Sydney Central Business District

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Forming the heart of Australia’s most buzzing city, this harbor-side neighborhood has many of Sydney’s star attractions.

The Sydney Central Business District, or Sydney CBD in short, is known for its sparkle, be it from the glistening harbor, its shiny skyscrapers or its glitzy restaurants and shops. This is by far the best place to base yourself if you have the chance to come to Australia’s premier city but have limited time.

This bay of Port Jackson was first settled by Europeans as a penal colony. When Australia’s capital and parliament were moved to Canberra in the late 1920s, Sydney remained the first port of call for most first-time visitors to Australia. This highly cultural city with its glorious bays and beaches is busier than ever before, but has never lost its appeal.

Enjoy the views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on Millers Point and Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point. Enjoy a night out in the historic hotels and pubs of The Rocks or come back during the day to visit the sandstone Garrison Church, the row of heritage-listed terraces at Argyle Place and the Sydney Observatory.

Gaze up at the CBD’s shiny skyscrapers from the bustling George Street Boulevard or Pitt Street Mall. Gaze down on the action from Sydney Tower.

For some more retail therapy, venture inside the colossal Queen Victoria Building (QVB) on George Street. Have a picnic in nearby Hyde Park and admire its art decoANZAC Memorial and St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Slow your pace and visit the Royal Botanic Garden and hop over to Darling Harbour where the Australian National Maritime Museum awaits. Visit the nearby Sea Life Sydney Aquarium or the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in the former Maritime Services Board building.

For more cultural delights, visit the Art Gallery of NSW and get tickets for a sparkling show at the futuristic-looking Sydney Opera House or historic Capitol Theatre.

To see more of the harbor, take the ferry to Manly Beach, Mosman or the Taronga Zoo from the main ferry terminal of Circular Quay at the foot of the CBD.

Bring your sunnies and let the always sparkling Sydney CBD brighten up your holiday. There are new surprises around every corner and the foreshore alone is good for days (and nights!) of entertainment.


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YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $92 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (394 reviews)
"All was very good but construction work next door and nearby continuing at night, made it very hard to sleep."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

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Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
The price is $201 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
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4.2/5 Very Good! (1,648 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

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The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $192 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (821 reviews)
"grand style of hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

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The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
77 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $160 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,027 reviews)
"Great service and rooms are immaculate"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $225 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,449 reviews)
"It was very nice."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

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Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $188 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 4 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"Of High Standards as expected"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Hyatt Regency Sydney
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