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Sydney, Australia Hotels and City Guide

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Sydney - Travel Tips

When to Visit Sydney

Seasons
When planning a fun beach vacation, it is helpful to know when summer is! The seasons in Australia are the complete opposite of those in the northern hemisphere – which is why it is such a popular destination in January. When those in the United States, Canada, or Europe want to escape the cold, dreary weather of January, Sydney offers hot and sunny weather. Spring is from September to November, with summer following until the end of February. The fall is March through May, and winter is June through August. Most travelers opt to go in late spring through early fall, making the city bustling and busy. Winter is considered off-peak season, but you will likely find the city busy with visitors, though prices are typically a bit lower.


Local Holidays

New Year’s Day (January 1)
Australia Day (January 26)
Good Friday (March/April, Friday before Easter)
Easter Monday (March/April, Monday after Easter)
ANZAC Day (April 25)
Christmas (December 25)

Note: In addition to these national holidays, New South Wales, of which Sydney is part, celebrates regional holidays. During the following holidays, stores in Sydney may be closed while business remain open in other Australian districts.

Easter Saturday (March/April, Saturday before Easter)
Queen’s Birthday (Second Monday in June)
Bank Holiday (First Monday in August)
Labour Day (First Monday in October)
Boxing Day (December 26)


Local Customs & Language (including Tipping)

Customs
Sydney’s atmosphere is very casual and friendly. You will find most residents are happy to assist you with direction or suggestions during your visit. Australians work some of the longest hours of any industrialized nation and take their businesses very seriously: they are direct and to-the-point, in stark contrast to countries like Turkey who use preliminary meetings solely for socialization. Be direct also and courteous.

Language
English is the primary language spoken in Sydney, though you will find regionalisms mixed in, and the language is more akin to British English than American English.

Tipping
Tips are not generally expected in Sydney, with the possible exception of wait staff. A ten percent tip is sufficient, and they will usually expect one if you are and American. Other than that, it is nice to tip your baggage handler $1 or $2, and round up the fare on taxi rides in lieu of a tip.


Health and Security

Safety
Sydney is generally very safe, but you always have to be cautious when traveling. Be protective of your money, travel documents, and wallet as pickpockets sometimes roam the crowds. It is smart to travel with a companion at night, and if you are going to use the rail system, sit in the car closest to the guard. Women, especially, will want to exercise caution when out at night, particularly at bars and clubs. Sydney suburbs, Redfern and Lakemba, as well as some areas in the south-west, have high crime rates. If you travel outside the city, ask a local about which streets to steer clear of.

Disabled Travelers
Sydney is generally very accessible to disabled travelers, particularly at the Sydney Airport where they have special parking lots and accommodations. Public transportation is in the process of being modernized, but disabled travelers will be able to get around the city. If you have questions about your particular needs, contact the Access Foundation, Suite 6, The Cooperage, 56 Bowman Street, Pyrmont NSW, 2009 (+61.02.9692.9322 or +61.02.9692.9100).


Tax Refunds

Tax refunds are calculated by dividing your total purchases (must be at least $300 from a single retailer) by 11. At shops participating in the Global Tax Refund, ask for a receipt, which will state the amount you spent and the date of your transaction. Bring this to the airport before your departure to claim your refund. There are some rules and regulations, so visit TRS to ensure you get your taxes back.





Hotels in Sydney, Australia

InterContinental Sydney Hotel

InterContinental Sydney Hotel

117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia

Welcome to the InterContinental Sydney Hotel, located next to Sydney landmarks such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Circular Quay. The InterContinental Sydney Hotel is the ideal hotel for those who are travelling to Sydney and offers travellers access to the very best...




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Best Western Ashfields Philip Ldg Mtl

Best Western Ashfields Philip Ldg Mtl

156 Parramatta Road, Ashfield, Sydney, 2131, Australia

The Best Western Ashfields Philip Lodge Motel is located within an easy drive to Sydney's Olympic site and sporting complex, Sydney Entertainment Centre and Darling Harbour. It offers queen size beds and spa rooms, executive rooms, with some family units available. For...




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Best Western Hotel Stellar

Best Western Hotel Stellar

4 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

Ideally located in the heart of Sydney, the Best Western Stellar Suites Wentworth Syndey Hotel is a charming retreat offering affordable luxury, which is appealing to both business and leisure travellers. In a location of convenience, the Best Western Stellar Suites...




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Best Western Lidcombe Motor Inn

Best Western Lidcombe Motor Inn

Cnr Mark & Taylor Streets, Lidcombe, 2141, Australia

The Best Western Lidcombe Motor Inn is a modern three story motel with 25 units and six two-bedroom apartments. All rooms are serviced by a lift to each floor, have recently been refurbished and feature natural light from big bright windows. Our friendly staff welcomes...




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Marriott Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay

Marriott Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay

30 Pitt Street, Sydney, NW, Australia

Hotel Description: The Sydney Harbour Marriott is ideally located in the central business district just one block from Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour. Guests can enjoy views of the botanical gardens, the city skyline, historic Macquarie Park,... more
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Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

Welcome to Sydney, one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in the world. Choose to stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney Hotel on your next visit to Sydney, Australia and find out why this Sydney hotel has been voted The best hotel in Australia. more
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Sydney Hilton

Sydney Hilton

488 George Street, Sydney, Australia

Chic and central, the Hilton Sydney hotel boasts stylish bars, the city's largest health club and fine dining at its famous brasserie. Soak up harbor views from the Executive Lounge, do business in one of 23 meeting rooms or unwind with a dip in the pool or indulgent... more
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Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Sydney

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Sydney

Corner Arden&Carr Streets Coogee Beach Sydney, NSW 2034 AUSTRALIA

Just ashore the Pacific Ocean, Sydney's Coogee Beach boasts of the magnificent terrain of sea and sand, and amidst this enchanting scenery stands Crowne Plaza Sydney Hotel Coogee Beach, offering star class accommodation to the holiday-maker and business traveller... more
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Crowne Plaza Hotels - Norwest

Crowne Plaza Hotels - Norwest

1 Columbia Court, 2153, Baulkham Hills

Crowne Plaza Norwest Sydney is ideally located at the gateway to the Norwest Business Park on the Corner of Windsor Road and Norwest Boulevard. Just 40 minutes drive from the Sydney's CBD and within the heart of the North Western Business District. Only minutes from... more
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Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

61-101 Phillip Street, 2000 Sydney, Australia

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Swissotel Sydney

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

Swisstel Sydney boasts a vibrant inner city location, offering relaxed and luxurious surroundings right at the doorstep of some of the best dining, shopping, entertainment and landmarks Sydney has to offer. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the historic Rocks, the Sydney Opera... more
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Best Western Twin Towers Inn

Best Western Twin Towers Inn

260 Pacific Hwy, Artarmon, Sydney, 2064, Australia

Just 10 minutes away from the commercial and tourist heart of Sydney, Twin Towers provides superb 4 star accommodation, a restaurant with panoramic views open for all meals, a pool and spa, ample free parking and friendly, profesional service from our attentive staff. We... more
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Grand Mercure Apartments One Darling Harbour

Grand Mercure Apartments One Darling Harbour

50 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Hotel Introduction110 luxury apartments located in Darling Harbour. Direct monorail link to CBD and a short stroll to the Convention Centre and Casino. Surrounded by premier Sydney tourist attractions including the Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre and Powerhouse... more
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Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel

68 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour,PO Box K1205, Haymarket 1240,Sydney NSW,2000 AUSTRALIA

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Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Holiday Inn Old Sydney

55 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

Holiday Inn Old Sydney is a unique hotel nestled between Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, in the historic Rocks area. Magnificent views, by day or night, of the world's most stunning harbour from our rooftop pool. During the day, the deep blue... more
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Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney

Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney

203 Victoria Street,Potts Point,Sydney,2011 AUSTRALIA

290 guest rooms and 7 suites 8 floors Complimentary parking for in-house guests or conference guests. The hotel car park has approximately 120 car spaces available. It is an undercover security car park, with access by room key card or intercom to reception.... more
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Holiday Inn Rooty Hill Hotel

Holiday Inn Rooty Hill Hotel

Cnr Railway and Sherbrooke Streets,Rooty Hill,Sydney NSW,2766 AUSTRALIA

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Holiday Inn Sydney Airport Hotel

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport Hotel

Bourke Road and Oriordan Street,,Sydney 2020,,Australia,

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Mercure Sydney

Mercure Sydney

818-820 George Street, Po Box 7082, Nsw, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Hotel IntroductionLocated in the heart of the entertainment district next to Central Railway Station. Within walking distance of Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Easy access to the CBD. 2 restaurants, 1 bar, rooftop indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. Conference... more
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Novotel Brighton Beach

Novotel Brighton Beach

Cnr Grand Pde And Princess St, 2216 Brighton Le Sands, Australia

Hotel IntroductionA 296 room hotel opposite Brighton Beach with sweeping views across beautiful Botany Bay. Located only 15 km from Sydney City and 5 minutes from Sydney Airport. All 296 rooms boast a private balcony and the hotel offers a variety of leisure... more
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Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour

Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour

100 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2009 Pyrmont, Australia

Hotel IntroductionLocated in the heart of Darling Harbour, adjacent to the Sydney Convention Centre and surrounded by the premier attractions of Sydney, including the Sydney Aquarium, Maritime and Powerhouse Museums,Star City Casino and the Entertainment... more
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Parkroyal Darling Harbour

Parkroyal Darling Harbour

150 Day Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

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Hotel Ibis Darling Harbour

Hotel Ibis Darling Harbour

70 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Hotel IntroductionIbis Hotel Darling Harbour is centrally located. Many of the 256 rooms offer spectacular views of Darling Harbour. Star City casino, and the Sydney Aquarium are both within walking distance of the hotel. Hotel facilites include a restaurant,... more
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Ibis Sydney World Square

Ibis Sydney World Square

382 -384 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Australia

Hotel IntroductionHotel Ibis World Square is located in the heart of Sydney City. This 166 room hotel is within walking distance of shopping areas, Chinatown and theatres. A short stroll to monorail and light rail stations. Hotel facilities include breakfast room... more
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