Will be in Sydney with the wife and kids (ages 11, 8, 4) for around 10 days starting Nov 8th. The plan is to stay in the city for the first half of the trip, then get a car and drive around the last half of the trip before flying off. It's our first trip to Australia.
First question is which part of Sydney to stay in. I've looked at Potts Point which from Google Street view looks very nice but the 25-30 minute walk/bus trip to the CBD might be a bit of a drag for the kids if we had to do it multiple times a day. Alternatively we could stay closer to the CBD although I expect it to be more expensive. We plan to do the normal touristy stuff eg. parks, zoos, museums and won't be driving in the city.
Second is of course which hotel/apartment to stay at. I'd like to keep the cost to below $1k for a 4-night stay (Thur-Monday) if possible. I have a reservation at MacLeay's Hotel already (queen + 2 singles room) but am having second thoughts because of the distance to the CBD? I've looked at Metro Apartments, Waldorf and a few others. Meriton which seems to be highly recommended here is unfortunately more than double my budget.