How to have an incredible staycation in Sydney

The Sydney Life
The Luxe Life

“Sometimes the best vacation is a staycation”.

A staycation is less about the journey, or in this case, the destination, and all about taking well-deserved time out of your day-to-day to rediscover the adventures surrounding you. It’s time to seize the moment and explore Sydney, stop saying ‘we should go to…’ and actual go: book a table at that restaurant in Surry Hills that you can’t commit your weeknights too, put aside a whole day to drive up to Palm Beach, actually go inside Sydney Opera House rather than just admiring it from your train carriage as you travel to work.

This is your moment, and we’re going to help you make the most of it with our top tips for rediscovering Sydney.

Sweep Back The Curtains with Sydney Opera House’s Backstage Tour | Explore Sydney’s most exclusive domain with an intimate, small-group backstage tour set underneath the iconic white sails of Sydney Opera House.  Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet Company and Sydney Symphony Australia often grace the stage – but now it’s your turn. Take in the perfect blend of history and beauty with an afternoon of high calibre art and performance. Peek into star-studded dressing rooms and roam the halls as your personal guide shares insider stories with you from behind the curtain.    

Off the Beaten Track | Sometimes we take Sydney’s coastline for granted: but that’s about to change with summer just around the corner. Forget Bondi – Bronte’s beaten tracks, why not head down South Head’s Heritage Trail at the edge of Camp Cove. Mosey through 1870’s cobblestone paths to gain a glimpse into history with gun placements lining the track, prime whale watching spots and Hornby lighthouse at the finish line. Don’t forget to pick up fish n’ chips from Doyle’s by the ferry wharf before heading back to the city.

When was the last time you caught up with a koala? | Go wild with Sydney’s premier Wildlife Experience at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Home to Australia's largest collection of native wildlife in a natural bush setting, this is your chance to hand feed a Kangaroo - or enjoy a face-to-face encounter with one of the resident koalas. Earlier this year the Wildlife Park opened a purpose built walk- through koala sanctuary, pat the koala and pose for a photo, this bucket list moment is only $20.

Adventure to Manly’s hidden beach | Every summer the flocks board Circular Quay’s Manly Ferry and pack onto Manly Beach, leaving you to try and find a tiny patch of sand amongst thousands of beach-goers. What if we told you that you could find a whole beach to call your own for the day? Store Beach is one of Sydney’s most hidden treasures, only accessible by boat or kayak: an exclusive invitation for any traveller looking for the ultimate adventure.

Wine not – You’re on Staycation | Australia is home to some of the world’s most celebrated wines and beers, why not explore them and take home some souvenirs? Located on the same stretch of Bourke Road as The Grounds of Alexandria, Rocks Brewing Co. is the best place to experience home-brew ice cold beer. Or have you been daydreaming of vineyard vistas, el vino flowing? Our concierge team can take you to Hunter Valley and back in one day, organising a five-star trip filled to the brim with tastings, cellar doors and cheese platters galore.

Now that Sydney’s your canvas, explore its art scene | Experience the ocean away from the beach with Pipilotti Rist’s Sydney-exclusive exhibition, ‘Sip my Ocean’, residing in the Museum Of Contemporary Art until 18 February. Colourful kaleidoscopic projections introduce you to colours outside Sydney’s sea of blue, while video art transports you into realms worlds away without you having to purchase a plane ticket. The collection has inspired the museums’ 2018 pop-up bar, Colour Fields, a rainbow-infused destination with innovative classes on all summer long: we’ll toast to that.

Take Sydney Harbour by Yacht | No more gazing out into The Harbour, it’s time to travel the InterContinental way by boarding a luxury yacht. Our Chief Concierge, Mark Anderson, insists the best (and only) way to experience Sydney's iconic Harbour is a private yacht tour. In partnership with Sydney's most exclusive yacht specialists, this Harbour experience allows you discover sights that are unbeknownst to tourists – ever heard of Milk Beach? We didn’t think so, pack a picnic and let’s see Sydney in style.                                                                             

Take a moment to appreciate Sydney’s beauty | Perhaps you’ve not been paying Sydney the attention she so deserves – it’s time to change that. With a kaleidoscope of Harbour lights before you, explore a collection of luxury rooms and suites boasting sweeping views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens at InterContinental Sydney.

So what are you waiting for?  Book your staycation now and rediscover Sydney with InterContinental. #intercontinentallife



November 6, 2017