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Sydney in 3 Days

Photo by Corey Leopold

A first-timers guide to Australia's Harbour City

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If it’s your very first visit to Sydney you’ll want to see all those famous icons (that bridge, that big white dance hall, that harbour) that make Sydney so recognizable, and you can’t leave town without a visit to Bondi Beach. But there’s so much more to Sydney than beaches and harbour views: here’s where to go if you only have 3 days.


Day 1 in Sydney

Start at the very beginning – or at least where it all began almost 230 years ago – on the shores of Port Jackson, otherwise known as Sydney Harbour. Spend the morning exploring the historic heart of the city in and around The Rocks, and wander around the shoreline past the iconic Opera House to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens, where you can soak in some of Sydney’s best harbour views and snap a most insta-worthy selfie of you with both the bridge and the opera house in the background.

Take a lunch time cruise on the harbour and follow it up with a crossing of the city’s famous bridge, fondly known as the Coathanger to locals – climb to the top of the arch, or if you are on a budget (or just don’t like heights) stroll the pedestrian walkway. Finish off your day with a performance at the Opera House, or watch the sunset behind the bridge at one of the alfresco bars outside – either way it will be a show you won’t forget.


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Day 2 in Sydney

Hit the beach on the Bronte to Bondi clifftop walk and then spend the afternoon back in the city exploring one of the many museums – head to the MCA or Art Gallery of NSW for a run down on Australian art, of the Museum of Sydney for a crash course in local history.


Day 3 in Sydney

Jump aboard the ferry to Manly for one of the best value cruises around, explore North Head and the historic Quarantine Station – or learn to surf on Manly Beach –  then finish off back in the city with a wander though the street-art filled hipster hubs of either Surry Hills or Newtown.


At A Glance

Price Range:
midrange
Most Suited to:
couples
Season:
winter
spring
summer
fall
Length:
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