Sydney: City Breaks
The Cultural Hub of Australia's East Coast
City break holidays in Sydney offer a wide range of hotels and activities, which come in a host of differing standards and styles. Regardless, there is something in Sydney to suit everyone. The city centre has a wealth of fine hotels in around George St and Goulborn St, with the majority of higher end hotels found by the North Shore and the quiet regions of Kirribilli and Circular Quay. Slightly more affordable options are located in Manly, also the most family-friendly area. Entertainment of all varieties is available throughout the year in Sydney; from the famed Sydney Opera House to the numerous theatres scattered through the Wharf and Haymarket, the North Shore is also home to the excellent Ensemble theatre. Pubs and bars are a fundamental part of Sydney’s social scene, and the best of these can be located near the Rocks and Circular Quay, with a rollercoaster of styles and standards be found across Kings Cross and Oxford St. The Sydney Harbour Casino is the perfect place if you fancy a flutter and, should you find yourself consequentially short of cash, on summer weekends there is free music in many of the parks and throughout many Sydney’s flea markets, the best being Paddington Bazaar on Oxford St. Transport links are excellent and there are a plethora of different guides for those wishing to see a structured and informed tour of the city. Sydney boasts great shopping districts, such as the Queen Victoria Building, Strand Arcade and the Imperial Arcade. Near to these are the Centrepoint shopping mall and the seven-storey Skygarden, both worth checking out for the complete city break in Sydney experience. The biggest mall in North Sydney is Greenwood Plaza and scores of major department stores can be found on George St and Market St.
In terms of food, Sydney is brimming with great restaurants and superb cafes, making eating out one of the highlights of Sydney culture. George St has an eatery for every kind of holidaymaker and is also home to many reputable pubs and bars. The Harbour is where those with a taste for the finer things should attempt to find themselves, Circular Quay and Harbourside two of the best locations for those city breaks without budgetary constraints.