Sydney is nothing if not spectacular. With its beautiful harbour, glorious weather, beaches and coffee culture, it’s no wonder tourists and locals alike are bedazzled by Australia’s urban jewel. The Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach are just two of the city’s iconic landmarks. While the city centre is accessible by public transport, hiring a car in Sydney will give you the freedom to explore beaches and national parks a little further afield.
Car rental is a cinch to organise at Sydney Airport, and it’s just a 20-minute drive to the city centre. Leave the car at your hotel and walk down to the Opera House to see those stunning sails up close. Catch a classical concert, ballet or contemporary performance while you’re there. Then sip a cocktail at the Opera Bar while drinking in the beautiful vista, to a soundtrack of soul, funk and groove by local musicians and DJs. Walk around Circular Quay to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Here you can catch touring exhibitions from international artists and works by contemporary Australian and Aboriginal artists. For an urban adventure, why not brave the Bridge Climb and take in the city from the top of the Harbour Bridge?
Sydney also boasts a wealth of culinary delights. Neil Perry is the award-winning chef behind Rockpool Bar & Grill, one of the city’s finest and most stylish dining experiences. For an authentic Chinese yum cha (dim sum) experience, head to East Ocean in Chinatown. Feast on scrumptious dumplings of all shapes and sizes and deep-fried calamari; if you’re feeling a little feisty, how about trying some chicken feet or braised tripe.
For high-street shopping head into the city centre, Pitt Street Mall or George Street. Stop for a coffee and some retail therapy in the beautifully ornate Queen Victoria Building. For boutique fashion, hit Oxford Street Paddington, where you’ll find the likes of Capital L showcasing emerging designers from Australian and New Zealand. Pick up a stylish piece for your wardrobe and accessorise with some edgy heavy-metal inspired jewellery by Matt Weston.
Of course a trip to Sydney isn’t complete without a swim at Bondi Beach, made super-easy with your Sydney rental car. Learn how to surf with Let’s Go Surfing, get a serving of fresh fish and chips at Mongers, or a delicious breakfast of poached eggs with smoked salmon and spinach at Bondi Trattoria. If you head to Bondi on a Sunday, don’t miss Bondi Markets from 10am to 4pm, where you can pick up something special by a local designer or a pre-loved vintage find.
To really make the most of your Sydney car hire, take a trip to the Blue Mountains. The drive to see Echo Point and the Three Sisters is just under an hour. Book the award-winning Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout tour or head to Jenolan Caves for an amazing underground experience. It’s like stepping into a dreamscape of beautiful and eerie rock formations and underground rivers. Enjoy a weekend getaway nestled in one of Jenolan Caves’ various guesthouses, accompanied by the unique song of Australia’s Bell Birds.