Hotel Heritage & History

Since its grand opening in 1985, InterContinental Sydney has been at the helm of luxury travel as it should be. With a rich heritage dating back to the 19th Century, InterContinental Sydney rests within the Treasury Building of 1851 – the first purpose-built government office in Sydney – gifting its intricate architectural façade. Today, through an exciting tale of wonder and glamour, we are proud to share a significant history for our guests and visitors across the globe – welcome, The InterContinental Life.

Situated on one of Sydney’s most iconic postal address and the very site where the first Australian grape vine was planted in 1788, InterContinental Sydney occupies the most enviable vantage point in Circular Quay. With origins steeped in history, InterContinental Sydney acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional owners of the land on which our very hotel sits; the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.

From the oldest heritage lift in the Southern Hemisphere in the 1800s, to home of the first vault in Australia, InterContinental Sydney is an icon of sophisticated luxury. Discover stories from the ground lobby to the heights of level 31 starting with The Cortile – the heart of the hotel – a much-loved lobby bar and high tea destination which is renowned as the birthplace of the first batch of grapes grown in Sydney. 31 levels above the harbour, Club InterContinental is perched as another first, the city’s only five-star hotel featuring an outdoor wrap-around terrace spanning 270 degrees across the Harbour.

Over an exciting three decades, InterContinental Sydney has played host to the world’s elite entertainers, government delegates and public figures. Talk with our concierge team to explore more of The InterContinental Life and discover the unique DNA of InterContinental Sydney.