Be a Sydney weekender

If you’re looking for somewhere with a bit of everything, then head to Sydney.

Be a Sydney weekender

A weekend away is the perfect way to recharge your batteries, but if you’re looking for somewhere with a bit of everything, then Sydney should be your destination.

The great thing about Sydney at the weekend is that the city workers have cleared out, leaving the centre of town free for those who have time to stroll at a more leisurely pace. Indulging in a little retail therapy, taking in a museum, or sitting by the water watching the boats sail by are all fun ways to pass the time. If you’re looking for some further ideas, here are our suggestions on where to eat, stay and play when in the Harbour City.

Celebrity restaurants are a plenty in Sydney and if you’re after a meal with a spectacular view, then heading to Darling Harbour or the Opera House may seem like a smart move. While this may be fine if money’s no object, a smarter, and more fun way to dine is to jump on the ferry and head to Watson’s Bay. Home to the famous Doyles on the Beach, which is the original Doyles seafood restaurant, fish and chips is naturally the food of choice on this little inlet. That said, a much more affordable option is the fun and funky Doyles on the Wharf. Serving the same food at a fraction of the cost of the white tabled-clothed restaurant, your budget may even stretch to a decadent glass of champagne to wash down your fish and chips. Open until 6pm, this is a lunch or early-evening dinner option.

There is no shortage of hotels in Sydney and you’re sure to find one which suits your budget. But if you’re searching for somewhere close to the city, yet offering the chance to relax, then the Hilton in Sydney is the perfect place to drop your bags. The hotel caters to your comfort, with large beds, spacious rooms and even a pillow menu. If you’re fortunate enough to stay in an executive room, you can relax with friends over drinks, or indulge in afternoon tea in the executive lounge. Although be warned, you may enjoy it too much that venturing outside becomes a chore. If you don’t have access to the executive lounge, then the next best stop is Zeta Bar, with soft leather chairs calling you to sit and take a load off. The terrace looks straight into the Queen Victoria Building, giving a whole new meaning to window-shopping.

Hilton Hotels is currently running its ‘Be a Weekender’ promotion, giving you easy access to the best deals on Hilton Hotels across Australia.

While nightclubs may not be your thing, enjoying a drink in one of Sydney’s many bars can be done day or night. Sydney has mastered the ‘beer garden’, with various pubs providing an outdoor option. If you consider yourself hip and happening and enjoy mingling with the beautiful people, then head to the Manly Hotel, or the Watson’s Bay Hotel for an afternoon cocktail. However, these two hot spots do get incredibly busy on the weekend so a quieter option, where you’re even likely to get a seat, is The Glemore at The Rocks. While not as glamorous as the two venues previously mentioned, The Glenmore is set over three levels, with the rooftop terrace offering spectacular views over Sydney Harbour. Bear in mind that if a cruise liner is docked at the terminal, the only thing you’ll see is that. The service is, however, second to none in this traditional pub. So, when you’ve tired of visiting the shops and museums, wander to The Rocks and relax.

The Glenmore


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    Andy Leucite
    20th Dec 2014
    I believe they have just introduced a public transport card that sounds similar to London's Oyster card (and hopefully better than Melbourne's Myki card). Does anyone know, therefore, if the very handy and cheap ($2.50) pension all-day tickets are still available, or does one have to purchase some kind of plastic travel card equivalent?
    20th Dec 2014
    Andy, my friends told me there is a pensioners OPAL CARD which is available at various outlets, i.e. train stations, supermarkets and newspaper shops. I haven't got one yet but you can apply online to sign up for one also. Good luck.
    20th Dec 2014
    Not sure if the paper version of the pensioner card is still available - there was talk of getting rid of it but having a pensioner Opal card instead. Pensioner cards/opal cards cost $2.50 per day and cover any amount of travel on all public transport bus- ferry- trains light rail. And you should check if you are eligible if you are from interstate. Opal cards are for NSW pensioners and concession card holders and NSW war widows.

    Don't sign up for the Opal card on line unless you are living in Sydney and will use it all the time. Minimum top up is $10 so if you are in Sydney for 4 days or less you are better off buying a daily card or topping up manually at some newsagents
    7/11 shops and ticket offices. I have never seen top up in supermarkets as Hola suggests.
    Andy Leucite
    20th Dec 2014
    Thank you Hola. I will look into it. If the pensioners Opal card permits the free-ranging travel that the perhaps now-defunct pensioners' all-day ticket did, it will be a boon for the more elderly visitors to Sydney (as well as to the locals of course). We have explored much of Sydney by train, bus and ferry using that concession ticket, so if one visits Sydney as a result of the latest suggestions, buy the Opal concession card and freely use it - an excellent way to see lots of places at all ends of the harbour city, for next to nothing.
    20th Dec 2014
    I lived for 20years or so in Sydney & there are several PRIVATE HOSTELS one even at bondi beach & they all have single rooms plus the Harbour Ferries are cheap & cheerful because
    they are part of Public Transport....I never stay in Hotels/expensive & boring plus Sydney
    has 1 of the most beautiful Zoos talofa

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