Home to the Harbour City’s main airport, Mascot is the major gateway into Sydney, offering a mix of great shopping, convenient eats, fabulous dining and high-flying attractions. Located on the northern shores of Botany Bay, you’ll also find fantastic transport links to the city centre, meaning the major attractions and Sydney Harbour are only a train ride away.
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, Sydney HeliCharter or Sydney HeliTours. If you want to explore the city and beyond at your own pace, you can easily organise car rental and campervan hire at the airport.
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
Mascot’s close proximity to Maroubra means it’s only a 10min drive to the beach, allowing you to take a saltwater dip to ward off any jet lag. Ice Zoo in Mascot will also wake you up as you skate laps over the ice rink. If you prefer fresh air, book ahead to play a round at Botany Golf Course or The Lakes Golf Club. There’s also the retro tenpin bowling alley, Manhattan Superbowl.
If you have a few hours to kill between flights, the train trip into the Sydney CBD is about 20min. 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.
Eat & drink
Mascot offers a mix of restaurants serving authentic flavours from around the world. Hong Ha Bakery is an unassuming store on Botany Road that serves incredible banh mi. Sample Argentinian cuisine at La Boca Bar and Grill or delicious woodfired pizza at La Bufala. The neighbouring suburb of Rosebery reveals more foodie delights such as urban distilleries, food emporiums and funky cafés.
Mascot is an easy train 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 too.