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Sydney’s Urban Coastal Walks

Posted on March 2, 2017 by Sydney-Attractions

Sydney's Urban Coastal Walk
Sydney’s Urban Coastal Walks

Live on the edge. Sydney’s urban coastal walks are an amazing way to experience the picturesque scenes that Sydney beholds. Each walk embodies the essence of natural beauty, with trails that wind alongside the edges of iconic beaches and views that will leave you speechless. Take a journey down the coastline and observe the irresistible charm of the cities natural wonders with some of Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney recommended coastal walks.

  1. Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay Walk: Enjoy a 3.7 kilometre stroll along the Sydney Harbour. Although it is relatively short, this trail is packed with Sydney icons and panoramic settings. Walking the outskirts of the Taronga Zoo, skimming the views of Bradleys Head lookout, and reaching the picnic perfect Clifton Gardens makes this hour walk into a scenic excursion. Pack a lunch with refreshments and make a day out this Harbour side walk. Map.
    100601 Harbour walk, Manly Mandatory credit: Destination NSW

  3. Bondi to Coogee: Combine two of the most recognisable beaches in Sydney with a connecting 6 kilometre trail and you have the ultimate coastal walk. This route is roughly 1-2 hours at a leisurely pace, leading you to magnificent rock pools, incredible views, and even the historic Waverly Cemetery. There are some shaded spots along the way but make sure to bring lots of water and apply sunscreen! Map.
    143353 Bondi coastal walk Mandatory credit: James Horan; Destination NSW

  5. Manly to North Head: Take the ferry to Manly Wharf and venture out on a stunning 11 kilometre walk to North Head. Directing you along the boundary of Sydney Harbour National Park, to 3 stunning lookouts, and across the notable Quarantine Station you get a glimpse of Sydney’s history and protected landscapes. This walk will take around 5 hours, but don’t be intimidated, public transportation is available along the way if needed.

150443 Sydney Harbour in Summer Mandatory credit: Destination NSW
Book your harbour view room with Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney for our central location for easy access to these urban coastal walks. Make the most out of your Sydney experience and #DoMoreofWhatYouLove

December Summer Stories

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Uncategorized

What December Summer Stories are available in Sydney this December.

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. 

December – The Christmas Countdown Is On:

Christmas Lights 

The Christmas festivities will light up the city this December. The theme for this year is ‘Joy to the World’ and will feature an animated retelling to the Nutcracker Suite.

St Mary’s Cathedral will again be the centrepiece of Sydney’s public Christmas celebrations, with a spectacular light and sound show. Each evening you can also enjoy carols sung by choirs from across the city being performed on the Cathedral steps.

LEGO Christmas Sleigh

Need a photo for your personalised Christmas cards? Look no further for the perfect Christmas selfie then this life-sized Santa sleigh. Created from more than 10,000 LEGO bricks it is fun for the whole family and a perfect photo op.

Christmas Shopping

The Galeries is offering present wrapping with a cool urban twist. After browsing the stores and getting your gifts, visit the wrapping station on the ground floor and receive custom wrapping designed by one of four street artists, created and printed right before your eyes!

Next Door, be dazzled by the QVB Swarovski Christmas tree. Standing at 24 metres and featuring over 82,000 sparkling Swarovski crystals, 65,000 twinkling lights and topped by a dramatic 2.2m wide crystal gilded star. Admire this spectacular sight while shopping for your Christmas gifts from QVB’s wide range of retailers.

Sydney’s local suburban shopping precincts offer a variety of boutiques and specialty stores. On Sunday 11 December visit Surry Hills and while you are there, take a break from your shopping and entertain the kids at the Surry Hills Village Christmas Concert. There will be craft activities for the kids, entertainment and a visit from Santa.





#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.

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.

Vivid Sydney 2015

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Vivid Sydney 2015: Customs House

With Vivid Sydney 2015 now officially in full swing we decided to head out and about to explore the festival of music, light and sound. We can tell you that this year’s program does not disappoint. From ghostly dresses in The Rocks hidden laneways , to bright lights engulfing the entirety of Circular Quay, we saw it all. Here’s the low-down on what you simply must see this year.

Vivid Sydney 2015: The Dresses

The Dresses

It was eerily quiet when we wandered down the cobblestone Kendall Lane to view the ghostly apparitions, The Dresses. Tae Gon Kim does an amazing job creating the illusion that the dresses are simply suspended in the darkness. Avid history lovers will know about the dark side of The Rocks and this installation adds an element that will send slight shivers down your spine.

Vivid Sydney 2015: Entitle


Entitle takes Chinese lantern making to a whole new level with large decorative displays located in Barney and Bligh Reserve. Though very pretty to look at, this artwork makes a powerful statement about the consequences of an overindulgent lifestyle.


Vivid Sydney 2015: Interplay


Weaving our way through the crowds to reach the front of the barricades, we were instantly mesmerised by this interactive display at the historic Cadmans Cottage. Spectators are invited to become ‘creators’, as they take a place in front of the cottage and see their movements projected in real time onto its walls. There was a queue for this one but it is worth the wait.


Vivid Sydney 2015: Arclight


This particular display sits against the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The design is inspired by the native mangroves of Australia’s waterways. You’re able to get up close and personal with this display and weave your way in and out of the structures.

Vivid Sydney 2015: MCA

Mechanised Colour Assemblage

The facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art is transformed into a wonderful continuous display of light and sound machines.

Vivid Sydney 2015: Customs House

Enchanted Sydney

This display definately lives up to its name. We sat literally enchanted by what was in front of us on the facade of Custom’s House for over half an hour, and the whole thing was only about 10 minutes long. It is a must-see at Vivid and one of our top highlights for this year’s program. The projected images deptic the ever evolving flora and fauna of Sydney in such an enchanting way that you’ll want to watch it over and over and over and over again.