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Rental or Hotel?

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Rental or Hotel?

We (me, hubby and 5yr old daughter) are heading to Oz in December, we ideally want to base ourselves in Coogee for 10 days and then head to Brisbane for 10 days. My question is would you recommend an apartment or hotel? I'm leaning towards the apartment with our little girl it would probably be easier for eating etc? How easy is it to find rentals for this time frame, area and time of year (6-12 to 28-12). We want to explore sydney and surrounds but not necessarily be in the thick of it if that makes sense! Thanks x

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1. Re: Rental or Hotel?

Check out the stayz website for holiday apartment rentals in Coogee. stayz.com.au/accommodation/nsw/sydney/coogee

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You would be better suited to an apartment - for self catering and having more space. December is our very busy school hols so you need to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Have a look at these links too regarding accomodation.


you can also book with wotif.com/hotels/medina-executive-coogee.html (only 3mths in advance).



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Hello from Coogee's next-door neighbour Randwick!!

I agree with the other posters and recommend you look for an apartment in Coogee. I'm sure the links offered by Ellemay and Mishella will throw up good choices.

I'm not too sure how familiar you are with the Coogee-Randwick area, so here are some tips that might guide you in your selection of apartment. (Having the Google Map of Coogee open will make what follows make more sense.)

The main hub of Coogee lies in the area around the intersection of Coogee Bay Rd and Arden St, right smack bang on the beach. From this point, Coogee Bay Rd travels west and Arden St extends both north and south, all directions are uphill: the beachside area is basically in a basin. Having to walk to and from the beach (etc) in summer (and with children) can be a bit of a pain if having to walk up steep hills, so you might like to consider looking for places within the flat-area immediately adjacent to the beach (the area bounded roughly by Arden, Dolphin, Mount and Carr Streets).

The down-side to that area is that it is 'right in the thik of it' (insofar as Coogee has a 'thick of it') as the principal cluster of pubs, shops and the like line Arden St and Coogee Bay Rd. If you decide against that area, try for an apartment on the southern end of Coogee, that is, somewhere between Carr and Dudley Streets - this side of Coogee is the less steep (and also the quieter and more relaxed). Another advantage of this area is that many bus routes servicing Coogee and connecting to town run through this area. From this side of Coogee, too, you will be able to easily catch buses to Bondi Junction (and so access the suburbs to the north and east of Coogee) and The Spot, with its quieter eateries and cinema.

You might come across apartments for rent in Alison Rd - be careful with these as, depending on where you are, Alison Rd can be difficult for buses. I wouldn't bother taking anything north of Alison Rd, the trek to the beach and the limited transport options just make it impractical.

As for exploring Sydney and surrounds, from Coogee:

- you can walk north and south to other fantastic beaches

- catch buses that go direct Bondi Junction (nos. 313, 314)

- catch buses that go direct to town (nos 373, 374) via Randwick, Moore Park (where you'll be able to visit Centennial Park and Fox Studios - now branded the 'Entertainment Quarter' - and quite nice for markets on a Wednesday and Staurday), Taylor Stuare and Oxford Street and then up Elizabeth Street to Circular Quay

- catch buses to Central Station (no 372) that go via lively inner-city neighbourhoods like Surry Hills

- and, if you're keen on seeing a little bit more of the surrounds, you can catch a bus from Coogee (no 370) that will take you to the inner-west suburb of Leichhardt and other interesting destinations along the way!

As said before, you're planning on being in Coogee right in the middle of peak season, so if you find something you think fits your bill now, book it!

Hope you enjoy your holiday!

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