If your stay in Sydney is a short one, Mascot makes a great base for a flying visit. Not only is it close to the airport, but it has fantastic transport links into the city centre, the harbour and the major attractions. Mascot itself is also a hub, it has great shopping and delicious restaurants if you don’t want to stray too far from your hotel.
If time is of the essence, aerial tours of Sydney’s iconic attractions depart from the airport. Take a scenic joy flight with Blue Sky Helicopters, Heli Experiences Bondi, Sydney HeliCharters or Sydney HeliTours. The airport also makes it easy to organize car rental and backpacker campervan options.
If retail therapy is required after all that flying, check out the duty-free options within Sydney Airport. The dining options at Sydney Airport are also fantastic. Not only do you have restaurants by local Australian celebrity chefs, but there’s also an outpost of The Bistro by acclaimed international chef Wolfgang Puck.
Things to do in Mascot
Mascot’s proximity to Maroubra means it’s only a 10minute drive to the beach, so take a salt-water dip to ward off jet lag. Ice Zoo in Mascot will also wake you up as you skate laps over the ice rink or if you prefer fresh air, book ahead to play a round at Botany Golf Club or The Lakes Golf Club.
If you have a few hours to kill between flights, the train trip to the city centre is about 20minutes. Hop off at Circular Quay to see the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you have a little more time, ferries can take you to Taronga Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay, Sydney Olympic Park and World Heritage-listed convict sites in Parramatta.
Eating and drinking in Mascot
The food in Sydney is mouth-watering, with authentic flavours from around the world, fresh produce markets and festivals such as A Taste of Mascot. Hong Ha Bakery is an unassuming store on Botany Road that serves some of the best banh mi in town and you can sample Argentinian cuisine at La Boca Bar and Grill.
Getting to and staying in Mascot
Mascot is an easy ride from the city centre, making it convenient if you want to stay close to the airport but still be able to access the best that Sydney has to offer. There is a range of accommodation options for travellers.