Chic and cosmopolitan with a dynamic sense of diversity, Sydney is one of the world’s great capitals. The city was founded in 1788 when a fleet of 11 ships arrived in Australia from England with a contingent of convicts and free settlers. They came ashore at Sydney Cove, now known as Circular Quay and the site of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Successive waves of immigrants from many countries have had a defining influence on the culture and personality of the city, now with a population of over four million people.


As a business centre, Sydney is the driving force of Australia and an important hub of the Asian-Pacific region. For recreation, the city pulses with a vibrant social scene and inspiring possibilities for outdoor adventure. Few cities of such urban sophistication can also claim 37 beautiful beaches. Legendary Bondi Beach is an easy 20-minute drive from downtown.


Four Seasons is situated in the oldest and most desirable area of Sydney – the historic district of The Rocks. Lined with cobblestoned streets, the neighbourhood offers fascinating shops, a weekend market, outdoor cafés, and galleries of Aboriginal arts and crafts. Nearby, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, tropical flowers bloom in the heart of the city. The hotel is just a short walk from major shopping and business areas, and is equally close to great museums, theatres and the Sydney Opera House. Ferries whisk you across the water to key attractions, such as Taronga Park Zoo and the renowned Sydney Aquarium.

Seasonal Highlights

Seasonal highlights

Whether you need to know local public holidays or highlights through the seasons, we hope you will find the facts gathered below useful tools for your travel planning. Please feel free to contact us if we can assist you further.

Quick Reference

  • Time zone

    GMT +10 hours

  • Language(s) spoken


  • English Electrical system

    Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC. Adapters and transformers (110 to 220 volts) available; please request through the Concierge.

  • Shopping hours

    Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Working hours

    Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

  2017 2018
New Year's Day January 1, 2017 January 1, 2018
Australia Day January 26, 2017 January 26, 2018
Easter Good Friday April 14, 2017 March 30, 2018
Easter Monday
April 17, 2017 April 2, 2018
Anzac Day April 25, 2017 April 25, 2018
Queen's Birthday June 12, 2017 June 11, 2018
Labour Day October 2, 2017 October 1, 2018
Christmas Day December 25, 2017 December 25, 2018
Boxing Day December 26, 2017 December 26, 2018