Where to Stay for Sydney Marathon?
Whether you will be attending the Sydney Marathon to participate in the event as a runner or as a spectator, you need to find a place to stay. For the runners, hotels near the starting point would be more convenient.
For spectators, you should find a hotel that’s close to the finish line. You might as well consider hotels in places like the Circular Quay area. The Sydney Opera House is an equally convenient place because it’s close to where the race finishes.
The other location you can consider finding a hotel in is next to the T1 North Shore Line like Town Hall, central station, or Wynyard station. If the hotels in these places are fully booked, then you’ll need to consider neighbouring places.
However, you should still book a hotel that’s on a public transport corridor. You need to find out how easy it will be for you to commute to the finish point. Keep in mind the primary reason why you came to Sydney was witness winners cross the finish line. Therefore, you must always ensure that you are in a good position to witness and capture those memorable moments.
It is better to book an hotel early because there will be an influx of people who will be attending the marathon. It is safer to find an hotel as early as possible to avoid the last minute stress because most of the best hotels will be fully booked.
Also, early reserving hotels means you will find a good hotel room with a nice view of the city. Apart from the amazing view, you will also get the room at a relatively cheap price. Whenever there is such an enormous event, most hotels adjust their accommodation charges to make more profits. This is because of the increased demand for the limited spaces.
These are some of the best hotels near the Sydney Marathon running festival.
The Four Seasons hotel is located at 199 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia. This hotel is strategically positioned for your stay as it is located in the CBD area next to Circular Quay and The Rocks district. This location is where the race will be ending, hence a perfect hotel to seek accommodation. Besides, you will get perfect 5-star treatment.
The Sydney Harbour YHA hotel is located at 110 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia. It is equally a nice hotel to stay in as it is a few minutes away from the finish point. The location of the hotel will give you the luxury to walk to watch the race and come back. You will also enjoy delicious Australian dishes and hospitality. You will also be able to your around the city after the race before coming back to the hotel.
Located at 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia, Shangri-La Sydney hotel offers a perfect view of both the Opera House and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Apart from the great views from the top, the hotel also offers convenience to you to get to and from the running festival.
The hotel is located on 26 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia. It is located in Sydney’s CBD just a few minutes away from Wynyard Train Station. This provides the best transport links throughout the city. Also, walking from the hotel to Circular Quay takes around 10 minutes. This means you will experience the final moments of the marathon.
The hotel is located on the 7 To 9 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia. The property is located a few minutes walk from Wynyard station hence offering perfect opportunity to enjoy the marathon.
You can get accommodation in the above hotels, or any others within the city for your stay during the marathon.
About the Sydney Marathon
Sydney is among Australia’s largest and most developed cities. It is also the capital of New South Wales.
The city is famed for its magnificent coastal architecture such as the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge that’s arched, and the Royal Botanic Garden. There are skyscrapers where visitors and locals can have a 360° view of the whole city.
The inaugural Sydney Marathon was held on September 2000. This was a test on the city’s ability to host the 2000 Olympic games. The marathon has since been held on an annual basis.
This year’s edition of the Sydney Marathon will be held on Sunday 17th September 2023. According to the World Athletics Gold Label Marathon, the course is estimated to be 42.195 KM long.
Tickets to the event are available for anyone to purchase. However, note that if you buy early, the prices for the tickets are cheaper. Also, Australian citizens will get the tickets at a lesser price compared to non-Australian visitors.
If you will be attending the marathon, kindly note that the marathon is open for all persons aged 18 years old and over can participate. There are age categories in which grouping will be done to ensure that the event takes place smoothly. Also, note that scooters, prams, hand-cycles, and wheelchairs won’t be allowed on the course during the marathon. Only race wheelchairs will be allowed on the course on that particular day.
Where does the Sydney Marathon start & finish?
The 2023 Sydney Marathon edition will start at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point. The race will begin at 7:05 AM. At exactly 7:00AM, the racing wheelchairs will be the ones to start. Then at 7:20AM, the Start line will be cutoff to signal the official start of the marathon.
The marathon will be finishing at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. This is where the finish line will be placed. It is important to note that besides the marathon being a competitive event for elite athletes, it also provides an opportunity for people to exercise.
Therefore, the runners will be categorized in such a way that elite runners start from the front. Also, people who would like to get preferential positions will be considered. Then, age categories of 5 years i.e.18-23, 24-29, etc. will be arranged accordingly. Since every participant will get a finishing medal and t-shirt, the course line will be cut off after 6 hrs. since the start of the marathon.
Sydney Marathon Transport Volunteers and marathoners can easily access the starting point using public means. This is because, cars are completely prohibited from the roads when the event will have kicked off.
There will be extra buses and trains to move people around. However, if you book a spot at the finish line, then you can be moving around easily by foot.
Here are some of the public transport services that you can use to move to and fro the event:
– Sydney Ferries and Newcastle Ferries
– Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink services (bounded by Dungog, Bathurst, Goulburn, Bomaderry, and Scone stations)*
– Sydney Metro North West Services
– Metropolitan and regional bus services
– Sydney and Newcastle Light rail services.
Please note that there will be transport charges to and fro both domestic and international airport stations. Therefore, you it’s important to note that these fees aren’t part of the entitlements included in this year’s tickets.
There will be significant road closures during the event. The closures will begin at around 4 AM and will affect all roads along the course. Also, parking will be restricted especially on the roads where the event will take place. It is, therefore, important for you to get the transport schedule and plan accordingly.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
— official website