Australia’s premier city – Sydney, is the oldest settlement in Australia and the economic powerhouse of the nation, with a population of over 4 million that is growing fast. Built on the shores of the stunning Port Jackson, Sydney is a vital, self-regarding metropolis, exuding both a devil-may-care urbanity and a slavish obsession with global fads. Sydney is the perfect destination for everyone – singles, couples and family. Whatever time and season of the year, Sydney offers a mind-boggling choice when it comes to shopping, dining, clubbing and tourist attractions. Indulge in the finest cuisine at some of the world’s best restaurants or go on a shopping frenzy at the numerous weekend markets for pure unique Australia finds. Or better yet, chill out at Bondi and soak in the beach culture, or climb the world-renowned icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a thriller of an adventure.
There’s definitely much more to Sydney than just the city hub. Due to its close proximity to surrounding regions of the Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens – each with its own unique character and charm, you can enjoy the best of both city and country life simply by hopping into a car for a fulfilling self-drive experience, or travelling on the convenient train and bus or sign up for an eco-tour.
With the harbour as the focal point of the city, Sydney’s beaches, coves, bays and waterside parks offer welcome release from the rigors of urban life. Criss-crossed by ferries and carpeted by yachts on weekends, it is both the city’s playground and a major port. The string of ocean beaches on the north and south shores offer dramatic cliff scenery, great waves and a close-up of Aussie beach culture at its best.
Shopping – Whether you’re a label hunter or a bargain scout, you’ll be spoilt for choice shopping in Sydney. There are boutiques by the world’s greatest names in fashion, shopping precincts with objects of desire for those seeking the best, the contemporary or the exotic, complete with some of the world’s most beautiful department stores and markets that are renowned for their diversity, bargains and sheer size. Shopping fantasies spread wings in the Pitt Street Mall – the pedestrian plaza between King and Market streets in central Sydney. Also well-known places to begin any shopping sprees are the Queen Victoria Building (housing many best of the chains – Esprit, Ralph Lauren, Country Road), Strand Arcade, Skygarden, Harbourside and Centrepoint. Castlereagh Street, playing host to many of the world’s most chic designer brands and department stores – with David Jones all located within a block of each other in the city centre, is the place to visit for upmarket extras (Hermes, Louis Vuitton) Double Bay, reigning supreme for ‘posh’ designer labels and high fashion streetwear, is sandwiched between European-style pavement cafes and doubles up as the place where Sydney’s high society shops. For colonial antiques, browse for bargains in the antique markets of Woollahra and Surry Hills. Oxford Street in Paddington, also known as Sydney’s “Style Mile” is all about fashion, galleries and style with the best selection of ultra hip boutiques and homewares as well as top designers names like Collette Dinnigan, Morrissey, and Akira Isogawa. In Darlinghurst (the western end of Oxford Street), you’ll be swamped with the wide range of street fashion and music. For bohemian wear meets retro fashion, coupled with funky accessories, King Street features quirky one-offs like Leo Monk handbags, Octopus Design for gifts and homewares and Faster Pussycat for pop culture ephemera. The Rocks is full of shopping surprises too; high quality arts & crafts, opals, fashion wear, Aboriginal artwork, jewellers and specialty shops – with harbour views and historic atmosphere thrown in. At Sydney, the saying “Shop till you drop” never sounded more appropriate!
Eating Out – Australian cuisine, heavily influenced by its extraordinary ethnic mix, is rapidly becoming well-known overseas and, along with its wines, is picking up prized awards at major international competitions. Dining in Sydney reflects the Asian, Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern influences of recent immigrants, enlivened by the abundant supply of seafood and fresh vegetable, prepared with culinary creativity.
Throughout the city, you can find restaurants to suit all tastes and wallets – the inner-city suburb of Newtown has everything from cheap Vietnamese and Indonesian food through to African and French cuisine, while another inner-city suburb, Glebe, is famous for both sophisticated and down-to-earth eateries.
Some of Sydney’s best restaurants are at Circular Quay, while a whole string of up-market restaurants dot the landscape in the historic Rocks area, the city centre and inner-city Kings Cross. A must-visit is the Doyles on the Beach, which is just a ferry ride away from the city at Watsons Bay. It is one of the best seafood eateries and has a fabulous seaside setting.
Recent developments include East Circular Quay, where up-market outdoor eateries line the boardwalk to the Opera House. Elsewhere, there’s a harbour-side feel to the quality restaurants at Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, and at Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour, you can chose to dine indoors or al fresco, and enjoy the passing parade. Sydney also boasts of a healthy cafe culture, due in part to its many ethnic influences. Quality cafes are everywhere, with some of the most atmospheric scattered around the suburb of Darlinghurst, a short walk from Kings Cross CityRail station.
Fraser Suites, Frasers Hospitality’s luxury apartments in Sydney are ideally located adjacent to Darling Harbour precinct: the heart of vibrant shopping and entertainment and within immediate reach of major corporate headquarters.
Major attractions such as the Maritime Museum and Sydney Aquarium are situated nearby and the Sydney Entertainment Centre and Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, are within easy walking convenience.A short stroll from the hotel lobby along Kent Street will have you arriving at Town Hall Station, with a six minute train ride taking you to Circular Quay and nearby Sydney Opera House. From there hop on a Ferry to Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach and many other spectacular Sydney Harbour destinations.
As a guest of this luxury Sydney apartments you have direct access to Regent Place, a brand new upscale retail shopping precinct over three levels with access to Kent, George and Bathurst Streets. You will be inspired by the range of specialty stores, chic boutiques, convenience shopping and food & beverage outlets.
Fraser Suites Sydney, just 20 minutes by taxi from Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport is an ideal luxury apartment style Hotel in Sydney.