Three great stays in Sydney
We bring you three of our favourite places to stay in Sydney, each suited to your holiday style...
A complete getaway: Q Station
This place is really interesting and practically a destination in its own right.
Located in Manly, on the North Head peninsula of Sydney Harbour National Park, you might assume its location is down to the area’s natural beauty, but you’d be wrong.
Q Station is based on the site, and in the structures of, a former quarantine station, which was operational from the 1830s right through to 1984. Migrant ships arriving in Sydney with suspected contagious diseases stopped inside North Head and off-loaded passengers and crew into quarantine to protect local residents from becoming sick.
This was the first safe anchorage point inside the heads, the location was far enough from the city centre to contain any outbreak of disease, but they also had a natural spring on the site, ensuring the necessary water supply.
These days the buildings have been transformed into accommodation, which is more redolent of a posh Butlins than of medical edifices.
For those interested in the history of Q Station there are interpretive boards dotted around the site, as well as tours of the grounds offering an insight into the lives of former residents. If you like a bit of spooky fun, there is also a ghost tour, which is oddly less tongue-in-cheek and a bit more cack-in-pants, as a ‘psychic’ guide takes you on a slightly-too-serious, spirited jaunt around the grounds.
For more information, visit: www.qstation.com.au
A family stay in the city: Adina Apartments Sydney
This is the place to make you feel like a Sydneysider (a local). With it’s city-central location, contemporary lounge, and fully-equipped kitchen, you can whip up dinner ‘at home’ when you can’t be bothered to go out, and get to feel like you actually live in Sydney.
Your family will love the penthouse feel of these apartments: with their huge windows commanding city-scape views of downtown, your partner will feel like Sarah Jessica Parker [a good thing, apparently]; teens will be using the free WiFi to Skype mates for a brag (but internet is limited to 100mb per 24 hours, so maybe tell them to send text instead); and your little ones will be well looked after with a kids’ pack, toy box, and babysitting facilities (fees apply) should you decide you want a break from them (or vice versa).
For more information, visit: www.tfehotels.com
Something a bit special: Pier One Sydney Harbour
For the ultimate waterfront wow-factor, treat yourself and you partner to a stay in one of Pier One’s amazing suites.
This really is the quintessential Australian experience, encapsulated in a selection of chic suites, boasting close-up views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, vintage funfair Luna Park, and glimpses of that iconic Opera House, a perfect location for watching those New Year fireworks.
Located in the heart of Sydney, in Walsh Bay, you’ll have everything on your doorstep, from the bustling Circular Quay to the pubs and markets of The Rocks… if you can drag yourself away from your room, that is.
You won’t have to go far for fine dining though, the head chef at Pier One’s on-site restaurant, The Gantry, used to be on staff to cook up the Beckhams’ meals for them. OK, that just means posh salads for her, and burgers for him, but you can expect something a bit more haute cuisine on this menu... and, yes, you can have the food delivered to your room if you still can't tear yourself away from those views. Highly recommended.
For more information, visit: www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au