Sydney International Airport Car Rental
Sydney International Airport, or International Airport of Kingsford Smith, is in Mascot (a suburb south of the city), about 7 km far from the city (20 minutes by car).
In the XX century, in this area, there was a fence for the pasture and only in 1919 it was turned into an airport thanks to Nigel Love. The chosen site, indeed, was perfectly flat and suitable to the new construction, right by virtue of the former use. The airport was born as a private enterprise and a contract of concession of the duration 3-year-old was stipulated between Love and the Kensington Race Club (owner of the land). In January 1920, the first official flight took off, with Love himself in command. On expiry of the 3-year period, to which the termination of the contract followed, the Commonwealth Government acquired Sydney Airport.
Its name, Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, was given to it in 1936, in memory of the aviator Charles Kingsford Smith. Then, in 1966, the construction of an international terminal by the Government started, in order to meet the increasing request for international air travels. The international terminal in Mascot was definitely opened in 1970.
Among the most important direct connections offered by the airlines operating at Sydney Airport there are: Singapore, Dallas. Abu Dhabi, Doha, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Houston, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Denpasar, Auckland and San Francisco.
The best way to visit the Australian metropolis is to take advantage of a rental car that you can pick up directly at the airport. Booking the vehicle early on RentalUp, you will save time and money.
On arrival it will be enough to rely on the car rental office located just outside of Sydney Airport for the delivery of the keys.
Kingsford Smith International Airport is well connected to the city centre, exiting from the area of the airport and taking the M1 in Darlinghurst from Cross City Tunnel, you will have to continue in the direction of Mill Pond Dr in Mascot and then take the exit to Port Botany/Domestic Airport and lastly take the General Holmes Dr and Joyce Dr in direction of Sir Reginald Ansett Dr to get to Sydney city centre.
Sydney: points of interest
Sydney, the biggest metropolis throughout Oceania, attracts tourists from all over the world for its varied offer of attractions and beauties. He oldest city in Australia, Sydney can boast a mild climate and numerous parks to be visited. Hyde Park, the most ancient garden all over Australia measuring 16 hectares and inaugurated in 1878, is particularly interesting. In the nearby there is the Hyde Park Barrack’s Museum, a museum that preserves the history of the city of Sydney and of its inhabitants (declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2010).
Going towards the harbour of Sydney, you can enjoy the view of the Harbour Bridge (connecting the Central Business District to the northern area of the city). This arched bridge has been the symbol of the city since 1932 and passes through the entire bay.
Seat of the Australian Securities Exchange, Sydney has, moreover, a skyline of impressive skyscrapers, built over the years. The absolute highest architecture is the Sydney Tower with its 309 meters of height, equipped with three lifts and 1504 steps; this tower has no offices nor apartments inside, but a mall at the base and a panoramic restaurant on the top.
Moreover, the strategical location on the Pacific Ocean offers beautiful beaches a few km from the city centre. Bondi Beach (that in the Aboriginal language means noise of water breaking over rocks) is the most famous and largest (about 1 km) beach of the city: enclosed within two cliffs, it is much love by the surfers and the visitors who would like to admire dolphins and whales.
Sydney: art and culture
Among the most fascinating and impressive architectures of Sydney there is the Opera House, very famous masterpiece of modern expressionism realized by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, inaugurated in 1973 and part of the World Heritage by UNESCO since 2007. A curiosity about this stunning structure is that many people criticized it for being unsuitable to host operas and ballets, because of a crystal-clear acoustics. Beautiful from every possible perspective, the Opera House has not a frontal façade.
The Rocks and Circular Quay are the most ancient districts in the city where you can enjoy architecture and palaces rich in history. The Australian Museum, which has its seat in Sydney and is the biggest museum of natural history in the country, is of great interest. You must visit the Church of St. James, consecrated in 1824, to understand the most ancient architectonical style of the city.
The world of the contemporary art is related to this city that hosts, every two years, the Biennale of Sydney, international festival that sees the participation of the most important living artists. This confirms how the city can keep up with the times and with the evolution of the artistic languages of the last years, having the Art Gallery, the most important art museum in Sydney, as reference point.