STAY: Little National Hotel
One of Sydney's newest additions, Little National Hotel is a lesson in elegance, convenience and straight-up luxury. Located at the Clarence Street exit of Wynyard train station, travelling from the plane to your new abode has never been so easy. With a super simple self check-in, each room boasts every amenity you could ever need and more. The best bit? The ceiling to floor window overlooking the city means that you can wake up to glorious natural light and sky-views. For fans of sunless mornings, the black-out blinds almost do their job too well.
If you're in need of a bite to eat, some of Sydney's best restaurants, bars and cafés are just a stone's throw away—or stay in bed and get UberEats delivered straight to your hotel room door. It truly doesn't get better than that.
BRUNCH: Devon Café
A mere five-minute walk from the Little National, Devon Cafe at Barangarro is an absolute must. Aside from its incredibly chic interiors, it is a must-have for a spot of brunch. From Asian-style tapas to Japanese Katsu sandwiches, there's plenty to satisfy the mid-morning hunger pains. Our pick? The buttermilk and ricotta corn bread with romesco sauce is a no-brainer.
VISIT: Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay
Whether you're an art aficionado or a neo-impressionist novice, then a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must. Wander the calming white halls and witness a display in extraordinary art, alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
And better yet, if you happen to be in town mid-week, be sure to check out the museum's weekly after-hours program, aptly dubbed MCA Late. From 5–9pm every Friday, you can stroll through the gallery, see performances from artists, poets and musicians, and grab a drink at the rooftop cafe, thanks to beloved bar Maybe Sammy.
And, if the booze doesn’t tempt you, then the MCA and FBi Radio’s Sounds on the Terrace has also moved to Fridays, meaning you can also take in live tunes with a harbour view. Need we say more?
VISIT: Ngangamay Multimedia Experience
The Gadigal people are the traditional owners of the land on which Barangaroo now stands and are a clan of the Eora Nation. And it's for this reason that one of the most important cultural elements to your stay should be the Ngangamay Multimedia Experience.
Renowned Aboriginal multimedia artists and curators, Genevieve Grieves and Amanda Jane Reynolds, bring the significance of Barangaroo the woman—after whom this part of Sydney’s western waterfront is named—to life through innovative multimedia artwork embedded within the iconic Sydney sandstone of Barangaroo Reserve.
The exhibition showcases five rock engravings that were hand-carved into five sandstone rocks by male Aboriginal Elders Vic Simms, Steven Russell and Laurie Bimson. The engravings act as a key to unlock five short films depicting the life cycles of the sun, moon and women. You can find out more about Barangaroo Ngangamay multimedia experience here.
DINNER: Bea Restaurant
Located in Barangaroo House, Bea Restaurant is your go-to for those looking to linger and lounge. Known for their fuss-free food—their vanella burrata is unforgettable—world-class wines and simple, classic cocktails, the French bistro-inspired restaurant also offers stunning views overlooking the water. Only a five-minute walk from the Little National Hotel, Bea Restuarant is one of Sydney's hidden gems—so make sure you book in advance, otherwise you'll miss out.
DRINK: Little National Rooftop Bar
For a pre-dinner drink, head straight up to Little National's rooftop bar and amerce yourself in the stunning skyline view. Whether you want to get ready for the night or unwind after a long day, their Terrace Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail. With a relaxing ambience and a large open fireplace, you can even order food delivery from your favourite Sydney restaurants online and never have to leave your seat.
DRINK: Bar 83 at Sydney Tower
Only a five-minute Light Rail ride up George Street, fawn over a sky-high Sydney at Bar 83. Located at the top of the iconic Sydney tower, the venue soars exactly 83 floors above the city CBD. Sporting jaw-dropping '60s decor and floor-to-ceiling windows, sky-high revellers are greeted with a 260-degree view of the city's glittering cityscape, along with delicious cocktails—hello, Mango Spritz—you'll dream about for days.