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01 Nov - 31 Dec 2016

The Rocks Markets

01 Nov - 31 Dec 2016

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Things to Do

Our hotel puts guests near some of the most popular Sydney attractions.

Rydges Sydney Airport offers deluxe amenities for business and leisure travellers and puts them near some of the most popular Sydney attractions. Our Sydney airport hotel is within a minute walk from the international terminal and is less than 30 minutes from the CBD, affording guests a plethora of opportunities to shop, dine and enjoy the outdoors.

Our prime location gives guests plenty of things to do in Sydney. Among the options are:

Golf! Golf! Golf!

Sydney Airport is surrounded by golf courses and driving ranges. 

Tempe Driving Range

Kogarah Golf Course

Barton Park Golf Range

The Lakes Golf Course

Bonnie Doon Golf Course

If you play golf (good or bad) a short car ride, a driving range and a bucket of balls is a great way to kill a few hours between connecting flights – jump in cab for a short ride and improve your golf game – at Barton Park Golf Range, for example, they have a chipping area, bunker, target greens, undercover mats for hot or wet days and they use ‘real’ golf balls, not ‘range’ balls. It costs $11 for a small bucket of 55 balls and $15 for a large bucket of 95 balls. The range is open seven days from 8:00am and the address is 210 West Botany Street, Arncliffe.

Brighton Le Sands Dining Out

There’s a little multicultural food oasis close to Sydney Airport Grand Parade and Bay Street vicinity of neighbouring Brighton Le Sands:

Kamari (traditional Greek restaurant)

Mezes (also Greek and open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)

Bar Brazilia (an authentic Brazilian Churrascaria)

Sahra Restaurant (Lebanese and seafood dishes)

Café Neptune (modern Australian with a Mediterranean and Italian influence)

Jailhouse Rock (pizza/pasta Italian with Elvis memorabilia)…

Larousse (traditional French)

Signature Brasserie (tapas, seafood and gourmet pizzas)

Sydney Airport Shopping


The IKEA store in neighbouring Tempe is more than just a shop – it is an experience serving up food, activities, entertainment and ideas as well as furniture.

There’s also Småland, the supervised play area for ages 3 to 10 year and during school holidays they have face-painting and storytelling.

The IKEA restaurant and café serves up value meals, snacks and drinks all day and has free WiFi. The resident chefs also give cooking demonstrations PLUS they have visiting cooking celebrities.

For more info, here’s a link to IKEA Tempe.



Westfield Eastgardens is a shopping centre that is located in the suburb of Eastgardens in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The centre was the largest shopping centre in Australia when it opened in September 1987.

The Shopping centre is located at 152 Bunnerong Rd, Eastgardens, and features the below stores to name a few. Please visit the centres website for more information



New York has Fifth Avenue, Los Angeles has Rodeo Drive, London has Bond Street and in Sydney  we have Pitt Street. Located between Market Street and King Street, it is one block long and is one of Australia's busiest and most cosmopolitan shopping precincts.

Pitt Street Mall hosts many flagship chain stores and more than 500 specialty stores like ESPRIT, Guess, Sportsgirl, Cue, Miu Miu, Nespresso and Zara to name only a few. Visit for full details.



 The Queen Victoria Building was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site.Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession.

The QVB has 6 levels of shops ranging from Arts and Atiques, health and beauty, fashion, lifestyle and homewares as well as loads of restaurants and cafes. Visit their website for full details.


St George Leagues Club

St George Leagues Club is not far from Sydney Airport on the Princes Highway at Kogarah.  Established fifty years ago, St George was the first of the super Leagues Clubs developed in the 1960’s and was given the nickname the Taj Mahal because of the extensive use of white marble in the building. Very little of the original design survives today after extensive refurbishing and redesigning of the entire club to make it one of the most superbly fitted clubs in Australia.

There’s a luxurious foyer, lounge areas, dining options, gaming and live entertainment.  The ground floor Premiers Lounge is home to football memorabilia commemorating St George’s achievements in Rugby League. The Premiers is the place for a quiet drink during the day or some relaxing live music in the evening. Also on the ground floor is the popular Bistro serving up good food at competitive prices, and the Bistro Café as well as Crown Dragon Chinese on the first floor.  There’s live music on Friday and Saturday nights and jazz from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on the second Sunday of each month.

ADDRESS: 124 Princes Highway Kogarah NSW 2217 Australia
PHONE: (02) 9587 1022

Monday          9:00am to 4:00am
Tuesday         9:30am to 4:00am
Wednesday    9:30am to 4:00am
Thursday        9:30am to 4:00am
Friday             9:30am to 6:00am
Saturday        10:00am to 6:00am
Sunday           9:00am to 4:00am

Parks and Recreational Facilities

Waterworth Park
Waterworth Park lies at the junction of Cooks River and Wolli Creek and is located on Bayview Avenue and has ample street parking available. It has a Concrete Cricket Pitch with a Synthetic Grass surface as well as 4 Touch Football Fields. There are toilet facilities with showers and dressing rooms.

Tempe Recreation Reserve
Located on Holbeach Ave, or you can get here via Bay St turnoff from Princes Hwy, ample parking is available that is free.Featuring the Robyn Webster Indoor Sports Centre, Jets Sports Club, Cooks River Motor Boat Club, sports grounds (soccer, cricket), netball courts, cricket nets, toilet facilities, playground with shade, BBQ and sheltered picnic area as well as the Cooks River Cycle Path. 

Cahill Park
Located on Gertrude Street Arncliffe and has easily accessible on street parking. There is a Toilet block with change room facilities as well as Wheel chair accessible toilets, free electric barbecue facilities are yours to use with playground equipment and plenty of park seating available.

Sports facilities include summer: Turf wickets and turf cricket practice nets in summer, Small concrete wicket on outer field near Princes Highway and Rugby League competition games in Winter months.

Rockdale Bicentennial Park
Located on West Botany Street Kogarah it is just 4.7km from Sydney International Terminal and has ample off street parking available. There are toilet facilities with change rooms and is wheel chair accessible.  There are free electric barbecues, Park seating, Picnic shelters and Playground equipment available all year round.

Riverine Park
Located at 210 West Botany Street Arncliffe it has off street parking, Baseball diamond (single), Playground equipment and ample park seating.

The Rocks

Spending some time in The Rocks is a must-do Sydney experience – locals have been enjoying it for many years, through many generations of families.

From a picnic lunch under the Harbour Bridge or an alfresco dinner under the stars, to shopping at the markets and The Rocks unique retailers and taking time out in a gallery or museum, The Rocks is the perfect place to escape the everyday, every day.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000 and presents contemporary art from Australia and across the globe. Their exhibitions are continually changing which means there is always something new and exciting at the MCA. They offer free guided tours of their exhibitions held most Sundays with talks by Artists, Curators and Industry professionals.

The Australian was officially openend on 12th August 1824, originally on George Street, when the plague hit Sydney in 1900, many buildings were pulled down to prevent further outbreaks, including the Australian Hotel. The license was then transferred to a new building located on the Archaeological site nearby at 116 Cumberland Street.

Ken Done is one of Australia's most famous artists. His work has been described as the most original style to come out of Australia, and his paintings are in collections throughout the world. Exhibitions at the Ken Done Gallery, housed in the magnificent heritage Australian Steam Navigation Building, are continuously changing and focus on the Australian landscape – the tropics, Sydney Harbour and the foreshore – as well as the artist's personal environment. 


Sydney is filled with lots of hidden treasures including some pretty cool markets scattered around the city and surrounding suburbs.

The Grounds Markets are on the first Saturday of each month at the Grounds of Alexandria which is located just around the corner from the Hotel and feature the best in fresh produce. At the monthly market you’ll find freshly baked bread, just-cut flowers by Garlands, raw organic honey by Maya Sunny Honey and a baby animal farm from 10am. It's perfect for the whole family and can make a very special day out, be sure to get there early to avoid the crowds.

The Green Square Markets are located in the Green Square Precinct, at Joynton Park. It is is a new weekly Artisan market which offers somthing unique and exciting to South Sydney. The  markets are held each Saturday from 9am to 2pm and include fresh produce, great food and innovative products. There will also be events for kids, live music and other entertainment as the weeks progress.

The Kings Cross Organic Food & Farmers Market are held every Saturday morning from 9am to 2pm. The offer certified and conventional fruit & veg, dips, bread, cheeese, plants, juices, gozleme, the BEST egg and bacon rolls, coffee, gozleme, cakes and much more in a social setting in Fitzroy Gardens.

The Rocks Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday all year round and feature over 200 eclectic stalls, all set amid the sandstone and cobbles. Visitors from near and far come to find fashion and accessories by emerging designers, locally-produced homewares, linen and beauty products and original photography, art, crafts and jewellery.

Paddington Markets have been in operation since 1973, they are on every Saturday from 10am… rain, hail or shine been open since 1973! It started as a market to encourage local fashion designers, craftspeople, jewellery makers and artists, the market has over 150 unique stalls filled with creative fashion and accessories, beautiful smelling soaps and candles and pictures that inspire.You will not find these Australian designed and crafted products in any shopping mall and many of our products are exclusive to Paddington Markets. 

Lonely Hunter Markets are held in Newtown on the last Saturday of every month. More than a regular pub market, Lonely Hunter is a confetti explosion of carefully curated stallholders. You can expect a host of independent and handmade fashion, jewellery, illustration, stationery, homewares and more.

Bondi Beach

Located in Sydney's East along the coast, Bondi Beach is synonymous with sun, sand and surf. It has been a popular location for Sydney siders as well as people all over the globe since early 1900s.

The Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club was formed in 1907 after the increasing popularity of sea bathing raised concerns about public safety and how to prevent people from drowning. It was the world's first documented surf life saving club and patrol members wearing their distinctive red and yellow quartered caps first appeared at Bondi.

Each year Bondi Beach plays host to one of the world's largest free to the public events, Sculptures by the sea. This art installation stretches along the Bondi Beach to Tamarama coastal walk, featuring over 100 sculptures by local and overseas artists. Happening each year, starting in late October and finishing early in December, this one is a must see if you are in town around this time.

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is home to some pretty famous and iconic landmarks including the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, there is plenty of things to do and see.


Our Harbour Bridge, which was opened on Saturday, 19th March 1932, is the world's largest steel bridge. You can now climb the bridge with a team of experts who have been doing so since 1998, it is a must do when you are in town.


The Sydney Opera House is another iconic building on our beautiful harbour that is a must see while in town. Featuring multiple halls and theatres with a range of shows and plays to suit all tastes, why not take a tour? the Sydney Opera house offers a range of tours from front of house to backstage. Opera Bar is located directly underneath the Opera house and has stunning panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, so why not start or finish your evening here sipping cocktails at the water's edge.

Cockatoo Island is open to the public for the first time in over 100 years, it is Sydney Harbours largest Island and only minutes by ferry from Circular Quay train station. You can explore Cockatoo Island by foot with the assistance of an audio tour, click here to see a map of the island. Shark Island, and Rodd Island are also great and unique places to visit while in Sydney, both are accesible by freey from Circular Quay train station.


If you are looking for somewhere to eat while in Sydney then you must try some of the best that Sydney has to offer. ARIA Restaurant has breathtaking views of both the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House and is considered one of Sydney's best places to wine and dine. Bookings are essential so make sure you book before you get here.

Doyles on the beach is another great restaurant offering up the freshest seafood by the sea, located on the foreshore of Watsons Bay with a more relaxed vibe. Whether you are after fine dining or fish and chips, Doyles has everything for every occasion.