24 Hours in Sydney: What to See and Do

September 19, 2017

Sydney is one of the most recognisable cities in the world. With an iconic skyline, a stunning harbour and the lure of beach life combined with urban adventures, it’s no wonder tourists flock to this enigmatic metropolis from all corners of the globe. If you’re planning a personalised Australia holiday and you plan to touch down in Sydney, here’s a sample 24-hour itinerary to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

24 Hours in Sydney

The harbour is Sydney’s focal point, and there’s no better way to start your day than a walk along the front. Take in views of the eye-catching Opera House and the impressive Harbour Bridge before ambling up to The Rocks for a slice of cake and a meander around the bustling street markets. If you have a head for heights or you’re keen to experience some once in a lifetime adventures on your travels, book a bridge climb.

It’s worth taking a short boat trip to get an idea of the scale and beauty of the harbour. Manly Beach and Watson’s Bay are great destinations if it’s a hot day. Grab some fresh fish and chips in Watson’s Bay before returning to the city and enjoying a stroll through the Botanic Gardens. The Australian Museum is a tourist favourite. Keep your eyes peeled for an impressive collection of Australia’s most dangerous spiders. Thankfully, these ones are kept behind glass.

If you’re an animal lover, a great way to spend an afternoon is strolling around Taronga Zoo where you can see all the famous natives, including the much-loved kangaroos, wombats and koalas. Alternatively, if you fancy catching some rays and ticking off a bucket list favourite, head down to Bondi Beach and enjoy the surf. Watch the waves roll in from the golden sands or take a dip and admire the view at the famous Bondi Icebergs. If you’ve got time and energy to burn, a brisk walk along the coastal path between Bondi and Coogee comes highly recommended.

As the sun sets, head back into the city to enjoy dinner with a view at Darling Harbour. After dark, enjoy a cosmopolitan cocktail in Darlinghurst or Circular Quay. If it’s a warm evening, the rooftop bars will be packed.

If you’re visiting Sydney, there’s plenty to see and do so it’s worth doing a little planning in advance. See the sights, soak up the atmosphere and take in the views!

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