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Melbourne Cup in Sydney

Posted on October 21, 2019 by Hotel Deals, Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

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Planning a quick getaway to Sydney for the Melbourne Cup Week? Check out these great venues to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day while savouring the best that Sydney has to offer. Venues range from ticketed events to alternative options associated with stand up non ticketed events.

Race Day at Randwick Racecourse

Established as the longest-standing racing venue in Australia with over 150 years of racing history, Royal Randwick is hosting a separate race day on Melbourne Cup day. As the crown jewel of racing in Sydney, Melbourne Cup day at Randwick Racecourse is, without a doubt, a major highlight. The day is not only embedded in the Melbourne Cup Sydney schedule but also a prominent race day on the yearly calendar.

The Agency Cup Raceday will feature nine race fixtures, including action from Flemington featured on the courses big screens. Dance music favourites Sneaky Sound System will perform live in the Theatre of the Horse after the race, while in-demand DJ Young Franco will headline in Pony Palms.

This November, get back on track at the venue for an opportunity to join in on the celebration. There will be a wide playground of sports, culture, fashion and cuisine options on offer.


The Vic on the Park

The Melbourne Cup is headed to the Inner West as The Vic on the Park brings the Cup Day to Sydney.

Love a good drink and nibbles that’ll get you in the party mood? You’ve made your way to the right place. Enjoy some of the best drinks and mouthwatering pub meals.  All while placing on-site bets and enjoying the race on the big screen. The resident DJ has you covered with great tunes that’ll set the mood to celebrate your winnings! Join the party at the Vic on the Park.

For $50pp you’ll enjoy a glass of Chandon Brut or Furphy on arrival plus a shared three-course set menu.

The Royal George

There’s no place in the world as lively as an English pub and The Royal George delivers this with a loud and lively English-style pub experience! It’s the perfect getaway to go grab lunch with your mates on Cup Day.

If you’re in the CBD then head on over for a fun get together. There’s room for punters and a pool table where you can enjoy a friendly game while watching the race live on screens. Celebrate with awesome classic pub lunches at awesome prices. These including the special Cup Cocktail for $10 after 12 pm. The perfect combination to enjoy the big race with your mates and have a casually great time!

Our Potts Point Hotel is located a short 10 minutes away. To reach The Royal George across Melbourne Cup Sydney week, simply take the Eastern Suburbs line from Kings Cross Station to Martin Place Station. All that is left is a short 5 minute walk through Martin place onto George Street.

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Palings Bar

In the CBD of Sydney and no plans for Melbourne Cup? Paling Bar on level 1 of the Ivy is extending the courtesy of having walk-ins to watch the big race at no added cost. The Melbourne Cup will be screened live with DJ’s playing party tunes to take you from day until night.

There’s a lot to choose from on the menu, from deli-style snacks inspired by all corners of the world, to hearty main meals from the grill.

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The Newport

If you’re not into the hustle and bustle and loud, lively crowds, then the Newport in the Northern Beaches may be what you’re looking for.

The lower grounds don’t need reservations but if you want a great spot close to the bar and the screen then make sure you get to this venue early. Get yourself a pint and if you’re a punter yourself then an on-site TAB is always at your disposal. Dressing up for Cup Day also has its merits.  They have their own fashion competition, Fashions on the Field, where you can grab awesome prizes. So, get away from the city and grab yourself a seat at the stunning Newport venue.

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The Paddington

Fancy a casual lunch with your mates this Melbourne Cup Day? Look no further than one of Paddington’s most beloved establishments in Sydney to enjoy a filling lunch with a few cocktails on the side.

With a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial or Furphy on arrival, who would argue that this venue doesn’t deliver. The wide banquet-style menu and fancy drinks create a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy the Melbourne Cup Day in a pleasant environment. Don’t forget the cocktails! The cocktail list at Paddington’s is popular for being extensively brilliant.

The Paddington sits at 384 Oxford Street and is within walking distance from your Sydney accommodation in Potts Point. Alternatively guests can take an uber to the venue, which would take 5 minutes.

Ms. G’s

What do you imagine when we say – champagne, DJs and cheeseburger spring rolls? Ms. G’s is a favourite down in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and is sure to bring lots of fun to your Cup Day celebrations.

Treat your tastebuds to a party of creative treats while enjoying race day unlike anywhere else. There aren’t many places where you can enjoy the Melbourne Cup as much as Ms. G’s. The eight-course banquet by Dan Hong is a steal and comes with a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial on arrival! Keep the party going until night rolls in, both on the dancefloor and in your mouth.

How about Sydney’s own Everest Race

Australia’s most exciting thoroughbred racing event is set to take place this year at the Royal Randwick in Sydney. The race, which is worth a massive $13 million dollars in prize money, is the richest turf thoroughbred horse race in the world.

The success to attract many buyers for the racing event is the work of an amazing concept that it launched. To get into the racing field, you’ll need to buy a slot which comes with a 3-year commitment at $600k annually. The buyers can, however, nominate their own horse into the race, or have the privilege of negotiating with owners of other horses by cutting them a percentage of the prize money on offer.

Even if you’re not buying, the energy surrounding the event is sure to get you excited for the races. Be sure to catch Australia’s most exciting race at the Royal Randwick in the middle of the Everest Carnival in Sydney.


Weekend Special Accommodation Package

Try enjoying a ‘Weekend Special’ package across the carnival, which includes overnight accommodation and buffet breakfast for two at Sirocco Bar & Restaurant.
*Late checkout is also available (upon availability). Upgrade to one of our Harbour View RoomsOnce you’ve soaked up the views, relax in your kind bed with deluxe bedding and choice of soft or firm pillows.

January Summer Stories

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

What January Summer Stories are available in Sydney.

Summer holiday time is approaching and dreams of long balmy nights are just around the corner. Whether you are visiting Sydney during December to indulge in the festive spirit or planning a January holiday or staycation, check out our recommendations for things to do and see. 

January – Summer Holiday Planning:

Moonlight Cinema 

Enjoy the warm nights with friends and family watching a movie under the stars. Be entertained with the variety of new releases and advanced screenings while relaxing with a snack and a drink from the bar. Remember to bring some cosy blankets to keep warm as the evening cools and a bean bag or low chair for the ultimate movie watching comfort.

Big Bash League 

Enjoy the thrills and spills of Twenty20 cricket at the SCG and Spotless Stadium. This fast paced cricket format is a fun summer day out for the whole family.

7 January – Sydney Thunder V STA – Spotless Stadium
9 January – Sydney Sixers V Melbourne Renegades – SCG
14 January – Sydney Sixers V Sydney Thunder – SCG
18 January – Sydney Thunder V Adelaide Strikers – Spotless Stadium

Chinese New Year
From 27 January to 12 February celebrate the start of the Year of the Rooster with over 80 events across the city.

The festival will attract over 1 million people to create an atmosphere not to be missed. Martin Place and China Town will host the main festivities and the whole city will be illuminated by giant lunar lanterns.

#DoMoreofWhatYouLove and create your #SummerStories with us here in Sydney. When planning your December and January getaway to Sydney, check out our accommodation specials here.

What’s On In November

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Long spring days and frequent sunshine makes November a beautiful time to explore Sydney. Here are some of things we are most looking forward to.

Saturday 5 November & Sunday 6 November
Get a behind-the-scenes pass to some of Sydney’s most iconic and unique buildings. Sydney Open occurs annually across a weekend and shares not only beautiful architecture and innovate design but also the stories behind the creation and occupation of these spaces and buildings. This year there are more than 50 buildings open from the CBD to Barangaroo, Walsh Bay and The Rocks.
To find out more about Sydney Open and to book tickets visit


Thursday 10 November & Saturday 12 November
This November, Carriageworks and the City of Sydney present HEARD•SYD by American artist Nick Cave, marking the first time the renowned artist has presented a major work in Australia. Over two days, Nick Cave’s spectacular and seminal work HEARD•SYD will feature over 60 Sydney-based dancers and musicians bringing to life 30 colourful, life-sized horse-suits.

Public Performance Details (Free To Public):
Thursday 10 November: 5PM Pitt St Mall, Sydney
Saturday 12 November: 10AM & 12PM Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Redfern


Sunday 27 November 2016

For those looking for an athletic challenge the Ironman is taking place at the end of the month.
The course is runs along the feet of the Blue Mountains, with parts of the picturesque Penrith Lakes used for the swim component. The final cycling leg of the race has great views for spectators and riders alike.

For more information, visit:
When planning your November getaway to Sydney, check out our accommodation specials here

2016 American College Football Opener: University of California vs. the University of Hawaii

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Sports, Sydney Events


Sydney has definitely scored a touchdown as American Football prepares to return down under for the first time since 1999. Whether you’re an ARU or NRL fan or an avid follower of College Football, this is a one-off special event you simply don’t want to miss. With all the hype soaring around the NFL code in Australia recently, American College Football takes it to another level with some of the best young talent in the game set to hit our shores in August.

Two elite Division 1 teams, The University of California Golden Bears and The University of Hawaii Warriors, will face off in the opening game of the 2016 NCAA College Football Championship. You can catch all the action of the ‘Sydney Cup’ at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 27th of August 2016. As well as laying claim to being four time Conference Champions, the Rainbow Warriors will  perform their “Tika Tonu” haka before the match, a ritual that won’t be lost on Australian sporting fans.

The head coaches, Sonny Dykes for Golden Bears and Chris Naeole for the Warriors, plus their offense, defense, special teams’ coaches, players, cheerleaders, marching bands, medical staff and mascots will all be along for the ride.

The game will be watched by what is guaranteed to be a sell-out crowd of over 80,000 fans at ANZ Stadium and by a prime-time audience of 30 million in the United States.

What You Need to Know
American College Football isn’t just any old game; it’s a culture in its own right with fierce rivalries, die-hard fans and a huge international following. Playing College Football for these student athletes directly impacts their chances of a professional career, with most being drafted straight out of University. It paints a picture of how high the stakes really are in this game.

127 universities are split into geographic conferences across the United States, which form Division One of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. Cal Bears fall into the “Conference of Champions”, Pac-12, whilst the Warriors form part of the Mountain West Conference.

Both Universities have highly recognised football programs and a rich history in the game. University of California, Berkley, hold five titles in their name, whilst University of Hawaii football program has been operating for over 100 years. 

Why Stay in Sydney
With this being the only College Football Game being played in Australia, its worth making the trip to Sydney to see it live. You’ll enjoy easy access to ANZ Stadium from Holiday Inn Potts Point, with the underground train station located directly across the road from the hotel. Plus, you’ll be just a short walk or one stop away from the heart of the city and all the famous landmarks. For avid sporting fans, August is set to be a blockbuster month with the Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup Match between the Wallabies and All Blacks taking place the week before. And the NRL and AFL season both in the home-stretch towards the final series.

Accommodation and Tickets
With tickets already selling fast, we recommend you book your tickets and accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment. For tickets and further information about the Sydney Cup game click here. To celebrate the College Football Opener we’re offering great rates on accommodation including full buffet breakfast. Click here to learn more.

Summer of Cricket | KFC Big Bash League, Commonwealth Bank Test Series and Victoria Bitter One Day International Series

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Sports

KFC Big Bash

It is set to be the ultimate summer of cricket in Sydney with the KFC Big Bash League returning for its fifth season and the Commonwealth Bank Test Series and the Victoria Bitter One Day International (ODI) Series bringing the West Indies and India international teams to our shores.

The 2015/2016 Domestic Twenty20 Cricket Competition, the Big Bash League, will run from 17 December – 24 January and see 35 matches played over 39 days across Australia this summer. Each three hour long action-packed match will showcase the best domestic and international cricketers along with some huge hits, amazing catches and explosive bowling.

Some of the big names to watch out for this series include current Australian captain Steve Smith, controversial former England player Kevin Pietersen, leading fast bowler Mitchell Starc and wicket keeping veteran Brad Haddin.

A special international edition of the KFC T20 game will see the Australia International Cricket Team take on the Indian Team in three separate matches in January 2016.


Sydney Cricket


Upcoming Fixtures in Sydney

KFC Big Bash League
Sydney Thunder VS Sydney Sixers
Thursday 17th December 2015
Spotless Stadium at 7:40pm

Sydney Sixers VS Hobart Hurricanes
Sunday 20th December 2015
SCG at 4:20pm

Sydney Sixers VS Melbourne Stars
Sunday 27th December 2015
SCG at 7:10pm

Sydney Sixers VS Brisbane Heat
Sunday 10th January 2016
SCG at 7:25pm

Sydney Sixers VS Sydney Thunder
Saturday 16th January 2016
SCG at 6:10pm

KFC T20 Cricket International Series
Australia VS India
Sunday 31st January 2016 (Third T20 Game)
SCG at 7:15pm

Commonwealth Bank Test Series
Australia VS West Indies
Sunday 3rd – Thursday 7th January 2016
SCG at 10:30am

Victoria Bitter ODI Series
Australia VS India
Saturday 23rd January 2016 (Fifth ODI)
SCG at 2:30pm

For more information, tickets or additional fixtures in Australia visit

Stay close to all the action
Enjoy easy access to the Sydney Cricket Ground at Moore Park and Sydney Spotless Stadium at Olympic Park when you stay at Holiday Inn Potts Point. Stay convenient to all the cricket action happening across the city with overnight accommodation, buffet breakfast for two in Sirocco and car-parking all included in our package.

Netball World Cup Sydney 2015

Posted on June 16, 2015 by Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

An event held every four years, the Netball World Cup will take place in Sydney from Friday 7 – Sunday 16 August 2015. Netball fans can rejoice as it’s been a long 24 years since we last played host to the World Cup and this year’s tournament promises to be bigger than ever.

192 of the world’s best netballers from 16 countries across the globe will descend onto our shores to compete for the title with a huge 64 matches over 10 days. Although Australia has taken out the title a record 10/13 times, this year it’ll be a tough competition for the Australian Diamonds. Our arch rivals from across the Tasman, the New Zealand Silver Ferns, are also in our competition pool. If the 2011 final in Singapore against the Ferns is anything to go by then we are in for a nail-biting and thrilling ride to the finals.

Images thanks to David Callow and Netball Australia

Image thanks to David Callow and Netball Australia


The Competition
The overall competition will see 4,500+ minutes of live on court action take place across two venues in Sydney Olympic Park. Our Aussie Diamonds will face off against the likes of New Zealand, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago in Pool A. For those fans hoping to catch the Aussies in action, below are the dates and times of their matches.

Day One – Friday 7 August
Australia v Trinidad & Tobago at 8:50pm

Day Two – Saturday 8 August
Australia v Barbados at 3:20pm

Day Three – Sunday 9 August
Australia v New Zealand at 2:20pm

Tickets can be purchased online per day, click here for more information. Qualifications and Play Off games will be announced at a later date.

Image thanks to David Callow and Netball Australia

Image thanks to David Callow and Netball Australia

Getting There
All games will be held at either Netball Central or Allphones Arena, both located in Sydney Olympic Park. The easiest way to travel is via public transport. The nearest train station is located adjacent to the hotel and we’re just a few quick train stops away from Redfern to change for Olympic Park services. Click here for further transport information and to plan your trip.

Stay in the heart of Sydney
Experience all Sydney has to offer when you stay with us. With a range of accommodation offers with inclusions from parking to breakfast, you’ll be sure to find something to suit whatever you are looking for. You’ll have plenty of time between matches to explore all the major attractions like the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, CBD and more from your base at Holiday Inn Potts Point.

Experience the best of Sydney this winter

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

With plenty of mild sunny days and crisp clear nights, winter is the perfect time to experience a different side to Sydney. The city comes alive from June through to August with wonderful winter festivals, art exhibitions and international sporting tournaments. It’s a playground for couples, families and groups of friends alike; no matter who you’re travelling with we promise you’ll find something to keep you all entertained.

Play in the Winter Garden
Just a few minutes down the road from the hotel is where you’ll find the magical Winter Garden, right next to St Mary’s Cathedral in the Domain. You can skate around Australia’s largest open-air ice rink, slip down the giant inflatable slide or stay warm by the fireplace in the lounge sipping on a hot chocolate. It’s a perfect place to take a loved one for a romantic night out, spend time with a group of friends, or treat the family to a fun day out. The Winter Garden runs from 19 June – 19 July.

Australia’s Favourite Art Exhibition
One of the most important annual prizes in the Australian art world, the Archibald Prize, is exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW from 18 July – 27 September. Awarded to the best portrait painting in the collection, the Archibald Prize displays well-known politicians, local celebrities, sporting heroes, artists and more. Also displaying during this same period is the Wynne Prize for the best landscape painting depicting Australian scenery and the Sulman Prize for the best subject painting. Getting to the art gallery from the hotel is quite easy, Martin Place is one stop away on the underground train and from here it’s a 10 minute walk. 


Watch the Wallabies take on the All Blacks

Cheer on the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium as they give it their all against the New Zealand All Blacks in an attempt to break the 13 year drought for the Bledisloe Cup. It’s one of the fiercest sporting rivalries in the world and the Wallabies will need the home crowd advantage in the first game on Saturday 8th August 2015. After that it’s off to Eden Park across the Tasman for round two. Travelling to the game from the hotel is quick and easy via public transport.

Cheer on the Aussies in the Netball World Cup
From Friday 7 – Sunday 16 August 2015, 192 of the world’s best netballers from 16 countries all over the world, will descend onto our shores to compete in the Netball World Cup. With 64 matches taking place over the course of 10 days, this year’s tournament promises to be the best yet. Head down to Sydney Olympic Park and cheer on The Australian Diamonds as they take on arch rivals, the New Zealand Silver Ferns, in the pool stage. The best way to travel to matches is via public transport, click here to plan your journey.

See Matilda the Musical
Many of us have fond memories of reading this Roald Dahl classic, or watching the film adaptation. Now you can relive that experience as the musical version is coming to Sydney’s Lyric Theatre from 28 July – 08 November, 2015. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning musical is one to add to the list to see when you come to town. Make sure you head over to the website and book well in advance; this one is bound to sell-out.


Explore Potts Point

Take advantage of our amazing location, right in the heart of the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Potts Point. The picturesque streets next to the hotel are lined with quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and lively bars. Only moments down the road you’ll find the internationally acclaimed restaurant, Billy Kwong’s, if you’re in the mood for some traditional Asian cuisine. For those looking for a sweet treat to finish off the day, look no further than Gelato Messina or Bourke Street Bakery, both just a five minute stroll from the hotel. If you don’t feel like venturing out for the evening, why not try Sirocco Restaurant and Bar which offers everything from a pre-dinner drink with bar bites to an indulgent three-course meal.

The Sun-Herald City2Surf 2015

Posted on June 2, 2015 by Sports, Sydney Events

Sun-Herald City2Surf

Sydney’s favourite sporting event, the 2015 Sun-Herald City2Surf race will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2015. One of the biggest runs on the yearly calendar, the 14km fun run attracts over 80,000 participants every year. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid runner, jogger or walker, the event is a great excuse to create a strong sense of community and raise money for some of worthy NSW charities.

Sun-Herald City2Surf

Image credit: Brian Giesen

The Course

The course lives up to its name, City2Surf, as it weaves through Sydney city and finishes up at the iconic Bondi Beach. It’s a great way to see some of the best bits of Sydney. You’ll begin on the corner of Hyde Park at the intersection of Park and College Street before travelling up William Street and heading into the tunnel at Kings Cross. You’ll continue on New South Head road through the picturesque neighbourhood of Rose Bay before reaching the most challenging part of the course, appropriately named ‘Heartbreak Hill’. The good news is once you reach ‘Heartbreak Hill’ you’ve made it to the halfway point. The race to the finish is all downhill from there through Vaucluse, onto Old South Head Road and Military Road before reaching the golden, sandy, Bondi Beach. All the race information can be viewed here.

Sun-Herald City2Surf

Image credit: Charlie Brewer

Preparing for the race

14km may not sound like a long way but we guarantee once you reach ‘Heartbreak Hill’ you’ll start to feel the burn. People of all fitness level participate in the race each year. A variety of training programs for beginners, to intermediates to advanced are available to help get you physically and mentally prepared for the big race. We do recommend you take a look at these and incorporate some elements into your own plan, especially if you are attempting the race for the first time.

All for a Good Cause
The annual race aims to raise much needed funds, specifically $5,000,000, for various NSW charities. Whether you’re racing on your own or in a team, there are three ways in which you can help raise funds for this event for the charity of your choice. Funds raised have already reached over $634,267.

Where to stay
Holiday Inn Potts Point is centrally located to the race, offering a great vantage point for loved ones cheering you on and a comfortable room for you to retreat back to after you conquer the course. With several accommodation packages to choose from, you’ll find something to suit what you are looking for.

Before the race begins you can warm up and stretch the legs with a 15 minute walk down to the starting line. Your family and friends can cheer you on around the corner from the hotel as you make your way up William Street and through the tunnel at Kings Cross before catching a train for just two stops to Bondi to watch you cross the finish line. Celebrate your achievements with a well-deserved meal and drink at one of the many friendly cafes, award-winning restaurants and lively bars located just moments from the hotel.

ICC Cricket World Cup

Posted on February 6, 2015 by Sports, Sydney Events

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Held every four years, the ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship event of the international cricket calendar. It is one of the world’s largest international sports tournaments with an expected television audience of more than a billion people across the globe.

2015 marks the 11th edition of the tournament and the 50-over matches will be played across venues in Australia and New Zealand. The event starts on February 14 and will run until 29 March with 14 teams and over 200 of the world’s best cricketers competing for the title. If you’re a cricket fan then there is no better place to be and you best book early as ICC tickets are selling fast.

The ICC World Cup fixtures at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) include:
Match 19: South Africa V West Indies
Friday February 27th 2015

Match 32: Australia V Sri Lanka
Sunday March 8th 2015

Match 38: England V Afghanistan
Friday March 13th 2015

Quarter Final 1: TBD V TBD
Wednesday March 18th 2015

Semi Final 2: TBD V TBD
Thursday March 26th 2015

Need a refresher on the basics of world cup cricket before you head to a match? We recommend you check out the beginners guide to the Cricket World Cup.

Holiday Inn Potts Point is the ideal place for cricket fans to stay during the tournament. We understand your passion for the game and encourage you to stay fanatical with us. The SCG is approximately a 10 minute drive from the hotel, or fans can catch a train to the CBD from the adjacent underground station and hop on a connecting bus from Central. Click here for more information on transport to the SCG.

You can also catch all the games live from the comfort of your guest room on Channel Nine and Fox Sports. You’ll save up to 25% when you stay two nights or more with us, leaving you plenty of time to explore Sydney at your own pace.

Looking for things to do in between matches in Sydney? With famous beaches, iconic landmarks, buzzing night life, a myriad of galleries and museums, world-class dining and international and local designer shopping only minutes from our doorstep, we promise you’ll find something to suit your interests. Plus our knowledgeable team are happy to recommend the best places to eat and things to do and see during your stay.

Don’t miss out on all the action in Sydney this February and March.