There is so much to do and see in Sydney it’s unreal. From the tourist sights, to botanical gardens, outdoor cinemas, adorable streets, incredible mountains and beautiful beaches… the city has a never ending list of things to see. But if you’re spending just 3 days in the city, you need to be selective. Here is an itinerary of how to spend 3 days in Sydney.
Day 1 – See the Touristy Sights
The Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Botanical Gardens are all within walking distance of each other and should be your first stop. Once you’ve got those shots you can explore the really nice bars and restaurants which overlook the Harbour Bridge. The Opera Bar is a great choice.
If you are visiting the city on a Saturday during your 3 days in Sydney, I would highly recommend visiting Glebe Markets. It is jam packed full of independent boutiques selling clothes, jewellery, make up, toiletries and there is some amazing food and live music there too.
Go to an outdoor cinema. There are quite a few in Sydney, my favourite is Prymont. You can purchase a chair to sit on or just a blanket and you get a nice view behind of the business district as the sun sets.
Day 2 – Bondi and Coogee
Coogee is very easy to get to from the centre of Sydney and is just a bus ride away. It is a cute little town with a very chilled vibe. Coogee beach is worth a visit and from there you can do the walk to Bondi beach where you’ll pass a number of stunning beaches and coastal sights.
Once you’re in Bondi I’d recommend visiting Icebergs. It’s just $8 and it’s really nice to be able to swim without being swept away plus weirdly enough not that many people swim in it, instead choosing to sunbathe so it’s really nice if you prefer to swim without constantly having people in your way.
It also makes for a really nice photo opportunity, plus there are quite a few shady bits so unlike the beach you can enjoy the view whilst being in the shade. I would also recommend checking out the bar, it is expensive but the views overlooking the pool and the beach are incredible.
Bondi has a number of great places to eat and drink. I’d recommend Lamrock cafe if you’re there for breakfast/lunch. It is really good value and you get a great view of the beach, the staff are friendly and the quality and portion sizes are fantastic. It also does an amazing gluten free breakfast!
In terms of drinks in the evening, the Bondi Hotel is a must. It plays live music and there is an outdoors area upstairs which overlooks the beach. It’s good value and has a great atmosphere.
Another great walk is the one from Manly to Split. You can catch a ferry to Manly from Sydney.
Day 3 – Blue Mountains road trip and hike
The Blue Mountains are an incredible sight. You can read the full blog post on those here. I would definitely recommend hiring a car as you can drive there and see more. We took a train and hiked but it was a pretty long process so we only saw this view. Plus it rained very heavily which wasn’t pleasant to have to walk back in! It is very easy and cheap to hire a car and it gives you lots of freedom. A great website for this is Car Next Door.
We stayed in hostels during our time in Sydney because of being on a budget. The two hostels we stayed at are Mad Monkey and Bondi Backpackers. I would recommend both these places to stay, the only issue we had with Bondi Backpackers is going from Bondi into town was two busses which was slightly annoying. However they are both reasonably priced and in nice locations.
Have you been to Sydney? Where would you recommend visiting?