey Coogee Beach is the hostel for you. It may not be a good place if you’re looking for some peace and quiet but it gets the job done. Aside from that, there are plenty of bars and restaurants around that you can dine in as well. While Coogee Bay Hotel (Boutique) is a good mid-range hotel that is also beside the beach and is only 20 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from the airport, very strategically located. As for a luxury hotel Crowne Plaza, Coogee Beach is the best in this area. This incredible hotel boasts panoramic views of the ocean, a heated swimming pool, 2 bars, tennis courts, and a fully-equipped fitness centre. It’s a spacious hotel with ultra-modern rooms, and there are lots of great seafood restaurants nearby as well.
If you’re a tourist who likes to tick off all the tourist spots of the city or country you visit, Darling Harbour is where you stay here in Sydney. This area of town is best, especially if you’re travelling with kids because it’s such a Disney-like environment. This lively neighbourhood is a huge tourist draw, as there are tons of attractions along the waterfront. The Sydney Aquarium and IMAX are here, and there are all kinds of dining. The area’s clubs come alive at night and there’s lots of shopping. There’s also a Madame Tussauds if that tells you anything.
As for the hotels, Siesta Sydney is a good budget hostel. It’s clean, located in a great area, offers free towels, free wifi, has a fully-equipped kitchen, and laundry facilities. On the other hand, Glasgow Arms Hotel is a charming mid-range hotel just 5 minutes away from Darling Harbour. And for the luxury option, The Darling at The Star is amazing. It’s massive and luxurious, has a spa, casino, and over 20 bars and restaurants, not to mention a Turkish bath and outdoor swimming pool.
These are just guides and recommendations that you can consider to make your search easier and faster. But you can still research them more as well as other hotels so you can make an even more informed choice. Some hotels nowadays hire 3D tour providers so that tourists, especially international ones, can take virtual tours and thoroughly check out hotels. You can take advantage of those to narrow your choices down and feel more at ease with the transparency of the actual space that virtual tours provide.