Australia is a country full of surprises. From kangaroos crossing the road to the flipped globe with upside down poles. It manages to inspire and attract people from all over the worlds to discover its culture, nature, and lifestyle. And there’s no better way to explore this country than on a rental car. Sydney is the most famous town in Australia. It’s a perfect starting point.
What to see in Sydney?
Sydney is a bright cosmopolitan city that combines freedom-loving surfers, white collars and lots of tourists. It’s the financial heart of the country and at the same time an excellent resort with lots of lagoons, islands, bays, and harbors. If you want to see the beauty of the town’s coastline, go on a ferry ride or head to the famous Harbour Bridge - the biggest one in Australia.
Each district of the city deserves a special attention. The central business district is a unique combination of huge skyscrapers, pompous buildings dating back to the Victorian epoch, refreshing green oases and famous boutiques. Rock is a historical center of the town where everything began and now it has the most expensive dwellings. Darling Harbour is famous for its museums, galleries, theatres, cafes and fascinating views of the ships and skyscrapers. If you are limited in time and dazzled what to see, we prepared a list of attraction you must visit on during your stay:
Admire the beauty and diversity of the megalopolis from the Sydney Tower Eye. This second in height building in Australia has a breathtaking panoramic view from its observation deck. If you are brave enough, you can try the Skywalk attraction. It’s absolutely safe and even kids older 8 years can do it. Mind, that you will be walking across the tower at the height of 268 meters;
Sydney Opera House is the most famous and recognizable destination in Australia, leave alone the town. It’s claimed to be the symbol of the country and you can see it on post stamps and most of the postcards. Besides being an architectural masterpiece, the Opera House actually hosts various exhibits, plays, and concerts daily. We recommend you to plan your visit to in advance and buy a ticket for a play you’d like to see;
Darling Harbour is a real paradise for tourists and kids. Here you can attend the famous Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, Madame Tussauds Museum, Chinese Garden of Friendship and more! You can easily spend the whole day in this district, wandering around, dining in one of the numerous cafes and enjoying stunning city views;
Watsons Bay is another scenic location to spend a calm day with your family and friends. Close to the Gap and the South Head, this destination is a perfect place to throw a picnic, enjoy the nature and admire the views on the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the skyscrapers of the city.
Places to visit near Sydney
Sydney is surrounded by national parks and outstanding nature. Most of these picturesque places are located within one- or two-hours drive. The most efficient and cheapest way to get see the neighborhoods of the town is a rental car. Depending on the time you are ready to spend discovering new places, there is a wide range of opportunities. If you are not limited, feel free to visit new cities like Melbourne or the capital of Australia - Canberra.
In case you don’t have much time, we prepared a list of attractions that are located within a two- or three-hours drive from the town:
The Blue Mountains is a marvelous state park with unique eucalyptus trees growing in the area. It will take you only 2,5 hours to reach a true paradise. The most popular tourist destination is located in the Kootumba village and is called the Three Sisters. These are three rock peaks rise above the Jamison Valley, each of them has its own name and they represent the Blue Mountains. There are lots of trails in the park you can choose to get acquainted with its stunning flora and fauna;
Close to the Blue Mountains go to the limestone Jenolan Caves. Only 70 km away, this destination fascinates all its visitors. The caves were found at the end of the XIX century and are believed to be filled with the ocean. There are many stalactites, stalagmites, and petrifications dating back to unknown eras. They have a perfect acoustics that’s why sometimes concerts take place in one of the caves. Try to attend as many caves as possible. This natural miracle will linger in your memory forever;
The Hunter Valley is one of the most famous wine regions of Australia. Most of the tourists come here to spend their weekend, so plan your visit during the weekdays. Sure, you can come here just for one day, but we would rather recommend you to stay overnight. Here you can taste wine, play golf, learn how to ride a horse, sunbathe by the pool and just enjoy the serenity you deserve. Besides, there’s a variety of boutique-hotels and guest houses to rent.
Discover Sydney on a Rental Car
Sydney is a wonderful city with a highly developed public transport. But if you want to save your time and see as much stick to your plan to see all the attractions you wanted, the most efficient way to do that is, clearly, to get a rental car. It’s an essential instrument that will take to beach getaways to catch beautiful waves and help you and your family travel with comfort and for a fair price.
Australia is so varied and vivid, that it’s a crime to stay in one town and not to discover its suburbs and destinations nearby. You’ll be delighted by the quality of roads and the scenic nature surrounding you on your way. So, if you are coming to Sydney for a vacation, build a route of places to check out, charge your camera and hit the road.
Where to rent a car in Sydney?
Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport has a wide range of car rental service providers. All you have to do is get off the plane and spend up to 10 minutes signing the documents. If the location is not convenient, feel free to get your vehicle at any of the following places:
Harbour Marriott, 30 Pitt Street
Level 1/157 Walker Street
Mercure Hotel, 818-820 George Street
320 Botany Road
When getting a vehicle in Australia keep in mind that they have a left driving. And don’t violate the parking rules. You won’t be really satisfied to pay a fine in a size of 170 AUD, will you?
What’s the price of a rental car in Sydney?
The city has worldwide known and local car rental services. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Thrifty and many others successfully operate here and offer the competitive prices. But still, a local company East Coast Car Rentals has the cheapest prices. Thus, a compact Hyundai will cost you approximately 186 AUD per week.
Remember, that early booking always saves your money. That’s why we recommend our clients to plan everything beforehand and book hotels and rental cars as soon you started planning your trip.
Sydney is a marvelous city with thousands of attractions, varied architecture, bright people and rich culture. Come here once and you’d count days till your next visit. And don’t forget to bring souvenirs!