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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

Located on one of Sydney’s original wooden piers, Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a unique, 5-star overwater hotel with bags of personality – and fantastic modern facilities, including an indoor pool, restaurant and bar.

But the hotel’s major drawcard is its 100 guest rooms. While all rooms are pretty snazzy, the Cityvoo King apartments are particularly spacious and packed with mod-cons, such as Smart TVs, coffee machines and iPads.

The location is ultra-convenient – just 15 minutes’ walk from downtown – and the waterside setting lovely. Beneath the hotel is a buzzy wharf packed with expensive cruisers and yachts, dinky bars and stylish restaurants.

Surrounding area

Woolloomooloo is one of Sydney’s oldest docks, but the square-riggers of old have been replaced by glamourous motorboats. The historic wooden wharf has been converted into apartments, restaurants and cocktail bars.

It’s a pleasant waterside setting with an atmospheric buzz. On one side you have the defence base at Garden Island with its contingent of well-armed naval vessels and on the other The Domain, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the (lovely walk to the) Royal Botanic Garden.

While most of the nearby streets are residential, a number of the original Victorian-era pubs survive and are worth visiting. Another famous landmark is Harry’s Café de Wheels, a food van famous for its pies.

For more sophisticated cuisine walk up the hill to Potts Point – one of Sydney’s most popular foodie precincts, with a number of great restaurants and small, funky cafes.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Best for ages: 4+ | £70 | 2 hours

Australian Museum

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1 miles]

The Australian Museum, fresh from a two-year refit, is a dynamic, interactive and multi-faceted learning space for people of all ages and interests.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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Boy Charlton Pool

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Sydney is famed for its ocean and harbourside pools and this stunning harbourside pool is a stand-out. The Botanic Gardens are on one side, harbour views on the other. Great swim and sunbathing; there’s a fine cafe on site too.

Best for ages: 4+ | £12

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Justice and Police Museum

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1 miles]

This small museum, set in two former police courts and a former police station, was the original legal hub at the time of the settlers. Today it preserves the history of crime and punishment in the city, with exhibits on famous criminals, collections of weapons and restored prison cells.

Best for ages: 6+ | £7

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Fort Denison

Fort Denison

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1.5 miles]

Built during the Crimean War, this little historic gem sits in the middle of Sydney harbour. It’s now a museum, with fascinating exhibits like a canon gun powder store and a tidal gauge room. Daily ferries go from Circular Quay.

Best for ages: 6+ | £5

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