How to Live It Up When You’re Down Under: A Guide to Spending a Luxurious Weekend in Sydney, Australia Sucheta Rawal August 21, 2018 Australia, Destinations, International Travel Sydney is the largest city in Australia and one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world. With sunny skies, temperate climes, affluent restaurants, chic nightlife, and scenic harbors, the city offers the perfect mix of culture, adventure and luxury to a discerning traveler. If you have always wanted to have an extravagant getaway, Sydney is the destination for you. Ride in Style You will see more Ferraris in Australia than anywhere else! Book yourself a cool airport pickup with chauffeur in a luxury car through Astra Limousines, which has one of the largest fleets of opulent vehicles. Be driven around the city in either a Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, Rolls Royce, or Alfa Romeo to kick off your weekend in style. Sleep Near the Action For best access to restaurants, clubs, and the famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, stay at Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection.The contemporary Federation-style boutique hotel offers rooms with views of the harbor and the bar becomes a local hotspot in the evenings. The buffet breakfast set in a walk-in kitchen style includes eggs served at the kitchen counter, fresh squeezed juices, and warm breads with homemade jellies. Rooms start at under $300 and you can also earn Marriott Rewards points. Fly and Dine Image via Sucheta Rawal After fueling up for the day, take an aerial tour of the skyline with Sydney Seaplanes, popular for special occasions. During the 15-minute scenic flight, the pilot will point out important landmarks and celebrity mansions standing on sandstone cliffs along the Pacific coastline. Grab lunch at Catalina Rose Bay, a family-run waterfront restaurant known for its locally sourced meat, seafood, and Australian wines. Watch the seaplanes fly past while sipping on chilled Riesling paired with freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters, pan fried king prawns, and house-smoked salmon. Step on to a Movie Set Image via Sucheta Rawal In the afternoon, surf, swim, bike or walk at Bondi Beach, a famous location for many films and music videos. This suburban sandy beach is a hot spot among Aussies who take a break from their workday. It’s also known for having swimsuit photo shoots, rugby and beach volleyball competitions, and fun runs. Ready to experience the luxury side of Sydney? Check out the fares to get you there! Drink with a Celebrity The trendy neighborhood of Potts Point is known for its trendy cafes, neon-lit clubs, and the lively bars of Kings Cross, and is comparable to LA’s Sunset Boulevard. You are likely to run into a celebrity as many of them live in the area’s Art Deco homes. End the day with a cocktail or two at Monopole, a swanky European-style bar with a collection of over 500 rare wines and the winner of many wine bar accolades. Go Backstage at the Opera House Image via Sucheta Rawal Take a guided, backstage tour of the world-famous Sydney Opera House. See what it’s like inside the orchestra pit and dressing rooms, and hear insider secrets from behind the curtain. Watch the sunset with a glass of champagne at one of the outdoor cafes just outside the opera house. Eat Artful Food One of the best lunch spots in downtown Sydney is at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, one of the largest galleries in Australia. After strolling through the free exhibitions, hob nob with the smart-looking business men and women at the communal table at Chiswick. The modern restaurant overlooking Woolloomooloo and Sydney Harbour serves comfort food from their garden and family farm, along with artistic cocktails. Yes — its okay to drink at lunchtime in Australia! Trek the Bridge Image via Sucheta Rawal Kick in the adrenaline with a skywalk at Sydney Tower Eye. Go 268 meters to the highest point in Sydney at this state of the art observation deck. Alternately, scale the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a harness. Recent climbers include Hugh Jackman, Dean Cain, and Terri Hatcher. Shop Royally Don’t leave Sydney before exploring the Royal Botanic Gardens, souvenir shops at Darling Harbour, promenade at Circular Quay, and upscale boutiques at The Rocks. The decorated storefronts along the historic Queen Victoria Building and the grand Strand Arcade offer a mix selection of international labels and Australian designer boutiques. The author of this post has either a relationship with or received other compensation from the product or service providers that are featured in this writing.