Business Traveller’s Guide to Australia: Sydney


Sydney is the main commercial centre of New South Wales on the East Coast of Australia and the largest economy of the country. The city is the heart of all businesses, the main financial hub where the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and the Reserve Bank of Australia calls headquarters. It’s also the home to many multinational companies (MNCs) in the Australasia region. It’s the gateway of Australia to the rest of the world.


Kingsford Smith International Airport

The airport is one of the oldest operated in the world today with more than 330,000 flights last year and around 38 million passengers annually. It connects Sydney to 47 international, 24 domestic interstate and 23 regional destinations.Qantas Sydney First Lounge It is also the main hub of the national carrier Qantas which has 2 lounges, Business Class, First Class, both located in the International Terminal, Terminal 1. The eligibility of access to the International Business Class lounge is stated here, and for the First Class lounge here

The airport has 4 terminals and located 16km south of the Central Business District (CBD). These are the common routes of access to the city:

By Taxis

Catching a taxi to the CBD from the airport would cost AUD$45-55 and would take an estimate 20 minutes depending on traffic conditions. There is an AUD$4.00 toll charged by Sydney Airport and payable by all passengers taking a taxi from any of the Airport's taxi ranks.

By Train

AirportLink takes you to Sydney City within 13 minutes. Located at arrival level of the Kingsford Smith International, a trains depart at every interval of 10 minutes and links directly to the City Circle line. A one-way ticket cost at an estimate of AUD$15.80.

By Shuttle Bus

Several private companies e.g. KST Sydney Airporter, run services from the Airport terminals to several parts of the city along hotels. They depart regularly from the front of the terminals and cost around AUD $16–$18 per person one-way.

By Self-Drive

For those familiar with the city and would rather drive, both Hertz and Avis have counters at the airport for your convenience should you prefer to avoid public transport. Daily rentals start from AUD$80* subjected to the type of vehicle. If you are a Qantas Frequent Flier (QFF), chalk up some points while renting with Avis at any of the terminals. 

If you have queries on the most suitable mode of transport for you from Kingsford Smith, do not hesitate to ask any of our travel consultants for their recommendation.


The Destination

Alongside the CBD, the main attractions of the city lie among the skyscrapers. You’ll find Sydney Harbour, the famed Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and plenty of other entertainment and cultural sites.

The available transportation within the city are bus, train (Sydney Trains, known as CityRail in the past), light rail (also known as trams), and ferry.

Trains within the CBD run in a loop of six stations, from Central to Museum. These stations form the City Circle line.

South-east of the CBD is Surry Hills, a gourmet paradise with award-winning and internationally acclaimed dining options. There are close to 200* restaurants in this neighborhood, where celebrity chefs like Bill Granger, Peter Gilmore, Linda and Eric Wong serve the discerning and hungry crowd. 


Hotels - Novotel Darling Harbour Sydney

The Sydney Darling Harbour

Conveniently located from walking distance to the CBD, Novotel Darling Harbour is an ideal stay for the business traveller. Boasting a scenic waterfront view, the hotel is served by two train stations, Central and Town Hall.

The hotel has 525 rooms, a business centre, conference facilities, working desks in common areas, 24-hour reception and room service, leisure amenities available are lap pool, tennis court and gymnasium and food and beverage services like the renown heritage-listed Pumphouse Bar and Restaurant.

With SmartSTAY, you’ll be entitled to complimentary Internet Access, double points on Le Club, the Accor Loyalty Program and an AUD$20 dining voucher during your stay at the Novotel Darling Harbour. To read more details about this hotel, click here.


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