Fujifilm has partnered with Park Hyatt Sydney to launch The GFX Suite, a luxury photography experience overlooking Sydney Harbour. Cara Wagstaff checks in.
The moment I walk into the GFX Suite at Park Hyatt Sydney, I’m blown away by the wrap-around views stretching from Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House and across to Lavender Bay.
A welcome gift, a cheese platter and bottle of Cape Mentelle wine, has been placed in the lounge alongside the new 102 Megapixel Fujifilm GFX100S camera and five Fujinon lenses.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Park Hyatt Sydney oozes luxury and style with its sandstone façade and impressive interiors. As one of Sydney’s best five-star hotels, it’s been one on my list to stay at for a while.
The four-story hotel wraps around Sydney Harbour, in the Rocks area. Our room on the third floor looks out onto Circular Quay and most impressively, the Sydney Opera House.
Tim from the Concierge team comes to drop off our luggage and provides a tour of the suite. He helps us understand the nuances of our high-tech hotel room, which has multiple buttons to control zone lighting and air conditioning.
Eager to explore the rest of the hotel and test the Fujifilm GFX100S, we head to the rooftop swimming pool. The views of the Opera House are even more impressive from up here and we’ve timed it perfectly for capturing the sunset over Sydney Harbour.
The Dining Room
With reservations in the hotel’s restaurant, The Dining Room, we make our way back down to the ground floor. We’re warmly welcomed and guided to our window-side table with views of, you guessed it, the Opera House.
Under nightfall, we see the impressive architecture in a new light and marvel at it once more.
For dinner, we select the three-course menu. My partner opts for the scorched kingfish with white soy sauce for his entrée and the black Angus sirloin served with potato gratin and oyster cream as his main.
I choose the zucchini flowers entrée and fried eggplant with house-made passata from the restaurant’s custom vegan menu.
Just before our mains arrive we’re treated to a fireworks display courtesy of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, the Opera Houses’ outdoor pop-up venue showcasing La Traviata.
We finish our meal with the delicious Nemesis flourless caribe chocolate cake, vanilla and a selection of homemade sorbets served with fresh fruit in a ginger syrup.
For more casual dining, Park Hyatt Sydney also offers The Living Room, an elegant and inviting lounge offering an all-day menu and refreshments, and The Bar, a sophisticated and relaxed venue for drinks.
About the GFX Suite experience
The Park Hyatt GFX collaboration, marks the launch of the Fujifilm GFX100S and it gives Australians a unique chance to test the new GFX100S in a setting that is photography heaven.
“We wanted to give Australians the opportunity to get hands on with our most impressive camera to date and capture photos of Australia’s most loved landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House,” Leanne Hughes, National Marketing & Category Manager at Fujifilm Australia, said.
“A stay at The GFX Suite is perfect for those looking to combine luxury with a high end photography experience.”
Guests can book their choice of suite and the Park Hyatt will deck it out with everything you need to take incredible photographs of Sydney Harbour.
A stay in the GFX Suite also includes:
- An in-room interactive video tutorial to help you capture stunning images of your holiday
- A post-stay photography concierge service to edit your photos
- One high-quality print of your favourite photo
- Full access to Park Hyatt Sydney’s facilities including the spa, rooftop pool and fitness centre
We chose the Park Hyatt Cove Suite which has with sprawling city views enjoyed from two balconies.
But you could also book the 350-square-metre Sydney Suite.
With two bedrooms, a spacious living room designed around a central gas fireplace, a private outdoor terrace with near 360-degree views of Sydney harbour, indoor and outdoor dining for eight and a fully equipped kitchen, it is one of the largest hotel suites in Sydney.
About the Fujifilm GFX100S
The high-performance large-format camera retails at $9,499. It has a 3.2-inch tilting touch screen LCD display and a 1.8-inch sub-LCD monitor on the top plate to swiftly navigate through aperture, ISO and shutter speed settings when using the camera in manual mode.
The Fujifilm GFX100S has a 102-megapixel sensor (for reference, most cameras are between 20 and 30 megapixels) enabling users to capture even more detail in their photos.
As part of the GFX experience, I meet with Fujifilm ambassador, photographer and filmmaker, Tim Georgeson.
He helps me get a feel of the camera and encourages me to use and play around with it in manual mode as well as the film simulations. Designed to mimic analogue film cameras, the simulations can add an interesting edge to your photos.
GFX Suite guests have access to five Fujinon lenses which include:
- Fujinon GF80mm F1.7 R WE Lens. Best for: low light photography
- Fujinon GF23mm F4 LM WR Lens. Best for: landscape photography that requires wide-angle shots
- Fujinon GFM100mm F2.0 R LM WR Lens. Best for: portrait photography
- Fujinon GF34mm F2.8 R WR Lens. Best for: architectural and scenic photography
- Fujinon GF32 – 64mm F4 LM WR Zoom. Best for: wide-angle zooms
If you’re thinking about investing in a new travel photography camera, the Fujifilm GFX100S is impressive.
The GFX suite experience allows you to see how the camera will perform and suit your style of photography before you make the purchase. With the five Fujinon lenses you’re really able to road test the camera in a picturesque location.
Even if you’re not in the market but looking for a unique travel experience it’s a great way to enjoy a night in Sydney and practice your photography skills.
As a bonus, GFX suite guests receive five of their best shots professionally edited and The Park Hyatt and FujiFilm will print your favourite image and post it to you. What better travel souvenir is there?
To learn more or book your stay, visit the GFX Suite website.
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Main image: Sydney Opera House © Park Hyatt Sydney.