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Sydney, New South Wales

About

Sydney is the city that other cities love to hate; with stunning surf and buttery beaches, glorious weather, world-class restaurants and outrageously fashionable bars, she seemingly has it all.

Built around one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, Sydney’s shimmering soul reveals an iconic landscape that to many signifies ‘Australia’. The Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, myriad sandstone headlands, lazy bays and scalloped shorelines are breathtakingly beautiful. But while her neighbours might snipe that Sydney is all about fleeting physical fun, Sydneysiders know that there’s more to this city than good looks (even if Bondi Beach on a Saturday afternoon argues otherwise). She’s Australia’s oldest, largest and most diverse city with captivating monuments, urban galleries, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing arts scene and an edgy multiculturalism that injects colour to her outer suburbs.

For more information, please visit www.sydney.com.


Airport transfers

Taxi
From Sydney Airport, taxis are available to take you directly to the Hilton Sydney hotel, the journey normally take around 30 minutes and costs approximately $45.00-$50.00.

For more information, please visit http://www.taxiscombined.com.au/index.htm or call 133 300.

Car
Enter Sydney via the Eastern Distributor, take the William Street exit and travel along William Street into Park Street, turn right into Pitt Street. The Hilton Sydney hotel driveway, valet parking and car park are located 50 meters on the left side of Pitt Street.

Train
There is a train station located at booth the Sydney Domestic and International Airports with a direct line to the city. Exit the rain at Town Hall Station and the Hilton Sydney hotel is located adjacent to the Victoria Galleries, entry via Pitt Street or George Street. Travelling time is around 25 minutes and cost approximately $15.00 person, each way.

For more information, please visit http://www.airportlink.com.au/.

Shuttle bus
From Sydney domestic and International Airports a shuttle bus is available in front of the arrivals hall. The cost is approximately $16.00-$18.00 per person each way. Advance booking is not required; however for a shuttle bus transfer from Hilton Sydney to the airport pre-booking is required.


Shopping

Be prepared to discover your own sense of style at Sydney’s best shopping destinations. From window-shopping along shady streets to immersing yourself in vast shopping malls, it’s no wonder shopping is one of the most popular things to do in Sydney.

In the city centre, historic city arcades are surrounded by slick new fashion centres, including Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall. Make sure you also pop into the beautifully restored Queen Victoria Building, with its vast array of high street fashion, designer-style, jewellery, antiques and art.

The Strand Arcade is the place to go for young Australian designers and handcrafted jewellery.  You’ll also find plenty of home-grown fashion talent in David Jones and Myer department stores and at The Intersection in Paddington.

Find inspiration in the creative inner city hubs of Surry Hills and Paddington, while Balmain offers a unique mix of fashion, homewares and café-culture. Also in the inner-west, Newtown with vintage fashion, funky homewares and quirky boutiques. Nearby, Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre at Drummoyne has some great designer labels at up to 70 per cent off regular retail prices. Snap up deals on Witchery, Laura Ashley, Ksubi and Oroton. To the north of the city, stylish Mosman has chic boutiques and cafes.

Browse Sydney’s many outdoor markets at any time of the year. Paddington Market, held every Saturday, is probably Sydney’s most popular market shopping destination - many Australian designers made their breakthrough with a Paddington market stall. Other weekend markets are in Balmain and Rozelle, Surry Hills, Kirribilli and The Rocks.

For more information, please visit www.sydney.com.


Attractions

Beaches
Sydney is known around the world for its beaches, and visitors can choose from a variety of spectacular surf-and-sand options. Whether you want to take to the waves with your surfboard, enjoy quiet time on a secluded beach or dine overlooking the ocean, Sydney has it all.

Two of Sydney’s most popular beaches are Bondi and Manly. Both are renowned for their great surf, as well as the communities built around the two beaches. Many people visit the areas just to soak up the vibe and enjoy the beachside dining options.

If you prefer more tranquil beaches, Clovelly and Coogee are perfect for you. Coogee connects to Bondi with a beautiful six-kilometre coastal walk. Extend your walk and stop off for a dip, a drink or a break in the shade.

Nature and parks
With its rich natural environment, Sydney is the ultimate outdoor playground.

Leafy Centennial Parklands is an idyllic spot for cycling, walking, rollerblading and horse riding with plenty of room to move – 360 hectares, in fact. The Royal Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city is peaceful and beautiful; lie back under a shady tree and watch the world go by.

Sydney Harbour is the gateway to a world of natural attractions. Navigate your way around the inner-harbour islands by ferry, or why not hire a kayak and paddle your way to a secluded harbour beach for a swim and a picnic?

Arts and culture
Iconic venues, such as the Sydney Opera House, the State Theatre, the Sydney Theatre Company's home base at Walsh Bay and the Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, play host to an array of theatre and unique shows.

Sydney has a diverse range of art galleries, from major collections to small artists' studios in the city centre and suburbs, including Balmain and Bundeena, Paddington and Palm Beach. Plan your visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales and other major public galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Museum of Sydney. Cutting-edge private galleries worth a visit include Object Gallery, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, The Hughes Gallery and White Rabbit Gallery.

For more information, please visit www.sydney.com.


Food and wine

Treat yourself to a mouth-watering taste of Sydney’s best food and wine, served in stunning locations around the city. An ever-growing list of gourmet restaurants, boutique cafes and casual pubs means you’ll never be short of inspiration on where to eat in Sydney. If you enjoy stylish venues with excellent food, wine and service, make sure you visit some of the restaurants that feature on the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

In this diverse, multicultural city, you’ll find an amazing range of food and wine experiences. Discover the delicious cuisines of Italy, Greece and Turkey on a tour with Gourmet Safaris, or meet local producers from boutique brewers and coffee roasters to spice merchants and smallgoods specialists on an Ultimately Sydney Gourmet Tour. Food events and weekly farmers markets give you the chance to buy local produce, become a master chef at a short cooking class or visit the Sydney Fish Market Seafood School.

Looking for a unique Sydney dining moment? Visit the funky noodle bar at Ms G’s, or try the legendary fish and chips from The Boathouse at Palm Beach, modern Vietnamese at Luke Nguyen's Red Lantern in Surry Hills, and organic, biodynamic and sustainable fare at Billy Kwong, also in Surry Hills. Want dessert? Adriano Zumbo's Rozelle Cafe produces a sublime chocolate cocoon, a chocolate forest is on offer at Sepia in the city and Black Star Pastry in Newtown has fabulous chocolate eclairs and cakes.

 For more information, please visit www.sydney.com.


Weather

Sydney has a temperate maritime climate; summers are hot while winters are mild and rarely, if ever, see cold temperatures.

Sydney’s climate is largely dictated by its coastal position and the temperate seas that surround it. This means temperatures never get cold as they can in other parts of the country. Also, the scorching temperatures for which the inland deserts are famous remain absent in Sydney due to the cooling sea breezes, and rainfall is much higher and more frequent.

Different parts of Sydney see slightly different weather patterns. Coastal regions are generally cooler and wetter. The more inland suburbs are dryer on average and see more extremes in temperature at both ends of the scale.

Rainfall can happen year round, although winter and spring are slightly dryer than summer and autumn. Rain usually falls in sudden but short storms which are often localised meaning one part of the city is dry while another is very wet.

Remember that Sydney is in the southern hemisphere so the seasons are reversed.

For more information, please visit www.bom.gov.au.


Time zone

Sydney operates on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT +11:00).


GST information

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based ten percent tax included in the shelf price of most Australian goods and services. The Tourist Refund Scheme allows international travellers to claim a GST refund (subject to certain conditions) on goods purchased in Australia. The refund only applies to items worn or goods taken onboard as hand luggage when leaving the country.

For more information, please visit www.customs.gov.au.


Immigration information

Travellers to Australia need a valid passport or similar certificate of identification. Everyone, except travellers with Australian and New Zealand passports, requires a visa. You may ask your travel agent for advice or to have them organise your visa.

For more information, visit www.immi.gov.au.


Post office

QVB Market Street Post Office
44 Market Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: 13 13 18

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm


Banking facilities

The following banking facilities are located closest to the hotel.

Commonwealth Bank
Corner George & Market Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000

National Australia Bank
292 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Westpac Bank
Corner Market & Clarence Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000

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