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

Long before the term ‘boutique hotel’ entered the language there was The Hughenden – a charming country villa located in one of Sydney’s wealthiest suburbs. It’s the sort of place that wealthy graziers might have once used as their city address.

A makeover has brought it into the 21st Century, with modern bathrooms, stylish interiors and the latest digital gizmos. Some of the rooms are truly hobbit-size, while the grander suites offer open fireplaces and kitchenettes. For Victorian charm Sydney-style, The Hughenden is in a league of its own.

The location is central and convenient – half way between downtown Sydney city and Bondi Beach in the other direction, easily accessed by bus or taxi.

If want to be somewhere quieter, more genteel, out of the main city hubbub, yet close to all of the main sights, this is a great choice.

Surrounding area

Woollahra is a leafy and posh suburb of lovely old Victorian houses, with a smattering of upmarket cafes, shops and pubs mixed in.

Centennial Park is just across the road and the Sydney Cricket Ground is within walking distance.

Sadly, the arrival of Westfield mega mall at Bondi Junction has sucked much of the life out of nearby Oxford Street, once Sydney’s fashion hub. Today, Woollahra is posher than ever

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: 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

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1.8 miles]

An extraordinary and unique cultural spectacular – Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras parade sees 65,000 glammed-up marchers, 160 outrageous floats and tens of thousands lining the streets.

Best for ages: Any | Free | 2-3 hours

Australian Museum

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[2.5 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

Kayaking on Sydney Harbour

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[3 miles]

See some of Sydney’s most famous landmarks – including the Opera House – from the water, with a kayak tour around the world’s most beautiful natural harbour.

Best for ages: 4+ | £70 | 2 hours

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An outdoor pool on the edge of the harbour in front of Sydney's skyline.

Boy Charlton Pool

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[3 miles]

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

Justice and Police Museum

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[3.5 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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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[3.6 miles]

Every city has an aquarium these days, but this is a good one, and great for kids with specimens from the Great Barrier Reef.

Best for ages: 4+ | £32

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Statues of people looking out in different directions by the sea on a sunny day.

Sculpture by the Sea

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[3.7 miles]

For almost 3 weeks every October/November, this internationally lauded (and free) outdoor exhibition sees 100 or so sculptures arranged around the (stunning) coastal footpath between Bondi and Tamarama beaches.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free | 2-3 weeks

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New South Wales, Australia

One of the world’s most dynamic and glamorous cities, with golden beaches, world-class eating and dining and effervescent, friendly people.

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