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Sydney’s Top Sights Accessible from Central Sydney Station

With a 3-minute walk across the street to Central Sydney Station, our hotel is the perfect base for you to explore Sydney and Australia’s most iconic locations. Here are the top recommendations curated by our local team.

Broughton Street Lookout & Kirribilli

sydney harbour bridge at night
Photo source: Grab Your Camera

Brooklyn may have DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), but Australia's harbour city doesn't fall short. It proudly boasts its very own version overlooking the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For iconic views of the Sydney waterfront, Opera House and Harbour Bridge from all angles, take a stroll along the shoreline walking tracks and parks nearby Milsons Point and lay down your picnic blanket on a sunny day.

While you’re here: Check out Luna Park – one of the oldest amusement parks in Sydney – eat ice cream and ride the old-school roller coaster or get lost in the streets of Kirribilli and say hi to the Prime Minister’s residence.

Our local tip: Luna Park is free to enter, but the rides are not.

How to get there: Take a train from Central Station Sydney and get off at Milsons Point Station.

Travel time: 15-20 minutes

Bondi Beach

People at bondi beach

What’s a visit to Sydney’s without going to the city’s most famous beach? Bondi is located just 7 km east of the Sydney CBD, but due to the city’s clunky public transport system, it will take you 30 minutes or so to get there… and trust us, it’s worth your while.

While you’re Here: Apart from relaxing on the white-sand beaches of Bondi or taking a surfing lesson, try taking a dip at the Bondi Icebergs Ocean pool or dine at their waterfront restaurant. If the beach isn’t for you, take a stroll along the 6 km Bondi to Coogee coastal trail and take in the breathtaking vistas of Sydney’s coastline.

Our local tip: Swimming at Bondi Beach can be hazardous – please swim between the flags or end up on Bondi Rescue!

How to get there: Take a train from Central Station Sydney to Bondi Junction, then take buses: 380, 381, 382, and 333 directly to Bondi Beach.

Travel time: 30-40 minutes

Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, Barangaroo & The Rocks

Arguably the most iconic trifecta of Sydney’s must-see sights, the area surrounding the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, and The Rocks is a must-see for all visitors to Sydney. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House is home to over 1,600 performances a year and offers daily guided tours in multiple languages.

While you’re here: Stroll over to Circular Quay, the area that borders the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Garden on one side and the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the other. The western side of the quay is home to The Rocks, where the British colony began in 1788. Dotted around the quay are a range of restaurants and bars, including acclaimed fine dining establishments such as Aria and Bennelong, so bring our appetite.

Our local tip: To get that iconic pic of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, stroll over to the Fleet Steps lookout point at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

How to get there: Take a train from Central Station Sydney to Circular Quay.

Travel time: 20-30 minutes.

Day Trip to The Blue Mountains & Katoomba

three sisters lookout
Photo source: Tourism NSW

A two-hour train ride away from central Sydney, the Blue Mountains is Sydney’s favorite nature getaway. With incredible scenery, walking tracks and a vibrant dining scene, this is the place to head for a day trip or weekend escape any time of the year.

Our local tip: Trains depart from Sydney to Katoomba every 2 hours, so plan ahead and depart early. The Three Sisters Walk and Lookout points are just a 30-minute walk through town from Katoomba Train Station.

How to get there: Take a train from Central Station Sydney to Katoomba.

Travel time: Approx 2 Hours.

The Grandaddy of All Train Rides – The Indian Pacific From Sydney to Perth

train crossing Australia
Photo source: Indian Pacific

If you’re looking for the granddaddy of all Australian train rides that literally crosses the country, look no further than the Indian Pacific. It whisks you across the sunburnt nation, taking in iconic sights such as the Blue Mountains, Barossa Valley, the Nullarbor, Kalgoorlie before finally arriving in Perth.

Named after the two oceans the train encounters on its journey from Sydney to Perth, this spectacular 4,352 km crossing provides a laid-back way to experience Australia’s diverse landscape along with off-train experiences along the way.

How to get there: Weekly departures from Central Station, check website for full details.

Travel time: 4 days


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