Planning a staycation doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort – especially when you pick one of our pre-planned staycations to guide your way through the hidden gems of Potts Point and its surrounds.
And who says you have to stop at just one!
A staycation for the food and wine bunch
In Potts Point, you’ll never be starved for delectable, trendy spots to eat and world-class bars for a drink. Spicers Potts Point makes for the perfect luxurious hub if you’re looking to take your staycation up a notch and begin the day with a gourmet à la carte breakfast.
If you’d prefer to explore further or are starting your day from home, breakfast gives you the perfect opportunity to sample the streets of Potts Point. Depending on how you like your brew, there are endless coffee spots to kickstart your morning around Potts Point, with some of our favourites being Primary Coffee Roasters and Joseph Hyde.
If you’d like to get more hands-on during your foodie staycation, the Mimosa Rock Oyster & Bottomless Sparkling masterclass at I Maccheroni in nearby Woollahra is a great opportunity to learn about the story behind how these oysters are wild-caught and nurtured in the crystal clear waters of Nelson Lagoon and Wapengo Lake. Your $80 ticket will include a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn to shuck and sample oysters, and of course enjoy free-flowing bubbly!
Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or just for two on your staycation, the service, culinary selection and ambiance of Metisse is sure to delight any food lover. The all-French team boasts an enviable nine Michelin stars and their technically-perfected yet affordable dishes celebrate the best in local produce.
If you want to cap off your Sydney staycation on an even more romantic note, make a reservation at the elegant Modern European wine bar, Monopole, that serves perfectly paired wine-friendly food with over 500 globally-sourced wines.
A staycation for the outdoor explorers
Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour at Woolloomooloo with spectacular views of our city’s natural beauty, the Ovolo Woolloomooloo offers a luxurious perch for nature-lovers to wake up and soak in the scenery before embarking on an epic staycation.
Pop into the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre at Garden Island. A short stop at the nearby Harry’s Cafe De Wheels for one of their infamous pies will have you ready to take on the great outdoors. Just next door, the Royal Botanic Gardens offer no shortage of unique Australian flora, with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour to boot. Need to get up close with that harbour? Try a kayak tour. Feel like a spot of golf? Holey Moley does themed mini golf.
Hw about an expedition to uncover some of Sydney’s best kept secret beaches? Start at Beare Park. Then through a mixture of walking and public transport, you can hop, skip and jump to Double Bay Beach, Seven Shillings Beach, Bellamy Beach and Rose Bay Beach. Perhaps the shining jewel in the crown, Milk Beach has a reputation for being one of the most pristine and untouched beaches in Sydney. This hotspot is definitely worth the adventure.
If you’d like to stay a bit closer to home, the parks of Potts Point provide the perfect urban oases for people and pets alike to enjoy the history and greenery within the heart of the city. During your stops between parks you can also take note of the variety of local trees that dot the landscape of Potts Point – we’ve even got a guide to help in your tree spotting!
A little further afield, you can end your evening by striking the middle ground between appreciating nature and appreciating delicious food. Dumplings at Twilight is hosted by the Wild Life Sydney Zoo and exemplifies the perfect meeting of the two. During Lunar New Year starting from Sunday 19th January, you can enjoy an exclusive self-guided tour of the zoo after hours, followed by a 30-minute all-you-can-eat-dumplings experience with the koalas.
A staycation for the cultural crowd
What better way to start your cultural tour around town than by a stay at the charming boutique hotel, Hotel Challis. The hotel is composed of two beautifully restored 1893 heritage-listed terrace homes, and serves as the perfect historic base.
No matter where your adventure begins, you’ll need to be properly fuelled for your journey around Potts Point and surrounds. That’s where a guide to the best bakeries in Potts Point with the freshest, tastiest pastries will come in handy. And once you step out onto the streets, you’ll be walking with history, perhaps even where The Beatles famously visited in 1964.
There are few better ways to soak in the cultural side of Potts Point than to visit its many galleries. After being inspired by the contemporary and classic galleries, you’ll be primed and ready to appreciate some of the hidden gems sourced from international and local artists in the form of homewares and designer goods.
Feel like some music? Try local venues like the The Bourbon, Kings Cross Hotel or take a relaxing ferry up the harbour to Cockatoo Island for a lazy Sunset Session. Theatre your thing? Immerse yourself in new writing at Griffin, or visit The Hayes.
There’s no shortage of cultural delights when it comes to cuisine in Potts Point either, so finding a spot for a memorable dinner won’t be a problem. From Cho Cho San or Yellow to Bistro Rex and Fratelli Paradiso, the only limit when it comes to flavours available at the best restaurants in Potts Point is your imagination.
If you’d like to fall in love with Potts Point for a more permanent staycation, talk to one of our local experts today.