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Plane Spotting

Watch planes take off and land on a special viewing deck at Rydges Sydney Airport hotel.

Being right next to the airport, Rydges Sydney Airport hotel offers guests plenty of places to watch planes land and takeoff. The hotel’s Dreamliner conference room on the ninth level sports a small outdoor viewing deck that can serve as an ideal watching post subject to availability. The Rydges Sydney Airport hotel Facebook page provides daily updates on when the viewing deck is open.

For $10 per person paid at the hotel reception upon arrival, visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views as well as receive a beverage from Touch&Go Café and a plane spotter fact sheet.  Family passes also are available for $30 for two adults and two children. 

* To access our rooftop viewing deck guests MUST be over 18 years of age and be able to provide photo ID, if you are not over this age then you must have 1 over 18 per 4 underage guests.


Why not spend the night at the Hotel on our Plane Spotters Package in a room with a view, overlooking Sydney Airport, you can watch the action with front row seats. Click here to check out what the package includes


Live air traffic control websites allow our guests to track planes in real time. Flight Aware at http://flightaware.com/live/airport/YSSY is the best website that the professional staff at Rydges Sydney Airport hotel have found that is easy and accurate.


The staff at Rydges Sydney Airport hotel has gathered information on which are the best spots in the area to get a front-row seat to all the airport action.

Runway 16R Landing:  Walking to the landing from Rydges Sydney Airport hotel will take about 10 minutes heading west of the domestic terminal. Guests of the hotel can get to the domestic terminal quicker by utilising our free shuttle service. If you are driving or getting to this landing by taxi, come along Qantas Drive east/southbound until you see a small gate. The best time to go is 6-11 a.m.

Lady Robinson’s Beach: Travelling by car would be best for this spot. Cross the airport tunnel on route 1 General Holmes Drive (Rockdale, Brighton Le Sands bound), then turn left after you see a road sign. You can watch from the car park or from further in if you walk five minutes. Best time to go is around 1 p.m.

Barton Park Hill: Travelling by car would be best for this spot as well. Drive on Qantas Drive westbound heading to Rockdale. Turn left onto West Botany Street until you see Barton Golf Course entrance. Enter and drive up until the end. Best time to go is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

End of Runway: Walking from Rydges Sydney Airport hotel will take about 15 minutes from the domestic terminal. Best time to go is anytime during the day except for early morning and late afternoon.

Tower Mound (Sheps Mound): Travelling by car would be best for this spot. Drive city bound on General Holmes Drive. Exit left at the BP service station and keep straight for 100 meters. You can park right under the tower. Best time to go is when the sun is at its brightest, so any time up until noon.

For a map that includes these spots, click here.

There are also some great apps available at www.apple.com/au/itunes.