What to see in Sydney in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Situated in a wonderful position on the homonymous bay formed by the mouth of the Parramatta River, Sydney is a welcoming, multiracial, young and dynamic city. It is the largest in Australia and among the 15 most visited cities in the world, with tourists arriving from every corner of the planet.
Let's try to enclose all the main attractions in an itinerary, in order to show you what to see in Sydney in 3 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Botanical Garden, Opera House and Mrs Macquaries Point

The day can start with an excellent breakfast at the Smoking Gun Begel, near the Botanical Garden, where you can taste delicious begel with prices around € 4,00 / 5,00.
The most important attractions are the Royal Botanic Gardens (admission € 9,00) which hosts many species of plants and animals, theOpera House (€ 23,00 Opera tour, Backstage € 106,00) which is an icon of the city with its eclectic architecture and Mrs Macquaries Point, panoramic point from which you can admire splendid views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House.

2 - Afternoon: lunch, Circular Quai, Sidney Ferries, Taronga Zoo

After a quick lunch at the takeaway place Quay Seafood Fish & Chips where you can eat good fish and taste Australian cuisine (for € 10,00 and even less), get on the Sydney Harbor Bridge (from € 250,00) to enjoy the view, take the ferry from Circular Quai to Taronga Zoo (admission € 37,20) on the north coast of Sydney, to spend an afternoon in the company of elephants and many other animals.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Harbor Bridge, The Rocks

In the evening you can still enjoy the fascinating view of the bridge, with the lights creating a very suggestive view and a walk through the cobbled alleys of the nearby neighborhood The Rocks. For dinner we recommend the The Butler serving excellent specialties on a rooftop terrace from which you can admire the Sydney skyline. The prices are a bit above average (with around € 50,00 you get a full dinner), but it's worth it!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 18,0 km / 2 h 53 min
  • Places visited: Botanical Garden, Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Harbor Bridge, The Rocks, Mrs Macquaries Point
  • Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge Manly Beach Tour, Harbor Cruise and Taronga Zoo Entry
  • Breakfast at Smoking Gun Begel (Get Directions), Lunch at Quay Seafood Fish & Chips (Get Directions), Dinner at The Butler (Get Directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: breakfast, Bondi Beach, Bronte

After an energetic breakfast at lo Speedo Cafe, in which you spend from € 15,00 to a maximum of € 20,00 for a delicious breakfast complete with eggs, bacon, fruit, etc., go to Bondi Beach, a wide white sand beach among the most famous in Australia. You can even take surfing lessons!
Afterwards you can visit the area by taking a long shopping trip Gould Street and a leisurely hike up to Bronte Beach.

2 - Afternoon: lunch, Paddington, Surry Hills

After a good lunch at the Wet Paint Restaurant, near Bronte, where you can taste fish and Australian specialties (prices for a full course around € 17,00-20,00, but you can find dishes for less than € 10,00) you can explore the outskirts of Paddington of Surry Hills.
From Oxford Street you can take the way of fashion known as "The Intersection", which features top quality Australian brands, while the chic and café-filled neighborhood of Surry Hills is a stone's throw from Sydney's most renowned restaurants.

3 - Evening: dinner, Sydney Opera House

For dinner, try the Trinity Bar, a pub with very low costs (average of € 10,00 / 15,00 per person) and then attend a show at the Sydney Opera House (from € 65,00) which every year stages more than 450 musical shows, comedies, ballets and much more. You will spend an unforgettable evening!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 14,4 km / 3 h 5 min
  • Places visited: Bondi Beach, Bronte, Paddington, Surry Hills, Sydney Opera House
  • Bondi Beach and Sydney Must See Sydney Coach Tour with Bondi Beach, The Rocks and More Sydney Opera House: Sydney Opera House Darlinghurst Backstage Tour Operative Show Ticket + Surry Hills 3 Hour Walking Tour
  • Breakfast at Speedo Cafè (Get directions), Lunch at Wet Paint Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Trinity Bar (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Darling Harbor, Cockle Bay, Chinese Garden, Pymont Bridge

Start the third day with a breakfast at The Naked Duck where you can drink a good coffee (prices for a breakfast around € 4,00 / 5,00). The bar is close to Darling Harbor, the first attraction to visit, that is a lively, young and very touristy area, where the Chinese garden (admission € 5,00), la Cockle Bay, a magnificent bay and the Pymont bridge.

2 - Afternoon: lunch, King Street Wharf, Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye

For lunch in King Street Wharf we suggest the Georges (dishes on € 12,00 / 15,00). After you can visit theAquarium (ticket € 14,00) where among creatures that populate rivers, seas, oceans and the coral reef you get lost in a magical world, and the Maritime Museum (admission € 13,00) where you will see submarines and much more.
Finally, take a leap to Sydney tower eye, a very high vantage point where you will have a breathtaking 360 degree view of Sydney. The cost of the ticket starts from € 17,00.

3 - Evening: dinner, ferry across the bay

You can end the last day with a splendid dinner at The Bridge Room (with prices on € 50,00 for a complete menu) and one mini cruise to see the city from a different perspective! Take the ferry from Wharf # 5 that from Circular Quai leads to Darling Harbor: you will see the Opera House illuminated in the evening, you will pass under the majestic Harbor Brigde and, before landing in Darling, you will stop at Milsons Point, Mc Mahons Point, Balmain East and Balmain. Prices start from € 30,00 depending on the route.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,9 km / 1 h 52 min
  • Places visited: Darling Harbor, Cockle Bay, Chinese Gardino, Pymont Bridge, Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Sydney Tower Eye
  • Sydney Attraction Pass: Sydney Tower Eye, Aquarium & More 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Pass for 4 Attractions & Harbor Cruise Flexi Pass Sydney Attractions
  • Breakfast at The Naked Duck (Get Directions), Lunch at Georges (Get Directions), Dinner at The Bridge Room (Get Directions)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Sydney: in spring, in September and October, as the climate is mild, dry and sunny. November is another good month, although the rains do increase a bit - see more on climate and best time in Sydney
  • The journey to Sydney is quite long. The actual flight takes about 20 hours, but between stopovers and waits you can easily get to 30 hours. The airport is 10 km from the city. To reach the center you can take the Airport Link for $ 17,90 (about € 15,00), the bus (line 400) for € 3,00 / 4,00 and the taxi for $ 50 (€ 44,00, ).
    Compare flights to Sydney - from € 654,10
  • in the CBD downtown area the attractions are close, there are holiday homes and the major luxury hotel chains, Darling Harbor is a lively area suitable for everyone, very touristy, therefore a little expensive. Circular Quay-Sydney Harbor is the most beautiful and expensive area, but the most connected and the center is easily reachable on foot: if you don't have budget problems and little time is ideal. The Rocks is Sydney's historic core and has both luxury hotels and hostels, Haymarket - Chinatown - Central Station is south of the city and ideal for kids and those on a budget. Kings Cross is a rather cheap red light district, Darlinghurst is the realm of the LGBT community and Paddington is a residential area, well connected where you will find various types of accommodation.
    Compare hotel and b & b prices - starting from € 35,00 per night
  • Getting around: The public transport system is excellent and includes buses, trains and ferries. Most of the attractions are concentrated in the CBD area and next to the harbor, so here it is better to walk or cycle. Car use is not recommended. Ticket prices range from € 2,00 to 4,00 each way depending on the distance, the ferry on € 5,00 - see more info on how to get around Sydney

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