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Mercure Sydney’s superb George Street location, near Chinatown and other top Sydney attractions, makes our hotel accommodations ideal for those looking to explore the city.

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    Transport

    Areas to visit

    Bars and Restaurants

    Museums

    Attractions

    Chippendale- Our secret neighbourhood

Transport

Situated across the road from Sydney’s Central Station, Mercure hotel has arguably one of the most accessible locations to public transport, i.e. a taxi rank on the hotel driveway, the large bus interchange that is Railway square out the front of the hotel and just beyond that is Central station, allowing you to get where you need to be in a prompt and efficient manner.

Areas to visit

No more than a twenty minute walk through Sydney’s bustling Chinatown you will find yourself situated in the alluring gardens of Darling Harbour south, after getting lost in the playful water fountains you will stumble upon Sydney’s graceful Marina that is Darling Harbour abundant with some of the freshest seafood and juiciest steaks that Sydney has to offer. If you are looking for something to wash down dinner with then you do not have far to go at all! You may soon discover that after Sunset the gleaming promenades of Darling harbour transform into a range of different style bars catering to everyone’s needs.

Bars and Restaurants

Seafood – Nicks Seafood at Darling Harbour’s Cocklebay Wharf overlooks the beautiful Marina, offering a substantial range of Sydney Freshest seafood sourced locally, and if you see our lovely Concierge prior to heading to the restaurant they can organise complimentary dessert from Nick’s exquisite menu.

Steak – The illustrious Meat and Wine company situated in the south of Darling Harbour with sensational harbour views offers some of Sydney finest succulent steaks, the mouth-watering heavenly Wagyu Steak with a marble rating of 6 will melt in your mouth. If you see our friendly Concierge team they can organise your first beverage on the house.

Museums

Arguably Australia’s oldest settlement, Sydney has a vast and diverse range of Museums representing its differing yet cumulative history. Sydney Museum is for those with an interest in Australian Aboriginal History, the Heritage of the City of Sydney and everything in between. If you have a more refined interest then Sydney Fire Fighting Museum, The museum of contemporary Art, The Sydney Police museum or the Jewish museum may be for you.

Attractions

With views of up to 60km on a clear day, Sydney Tower soars above the city skyline and is a must see (if you are not afraid of heights).

From Duck-billed Platypus to Crocodiles, Sting rays to Sea Anemones, Sydney Aquarium offers everyone from families to your everyday happy snapper the perfect opportunity to see some of Australia’s diverse and beloved Sea Life, share a selfie with a shark or double up with a dugong in the underwater tunnels through the vast enclosures.

Chippendale- Our secret neighbourhood

Our concierge Adam Gittings has worked at Mercure Sydney for almost 10 years and is both our guests and staff's first point of contact when asking which areas we should visit on the weekend.  Adam gives us his insight of how Chippendale has transformed into one of Sydney's greatest food and bar districts.

Chippendale has always had a soul and character of its own.  In the early days, its soul was a little dark and misunderstood being an area to pass by or circumnavigate on the way to or from the city. 

Chippendale is notable for a number of unique reasons.  It was the location of the 168-year-old Carlton & United brewery which closed in December 2006 and at this time it had the unenviable title of having the lowest open space per person compared with any other suburb of Sydney (City of Sydney open space study, 2006).

In 2007, Frasers Property Australia purchased the brewery site from the Foster’s Group and lodged a modified concept plan for the 5.8 Hectare site. The development proposal included approximately 255,000 sqm of commercial and residential space, retention of a number of heritage buildings and the development of a large new park for Chippendale, called Chippendale Green.  The addition of Chippendale Green has provided much needed green space, however given the corresponding population increase from the redevelopment of the former CUB site (now Central Park), Chippendale now has less than 1 sqm of green space per resident. 

Even though there is on average not much room to swing a cat, Chippendale has an ever growing creative and cultural scene as well as an emerging yet highly acclaimed dining presence.  With no less than six unique galleries within a couple of hundred meters of one another and cosmopolitan spread of restaurants, small bars, cafes and bakeries, there is something to cater for most tastes.  Time Out Sydney has created an amazing Chippendale Guide on where to visit and find your new favourite pub, restaurant, bar or cafe.

Based in a 19th Century Gothic revival building tucked away in a secretive alley in Chippendale, founded by Gallerist, Curator and Director Nicky Ginsberg, NG Art Gallery is a showcase for the very best in Australian contemporary art.  Another gallery of significant note is the White Rabbit Gallery containing one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese contemporary art focusing on works produced after 2000, again located within unusual architecture.

There is still so much more to discover throughout this neighbourhood and with the emergence of ongoing annual creative festivals, events and markets, Chippendale is destined to become the next must visit destination