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Known for its famous harbour and iconic Opera House, Sydney is considered by many as the unofficial capital of Australia. Being the country’s largest city, Sydney is home to many landmarks, attractions, and cultures, from the bustling city streets to the outer suburbs.
Sydney is home to many depots, each offering a large selection of vehicles from a range of manufacturers, including four-door and two-door vehicles, compact cars, full-size cars, SUVs, crossovers, utes, and vans.
Rental car companies in Sydney include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, No Birds, and Sixt, with multiple depots across the city, including within Sydney Airport.
The Harbour, the Bridge and the Opera House are often the first choices of places to visit in Sydney. But there is so much more to this vibrant city! Check out the outdoor 'rock pools' dotted around the Northern Beach suburbs, dine at Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour, or search the historic lanes in the Rocks District. A hire car will give you the ability to travel where you want, at a time that suits you. A trusted rental car from CarHire equals total convenience!
If proof is what you're after then here it is: Sydney is frequently ranked in the top ten of the highly respected Mercer Quality of Living Survey and the Economist's 'World's Most Liveable Cities' survey. More importantly, there are plenty of famous sights, plenty of sun and plenty of fine wines to be bought at places like Mosman Cellars.
Just to get you started, we have compiled some ideas for your trip. It's always good, to begin with, the obvious so be certain to check out the Opera House (pretty hard to miss this one), Sydney Harbour Bridge. You could also consider planning your visit around fantastic events like Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve, Fashion Week or State of Origin rugby league games. Other top stops include Bondi Beach, Luna Park, Kings Cross, China Town, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Taronga Park Zoo, Fox Studios, Sydney Tower and the Royal Randwick.
Consider ditching the rental car for a little while and catching the Manly ferry from Circular Quay. This will provide great views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Manly offers a completely different slice of Sydney life. You can walk through the Manly 'Corso' to the ocean beach. Explore historic North Head with breathtaking Sydney Harbour views. Manly is not the only destination reached by ferry, Circular Quay is the starting point for many picturesque boat trips. Balmain and Darling Harbour are inner suburbs best reached by boat. Can't decide? See all the highlights with a boat tour.
Taronga Zoo can be reached by ferry or road. It's a fun destination at any time, but for something extra special try the 'Roar and Snore' overnight accommodation package. This includes a gourmet buffet dinner followed by a two-hour nighttime zoo safari and then an overnight stay in a safari-style tent. The morning provides a continental breakfast and behind the scenes tours before the zoo opens.
With the freedom of a rental car, there are many fabulous regions of New South Wales that you can discover from Sydney. Many are an easy day trip away in your rental vehicle, such as the Blue Mountains and Katoomba. It's inland from Sydney itself, and Katoomba is the prime destination around the Blue Mountains National Park, just a 90-minute drive from the city. True to their name, you'll see that the distant mountains do indeed seem to be shrouded in a blue haze.
Gourmets will love Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Region is famous for its wines and is a 90-minute drive north of Sydney. If you're up for a longer trip, Canberra, the capital of Australia, is also within driving distance, just three hours away.
Sutherland Shire is a great destination if you've hired a car. 'The Shire' as it's known is just 25 kilometres south of the CBD and only 20 minutes from Sydney Airport. It delivers on every promise you've heard about Sydney: rich bushland, glorious beaches and beautiful waterways. There are plenty of experiences to be had and many of them - such as the Bundeena & Maianbar Art Trail every 1st Sunday of the month or a guided tour of ANSTO, Australia's only nuclear facility - are absolutely free of charge.