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2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series in Australia
Inspection Report - Sydney

Australia and England will contest the fifth and final Ashes Series Test Match at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground.

Whatever the score, everyone travelling to Sydney - the capital of New South Wales - will be amazed at the sights and sounds of Australia's most famous city and landmarks, so my advice would be to make the most of the non-cricket days before the Test starts!

New Year's Eve is renowned for being a bit special, so what better way to start your stay in Sydney than enjoying the fireworks and NYE festivities before the cricket starts. It promises to be magical….

Howzat Travel tours taking in Sydney...

The Walkabout Tour (All Five Tests)
The Flinders Tour (Perth, Melbourne & Sydney Tests)
The Opal Tour (Melbourne & Sydney Tests)
The Sydney New Year Tour (New Years Eve & Sydney Test)



The Sydney Cricket Ground - or SCG for short – is located in Moore Park, and is home to the New South Wales Blues cricket team and the Sydney Swans AFL team. The SCG was redeveloped prior to the last Ashes series and is certainly one of the most famous grounds in the world.

The stadium has a capacity of 48,000 and a new stand that incorporates a LED scoreboard. Despite these new additions the iconic Members Pavilion remains and provides a fond reminder of the history of the stadium and the sport.

Howzat Travel seating arrangements will be as follows*:


  • Hospitality - Cricket Club Dining (Platinum tours upgrade) – Please see our general inspection page for details.
  • Platinum (Platinum tours) – Victor Trumper Stand
  • Gold (Blue tours) – Victor Trumper Stand
  • Silver (Red tours) – Churchill/Brewongle Stands, Lower
  • Reserved seat (White tours) –In front of O'Reilly Stand

* Seating allocation subject to change. Stadium map to be provided when released by Cricket Australia.



Howzat Travel will be using eight properties for our customers' stay in Sydney. All are located within the central business district of Sydney and a short distance from the attractions that the city has to offer.

The Four Seasons - Platinum tours - Hotel website

Located just off Circular Quay, with views of the stunning Sydney Opera House, this hotel is one of the best in the city. Whether it's enjoying the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the views over the Sydney Harbour, or the fantastic range of things to enjoy in the Rocks district and just a 30-minute transfer to the SCG, the Four Seasons really is the best place to be situated in Sydney.

This elegant hotel really is the height of luxury, our early bookers will enjoy partial harbour view rooms, giving views over both the city skyline and the wonderful harbour. Sophisticated decor and luxurious amenities will help you relax into Sydney life. All rooms come with a large TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee maker, plush bathrobes and twice-daily housekeeping.

The hotel offers a 24-hour, a large and well-equipped gym, a heated outdoor pool and a luxurious Australian spa. Mode Restaurant was just a few days from opening, prior to its renovation, it was widely regarded as one of the best in the city, while the Grain bar is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a drink with some breath-taking views.

You won't have to explore far to discover some of Sydney's best evening entertainments, being just off Circular Quay where there is a range of beautiful restaurants overlooking the bridge and Opera House. If you don't fancy heading out on New Year's Eve, but still want to experience the fireworks over the Opera House, this is the place to be!

The Grace - Blue tours - Hotel website

The landmark Grace building played an important role in the history of Sydney and Australia before its restoration and conversion into the Grace hotel in the late 1990s. Today it remains one of Sydney’s most prominent examples of pre-war architecture.

This impressive property has a great location in the city centre and the main shopping district. Darling Harbour is just a 10-minute walk away, while Circular Quay and The Rocks are around 15-20 minutes by foot where you will find numerous bars and restaurants. Both Wynyard and Town Hall stations are within a short walk from the hotel.

The Grace boasts 382 air-conditioned rooms all with flat screen TV’s, safes and wireless internet access (charges apply). All guests have access to the rooftop Recreation Centre which includes a gym, heated indoor lap pool, spa, sauna and steam room.

The Brasserie on level two serves breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst on the ground floor you will find PJ O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Vivaldi Italian Restaurant.

The Grace is located on the corner of York and King Streets. Match-day transfers will be provided to the Sydney Cricket Ground for our Blue tourists. If you wanted to walk, it would take you around 45 minutes.

Hyatt Regency - Blue tours - Hotel website

Conveniently located overlooking the picturesque Darling Harbour, this hotel was recently taken over by the Hyatt Regency group, having formerly been the Four Points by Sheraton, and is Sydney's largest with nearly 900 rooms! It is also just a short walk away from King Street Wharf and Cockle Bay, plus the main shopping area. Sydney Aquarium is directly below the hotel and the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre is only a short walk away. There is also direct access to Darling Harbour from the hotel restaurant.

The recently refurbished rooms feature modern furnishings, air-conditioning, flat screen LCD TV, iPod docking station, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Zephyr bar is located on the rooftop overlooking Darling Harbour. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy a drink in the sun with fantastic views of the harbour and the city. Downstairs you will find the lobby bar and excellent Corn Exchange Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness centre and a family room with lending library.

Outside the front of the hotel you will also find the Dundee Arms, one of the oldest pubs in Australia, now part of the hotel. It serves very reasonable pub meals and a selection of Australian beers. Look out for the happy hour too!

The Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour is located on Sussex Street, next to Darling Harbour. Match-day transfers will be provided to the Sydney Cricket Ground for our Blue tourists. Walking to the SCG would take approximately 45 minutes, as you head through the city in a south-east direction towards Moore Park.

Parkroyal Darling Harbour - Blue tours - Hotel website

Not far from the Hyatt Regency, this hotel also overlooks Darling Harbour, meaning it is close to many of the must see/do attractions in the city.

The hotel offers a large, well-equipped gym, a comfortable lobby area, free Wi-Fi and Barkers restaurant which provides wonderful breakfasts. If staying in the hotel for dinner is what you desire, then the Abode restaurant and bar will offer a wide range of options.

All rooms have a shower and are well-appointed with all the facilities you will need. They come with a lovely decor and some rooms have a fabulous view of Darling Harbour.

The hotel is located on Sussex Street, next to Darling Harbour. Match-day transfers will be provided to the Sydney Cricket Ground for our Blue tourists. Walking to the SCG would take approximately 45 minutes, as you head through the city in a south-east direction towards Moore Park.

Rydges World Square - Red tours - Hotel website

Located between the Anzac memorial and George Street, this property puts you in the centre of Sydney's CBD, near Darling Harbour, never to far from anything you would like to do.

The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout, flat-screen TVs, cosy Rydges Dream Bed. A fantastic gymnasium is among high-end amenities and services you can appreciate while staying in Rydges World Square Sydney.

Why not be wined and dined in the Sphere Restaurant and the brand-new bar, the Cidery Bar and Kitchen, I timed my trip very well and managed to sneak in to the opening party, which was great fun! Guests have access to 24-hour room service to enjoy Italian delights from the talented chef.

The hotel is not far from a range of eateries and bars in the Darling Harbour area and Chinatown, both just a short walk away, so why not join the other travelling England fans for a drink and a meal after the game!

Rydges Sydney Central - Red tours - Hotel website

The Rydges Sydney Central is, as the name suggests, in the heart of Sydney. This hotel is just a 25-minute walk from the stadium and a half-an-hour transfer from the airport, meaning you'll get more than enough time to explore the city!

All rooms are well-appointed and a good size, with fantastic amenities, free Wi-Fi and have recently been refurbished. Breakfast is served every day in the lobby and the Surry Hills bar is located inside the hotel. This large bar does some very good pub food and plays live music.

This hotel is ideally located to reach Chinatown, which has a range of different places to eat and drink. It is just a short walk to Darling Harbour and an easy taxi journey to anywhere else you may fancy visiting.

We suggest stopping off at Surry Hills on the way back from the ground, a fantastic place for bars and restaurants and we believe this will be a popular place for the travelling fans to enjoy the after-match festivities!

The Vibe - Red tours - Hotel website

Just down the road from the Rydges Sydney Central in the centre of the city. This hotel is just a 25-minute walk from the stadium and a half-an-hour transfer from the airport, meaning you'll get more than enough time to explore the city!

The Vibe features well-appointed rooms that are all being refurbished in time for our arrival. The Fino bar in the lobby area will offer lunch and dinner, while the Curve restaurant will offer breakfast options.

The Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and there is a pool and well-equipped gym on the roof.

This hotel is situated not far from Chinatown, which is a great area to head to in the evening, while the Surry Hills area on the walk back from the SCG will be popular after a day’s play. Of course, being in central Sydney means you are never to far from anywhere you might like to visit.

Metro Hotel Marlow - White tours - Hotel website

In the heart of Sydney city centre, just a 30-minute walk from the stadium through the bustling Surry Hills area. Our White tour travellers will be very happy to enjoy Sydney from this hotel.

All rooms are comfortable with the usual amenities, with room service available. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel at a cost, while there is a lovely restaurant that offers breakfast. The rooftop pool is enjoyable and looks over the city.

Being located so close to World Square means that there are lots of shops, restaurants and bars to enjoy. It is also very close to Thai-town and Chinatown, for a more Asian flavour! While Surry Hills, on the way to the SCG, also offers a wide range of bars and restaurants to enjoy.

Travel from Airport

In Sydney, a taxi into the CBD will range from $45-60 and will take around 20 minutes.

The other option would be to take the Airport Link. This train link will drop you at Central Station, just a ten-minute walk from the Metro Hotel. To do this, just grab an Opal Card when you arrive into the Sydney from any retailer and follow the signs from the arrivals terminal.


New Year's Eve

Howzat Travel's New Year's Eve options can be found on our excursions page and booked through your Tour Dashboard. Click Here > to see the options.

Of course, if you prefer to make your own Sydney NYE arrangements, that is perfectly fine with us.


Sydney City Map

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Things to do in and around Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in the world, so if you're in Sydney and haven't climbed it already, it's a must-do (as long as you are not scared of heights). BridgeClimb offers three different types of climb, differing in journey and duration. each one is exhilarating and highly-recommended.
Across the harbour from the bridge is one of Australia's other famous landmarks, the Sydney Opera House. Whether you just want to walk around the outside and have your photo taken, or actually go inside and see a show or do a tour, it's up to you.
The picturesque Darling Harbour is home to Sydney Aquarium, National Maritime Museum, the world's biggest IMAX cinema plus lots of restaurants and bars. Well worth a visit...
Near to Darling Harbour, both King Street Wharf and Cockle Bay Wharf also have a wide array of eateries and places to relax and enjoy a drink.
Take a ferry from Circular Quay across the harbour to Taronga Zoo - home to over 2,600 animals in eight different zoogeographic regions.
The Rocks is a very quaint and historic area of Sydney, next to Circular Quay. Here, you can find lots of tourist-orientated attractions, shops, cafes and restaurants, all amongst the narrow streets and cobblestones.
Just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay are the coastal resorts of Manly and Bondi Beach. Surfing is popular at both resorts, but they have plenty more to offer and are well worth it if you have some free time.
A trip to the Hunter Valley Wineries is a good way to spend a day, enjoying the beautiful scenery to the north of Sydney and of course, the delicious wines!
Again, getting out of the city to see that the Australian countryside has as much to offer as the cities, take a day tour to visit the legendary Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves - Australia's largest underground limestone caves.

Please click on the banner below to open the full range of day excursions on offer - or Click Here >



Summer days in Sydney are usually hot and sunny. Average daily highs during summer are around 26°C but can reach into the 30°s and higher on very hot days. You will usually enjoy between eight and nine hours of sunshine so makes sure you take the necessary protective cream and clothing. Note, storms with heavy rainfall are not infrequent, although they do not normally last long.



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2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series hub page


The Walkabout Tour (All Five Tests)
The Boomerang Tour (Brisbane & Adelaide Tests)
The Kookaburra Tour (Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth Tests)
The Billabong Tour (Adelaide & Perth Tests)
The Flinders Tour (Perth, Melbourne & Sydney Tests)
The Opal Tour (Melbourne & Sydney Tests)
The Sydney New Year Tour (New Year's Eve & Sydney Test)


Sightseeing Options - Post Adelaide, Pre Perth
Sightseeing Options - Post Perth, Pre Melbourne

Bookings Page & T&Cs

2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series Bookings Page
2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series Terms & Conditions

Or, if you fancy ODI cricket...

The One Day Walkabout Tour



NB: Howzat Travel reserves the right to make alterations to any aspect of the itinerary, including accommodation stated. Equivalent alternatives will be provided if this is the case.



And... while you are deciding which tour to book, why not read the tour diaries from our previous cricket tours to the Ashes:

Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series, 2013-14 >

KFC Twenty20 Internationals and Commonwealth Bank Series, Australia 2011 >

Vodafone Ashes Series, Australia 2010-11 >

Ashes Tour Australia 2006-07 >



Howzat Travel, a Cricket Australia Travel Office Licensed Travel Operator for the Ashes Series 2017-18. CATO Licence Number - CATO1718/050.

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Sydney Cricket Ground

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Howzat Travel, a Cricket Australia 
Travel Office Licensed Travel Operator 
for the Ashes Series 2017-18. CATO
Licence Number - CATO1718/050.

Howzat Travel, a Cricket Australia
Travel Office Licensed Travel Operator
for the Ashes Series 2017-18. CATO
Licence Number - CATO1718/050.

Four Seasons, Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney

The Grace, Sydney

Hyatt Regency, Sydney

Harbour Bridge and Opera House

The Vibe Hotel, Sydney

Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney

Howzat Travel @ The SCG

Metro Hotel Marlow, Sydney

Nightview of the Harbour Bridge

Bridge Climb, Sydney

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