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Enjoy a city break with houseboat rentals in Sydney

The coastal metropolis of Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is Australia's largest city. A Hawkesbury River houseboat rental in Sydney is a unique and fun way to spend your holiday enjoying the city's incredible harbour views and famous landmarks. From the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Sydney Tower and the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks district, Sydney is packed with historic and cultural attractions for an exciting holiday. For those who enjoy a go-at-your-own-pace holiday, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Grounds of Alexandria and the Angel Place Birdcages are exceptionally peaceful and beautiful places to stroll through

Things to do

Attractions near Sydney holiday rentals

From museums and iconic landmarks to beautiful beaches and natural spaces, Sydney has a little something for everyone. Holiday homes can be found near places like the massive Sydney Harbour Bridge, with a lookout point and the iconic BridgeClimb, and the Sydney Opera House, a landmark, skyline-dominating arts centre for opera, theatre and dance. You’ll also enjoy Darling Harbour, a waterfront destination with many of Sydney’s major attractions and prominent events, and The Rocks, a historic district with pubs and markets.


Best beaches near Sydney holiday accommodation

The beaches of Sydney are one of its biggest draws. Holiday homes are available near locales like Bondi Beach, an iconic surf beach with reliable waves and seaside amenities, and Manly Beach, a recreational area and surfing destination with excellent waves and seaside shops. You could visit Shelly Beach, a tranquil beach with colourful marine life for snorkelling and scuba diving, and Wattamolla Beach, a lagoon area and park with a calm, sandy shoreline and shaded picnic areas.

Food & drink 

Sample New South Wales cuisine in Sydney

The cuisine in Sydney exhibits the multicultural makeup of New South Wales and features dishes from Vietnam, Japan, Greece, Italy and Thailand, as well as gourmet food and wine trails throughout the state. As Sydney is a harbour city, fresh-caught seafood is found on most menus, particularly snapper and barramundi, though Sydney rock oysters are one of the most sought-after dishes. Fine wines from the Hunter Valley are commonly found in restaurants and perfectly complement the meals. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find a range of authentic New South Wales dishes and multicultural fare in restaurants and eateries near your Sydney holiday accommodation.

Family friendly

Family fun near Sydney holiday homes

Sydney is an ideal place for a trip with the kids. Holiday homes can be found near kid-friendly attractions like the Taronga Zoo Sydney, a large zoo with koalas, giraffes, bears and other animals, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, a harbourside haven for city wildlife with a fernery and Jurassic Jungle for kids. Kids will also enjoy the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, an aquarium with viewing tunnels, and Featherdale Wildlife Park, an area with mammals, reptiles and birds in naturalistic habitats. The WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, featuring native animals in walkthrough habitats, is another fun place for kids.

Good for couples

Romantic retreats in Sydney holiday rentals

If you’re looking for a romantic retreat, Sydney has a range of locations to enjoy with your significant other. Holiday homes are available near places like Hyde Park, a large city park with significant buildings and statues of famous Australians, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, a cutting-edge Australian and international museum of modern art in a grand art deco building. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, a bush area with protected indigenous sites and sandy beaches, and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a lush ornamental oasis with a teahouse, pavilions, exotic plants, ponds and waterfalls, are also good for couples.

Where to stay near Sydney?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,960 holiday rentals near Sydney. From 1,857 Condos/Apartments to 833 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Sydney for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Sydney?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Sydney:

  • Sydney CBD: 2,110 holiday homes
  • Hyde Park: 362 holiday homes
  • Collaroy Beach: 29 holiday homes
  • Chatswood CBD: 61 holiday homes
  • Spit Junction: 146 holiday homes

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Sydney? offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Sydney. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Darling Harbour: 1,436 holiday rentals
  • The Domain: 3,911 holiday rentals
  • Sydney Opera House: 4,036 holiday rentals
  • Sydney Town Hall: 3,859 holiday rentals
  • Australia Square: 3,938 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sydney listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Sydney?

Yes, of course. offers 1,857 Condos/Apartments in Sydney. Our other popular types of Sydney holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 833 holiday houses
  • Villas: 17 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 26 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Sydney?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 696 holiday homes with pool available in Sydney. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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