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    Business trips in Sydney: Your guide to working in Australia’s biggest city

    Business trips in Sydney

    Big, bold and brimming with action, Sydney is one of the world’s leading tourism and business hubs. The city’s status as a fantastic leisure destination and a bustling commercial centre with strong links to Asia see it receive more than 10 million domestic visitors annually along with 4 million from overseas, making it a hive of activity throughout the year. Any business trip to Australia’s biggest metropolis is likely to be rewarded with plenty of networking opportunities, great access to major industry players and endless ways to fill your spare time, but it pays to be pointed in the right direction before you touch down.

    How to make your way around Sydney

    Assuming you’re arriving by plane, you will be pleased to know Sydney Airport is not far from the CBD – a pleasant contrast to many other major cities around the world. Your first and best option for getting to the city quickly and cheaply is the train, which takes just 10 minutes to get to Central Station. The airport station is integrated into the city’s public transport system, so it’s worth picking up an Opal travel card before you leave so you can top it up and use it across the entire city network of buses, ferries, trains and light rail services. It’ll cost you $14.90 at the airport station gate plus a regular fare which typically costs $4-5. If you’re only taking one or two trips and would rather not buy a pass, you can use a contactless credit or debit card for a slightly higher fee. By car or bus, the airport is a 20 to 25 minute journey from the city in light traffic and up to 50 minutes in peak hour. Taxis and rideshares will cost around $50 each way in normal traffic while private shuttles, limousines and hire cars are also available. 

    As mentioned above, an Opal card is your best bet for getting around town once you’re settled in. Sydney is a complicated mishmash of hilly roads, bridges and inlets from the harbour, but it boasts an expansive network of buses, trains, light rail services and ferries to help you get to your destination quickly and seamlessly. Given the city’s often confusing roads and its tendency to experience heavy traffic, public transport will often get you where you need to be just as quickly as a taxi or private car.

    Coworking spaces for professionals in any industry

    While every serviced apartment at Fraser Suites Sydney comes with an ergonomic work desk where you can stay productive in between outings, the benefits of setting yourself up at a coworking space are undeniable. These hubs of creativity and collaboration are designed to be your office away from home and help you keep the mind ticking in a beautiful and stylish setting. The Commons, La Port, WeWork and Your Desk are just some of the many popular spots around town, each with its own unique approach to coworking built on a shared appreciation for the concept. Whether you find a quiet corner, stick the headphones in and tap away at the laptop in peace or choose to join a networking session, you’ll have no shortage of ideas flowing.

    What to see and do when you have time to spare

    Given Sydney doubles as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, you will simply never run out of ways to fill any downtime you have on a business trip. But this can be a double-edged sword, as the sheer size of the city and its long list of attractions can make things a bit overwhelming when planning a day of exploration. The good news is you can gain a lot from strolling through Sydney’s main hotspots without any particular goal in mind. Sip a cocktail at Opera Bar under the white sails of the Opera House with exceptional views of the Harbour Bridge; take an afternoon stroll through the Botanic Gardens; tackle the famous Bondi to Coogee walk; wine and dine at The Rocks; explore the cultural treasures of Darling Harbour; take a day trip to the alluring Blue Mountains; admire the harbour views from a ferry – there really is something to suit everyone’s tastes and budget, from budget-savvy activities to luxurious dining and entertainment. Our top 10 places to visit in Sydney include:

    • Sydney Harbour Bridge

    • Sydney Opera House

    • The Rocks

    • Darling Harbour

    • Botanic Gardens

    • Bondi Beach

    • Manly Beach

    • Art Gallery of NSW 

    • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo

    Meeting rooms in Sydney’s CBD

    Fraser Suites Sydney is the perfect place to host any meeting, function, conference or corporate event of any kind. Our modern business facilities are located just minutes from Town Hall Station and a short taxi ride from transport links at Central, making it easy for all attendees to arrive without a hitch. Each of our function rooms are sophisticatedly designed with contemporary furnishings, high ceilings and ample natural lighting, along with fast WiFi, dual 4K Smartboards and all the audio-visual equipment you need for a seamless event. Choose one of six function rooms from intimate meeting spaces and boardrooms for small groups to expansive areas with capacity for up to 140 people. 

    We also offer first-class catering for events of all sizes, with seasonally inspired menus carefully crafted by head chef Kris Wilkinson with a focus on local produce. From indulgent canapés to nutritious and enticing three-course meals, our team will ensure you’re not only well-nourished but also given the best possible opportunity to blow away clients, colleagues and other guests. Got something specific in mind? Kris will use his extensive experience to curate a custom menu for any occasion, providing you with a truly unique touch on your next event. With the added convenience of our luxurious serviced apartments just upstairs, our corporate amenities are perfect for anything from short and sharp meetings to multi-day gatherings with international VIPs. To find out more, chat to our corporate hospitality team on +61 2 8823 8890 or at conference.sydney@frasershospitality.com.