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Central Coast offers a beautiful option for a day trip from Sydney. If you drive up to Entrance and back on Pacific Highway to Sydney, you can explore beautiful beaches, lakes and small town on the way. If you have more time to yourself organize for accommodation in lakefront hotels along lake Tuggerah and Lake Mummorah. Driving out of Sydney on Pacific Highway towards New Castle exit at A49 towards Gosford and Woy Woy.

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Located adjacent to Town Hall in the heart of the city. Queen Victoria building is one of the premier shopping centres housing quality international and local brands and very classy cafes. You can walk out of town hall station and step into the basement of the Queen Victoria Building. Designed by George McRae and opened in 1898 it offers a unique shopping experience in the hear of Sydney CBD. 

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Sydney Backpackers hostels

Hostels are a popular choice for budget-conscious backpackers and working holiday visa travellers to Sydney Australia.  Summers (from October to December) brings a large number of holidaymakers and backpackers from around the world looking for cheap accommodation near the city. Sydney is one of the most expensive cities to stay, therefore, the choice of right accommodation is the first step to maximize your holiday fun by cutting down on accommodation costs. 

I have lived in Sydney for over 20 years and have prioritized suburbs based on easy access to transport, proximity to places of interest, nightlife and access to cheap food outlets. Here is pick on some of the best locations to stay for budget-conscious travellers. 

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Darling Harbour is situated walking distance from the central station as well as Town Hall Sation (nearest). Central location for tourists Darling Harbour is popular with tourist from all ages groups. There is an IMAX theatre, Japanese Garden and Maritime MuseumChina Town is just down the road. It's better to explore the area on foot as there are lots of walkways and both sides of the harbour are lined with top of the line restaurants. King Street Wharf has some of the trendiest nightclubs and bars including Cargo Bar and Varanda Bar which are quite popular with the younger crowd. 

You can hop on one of the lunch or dinner cruises on King Street Wharf and learn more about the history of the area while enjoying some breathtaking views. You can also charter your own cruise for special events. The ferries run from the harbour bridge all the way to Paramatta in the west and up to Manly towards the north. 

Star Casino is located right next to the casino and there is a number of nice restaurants in the adjoining area of Pyrmont including Flying Fish and Signorelli  Gastronomia. 

Best hotels around Darling Harbour include

Wollongong is a very popular destination some 80km from the city. You can drive or catch a train that takes around an hour and cost approx $16 on city rail to get there. The train runs from central station at country link platform. Wollongong is located on South Coast line, passing through Hurstville, Shire District and some of the most scenic spots like Helensburgh, Stinson Beach, Thirroul. 

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