“Down Under” summer is already underway. In addition to its famous landmarks, picture-perfect beaches and sunny weather, Sydney, Australia is sure to draw your clients in with these new sites and stays.
Book your clients on one of American Airlines’ new nonstop daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or on Qantas Airways’ new nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport (SF) for direct access to Sydney Airport (SYD). Once there, suggest they visit The Goods Line, a new innovative urban corridor and open space in the city’s center. The space, which occupies a former rail route, was converted this past August into a pedestrian walkway and cycle path featuring recreational and entertainment spaces, grassy areas, a children’s water playground and table tennis.
As far as accommodations, your clients have a host of new and renewed hotels to choose from. For instance, the 62-guestroom Old Clare Hotel, a member of Design Hotels, opened in September in Chippendale—Sydney’s new burgeoning food, shopping and arts district. Located in the city’s former Carlton United Brewery (CUB) Administration Building, Sydney’s newest boutique hotel features a rooftop bar and pool, several signature restaurants including, Automata, Kensington Street Social and Silvereye, plus gives a nod to the building’s industrial past with its exposed brick, concrete, and timber paneling design in the guestrooms and through the vintage items throughout the hotel. Room rates start at $196 per night. For more information, visit the oldclarehotel.com.au.
Down by the Water
A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of Australia’s most popular beaches, Bondi Beach. Here, locals and tourists gather for swimming, surfing and sunbathing, as well as shopping and strolls along the beach’s coastal walkways. Across the road, in the former location of Sydney’s iconic Swiss Grand Hotel, is the new QT Residences Bondi. The boutique hotel features 69 studios and apartments plus easy access to Sydney’s trendiest restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries and shops. Room rates start at $230 per night. For more information, visit qtbondi.com.au.
Down by the Harbour
In September, the Barangaroo Reserve opened on the western Sydney Harbour foreshore on the northwestern tip of the city’s Central Business District. The new park, which was inspired by the original Harbour headland that existed in the 1800s, marks the completion of a decade-long vision to restore the area to its natural state. At the park, your clients can take a guided tour of the headland, enjoy a picnic by the Harbour or watch the sun set over the Anzac Bridge—an 8-lane cable-stayed bridge and well-known Sydney landmark spanning Johnstons Bay.
Additional efforts to revitalize the Harbour include the $160 million renovation of the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, the city’s largest hotel, and the opening of the five-star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel. The Four Points by Sheraton Sydney’s refurbishment will include the addition of a third tower and 222 guestrooms, boosting the property’s room inventory to 905-guestrooms. The property, located on Sussex Street overlooking the Darling Harbour, underwent a previous million-dollar renovation in 2013 to update the hotel’s guestrooms and enhance the onsite Corn Exchange Restaurant. Room rates start at $128 per night. Meanwhile, the 600-guestroom Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel is preparing to open in 2017. The property, which overlooks Cockle Bay, will feature a lacework glass facade, a rooftop infinity pool and a rooftop lounge with views of the Harbour and city skyline. For more information on the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney hotel, visit starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints. For more information on the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, visit sofitel.com.