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Most popular areas in Sydney for 5-star hotels

A metropolis of grand proportions and epic architectural feats, Sydney has more than its fair share of luxurious accommodation. Take the crisscrossing roadways of the historic Rocks district, where rows of boutique hotels are housed behind the old redbrick tenements and the charming frontispieces of erstwhile Victorian factories. Directly behind, towering over whitewashed Sydney Opera House and sun-kissed Circular Quay, the CBD is home to some of the city's classiest business hotels, while there are also oodles of opulent waterside stays to be had between Pirrama Park and the wharfs of Darling Harbour.

Top 5-star hotels in Sydney

Oozing with all the Oriental exoticism you'd expect of a 5-star hotel named after a mythical Himalayan utopia, the Shangri-La soars high above the Victorian streets of The Rocks to offer up picture-perfect views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Meanwhile, The Grace Hotel is one of the jewels of the CBD, imbued with Art Deco elegance from head to toe – especially in its refined and richly decorated piano lounge. And then there's the Amora Hotel Jamison, boasting steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and sweeping panoramas from every room.

Where to find the best restaurants in Sydney

For the most dedicated foodies, there's really no better place to start a tour of the New South Wales capital than in Chinatown. Here, you'll discover enchanting, lantern-lit Cantonese eateries set to the scents of Sichuan pepper, yum cha pork balls, and seafood stir fries. To the south of the CBD lies the laid-back suburb of Redfern, where local coffee shops and artisan ice-cream stalls meet craft breweries and hearty gastropubs. Then there's the restaurants ringing the waters of Darling Harbour – from haute cuisine to al fresco rib joints oozing all-American garnishes.

The most popular things to do in Sydney

Along the cobalt-blue waters of Sydney Harbour stands a truly mind-blowing array of must-see sights. Start with the bucket-list likes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge; a UNESCO World Heritage site that's famed for its awesome acoustics and striking modernist design. Nearby, you can delve into the palm-dotted, orchid-spotted lawns of the Royal Botanical Gardens, which occupies the site of the first ever farm on the Australasian continent. Alternatively, you could head for the famous beaches of the South Pacific that fringe the metropolis to the east. There's surf-mad Bondi, pine-backed Manly Beach, the wild coves of Tamarama, and the sun-kissed sands of Coogee. Head down to the coast in summer to sip cocktails and frothy Aussie beers under the sun, or go by winter to witness the wild swells buffeting the shore.

Best ways to get around Sydney

Sydney's public transport relies heavily on buses, which interchange at large hubs like Circular Quay, the Town Hall, and Wynyard. All of these stops pepper the downtown area and the CBD, connecting the much-visited Rocks district with the quaysides of Sydney Harbour. The intercity trains provide another way of getting around, and there are circular routes with services every 5 minutes around the center of the Downtown. Meanwhile, Uber taxis are one of the best ways to navigate away from the well-connected CBD and harbor areas.

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