Vivid Sydney

Settle into the city and stay at the 5 Star QT Sydney, a modern and boutique hotel which boasts a blend of Gothic, Art Deco and Italianate inspired architecture. Originally the Gownings Department Store and Sydney State Theatre, the hotel boasts a chic bar, restaurant, café and spa. Conveniently located in the Central Business District, the hotel is just two minutes from Hyde Park and Pitt Street Mall, so guests can enjoy all the top attractions of the city.

Here you will collect your hire car on departure to explore New South Wales.

Step out of the city and into the scenic with a stay at voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley. Situated on the doorstep of the region’s best vineyards, this manor-estate is the place to wrap up in a robe and enjoy crisp wines from the blissful comfort of your own balcony. Taste wines in the rolling vineyards, dine on estate-to-plate delicacies, wander the grounds or serve your best on the tennis courts before you soak in the pool, spa and sauna.

The coastal area of Port Stephens is very picturesque with stunning beaches, coastal paths, national parks and sand dunes. Learn about the heritage of the land as Aboriginal guides lead you through the Southern Hemisphere’s largest moving coastal sand dunes. Then stay The Anchorage Hotel & Spa, a luxurious waterfront wonder nestled on the shores of Port Stephens. Choose from a variety of decadent accommodations, including mezzanine-style lofts and an exclusive villa. This Hamptons-style stay also offers fine facilities, including the extremely luxurious Spa Lucca and decadent dining at The Wild Herring, Galley Kitchen and Moby’s Bar.

In Newcastle, located along the Central Coast of New South Wales, stay at Rydges Newcastle for shoreside serenity on the iconic Honeysuckle promenade. Spend the day exploring the galleries and museums, make waves with the watersports on offer or dine around the city in one of the many quirky cafes and bars sprinkling the streets. Afterwards, head back to the hotel to take a dip in the outdoor pool or sip a local Chardonnay as you watch the sun set from the Wharf 350 Restaurant and Bar.

Famed for its fishing and safe swimming, Ettalong Beach is the perfect place to enjoy New South Wales’ beautiful coastline even more. Stay at the Mantra Ettalong Beach located just by the beach, where you can enjoy the convenience of a studio or suite complete with kitchenette. Head to the famous markets at the weekend and pick up delicious local delights (including the fresh fish!) from 9am until 4pm, and dine on your private balcony – ideal for people watching.

Back in Sydney, drop off your hire car and take the ferry across the Sydney Harbour to Manly. Known for its surf spots and casual eateries and with its laidback lifestyle, Manly is a favourite amongst locals as visitors alike. Stay at the The Sebel to get close to all the action, with some of the best boutiques, restaurants and entertainment right on its doorstep. The hotel offers a variety of accommodations from contemporary guest rooms to serviced apartments, some of which enjoy panoramic views of the beach and sea.


Arrive back in sensational Sydney where the dazzling Vivid Sydney festival transforms the city from the end of May to early June. We highly recommend taking the ferry back to Sydney after 6pm when the city lights up – it’s the best viewpoint to capture the illuminated skyline of the city. Stay at the QT Bondi for beachfront high-end apartments and discover the barefoot bliss of this world-famous destination. You’ll find a golden shoreline, designer shops and trendy eateries. A stay here wouldn’t be complete without a dip in the Bondi Icebergs Pool.


Call 01633 897002 to find out more!

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