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Destination guide

Bag top Greater Sydney holiday rentals

Greater Sydney is a vast metropolis that actually encompasses 3 separate cities. It runs from the rising foothills of the Blue Mountains, in the west, to the wave-battered bays of the New South Wales coast, in the east, covering iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour as it goes. Greater Sydney holiday lettings are your chance to explore this bubbling and inviting place, whether you're keen on waxing down the surfboard for the swells of Bondi, leaving footprints in the pristine sands of the Northern Beaches, exploring the parks of Parramatta, checking off the sights of the Sydney Harbour, or anything in between.

History

Discover Australian heritage in Greater Sydney

Modern Sydney started life when Captain Cook landed in the inlets of Botany Bay, back in the 1770s. It began as a penal colony that would continue to expand until it became the largest metropolis in Australia. In its earliest years, conflicts with Aboriginal tribes, drought and disease all took their toll, while a gold rush eventually brought wealth and prosperity in the middle of the 19th century – not to mention, nearly 40,000 more settlers. All that and more is chronicled in the immersive Museum of Sydney, while places like the Government House stand as a testimony to the growing importance of the town throughout the 1800s.

Things to do

Things to do and see around Greater Sydney holiday homes

Crack out the camera for that first jaunt down to the harbourside, where the glimmering white arches of the Sydney Opera House loom overhead. That curious structure is a veritable icon of the city and something of a symbol of all Australia to boot. Those with a salt-washed Greater Sydney holiday cottage waiting in the Eastern Suburbs will have happening Bondi Beach on the doorstep. It's home to long-haired surfer types and some of the most famous waves in New South Wales. Meanwhile, shopping your way through Darling Harbour is a great way to feel the pulse of the CBD district. And then there's pulling on the hiking boots to conquer the Blue Mountains – think adventures in the wild Aussie outback.

Beaches

Famous beaches near Greater Sydney holiday rentals

One of the great things about expanding your accommodation search to include this whole metropolis is that it means you'll also be able to pick Greater Sydney holiday cottages on the gorgeous New South Wales coast. The beaches there are beautiful:

  • Bondi is world-famous, known for its consistent surf and laid-back backpacker vibes
  • Coogee is a family-friendly beach that has calm ocean pools where the little ones can paddle about
  • Head south, to the Royal National Park, for secluded bays of golden sand and stunning coastal hiking paths
  • The Northern Beaches start with Manly, which puts an amazing aquarium and oodles of water sports on the menu
How to get around

Public transportation in and around Greater Sydney

You're in luck – Sydney has a modern, efficient and advanced public transportation network. It fuses light rail links with commuter carriages and ferries to connect virtually all corners of its vast metropolitan area, and even beyond. Sydney Trains run countless rail links to 100s of stations within the CBD and its outskirts, while buses are the go-to for getting to the Northern Beaches and Parramatta. Get yourself a contactless Opal Card if you plan on using public transport a lot during your stay – it automatically calculates the cost of each journey, so you won't have to fuss with paper tickets.

Restaurants and bars

Popular eating areas near your Greater Sydney holiday home

  • The CBD is a foodie's Mecca, packed with gastropubs and fine dining aplenty
  • Bondi's surfer vibes mean it's laden with bohemian cafes and excellent seafood restaurants
  • Chatswood is a hotspot for Asian eats, so head there if you like Malay satay and Thai curry
  • Craving dim sum? Chinatown and its steamy Cantonese kitchens is a must
  • Cabramatta is a hub for Vietnamese eats, bubbling with pho broths and noodles
Essential info

Facts and tips for stays in Greater Sydney holiday rentals

  • The Australian dollar (AUD) is the currency in Sydney
  • December to February is summer in Sydney – expect humid, hot days then
  • June to August is winter in Sydney, when the mercury averages around 16 in the daytime
  • Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in Australia
  • Call 000 or 112 in case of an emergency in Sydney

How many holiday rentals are available around Sydney (and vicinity)?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,549 holiday lettings around Sydney (and vicinity). From 1,943 flats & apartments to 2,304 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.