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Think Down Under, and the first place that comes to mind is Sydney, on Australia's southeastern coast. With a world-class road network, rent a car in Sydney for a convenient and cost effective way to experience this beautiful city and its surrounds. Besides Sydney's ample culture, shopping, and nightlife, with your car hire you can also explore the coastline of New South Wales and beyond. With plenty to see, and a range of places to stay, it is quite common for Sydney holidaymakers to drive all the way north to Brisbane (920km away) or south to Melbourne (880km away).

It's your choice: Where to go in Sydney?

The Sydney Airport is just 12km away from the city centre. Car rentals are available at the airport. Rent a car in Sydney and head directly to the city business district, at the heart of the city. Very close by is the famous Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and Haymarket, all of which offer accommodation suitable to a range of budgets. On another day, you can head to iconic Bondi Beach (15km from the airport), or the beaches south of Sydney. Bondi is a hub for backpackers, so watch out for a lively crowd. If you want something more upmarket, head over to Manly, 26km north of the city, which ranks as Sydney's second most popular beach after Bondi. If you want to avoid the crowds all together, head farther up to any of the northern beaches of Sydney, like Collaroy, Mona Vale, or Avalon.

What to do in Sydney?

Sydney has plenty to offer, and one of the best ways to see and do it all is by car. The Sydney Opera House is a must-see; even if you don't buy tickets for a performance, consider a guided tour of the interior. Close by are the Royal Botanical Gardens, where you can easily spend half a day taking in beautiful views of the cityscape. The Harbour Bridge is visible wherever you go, but for a closer look, you may get up on one of the pylon towers of the bridge or better still, go for a bridge climb at sunset. Next, you can walk on the Rocks, Sydney's earliest European settlement. Explore heritage buildings and bars, some of which are 200 years old. If you love animals, visit the Taronga Zoo and see the famous Australian marsupials and parrots, and don't forget to hug a koala! Finally, a holiday in sunny Sydney is incomplete without seeing its beaches, and a swim at Bondi or Manly is a must. If you're ready for a longer journey in your Sydney rental car, there are many options. Gosford, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, and Coffs Harbour are all brilliant seaside towns to the north of Sydney. To its south lie Wollongong, Kiama, and Shoalhaven, home to stunning nature.

Important info about Sydney

Sydney has a beautiful coastline. Rich with history, architecture, and wildlife, there is a lot you can do, even in a day. Bondi to Coogee, or Manly to Spit, Palm Beach, Watson's Bay, or La Perouse are a few of the amazing walks or drives on which to embark. You can even go for a quick day trip along the Grand Pacific Drive, zooming down the southern coast of Sydney. There are also many national parks great for hiking. A one-hour drive will take you to the Royal National Park, the second-oldest national park in the world. Once you are done with your excursions for the day, indulge in Sydney's food trails. Sydney is a cosmopolitan city and has marvellous options to eat and drink, wherever you go.

Weather in Melbourne
Country New South Wales
Language English
Currency Australian Dollar
Time-Zones AEST
Country Code +61

Good to know

Like the UK, Australia has left-hand traffic, with right-hand drive vehicles. International driving licences are allowed. To rent a car in Sydney, you must be at least 21 years old, and you might encounter young-driver surcharges if you are hiring a car and between the ages of 21 and 25. Motor vehicle insurance is required, as traffic rules are very stringent. Blood alcohol limit for international licences is 0.5. Signboards depicting speed limits are well placed in the city and it is prudent to watch the speed limit as traffic supervision is quite high. Overall, traffic is not as high as in other large cities, making driving here typically an enjoyable experience. It is recommended that you also procure a GPS navigator for your car rental, to make your driving holiday easier and more convenient.

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What to taste in Sydney

Sydney's food culture covers a wide range, from Asian to gluten-free to organic. Given the city's multicultural mix, you'll find and incredible array of international cuisine. European influence is significant, but Asian cuisine has seen high growth in recent years. Choose from a range of options around the Opera House and Bondi Beach. Yes, grilled kangaroo is on some menus, and in general, there are good burgers to be had all over the city. The bar and pub culture is thriving, and is a low-key way to engage in Sydney's vibrant nightlife. And don't miss out on ample local wine from vineyards in nearby Hunter Valley.

What to bring to your friends from Sydney

Given Australia's distinctive culture, there is a variety of options for mementos, memoirs, and gifts for your friends back home. Soft toys of Australian marsupials such as kangaroos, koalas, and platypuses, are great for kids. If you are interested in local Aboriginal culture, be sure to buy painted boomerangs and didgeridoos from local artisans. Other typical gifts include sheepskin boots, Timtam Aussie biscuits, and of course, replicas or any miniature of the Opera House or the Harbour Bridge.