where to stay:
Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour: Located right in the harbor in Sydney, the Ovolo may just be one of the chicest hotels you will ever stay with. Instead of numbered rooms like a traditional hotel, each room is given a unique name to distinguish between. The boutique hotel has a lovely design and is much more inviting than a lot of the skyscraper-esque hotels you will encounter near the harbor in Sydney. The greatest part about this hotel? The free, open bar for hotel guests from 5-7pm daily. A fantastic option to grab a couple of drinks before dinner without having to spend the extra cash. Room pricing begins at $155 USD/night. http://www.ovolohotels.com/en/hotels/sydney/ovolo-1888-darling-harbour/
Lane Cove River Tourist Park: Glamping at its finest only minutes from the city. The Lane Cove River Tourist Park offers a variety of accommodation in a natural setting within a 10 minute stroll of North Ryde railway station. The cabins are an ideal, affordable place to stay near Sydney. Site are provided for tents, caravans, camper vans, camper trailers and motorhomes. Tandara is the ultimate luxury camping experience. Facilities include: barbecues, a television room, swimming pool, four amenities blocks and two camp kitchens. Wireless internet access is also available. Stay near the city, yet feel like you are miles away at Lane Cove River Tourist Park. Pricing for a studio cabin begins at $135 USD/night for 2 people. http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/Lane-Cove-River-Tourist-Park-cabins
where to eat:
Twenty 8 Acres: For some of the best breakfast in all of Sydney, you've got to hit up this sweet little spot! A much better option than your run-of-the-mill hotel buffet breakfast, Twenty 8 Acres offers dishes packed with flavor and an atmosphere full of energy. Both chefs create unique dishes and want to make sure all their guests are satisfied, so you will surely not be disappointed in whatever you order. We recommend ordering the Irish breakfast!