Destination guide

Explore Greater Sydney from holiday homes to rent

With Greater Sydney vacation rentals, the question isn't what to do, but how much you can possibly fit in. From the culture, nightlife and dining scenes of Australia's premier city to the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains and the legendary beaches, the possibilities in Greater Sydney are pretty much endless. Compared to the more old-world, European feel of Melbourne, Sydney's got a global, modern vibe, and one thing you might not realise until you get there is how beautiful the city is. With its grand civic buildings, lush parks and characterful districts, no Sydney vacation is ever going to be long enough.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Greater Sydney holiday rentals

Most folk start out their Greater Sydney vacation rentals by getting acquainted with the area round the harbour. From iconic sights like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge to the historic Rocks area and the entertainments of Darling Harbour (home to Sea Life Sydney and the Australian National Maritime Museum), it's the gift that keeps on giving. To slow things right down, you could take a stroll in the tranquil surroundings of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and for a real walk on the wild side, why not take the ferry or bus out to Taronga Zoo?

Activities

What to do near holiday homes in Greater Sydney

Pack your board shorts and rashies for Sydney's sensational surf beaches. Bondi's the most well known, but many locals prefer Manly Beach, and if you're looking for something a bit more secluded, then Dee Why might fit the bill. But Greater Sydney vacation rentals are about more than surf and sand. The city itself is full of cultural activities, nightlife and high-end dining, with bay cruises in Sydney Harbour a perennial favourite (as well as being a useful way to get around). For a really special excursion, take the train out to the Blue Mountains for spectacular scenery and hiking.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Greater Sydney holiday homes

A Sydney native, Baz Luhrmann knew what he was talking about when he released that classic late-90s record about wearing sunscreen. For much of the year it's very easy to burn on Sydney's glorious beaches, so be sure to slap it on and cover up if you can. In fact, the temperatures in Sydney can get famously high in the summer months, with a fair amount of humidity too. Winters are cooler without being genuinely cold, and some of the best times to visit Sydney are spring and autumn, when the heat and humidity aren't quite at their peak.

Natural highlights

You'll never come across a bored Sydneysider

In Greater Sydney, variation is the spice of life. Set around the world's largest natural harbour, Port Jackson, the Greater Sydney area covers more than 12,000 sq km, with upwards of 5 million people. In the east, you've got the Tasman Sea, complete with sandy beaches, big surf waves and killer sunrises. Head far enough west, on the other hand, and you're into the Blue Mountains. Allegedly named for a bluish tinge in the air given off by the eucalyptus forests, the Blue Mountains are most famous for the Three Sisters sandstone rock formation, just near Katoomba.

Beaches

Top beach areas near Greater Sydney holiday rentals

Greater Sydney has an array of spectacular beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Holiday rentals are within reach of places like Manly Beach, a bustling beachfront and surfing destination with seaside shops, and Shelly Beach, a sandy beach with opportunities for boating and snorkelling among colourful marine life. You’ll also like Wattamolla, a lagoon area with calm waters for swimming and shaded picnic areas.

Family friendly

Family fun near Greater Sydney holiday homes

Families with children will be spoilt for choice for how to spend time in Greater Sydney. Holiday homes are available near places like Koala Park Sanctuary Sydney, a wildlife park with a rainforest and eucalyptus groves for koalas and kangaroos, and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, a unique zoo with native animals, daily shows and feeding sessions. Kids will also like Luna Park Sydney, an amusement park and entertainment venue with a big top and Ferris wheel.

Where to stay near Greater Sydney?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,134 holiday rentals near Greater Sydney. From 2,236 Condos/Apartments to 2,306 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Greater Sydney is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Greater Sydney?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Greater Sydney. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Berowra Waters: 120 holiday rentals
  • Sydney: 3,143 holiday rentals
  • Cornwallis: 51 holiday rentals
  • Sydney CBD: 2,046 holiday rentals
  • Palm Beach: 1,217 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Greater Sydney! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Greater Sydney?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Greater Sydney with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Berowra Waters: 120 holiday homes
  • Sydney: 3,143 holiday homes
  • Cornwallis: 51 holiday homes
  • Palm Beach: 1,217 holiday homes
  • Manly: 1,365 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Greater Sydney?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Greater Sydney are:

  • Sydney, NSW (RSE-Rose Bay Seaplane Base): 3,817 holiday houses
  • Sydney Airport (SYD): 3,467 holiday houses
  • Palm Beach, NSW (LBH-Palm Beach Seaplane Base): 2,802 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Greater Sydney?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Greater Sydney. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Darling Harbour: 1,395 holiday rentals
  • Australia Square: 3,743 holiday rentals
  • Market City: 3,689 holiday rentals
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge: 1,360 holiday rentals
  • Coogee Beach: 3,494 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Greater Sydney listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Greater Sydney

Berowra Waters
120 holiday rentals
Sydney
3,143 holiday rentals
Cornwallis
51 holiday rentals
Palm Beach
1,217 holiday rentals
Manly
1,365 holiday rentals
Bondi Beach
320 holiday rentals
Avalon Beach
1,073 holiday rentals
Cronulla
321 holiday rentals
Surry Hills
3,082 holiday rentals
Parramatta
2,087 holiday rentals
Bundeena
159 holiday rentals
Coogee
2,824 holiday rentals
Mosman
3,172 holiday rentals
Sydney Olympic Park
2,014 holiday rentals
Bilpin
68 holiday rentals
Whale Beach
1,062 holiday rentals
Darlinghurst
3,099 holiday rentals
Brighton-Le-Sands
2,456 holiday rentals
Narrabeen
1,523 holiday rentals
Newport
1,312 holiday rentals