Planning a trip to Sydney? Get some inspiration on what to do while you’re there with our idea of a perfect three-day itinerary. History, culture, entertainment, restaurants… Pack it all in at a comfortable pace and don’t miss a thing!
Your stay in Sydney begins in the Circular Quay neighbourhood, one of Australia’s most famous spots. This is where you will find the Sydney Opera House, whose distinctive shape is a symbol of the whole city. And this is also where the modern history of Australia began. Like the first English colonists who first set foot on Australian soil in this area facing Sydney Harbour, head down the long avenues that lie before you. You will soon come across the beautiful facades of the Custom House, which was built in 1845 and is now a museum, as well as the Museum of Sydney, built atop the ruins of an 18th century governmental palace. Continue down the avenue until you reach the Sydney Tower Eye, which looms over the city. Enjoy the unobstructed view from the top, spotting notable Sydney landmarks such as your next stop, the area known as The Rocks.
Found at one of the ends of the Circular Quay, The Rocks is an unmissable site for visitors of historic Sydney. Have lunch at Pony Dining to take the pulse of this old neighbourhood once frequented by Australian pickpockets and sailors. A few steps away, enjoy a stunning view of Harbour Bridge and the bay. The first pages of the history of the Australian nation were written here, amidst these roads full of shops and restored warehouses. Following in the footsteps of city founder Arthur Phillip, discover the cultural effervescence of an improvised concert in these narrow roads lined with Victorian facades.
Night is falling. It is time for an experience you’ll never forget from your stay in Sydney: an evening at the Sydney Opera House. While as equally important in the west is Uluru, a mountain that Aboriginal people hold sacred, which symbolises the whole city or even nation and it promises you an unforgettable night. From opera to folk music, ballet to comedy shows, every artistic genre is represented in this building, which has a programme of around forty performances per week. In addition to tugging at your heartstrings, treat your taste buds to a delicious dinner at one of the many on-site restaurants before sitting back to relax and enjoy the Australian night.
Early in the morning, your stay in Sydney begins with a return to Circular Quay, but this time you’re just passing through. Take a ferry from this central neighbourhood to Manly, northeast of the city. This coastal town is unique in that it offers two different seafronts: one on the Pacific Ocean, and the other on Sydney Harbour. It’s up to you to decide where to enjoy your first Australian brunch. Take the charming path known as Manly Scenic Walkway to enjoy the view from the heights of Sydney Harbour National Park. From here you can see both beautiful Watsons Bay and Queenscliff, a popular surfers’ beach. After your walk it’s time to slip into your bathing suit, because the conditions on this long fine sand beach are perfect for learning the basics of surfing. Your stay in Sydney is the perfect time to try something new!
Once you’ve had enough physical exertion, it’s time to lay out your towel and plant your surfboard in the hot sand of Bondi, Sydney’s most famous beach. The many surfers on Campbell Parade just behind you are proof of this immense beach’s international reputation. Day and night, surfing demonstrations take place in a relaxed, sporty, quintessentially Australian atmosphere.
After your afternoon at the beach, the time has come to partake in the kind of relaxing evening Australia is famous for. For this, you’ll be heading to the hip neighbourhood of Newtown. From coffee shops to designer boutiques, the charmingly colourful facades of this area attract a young, creative population that tends to gather on King Street. As you walk through the roads full of street art, you’ll also come across many establishments offering irresistible burlesque shows.
For your last day in the Australian metropolis, treat yourself to an enjoyable morning at the Darling Harbour recreational area, and finish your stay in Sydney on a family-friendly note. In this renovated port area, you can walk across part of the harbour on Pyrmont Bridge, a piece of Sydney’s history and the world’s first swing bridge. At the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, pick up a hot drink to go and then head for The Outback Centre, one of the area’s main cultural institutions. Serving as a gallery, shopping centre and heritage site, The Outback Centre is the perfect place to learn more about the Aboriginals and their traditions. Outside, you’ll hear the sound of a didgeridoo calling to you. Daily concerts act as a reminder of the importance of Aboriginal people in Australia. Enjoy the musical performance while eating a sandwich made with Vegemite, the salty, traditionally Australian spread you simply must try during your stay in Sydney.
Finish your stay in Sydney on an extravagant note by heading for the city’s most popular nightlife district: Kings Cross. There are as many bars as there are nationalities in this area, which is very popular with travellers. Welcome to the heart of bohemian Sydney, where night seems to stretch on forever at the Kings Cross Hotel and its secret underground bar. For a breath of fresh air, head to the rooftop to contemplate the bustle of activity in Kings Cross from on high. Other famous nightlife spots await you below the emblematic Coca-Cola billboard.
Sydney is a magnificent reflection of the Australian way of life. On its beaches and boulevards, atop the waves or on the roofs of its buildings, a casual, relaxed atmosphere reigns. Day and night, Sydney offers an impressive cultural diversity that is truly unique on the continent.