The ideal 24 hour trip in Potts Point, Sydney
Now let’s be honest, 24 hours is not enough time to get under the surface of a city, so location is key. You’ll be pleased to know we have you covered at Hotel Challis in Potts Point. It’s a recently revamped gem: an elegant and timeless Hotel with its recent refurbishments paying homage to its traditional design yet retaining a modern twist perfectly nestled in the trendy area of Potts Point.
What you may remember as dark and seedy ally ways in Kings Cross and Potts Point have spawned into delicious and vibrant avenues, providing endless food and drink possibilities. So to help you out, we thought we would fill you in on our perfect day in the area.
So much to do, so little time. I set my alarm for 6am, feeling motivated to get in a full day of action. As the alarm reliably sets off in the morning I soon realise 6am was highly ambitious. I hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. Don’t judge me – I’m on holidays.
9 AM: COFFEE AND BREAKFAST AT ROOM 10, 10 LLANKELLY PLACE
On a delicious ally way and only a few minutes walk from the hotel get your day started right with a trip to this pint-sized café. What it lacks in stature it makes up in awesomeness with its Dark Horse blend coffee brewed by local roasters Mecca. Start your day off strong with the ham, hollandaise, egg and chili jam sandwich. Sit outside and take in the fresh morning air. It’s the perfect start to your day.
10AM: STROLLING THROUGH THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Sydney is known for its sights. Lucky for you, you’re just a 6 minute car trip or a short train ride and walk from the gateway that the Botanic Gardens offer to the sites of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge or the NSW Art Gallery. There are always events on at the Botanic Gardens so be sure to check out their website and see what’s happening. The free-guided walks are a highlight, where you can learn about our native flora and fauna in the gardens (these are on every day at 10.30am). Or walk back up the hill and hit the NSW Art Gallery for some culture. Once you’ve had enough of nature or culture, stroll down to the magnificent Lady Macquarie’s chair where you’ll want to take an awful grainy selfie in front of the picturesque Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Walk along the promenade all the way to the Opera House or past it – it’s worth it!
2PM: LUNCH TIME at FRATELLI PARADISO, 12-16 CHALLIS AVE
Come back to Potts Point to avoid all the bumbling tourists around the Harbour and treat yourself to a nice lunch – you deserve it after all that walking around. Take a seat at the famous and perennially changing Fratelli Paradiso – literally opposite Hotel Challis. It’s blackboard specials are a go to, quickly eroding any doubts like “if it’s so special, why isn’t it on the menu?” At Fratelli, all the meals are special. It’s the perfect meal before an afternoon of relaxation as you gear up for the evening.
6PM: THE APOLLO, 44 MACLEAY ST OH MY GOD IT’S TIME TO EAT AGAIN.
If you don’t feel like eating just yet settle in at The Apollo and have a cocktail at the bar. This place gets super busy and they don’t take bookings for less than 6 people so you need to get in nice and early. After your drinks, let the inner Greek in you out. Order the Full Greek – it’s good value and transports your taste buds to Greece in a modern setting. Oh, and it’s just a few minute walk from the Hotel. You’re welcome. If you’ve had enough European food for one day, head to the trendy Cho Cho San just next door to the Apollo for Japanese, or Billy Kwong for contemporary Chinese like you’ve never had it. Alternatively venture a little further down to Ms Gs for a funky modern Asian Fusion restaurant experience.
9PM: DRINKS AT THE ROOSEVELT, 32 ORWELL ST
If Teddy Roosevelt were still alive he’d approve of this place. I base that on nothing but what I do know is you need to go there for some nitrogen-chilled boozing after your epic feed. What goes on behind the bar is pure wizadry, with the potions used to make the liquid nitrogen Martini the go-to beverage.
Alternatively, if you feel like some outdoor cocktails in a leafy setting try Gazebo, also a short walk from the Hotel. If you seriously feel like raging, walk up the road to the Tatler and sink some more drinks and enjoy the tunes until 3am.
1AM: SLEEP IN JAW-DROPPING COMFORT
Time to crash, and what better way to do it than stumbling into your luxurious bed. These beds are seriously comfy and the sheets provide the comfort a pokies table does to a gambler, or a mother does to her new born. Sleep well, you deserve it – and see you again soon!
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James Blake at Hordern Pavilion
When it’s on: 26 July 2016
Here is some great news for you music lovers out there… James Blake (think ‘Retrograde’ and ‘Radio Silence) is coming to the Hordern Pavilion on Tuesday 26 July 2016! While it will not be the first time he will be mesmerising the Australian audience with his breathtakingly beautiful talent, you should put this concert down at this intimate arena as a ‘must attend’.
It’s not every day James Blake comes to Sydney, so we suggest you make it a night to remember! Situated in Moore Park, Hordern Pavilion is a significant architectural and social landmark in Sydney since its construction in 1924. Its construction style, which highlights the Inter-War Academic Classical design as well as the rendered masonry and classical detailing, make it a special venue.
Favourite eateries around Randwick and Moore Park
If you choose to stay in anyone of our seven boutique properties in Randwick then we would have you know that there are equally great restaurants in the area, where you can grab a bite before heading over to the Hordern Pavilion for the concert. Head to ‘The Spot’ and you’ll find lil’ Darlin’ to get you started with some of the best cocktails in the area. Alternatively, you can BYO wine and beer at many of the tasty Thai restaurants in Randwick. A personal favourite of ours is ‘Chao Praya’. If you’re looking for more of a restaurant vibe, Pinocchio’s is a solid option for Italian food.
While there are some restaurant options in the Entertainment Quarter (where Hordern Pavilion is situated), they are nothing to write home about. Establishments like Bavarian Bier Café are part of a large chain, and we think your money is best spent elsewhere. If you want to explore a bit more of Sydney on this outing, there are a number of great pubs a bit further past Hordern Pavilion on Oxford Street in Paddington. If you’re in the mood for pasta or pizza, check out ‘Love Supreme’.
Stay in Randwick or Potts Point
Even better news, we have great accommodation near Hordern Pavilion. Any of our properties in Randwick are less than four kilometres away from the Hordern Pavilion. They’re in a handy area where it’s easy to get taxis (read: Ubers) and buses to and from the venue. A car ride takes just 7 minutes while a bus will get you there in 25 minutes or less. If you’re up to it, you can take a leisurely walk; this should take about 40 minutes.
The Potts Point properties on the other hand, are only 3 kilometres away. This is less than 10 minutes if you take a taxi.
James Blake’s performance at the Hordern Pavilion is a licensed all ages concert. However, it is advisable that you have your children under 16, under close watch if they accompany you to the concert. Tickets are available online and will cost you $84.90.
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An Insider’s Guide to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When it’s on: daily from 7am
Sydney is easily Australia’s most beautiful city. It is the country’s famous harbour city and doubles as the capital of New South Wales. However with so much to see and do, sometimes you need a local to guide you to its gems. There is a lot in store, from famous beaches such as Bondi to walks through the serene Harbour National Park. Then, there is the Royal Botanic Garden – Sydney.
Founded in 1816, this gem is the oldest garden of its kind in Australia. It has an outstanding collection of flora from the whole world though with a little emphasis on species from the Oceania. We think it is well worth your time.
Leading attractions at the Royal Botanic Garden
Every bit of this garden stands out. However, we think these chosen delights are a ‘must see’ when visiting.
- The 1885 Glasshouse – This house will blow you away with its collection of begonias, hoyas and orchids flowering among tropical plants with their abundant foliage. Even more captivating, is the fernery that displays over 200 species of ferns inside just a single garden.
- Palm Grove – Here, you will see more than 300 species of palm. Almost all of these are now very rare. They exist amongst a collection of Australian rainforest trees planted in the early 1800s, including an Australian conifer holding the record of the garden’s tallest tree.
- Wollemi pine – This is a variety of the southern hemisphere conifer once very common in Gondwanaland. Discovered by David Noble in 1994, this pine probably is the closest relationship you will ever have with a dinosaur.
- Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters – This is a 52-metre garden display interpreting the Aboriginal heritage of the Sydney Botanical Garden. Lying amidst native vegetation, some as old as 200 years, this award-winning garden has stories telling the first encounters between European settles and indigenous communities.
Distance to the Botanical Garden for either Randwick or Potts Point
Our properties in Kings Cross and Potts Point are walking distance to the Royal Botanic Garden. A comment we often receive on TripAdvisor is how much our guests enjoyed the long stroll through the picturesque garden. If you want to stay closer to Randwick, our Randwick properties are about 9 kilometres away. This translates to about 15 minutes of travel time on a car and 40 minutes by bus.
The Potts Point properties on the other hand, are only 3 kilometres away. This is less than 10 minutes if you take a taxi – but if you’re up for it we suggest you take the walk!
The Royal Botanic Garden – Sydney packs wholesome natural beauty, which offers great ambiance for relaxation and education. The gardens are open from 7:00 a.m. every day and close from between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 depending on the month. The surrounding parkland however remains open all day and night, every day.
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Marvel at the Exploits of Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO
When it’s on: 1 June – 31 July 2016
Sydney is a spectacular city, one that now has another gift to offer, that makes it even more outstanding. Since November 2015, Sydney Living Museums has hosted the Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® Bricks, a world-premiere showcase that highlights the best of Sydney and its magnificent harbour, in very radiant Lego. This is something you should not miss because Ryan McNaught, Australia’s only recognised Lego professional has recreated the iconic and visionary structures of Sydney Harbour, and, it is well worth your time.
Where to Stay
Now that we have your appetite whet for adventure, we will go ahead and suggest available options of wonderful accommodation near Sydney Harbour. This is especially so because it is important that you get a decent place to stay when you visit the Museum of Sydney. Sydney Lodges has a choice of 12 properties spread over two locations, Randwick, on the Eastern Suburbs and Potts Point, just on the edge of the city.
Where to Eat and Drink
Randwick boasts of quality bars and restaurants and so does Potts Point. For instance, SumBar in Randwick has all the tapas you may want while Cubby House offers a great selection of both ales and selected wines. Other bars and restaurants in the Randwick include Randy Wixs, Bat Country and Kinjo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Place.
Eateries and pubs you will need to check out in and around Potts Point are Arirang, Friggitoria, Old Growler, 5 Boroughs and Hugonette’s.
What to do around Randwick and Potts Point
Aside from fun places to eat and drink, Visitors who opt for Randwick will enjoy a host of great attractions that will spice up their stay. Some of these include the Museum of Human Disease and Ritz Cinema where they can watch some of the latest Box Office releases.
Potts Point’s location at the heart of the city makes it conveniently close to almost all the city’s major attractions. Some of these include Darlinghurst Rd and its colourful nightlife, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the nearby Botanical Gardens as well as Macleay Street and its diverse clothing boutiques.
Getting to the Museum of Sydney from either Randwick or Potts Point:
- Randwick is only about 9 kilometres from the museum if you take the M1 and slightly less than 8 kilometres if you opt for Alison Road. Either way, this ride is about just 15 minutes by car and half an hour if you take the bus.
- If you opt for any of our Potts Point accommodation near Sydney Harbour then it should take you about 10 minutes to the venue by a car, 25 minutes by bus and 20 minutes by train.
Entry to the venue of the Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO is strictly by timed sessions, which you can book by sending an email to email@example.com.
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State of Origin III
When it’s on: 13 July 2016
Rugby fans in Australia are enthralled. It is the season of the greatest rugby event on the planet. If you are part of this legion and have plans of attending the State of Origin then you probably are also scouting for cheap accommodation in Sydney. Well, this narrative has that covered but first, a brief look at why even non-rugby fans need to take the State of Origin III in Sydney seriously. This annual event, which is the best-of-three rugby match series between state representative sides, Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues, is easily Australia’s greatest collection of sporting events.
Why Our Cheap accommodation in Sydney is Perfect!
For you fans, Sydney Lodges have properties in two locations and you may want to check these out. The first location, Randwick, has a choice of seven properties on the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, just 7 kilometres from the central business district, relatively close to other essential amenities. The five options around Potts Point on the other hand, are a hop away from Sydney’s CBD and all the delights the city harbours.
Bars and pubs around Randwick and Potts Point
Randwick has a great diversity of bars and pubs serving everything from traditional ales to selected wines as well as great food, including cuisines from various parts of the planet. Some establishments you may want to visit while bunking with us in Randwick include SumBar, Li’l Darlin, Bar Coluzzi, Cubby House, Bluesalt Restaurant and Bar, The Whitehouse and Bar Ritz among others.
Potts Point too has a stellar provision that includes The Roosevelt, Water Bar, Tharen Restaurant and Bar, The Powder Keg, Panhandle Bar, El Rocco and The Sugarmill among others.
Distance from the properties to ANZ Stadium
The third game of the series, the showstopper of the tripartite events that is the State of Origin, will take place at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Regardless of your chosen location, the stadium is within easy reach from both Randwick and Potts Point. Randwick is anywhere between 21 and 32 kilometres by car depending on your preferred route. Potts Point on the other hand, is about 20 kilometres away.
Here’s how you can get there:
- The convenient means to the stadium include train, bus, taxi or using a self-driven car. A trip from Randwick takes about 35 minutes by car and an hour if you take the train.
- The closest train station to the stadium, Olympic park, is accessible by trains from Lidcombe Station, which operate every 10 to 20 minutes during weekdays and every 10 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.
- The closest taxi rank sits near the Novotel Hotel just close to the Sydney Olympic Park.
There you have it; your stay and travel to and from the stadium all worked out. You however will need tickets, which you can easily get online. The costs for the Wednesday 13 Jul 2016 game vary but start from $35. Buy them quickly before they run out here!
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Vivid Sydney; festival of light, music and ideas returns in 2016 with dazzling light displays and exciting events at 15 locations across Sydney. The festival includes illuminating light shows, interactive sculptures, music events and educational exhibitions.
This year Vivid Sydney has installations in two new locations; the Royal Botanic Gardens and Taronga Zoo!
Sydney Lodges offers accommodation in Kings Cross and Potts Point, a 10 minute walk to the Royal Botanic Gardens, and a 20 minute walk to Martin Place in the CBD.
From our properties in Potts Point you can reach Circular Quay in 30 minutes on foot, or catch a train from Kings Cross train station and be at Circular Quay in 10-15 minutes.