Car Rental Sydney Airport
You’ve just touched down at Sydney Airport, picked up your hire car, and now you’re strapped in, ready to hit the sights and experience the bright lights and high energy of Australia’s largest metropolis, also the capital of New South Wales. But with a multitude of must-see attractions and dazzling options to choose from – for shopping, eating, drinking, nightlife, sightseeing, adventures and unwinding – what is a geared-up traveller to do?
Sydney is a city of bustling excitement and diversity where you’ll never be at a loss for icons to marvel at, a premier arts culture to soak up, and international influences and local flavours to immerse in. It’s no wonder that Sydney is continuously on top of world-traveller lists for cities to see. And it’s equally popular with interstate visitors too, for long stays and short trips. You might pop into town for the latest worldwide smash musical; the jam-packed Sydney Festival; the illuminated inspiration of Vivid, a spectacular three-week long event that lights up the city’s buildings; the best of international retail and local edgy designer boutiques; to dine at a trending restaurant; or get some rays at Bronte or Bondi Beach.
From the airport, hop in your car and in just 20 minutes you’ll arrive in the heart of the CBD, with its stately sandstone buildings and shiny skyscrapers offset by the lush Botanic Gardens and leafy Hyde Park. From here, Sydney’s your oyster. Walk across the ‘coat hanger’ (the Sydney Harbour Bridge), grab some yum cha in Chinatown, and enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Luna Park. Explore the cool inner-city neighbourhoods of Darlinghurst, Paddington and Glebe, and the heritage allure of The Rocks. Or maybe you’re here to expressly explore the great Australian outdoors and experience Sydney’s renowned green spaces.
Whatever your preference, you’ll discover an abundance of fun and indulgences to be had, touring this cosmopolitan city and surrounds in your hire car.
From Sydney Airport to the most iconic spots in your hire car
Sydney’s boldness and flair is present in its remarkable and instantly recognisable iconic landmarks. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are both postcard-perfect, as is the harbour itself. Water views are a premium characteristic of Sydney’s beauty, and a ferry ride to popular Manly Beach or Watsons Bay from the Circular Quay wharves will really boost that holiday vibe. Sample the seafood on the bay, take a dip at these much-loved beaches, and enjoy the gorgeous scenic views all round.
Other ferries will take you to urbane Balmain; through the well-heeled strips of Mosman Bay, Neutral Bay and Double Bay; while Taronga Zoo is also a popular attraction with exceptional city views. Cockatoo Island is a relaxing sanctuary with both convict and maritime roots, offering campgrounds and Federation-era heritage homes in a sweeping waterfront setting. One way or another, you’ve got to experience Sydney Harbour on a cruise, ferry, dinghy or yacht. A highlight of any visit to Sydney.
Before you leave Circular Quay, head for the white sails of the Opera House and take a tour of this spectacular venue – or if you’re lucky enough to get tickets, see a performance on its world-class stage. The Museum of Contemporary Art is another highlight to put on your cultural itinerary, with cutting-edge exhibitions par for the course.
Nearby Darling Harbour is a great playground for those seeking a variety of food and entertainment. Pay a visit to the museums – take your pick from the Powerhouse, Madame Tussauds and the National Maritime Museum – while the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium makes a wonderful afternoon visit. There are street performers, free outdoor movies and always something going on in this buzzy locale.
Drive off from Sydney Airport and experience nature’s bounty in your hire car
Sydney’s expanse is bounded by nature, fringed by superb protected national parks including everyone’s favourite destination, the awe-inspiring, world-heritage listed Blue Mountains. After taking in the epic vistas and fresh mountain air, there are many treasures to discover elsewhere, in both the hinterland and along the beautiful New South Wales southern and northern coasts.
An easy one-hour drive will take you to the Central Coast, with its beautiful beaches, seaside villages, shopping, eateries and accommodation to suit all budgets. The bushland is rich with wildlife, and camping is a great way to get closer to Mother Nature here.
Nestled to the south of the city, and stretching all the way to Wollongong, is the Royal National Park. An hour’s drive from the city and you’ll be smack in the middle of stunning natural beauty. Another Sydneysider favourite, this area accommodates longer visits. So, pitch a tent or find a cosy cottage hideaway. Bushwalk, hike, swim, fish, explore wetlands and waterfalls, or just laze on one of the park’s 11 beaches. Surfers should gravitate to the swells and waves at Garie Beach, which also has picnic grounds, rainforest gullies to explore, and whale-watching opportunities.
It’s that easy to get your fill of the wild and rugged side of greater Sydney and drive back to the city restored. Ready to have more stellar experiences on your return.