In the eastern suburbs of Sydney, just up the hill from Coogee, Clovelly and Bronte beaches and down the road from Bondi Junction is Randwick.
Randwick lies on the south-eastern side of Centennial Park. Opened in 1888 Centennial Park is a 220 hectare park. A ring road runs around the park - it's a favourite spot for lycra-clad cyclists, more relaxed family riders and rollerblade users. Don't have a bike? That's OK as you can hire one either in the park or from one of the nearby bike shops. Running alongside the ring road around the park is a walking path, and separated from that are tracks for horse riding. The Park features a number of lakes and ovals, as well as a well located restaurant, café and other food vendors. During the warmer months Moonlight Cinema sets up, playing the latest movies and classics during the evening under the stars. The park has also played host to large music festivals including the V Festival Australia.
Just across from Centennial Park is Royal Randwick Racecourse. Operated by the Australian Jockey Club, Royal Randwick is Sydney's premier horse racing venue. Racing carnivals are held at Royal Randwick year round, with the course generally packed with racegoers in various stages of revelry.
The triangle set out by Avoca Street, Belmore Rd and Alison Road is the location of most of the shopping and dining in Randwick. Restaurants are generally casual bistros, with good quality food and reasonable prices. There's an emphasis on Asian food, including two Indonesian restaurants Java and Jimbaran. Shopping is focussed on food, grocery and suburban staples. A little outside the main shopping strip on Frenchman Road is an excellent Hungarian restaurant called Corner 75.
On the southern side of Randwick at the intersection of St Pauls Street and Perouse Road is an area known as The Spot. This is the location of the Randwick Ritz cinema, one of Sydney's few remaining independent cinemas and an art deco icon. In recent years The Spot has grown into a restaurant and café district with a broad range of cuisines available including Spanish, Italian, Thai, Indian and more.
Randwick is a lively suburb in itself and close to Sydney's eastern beaches including Bondi Beach. It's not far from Sydney city with regular bus services operating from the suburb along Alison Road and Anzac Parade to the city. And it's also close to inner eastern suburbs of Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross and Potts Point. And if you are planning on attending a game at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) or Sydney Football Stadium (SFS), Randwick is a good choice. Accommodation in Randwick includes boutique hotels, apartments and more.