EXPERIENCE SYDNEY

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STAY

NSW’s capital city is one of the most visually stunning cities in the world. Whether you’re after relaxation or adventure, Sydney will not disappoint. 

Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport is conveniently located on the doorstep of Sydney’s Domestic Terminals. Unwind after a long day of travel in one of our comfortable modern rooms.   Enjoy unique local dishes at the Great Room Bar and Restaurant and stay connected with our extended range of business services.

To help you make the most of your time in Sydney, we’ve created a short guide with some of the city’s best attractions.

Experience Nature at the Royal Botanic Gardens

The garden was established in 1816 and features one of the richest collections of plant life in the world.

Located in the heart of the city and wrapped around Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens extend across 30 hectares filled with rare and threatened plants from around the world. 

 

The garden was established in 1816 and features one of the richest collections of plant life in the world. You’ll find hothouses with palms and ferns and will eventually make it to the Calyx, a unique exhibition space that features a curving glasshouse gallery with a wall of greenery and other plant-themed exhibitions.

 

Learn more about the area’s history by taking the Aboriginal Heritage Tour led by an Indigenous guide. Plenty of events and other activities take place here throughout the year so make sure you stay updated by checking the official website. Enjoy a picnic out in nature, shop for botanically-themed books and gifts or treat yourself to a take-away coffee and snack at one of the cafes or pop-up bars.

7am – 5:30pm, 7 days a week.

From Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport, the Royal Botanic Garden is just 9.6km away (14mins by car). Click here to view the route.

Visit The Rocks

The Rocks Markets is the perfect place to indulge in gourmet street food and shop carefully curated artisan wares.

Sydney is not short of places to go shopping. If you’re looking for a different—and perhaps more unique—shopping experience, The Rocks neighbourhood of historic laneways won’t disappoint. 

 

The Rocks Markets is the perfect place to indulge in gourmet street food and shop carefully curated artisan wares. From food to jewellery and everything in between, we can guarantee you’ll find something you’ll love. Plenty of events and free workshops take place here so keep an eye on the official website for the latest updates. 

 

The Rocks is also home to some of the most unique clothing stores in the city. Find your perfect fit or have some fun in the adventurous PaniQ Room on Gloucester Street. Guided ghost tours are also available on Harrington Street.

 

A trip to The Rocks can also be educational. Bring the family to The Rocks Discovery Museum—a free, family-friendly museum that tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present. The museum of contemporary art can also be found here.

Friday 9am – 3pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm

From Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport, The Rocks neighbourhood is just 12.2km away (18mins by car). Click here to view the route.

Climb Sydney Bridge

Sydney Bridge is more than just another iconic landmark. No matter the season or weather, the view from the top is phenomenal.

Sydney Bridge is more than just another iconic landmark. Known to locals as ‘The Coathanger’, Sydney Bridge has been part of the city’s heritage for more than 85 years. It took over eight years to build and in terms of steel arch pans, it ranks fifth in the world. No matter the season or weather, the view from the top is phenomenal.

 

BridgeClimb Sydney offers a wide range of tours for you to enjoy. They are fully guided and take anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 hours to complete. At the end of the tour, you’ll receive a climb group photograph and a certificate of achievement to show off to friends and family. 

 

BridgeClimb Sydney tickets also come with a complimentary free entry pass to the Pylon Lookout Museum. Take in the view and then head over to the museum to learn more about the bridge’s fascinating history: how it was designed, constructed and built.

Sydney Bridge is only 12.8km from Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport (16min by car). Click here to view the route.

Bring Out the Child In You At Darling Quarter

With a variety of activities on offer, you too will become a child again. Break away from the ordinary and bring out the child in you.

Darling Harbour is one of those destinations that just ticks all the boxes. Located in the heart of Sydney, Darling Quarter is a charming playground/cafe/shopping location that is loved for its family-friendly dining options and its abundance of cultural and entertainment experiences.

 

With a variety of activities on offer, you too will become a child again. Break away from the ordinary and bring out the child in you. Play with the kids on the large free playground or visit the free open-air gallery that stages innovative exhibitions of contemporary art. Enjoy a game of ping-pong or bring the little ones to the unique Kids’ Yoga sessions, from 10am every Friday morning. 

 

When it comes to food, Darling Quarter’s range of local and international cuisines are great for the whole family. Enjoy a delectable selection of Brazilian, French, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.

24 hours, 7 days a week.

From Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport, Darling Quarter is just 7.6km away (15mins by car). Click here to view the route.

Explore Taronga Zoo

With Sydney’s beautiful harbour as a backdrop, Taronga is not just one of the largest zoos in the world—it’s also one of the most beautiful.

Taronga Zoo is the largest zoo in Australia. The 28-hectare park is home to over 4,000 animals and 350 species: koalas, giraffes, tigers, elephants, a range of aquatic species (who doesn’t love seals?) and many more. With Sydney’s beautiful harbour as a backdrop, Taronga is not just one of the largest zoos in the world—it’s also one of the most beautiful.

 

There are plenty of daily shows for the whole family to enjoy. Some focus on native wildlife while others showcase exotic and endangered animals not often found in the wild. The daily bird and seal shows are always a treat. 

 

You can also experience Taronga Zoo from an Aboriginal perspective with the Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour. By participating in the Roar and Snore tour, you will have the chance to spend the night inside the zoo and enjoy fascinating keeper talks. If you’d rather explore the zoo at your own pace, there’s an app that can guide you to the most popular native and exotic animals.

9:30am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

Taronga Zoo is only 20km from Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport (25min by car). Click here to view the route.

Visit the Most Famous House in the World

More than 11 million people visit this masterpiece of architecture that is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

You can’t visit Sydney and not see the famous Opera House up close. More than 11 million people visit this masterpiece of architecture that is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. 

 

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007, the spectacular Sydney Opera House has adorned Sydney Harbour for more than 50 years. Take a photo on the steps of the Opera House or explore the interior in one of the many tours that take place every day. 

 

Did you know that the Sydney Opera House hosts approximately 1,600 performances every year? Stay updated with the latest events and upcoming performances by keeping an eye on the official calendar

Finish the tour on a delicious note by satisfying your taste buds at Opera Kitchen or Bennelong Restaurant.

Tours operate daily from 9am to 5pm. Check the official website for more information on specific tours and experiences as well as events and performances.

The Sydney Opera House is only 12km from Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport (15min by car). Click here to view the route.

Watch a Major Sporting Event at SCG

The SCG Museum offers a deeper look into some of Australia’s legendary sporting conquests and incredible moments.

Conveniently located on the doorstep of Sydney Harbour, the amazing Sydney Cricket Ground hosts some of the most important sporting events in Australia and the world. Major concerts and other events also take place here. Check out the official website for more information on upcoming events. 

 

Learn more about the history of the SCG by participating in the dynamic SCG Tour Experience. This 90-minute historical journey will guide you through the SCG, Allianz Stadium and the SCG Museum. 

 

The SCG Museum offers a deeper look into some of Australia’s legendary sporting conquests and incredible moments. With over 160 years of cultivation and construction, the SCG has plenty of amazing stories to tell.

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

SCG is only 7.8km from Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport (15min by car). Click here to view the route.

Visit ICC Sydney

Home to Australia’s largest ballroom and state-of-the-art exhibition centre and theatre, ICC Sydney is truly a place of wonders.

The International Convention Centre Sydney may have only been around for a couple of years, but it has become a part of the cosmopolitan city’s culture. Comprising three state-of-the-art buildings, ICC Sydney is designed to house everything from rock concerts to huge international business meetings.

 

Home to Australia’s largest ballroom and state-of-the-art exhibition centre and theatre, ICC Sydney is truly a place of wonders. Find out all about the latest performances and events and plan your visit early.

Check out the full list of upcoming events here.

From Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport, ICC is just 12.4km away (17mins by car). Click here to view the route.

Walk the Coast

For the savvy business traveller, a wide choice of comfortable, well-designed rooms awaits. Work, play and stay in one location right in the heart of Sydney.

Sydney is full of beautiful white-sand beaches. If you’re short on time and want to take in as much of the coast as possible, we recommend you opt for the popular Bondi to Coogee Walk.

 

This 6km walk will take you all the way from Bondi to Coogee. It will take approximately 3 hours to complete but you can always stop at Clovelly or Bronte beach and rest for a while at one of the lovely seaside cafes. 

 

Although it’s known as the Bondi to Coogee beach walk, most people walk it the other way around. Expect stunning ocean views, towering sandstone cliffs and crashing waves as far as the eye can see.

From Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport, Coogee Beach is just 8.1km away (14mins by car). Click here to view the route.

Stay Connected

For the savvy business traveller, a wide choice of comfortable, well-designed rooms awaits. Work, play and stay in one location right in the heart of Sydney Airport.

Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport is the ultimate meetings, functions and events destination close to Sydney Airport. With two large meeting rooms and plenty of configuration options available, you can rest assured that your next big meeting will be a complete success. Our spaces are designed with the professional in mind, offering complete control and flexibility.

 

The modern on-site Business Centre ensures you’re always connected, while our wide range of all-inclusive rooms ensure you’re rested and recharged for your next big business meeting or adventure in the city.

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