These two Australian cities each have their own definition of fun. Whether you're in Sydney or Cairns for a day or a week, or for business or pleasure, staying in a city hotel gives you easy access to the sights and sounds each area is known for.
Sydney, New South Wales, is Australia's largest city. In 2000 the Olympic Summer Games came to town, giving Sydney and its iconic harbour world-wide exposure. City hotels range from revamped vintage properties in The Rocks neighbourhood to glass walled skyscrapers in the heart of the business district.
If you do opt for The Rocks, you'll be in one of Sydney's most historic neighbourhoods. Two of the cities oldest pubs, the Fortune of War and The Lord Nelson still sit on their cobblestone streets, serving pints of ale and wild tales. Take a walk around the neighbourhood and you'll even find a Justice and Police Museum in the original jail. City hotels here are pure vintage. Some even have rooftop terraces overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If you prefer the glass walled high-rises, just look a few blocks south of The Rocks. There you'll find contemporary rooms with marble bathrooms, massive king beds and floor to ceiling windows. Both of these neighbourhoods put you within walking distance of the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Circular Quay. The latter is the cruise ship and harbour ferry terminal. Hop on a ferry boat for a scenic ride to places like the Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour National Park and the surfing waves at Manly Beach.
Cairns, Queensland, is more laid back than Sydney. It is a smaller city, drawing surfers and adventurers heading for the Great Barrier Reef. You won't find high-rise glass towers here. The city is home to more modest properties, most within walking distance of the sea. You will find a few brand name hotels with multi-story towers, many offering ocean views. Many of this city's hotels are privately owned low rises with one or two storeys.
Most accommodations are located along the Esplanade, the main street that fronts the beach, and on Sheridan St. and Lake St. Most of the restaurants and pubs are in this area. The Pier, a central gathering place with restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues, is also nearby. The Cairns Marina, next to The Pier, is the launching point for diving and snorkelling excursions to the Great Barrier Reef and to Fitzroy Island National Park.
Whether your idea of fun is exploring a world class city or taking in the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, staying in a city hotel puts you in the heart of the action.
Begin your search for hotels by contacting one like City Park Best Western Hotel.