What to see in Sydney in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Welcoming, multiracial, dynamic and young: Sydney is a city not to be missed! It is among the most visited in the world and the largest in Australia, and many have chosen it as a place to live. Actually here there is a beautiful climate all year round, work, there is no shortage of entertainment and cultural events, there is little crime ... in short, a city that has a lot to give!
Considering that going to Australia is an important investment, it is better to be prepared with an itinerary, especially if your visit lasts one or a few days, or maybe you are just passing through. Here are many useful tips for your trip e what to see in Sydney in one day.
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  1. Sydney day itinerary: Morning
  2. Sydney day itinerary: Afternoon
  3. Sydney day itinerary: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

Sydney day itinerary: Morning

1 - The Rocks, Harbor Bridge

After a delicious breakfast a The Renaissance Cafe, with prices for a brioche around € 3,00 / 4,00, you can dedicate the first part of the morning to visiting the neighborhood The Rocks, lively, full of shops and where there are cobbled streets and old sandstone houses.
A pleasant walk towards Dawes Point will lead you toHarbour Bridge, the symbol of Sydney and one of the most impressive in the world.

2 - Circular Quai, Sydney Opera House

Circular Quai it is the heart of the city and from here you can easily reach and move around on foot or by public transport. If you have time, you can take a ferry ride to see Sydney from a different perspective! Full tours start from € 30,00. Walking towards the port you will admire the Sydney Opera House, another icon of the city, with its eclectic architecture and its roof made of "sails". To do the tour of the Opera the cost is € 23,00, to visit the backstage € 106,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,3 km / 46 min
  • Places visited: The Rocks, Harbor Bridge, Circular Quai, Sydney Opera House
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  • Where to have breakfast: La Renaissance Cafe, 47 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia - Get directions

Sydney day itinerary: Afternoon

1 - Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street

Before continuing your visit to Sydney, I recommend having lunch at Pavilion, a delightful restaurant with outdoor tables (for a full lunch it costs about € 30,00 / 35,00).
In the immediate vicinity, explore the Royal Botanic Gardens (admission € 9,00) with its 30 hectares of green meadows, ponds and interesting buildings.
Once out you can take it Macquarie Street, a road that leads to a series of unmissable attractions such as the imposing Library of New South Wales, Parliament (free admission), the Sydney Hospital (the oldest hospital in all of Australia), the small one St James Church.

2 - CBD Sydney, St Mary's Cathedral, Hyde Park

Continuing, you reach the nerve center of Sidney, the CBD, in which you can see among the many skyscrapers and buildings, the huge St Mary's Cathedral which I recommend to enter. The real green lung in this area is theHyde Park where you will see statues, the big one Archibald Fountain, the tree-lined avenues where you can stroll and relax andANZAC War Memorial, a mausoleum built in honor of the fallen of all wars.
You can then undertake Pitt Street to discover ornate palaces, shopping malls and street artists.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,4 km / 56 min
  • Places visited: Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street, CBD Sydney, St Mary's Cathedral, Hyde Park
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  • Where to have lunch: Pavilion, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia - Get directions

Sydney day itinerary: Evening

1 - Dinner, Chinatown, Golden Water Mouth

Ride along George Street, main street and fulcrum of the city, where you can observe various buildings, the town hall with the Clock Tower and St. Andrew's Cathedral.
Continue towards Chinatown, in the Haymarket district, where the host is Dixon Street, with the nightlife, Chinese music coming from every club: it will seem to be in the East! Then reach the Golden Water Mouth, a ten-meter sculpture carved in a eucalyptus trunk, from which water and gold flow.
The time has come to think about dinner, so I suggest a good burger (even vegan) with al fries Lord of the Fries for about € 7,00 / 8,00.

2 - Darling Harbor

End your visit to Sydney with one walk to Darling Harbor, a lively area full of clubs and restaurants that extends around the port. Here are various attractions, closed in the evening, including theAquarium, Wildlife Zoo (ticket € 31,00) and the Maritime Museum. Walking along the pier in the evening will allow you to enjoy beautiful views with the lights reflecting on the water and, on Saturdays, you can see the fireworks. What better way to end the day in Sydney ?!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,4 km / 29 min
  • Places visited: Chinatown, Golden Water Mouth, Darling Harbor
  • sightseeing bus pass, cruise and Sydney Tower 2 day Hop-on Hop-off Cruise
  • Where to dine: Lord of the Fries, 537 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Sydney: it can be visited all year round, especially in spring, in September and October, as the climate is mild, dry and sunny. November is another good month, although the rains increase a bit - see more about the climate and best time in Sydney
  • Getting around: The public transport system is excellent and includes buses, trains and ferries. 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
  • Transport card: to get around the Opal Card is very useful, a rechargeable card that allows you to save on tickets and top up online, without using paper tickets. Then there are the MyMulti daypass which allows you to travel on public transport, including ferries, all day (about € 20,00) and the MyMulti 1, 2 and 3 for unlimited travel on all public transport for a week or a month.
  • City Card: To visit Sydney's attractions and skip the line, you could use the Flexi Pass Sydney which allows you to save up to 50% on many top museums, tours and attractions. For shorter visits, we recommend the Sydney Attraction Pass (online from € 32,00), which allows you to choose 2, 3 or 4 attractions that can be visited for free.
  • if you decide to stay a few days, consult our offers for accommodation in Sydney

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Having a few more days available would certainly allow you to dedicate time to other "musts" in the city. Unfortunately, one day forces you to exclude some attractions that, for reasons of distance or time to devote to life, we preferred not to include in a one-day itinerary:

  1. Sydney tower eye, tower with a viewing platform (250 meters). The ticket is around $ 20, around € 18,00 ... but the view is breathtaking!
  2. Aquarium, with lots of fish and the coral reef (ticket € 14,00).
  3. Maritime Museum, to admire submarines and much more (admission € 13,00).
  4. Bondi beach, white sand beach perfect for surfing.
  5. Taronga zoo, is home to many animals, including elephants (admission € 37,20).
  6. Paddington, bustling upscale neighborhood with bustling shops in Victorian buildings.

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