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With so many festivals and iconic destinations throughout the city,  it is like a maze of wonders waiting to be explored; and we at VroomVroomVroom are handing you the map.
New Years Eve Party, Mardi Gras, Fashion Week, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, State of Origin, Kings Cross, Bondi Beach, Luna Park, Royal Randwick, The Rocks, China Town, Darling Harbour, Taronga Park Zoo , Fox Studios, Sydney Tower to name but a few.  
The beautiful Aussie city requires at least a couple of days of touring to appreciate it and to take in the iconic landmarks mentioned above. The place really has something for every traveller of every age group. You can choose to either sit back and relax or utilise your hire car and hit the town.

It is a vibrant place to visit and a rental car is just what you need to do that. Traffic here can be come very busy and congested so we suggest you hire a GPS to help map out alternate routes. Booking now with VroomVroomVroom and using our state of the art rate comparison software will help you zero in on the best rates on the best cars from the some of the most trusted car rental companies in the industry.

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Locations - Save time by managing your booking effectively by selecting the best pickup and return locations for your trip. With depots across the city, picking up a car hire in Sydney airport is also an option.

Flexibility - Having a rental car to get you around the metropolis gives you peace of mind and the flexibility to go where you want, whenever you want at the drop of a hat.

Convenience - The convenience car hire gives you to go and do whatever you need to do in the city is without a doubt a life-saver and will relieve unnecessary stress from your holiday. The independence that comes from not having to rely on someone else to get you places.

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Sydney Guide in a car rental

Sydney is a truly dynamic and colourful global city. With arts, culture, restaurants and nightlife everywhere – this city will keep any visitor on their feet exploring.

Iconic attractions like the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are beautiful but there are so much more to see!

Instead of just taking pics of the Bridge, why not take an exciting climb to the top of this modern wonder of the world? 

Wander through the heritage inner-city area called the Rocks. With its cute cobbled paths and unique cafes and galleries, this historic area is a mix of modern culture and history along the sparking waters of the Sydney Harbour and Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

After that, hop on a ferry and pass the harbour and visit Manly beach.

Come face to face with some of Australia's most deadliest animals at Oceanworld Manly! If you want to see more critters, head to Taronga Zoo. Take a guided tour of Australia's native animals; platypus, echidnas, kookaburra, wombats and frilly- necked lizards.

Sydney Acquarium is the place to go for sea creatures. It has the largest collection of Australian aquatic life with over 11,500 marine life animals.
 
For more information on things to see and do, check out Sydney.com and VisitNSW.com, or just keep reading!

 





01_ThingsToDo.png Hidden Secrets: Sydney City


By Rachel Carpenter

Its your first time in the iconic city, you have a hire car, a GPS and spare time. What to do…? Read below!

By now you have visited the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and have tried not to end up on TV's “Bondi Rescue” while having a swim at the famous Bondi Beach. There is so much more to Sydney than the landmarks and here is a quick guide to get you there.

Things to See

01_location.pngFish and Chips

As the sun sets over the city head out to the Northern Beaches and grab a dinner wrapped in paper and head for the beach. Manly has an abundance of shore line to enjoy and many takeaway shops along the Corso to prepare your meal. Just don't feed the seagulls.

01_location.pngSpooky 

So you've sat in the beach and had dinner now what well grab your hire car and head round to North Head in Manly. This area was used Military Station and Quarantine Station and the feeling of history is everywhere. Take part in one of the ghost tours they run at night and enjoy the spooky.

Places to Go

01_location.pngThe Rocks 

Great weekend markets, restaurants and theatres makes The Rocks a great escape. Located in the city it wont take you long to work out why its called The Rocks.

01_location.pngPalm Beach 

Head north to Palm Beach and explore the real Summer Bay. Palm Beach has been used by the producers of Home & Away as the external set for the fictional town since it began back in 1987. Palm Beach is 40km from the CBD and can still offer you the feel of a small seaside resort town. It's the perfect escape from the big city.

Short Trips

01_location.pngThe Hunter 

One of Australia's famous wine districts lies just North of Sydney. The Hunter Valley is just two hours drive from the CBD and a world away. Take a tour of a winery in a horse drawn carriage, take an exhilarating balloon ride as dawn breaks and enjoy the serenity. The Hunter Valley will sooth your weary soul and renew your spirit

01_location.pngThe Highlands 

Head to the New South Wales Southern Highlands for a taste of Scotland, good health and a legend. Bundanoon made international headlines moving to ban bottles water in the town. This area has a strong connection to Scotland and is home to Solar Springs Health Retreat. Bowral is a short drive from Bundnoon and is a gorgeous town that was the home of Sir Donald Bradman.

Favourite Eats

01_location.pngRockpool 
George St.,The Rocks
For over 20 years, Rockpool has been at the forefront of Sydney cuisine and introduced a new style of celebrity chef to Australia. Neil Perry's vision has been shaped and lead by the top quality Australian produce. Neil has opened several restaurants around Australia but Rockpool has remained the flagship.

01_location.pngLongrain
Commonwealth St.
Surrey Hills
Located in Sydney and Melbourne you can thank Longrain for all the time you now spend at the bar. Longrain is the home of the stick drink in Australia. That's the cocktail that requires the bartender to “muddle” or bash fresh fruit and herbs with alcohol and ice.
The food at Longrain is Asian fusion and is a flavourful as the cocktails. 


01_ThingsToDo.png The Sydney Royal Easter Show


by Rachel Carpenter

There are many things that may bring you to Sydney It could be the beauty of harbour and the beaches, the internationally famous landmarks, the fashion and shopping, fine dining and premium entertainment but some are drawn by the smell of sawdust and the lure of best in show.


Each Easter, the city welcomes the country into its bustling heart for the biggest Agricultural show in Australia. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the oldest and most prestigious of “ag shows” in Australia featuring the best in produce, livestock, show bags and entertainment.


As one of the largest Agricultural Shows in the world, the Sydney Royal is designed to showcase the best produce, livestock and arts and crafts New South Wales and Australia has to offer. The Show began back in 1823 to promote primary industry in New South Wales. The show has now grown to include some of the most prestigious horse events, domestic animal shows and international acts. 


Some of the “do not miss” things to see at the show include the Extreme Sports displays, the Grand Parade where all the Grand Champion animals are on parade and the District Exhibit Displays where each of the regions create amazing displays with local produce. It needs to be seen to be believed.

Of course there is the lure of sideshow alley and the rides that get bigger every year. The show bag pavilion does big business every day with a range that will almost blow a small child's mind. The “Berti Beetle” Bag always remains a favorite and a brilliant option for the budget conscience.
For those who enjoy trying new and exotic foods the many stalls around the grounds that will temp your taste buds. Along with the more traditional Dagwood Dog you can find Thai food, a good Aussie Beef Burger or Cheeses from all over the country. Try the deli for some amazing food and brilliant coffee.

Just when you think that you have seen everything including the diving pigs the night sky lights up with the Laser and fireworks finale display.



01_ThingsToDo.png Top 5 TOURS in Sydney


Sydney is considered as the largest and most populous city in Australia and is also the state Capital of New South Wales.  It is located in the south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. Being the largest City in Australia, expect it to be a very busy place. There are lots of activities offered to explore the area. Hiking and biking and driving a car rental are some of many ways to explore the magnificent beauty of the city. But of course, there are still many other ways to have some fun. Here are some of the top things to do on the Capital of New South Wales.

01_location.pngFor those that love biking, try “Bonza Bike Tours”. The best thing to do while exercising is learning about the history and culture of this place. Bonza Bike Tours is considered as the best bike tour and bike hire experience in the city since 2004.  In this popular bike tour, you'll see parts of the metropolis you'll never get to see from a bus, walking or taxi cab tour. This is the only guided tour in town that shows you the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and over 30 more great attractions - all at once!

01_location.png If you prefer walking than biking, the “I'm Free Tours of Sydney” will be very appealing to you. Without any booking and a 3-hour bonding time with a knowledgeable tour guide, you will experience the culture, lifestyle and history of the largest city in Australia. Anyone who wants to join this tour meets at 10:30 am at the anchor beside the Town Hall Building.

01_location.pngThe third in the list is the “Real Sydney Tours”. In this tour, you will experience the Aussie city from a different perspective – not from a tourist's point of view but from a local's. It gives a rare glimpse into the place, certain to leave a lasting impression. The tours are usually for up to six people but larger groups can also be catered for in special accredited vehicles. The tour is full of magnificent surprises along the way and you will discover it by enjoying a beautiful day exploring it's coastline and interesting suburbs.

01_location.pngAnother of their popular tours is the “Wine Tours with Jason”.  It is considered as the “Ultimate Hunter Valley wine tour experience” – a tour of boutique wineries in Hunter Valley with a difference. Jason will accompany you through the wine experience of your life.  If you want to know what this “ultimate experience” means, join this superb tour. The small tours can be up to 10 guests. Private charters are also available.

01_location.pngAnd the last but not the least in our top 5 list is the “Boutique Tours Australia” where their small group departures run every day from the city. The tour offers the best regions. You should sit back, relax, chill and enjoy the day of touring the stunning view of the Blue Mountains and the outstanding wineries of the Hunter Valley. The destinations are the most beautiful and the guides are the most fabulous that the city has to offer. The breath-taking views, the magnificent experience, the amazing guides, these plus the very good service of vehicles. What else could a tourist not find in Sydney?

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Sydney - Living Easy

The touristic area is a fearsome beast, stretching out in all directions at once. For us mere mortals who live and work upon the mighty flanks of the city, doing battle through suburb, park, and metropolis is near on impossible without a trusty car on your side.

Luckily for you, booking a great car hire Sydney deal has never been so easy, as we've collated the specials on offer from Avis, Thrifty, Hertz, Budget and Europcar to arm you with the price you want, and the options you need. VroomVroomVroom also guarantees the best web- based pricing from these companies. Have a look at Vroom's price promiseto see how this works.

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With an armada of different types of car hire and commercial vehicle rental parked at the ready, Vroom can cater to your every tactical need. No matter if you're attempting a DIY house- moving operation, on a business trip, carting around the extended family, or simply needing a weekend getaway.

If you're a harried business person newly arrived at the airport, fleets of shiny polished cars await your command. If your name is Uncle George and you're taking endless numbers of nieces and nephews to Taronga Zoo, there are vans available which can transport a host of little weary foot soldiers. You might be a crazy person who thinks they can move house without professional help and in that case you can hire any of a number of commercial vehicles.


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Sydney is one of the most dynamic destinations on the planet, with untold cultural landmarks, scenic beauty, spectacular shops, restaurants, nightlife and a vibrant arts scene. The home of the UNESCO World Heritage Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Sydney Fish Market, Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World and Taronga Zoo is without peer in Australia.

One perpetual quandary that daunts many visitors to the capital of New South Wales, however, is where, exactly, to stay? This metropolitan offers scores of diverse 'hoods, handsome enclaves and pretty suburbs. Predictably, the flood of choices can trouble indecisive tourists. Often, the inherent impasse involves the pros and cons of accommodation in the heart of the metropolis, the Central Business District for example, versus hotels that provide easy entry to areas such as Manly Beach and other attractive hamlets.

Some want the best of both worlds and as a result, seek out hotels that offer swift access to city points of interest but also, a hassle-free gateway to the Hunter Valley wine country and UNESCO World Heritage Greater Blue Mountains Area. Indeed, there is much to consider when you endeavour to explore a diverse city.

The simple fact of the matter is that there is no boilerplate, “perfect” accommodation. As a foremost international hub, the progressive city of 4.5 million people has a professional, urbane hospitality industry that caters to the business and leisure traveller, the affluent and budget-conscious tourist and indeed, every possible iteration in between. From boutique hotels to hostels, luxury resorts to bed and breakfasts, the city has it all. What every potential newcomer to the city must know above all else, however, is where to stay in the capital of New South Wales.


Accommodation

Park Regis City Centre

Address: 27 Park Street, Sydney NSW 2000

The Park Regis City Centre is the ideal accommodation for those who want to stay close to all the action in Sydney. The hotel is just a few steps away from Pitt Street Mall, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Queen Victoria Building, and Town Hall. The Rock Markets and Taronga Zoo are also within easy reach. There are 122 stylish rooms to choose from at the Park Regis City Centre – and all are equipped with modern amenities to bring in comfort to their guests. They also boast of their rooftop outdoor swimming pool which offers breathtaking views of the Central Business District and Sydney Harbour.

Park Regis Concierge Apartments

Address: 287 Military Road, Cremone NSW 2090

For a quick escape from the city centre, stay at Park Regis Concierge Apartments which is located near the Mosman upmarket. It is also near the financial district which makes it the perfect choice for business travellers. Feel at home during your stay as each room and apartment feature top-class facilities such as LCD television, complimentary Wi-Fi, and en-suite bathroom. If you're planning to extend your trip to Sydney, you can opt to stay in Park Regis' long stay self-contained apartment to enjoy their special rates.

Leisure Inn Sydney Central

Address: 28-30 Regent Street, Sydney NSW 2000

If you're in search of a more affordable accommodation, then Leisure Inn Sydney Central is the best place to be. It is conveniently located across the Central Station and just a few steps away from the city centre. Guests also has easy access to Chinatown, ABC Studios, University of Technology, and Sydney College of TAFE. All of their rooms are non-smoking and features comfortable beds and clean bathrooms with rain shower head. They also have bunk beds for those who are travelling in groups. 


Stylish Sydney Suites

Stay in style at one of these great accommodation providers. Check out the best deals around from our partners at Wotif.com

You may even find yourself hiring a car rental Sydney to go on a Road Trip. Great road trips such as from Sydney to Cairns can be found in our Road Trip Article  and are the perfect way to see the country in your rental car so check it out.


More information about Sydney

The area that spans the literal city is the postcard version and veritable face of the city. This is Sydney Opera House, The Domain, Kings Cross, Chinatown and Darling Harbour. Notable inner-city suburbs like Woolloomooloo, Pyrmont, Glebe and Haymarket also reside within the city proper. Most tourists stay here of course, with daily numbers as high 25,000. The total population of the core city area however, is less than 200,000 people. Yes indeed, abundant life prospers outside of the vicinity – with plenty of hotels to choose from as a result.

Northern Beaches

Any locale with “beaches” in the name is sure to spur some tourist interest. The Northern Beaches accomplishes this task with panache on a regular basis. Specific districts that deliver suburban bliss here include Manly, Warringah and Pittwater. For coastal serenity in close proximity to the CBD, look no further.

Eastern Suburbs

While the most (in)famous suburb, Bondi, lures throngs of tourists, other enclaves do flourish east of the city as well. Some encompass the most upscale real estate in Australia, in places like Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Elizabeth Bay and Bellevue Hill. Accommodation options abound here: check out Potts Point, Coogee, Maroubra and Malabar. Bondi hotels of course, always prove popular.

Northern Suburbs

The term “Northern Suburbs”, or alternatively, Central North, Macquarie District or Northern District, is a general alias for a wide swath of land north of the Parramatta River. While largely residential, the Northern Suburbs encompass some of the most beautiful parks in the city, elegant estate homes and copious transport links. Specific suburbs to keep in mind include Hunters Hill, Macquarie Park, Melrose Park and Asquith, which incorporates a portion of beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Other important regions to consider include the North Shore (Upper and Lower), The Forest, The Hills, Inner West, Southern Sydney and Western Sydney. If not for the city's excellent mass transit system, it would almost be immaterial as a tourist to consider room reservations well outside the CBD and inner-city suburbs. Yet precisely because of its public transport sophistication, domestic and international visitors alike can cherry-pick from a wide variety of excellent hotels within a considerable radius of downtown. Thorough research and a basic familiarity with the metro will yield fantastic results!

M2 Hills Motorway

What is it?
 
M2 forms part of the Metroad 2 and the 110 km Orbital Network West of Pennant Hills Road. It's a toll road that is also part of the National Highway. M2 Hills Motorway was developed to connect Old Windsor Road, Seven Hills to Epping Road, North Ryde, and thus bypass the busy inner western suburbs. In turn, Epping Road that connects with Gore Hill Freeway at Artarmon which leads to the Harbour Bridge and the CBD. However, the M2 Motorway was known as the F2 Freeway (or North West Freeway) before its construction.

Where is it?
Lane Cove Tunnel on the East end and WestLink on the West, passing Lane Cove Road and Cumberland Highway.
 
How do I pay?
If you opt to pay in cash, you can use the lanes marked 'Cash' or 'Change Given, located on booths on the left-hand side of the motorway. 
Otherwise, for frequent users, you need to have Roam Express installed in your vehicle. 
For more information, click here.
 
How much is the toll?
Depending on your vehicle, your fees may also vary. M2 has 2 toll classes:
1. Two axle vehicles less than 2.8 meters in height or 3 axle vehicles less than 2 meters in height is classified as Class 2;
you will be charged $4.95 when you pass along North Ryde and $2.75 along Pennant Hills Road.
 
2. All other vehicles are considered Class 4; Passing North Ryde will cost you $14.80 and $7.70 in Pennant Hills Road.

M5 South Western Motorway

What is it?
A privately operated motorway located in the south-western part of Sydney. It's part of Metroad 5 and the Orbital Network. Both ends of the freeway though was finished in separate dates: The M5 South Western Motorway was completed in August 1992 while the East Freeway was completed December 2001. The M5 East freeway is a publicly funded project. About 118,000 vehicles uses the M5 each day.
 
Where is it?
The southwest end is located  in Hume Highway in Casula; northeastern part is on General Holmes Drive in Kyeemagh.
 
How do I pay?
Toll payment in M5 has 3 options:
 
1. e-Tag - Simply follow the sign and it will allow you to drive through the E-lanes of any electronic toll plaza in Australia. This is the preferred tag issuer of the M5 South West Motorway.
 
2. Cash - M5 also accepts cash;just follow the cash signs.  
 
3. Visitor e-Passes - M5 accepts e-Passes from Roam, Roam Express and the RTA. Just follow Visitor e-Pass lanes. 
(To get an e-Pass, click here)
 
How much do I pay?
Cars are charged $3.80;Trucks at $8.80.
 
This toll is in constant surveillance;24/7 camera is installed in all plazas. 
 
Reminder: You should not cross the unbroken white line that separates lanes at the main toll plaza.

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