Sydney vacation rentals are available in many different shapes and sizes, and designed for those for whom cost is no barrier and those looking for the cheapest place to unroll their sleeping bags while enjoying the natural beauty and many attractions of the city and the surrounding area. There are wonderful Sydney vacation apartments in both categories right in the Central Business District, as well as nearby cities like Newcastle that lies about 100 miles north. Sydney beach rentals are among the most popular, as the incredible beaches in this part of New South Wales comprise some of the city's greatest attractions.
While the best surfing in the country will indisputably be found in Queensland along the Gold Coast near the capital of Brisbane, Sydney vacation rentals place you in the country's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Sydney beach rentals give you the very best of both worlds—incomparable beaches and close proximity to some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, gracing one of the largest and most beautifully positioned natural harbors in the world.
In keeping with the independent and self-sufficient attitude of most "Aussies," Sydney vacation apartments and other types of self-contained and self-catering accommodations are among the most popular. In the greater metropolitan area, you can find magnificent oceanfront villas that outshine luxury hotels in comfort and pampering. Many of these are right on beaches and have facilities that you might expect of resorts, including swimming pools and hot tubs, fitness rooms and gyms, and tennis courts. Many have multiple bedrooms and some even come fully staffed with housekeepers, gardeners, and personal chefs.
Sydney beach rentals of this caliber can cost in the neighborhood of $25,000 to $45,000 per week. If this is a bit out of your reach, you can also find very modest Sydney vacation apartments right in the heart of the city, around the Manly and famous Bondi Beach areas. Bondi Beach and Manly Beach are both popular with surfers, and these places have some of the best cheap hotels to be found, whether you are a surfer or not. There are high-rise apartment buildings here that also offer resort type facilities and easy access to beaches and affordable transportation by scenic ferries and frequent reliable buses. You can also find extremely modest accommodations that still allow you the possibility of being self-catering and self-sufficient. There are hostels and backpackers budget hotels that offer private rooms with basic kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Some of these can sleep as many as six people, and others are dormitory type rooms with shared bath and toilet facilities and communal lounges and kitchens.
If you want your Sydney vacation rentals to take you to a completely different environment, you can head west to the beautiful Blue Mountains. This area is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site with a landscape of rugged sandstone escarpments and gorges and plateaux covered with temperate eucalyptus forest. Here, you can find numerous rustic and charming cabins right in the wilderness, with opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and trout fishing. The Blue Mountains National Park is only about 35 miles from the city of Sydney. Farther north and to the west of Newcastle, you can find peaceful country homes available in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine producing area.
Many of the Sydney vacations are tailored for special events. This region is an important wedding destination, and you can charter Sydney Harbour dinner cruises for the wedding party. You can book the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens for the ceremony, or hold a gala wedding reception at one of the many scenic golf courses. Many hotels offer Sydney vacation packages for honeymooners and on special holidays like New Year's Eve. Other packages include deep sea fishing charters and scuba diving excursions.
Sydney vacations can also be scheduled to coincide with the whale watching season, which is quite long in this region—from April through December. Whales sometimes come right into the harbor, and golfers at some coastal courses can be distracted by sightings not far from their putting green.