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3 Days in Sydney: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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Sydney, the Harbour City - sunny, welcoming, familiar - and why wouldn't it be with all those famous icons? The Sydney Opera House, that sparkling harbor, breathtaking views, cutting-edge dining, and vibrant nightlife - there's no shortage of things to do. Still, there’s no reason to be daunted by it all.

If you’re a newcomer to the city and wondering what to see, consider taking a tour of the town. Be it a foot or bicycle tour, or one of the many Harbour Ferry tours, a good overview of the city will help you get your bearings. Or see the city from above! Nab a bird's-eye view from the Sydney Skywalk, or plan it out your trip over dinner and drinks, while absorbing the stunning 360-degree view. Still confused? Don’t be. If you’ve got three days, we’ve got you covered.

Day 1: The Heart of the City

To help plan your vacation itinerary and to get your bearings in this great city, jump on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Sydney. Open air, double-decker busses circulate at regular intervals throughout the city, giving you commentary on this largest and most culturally diverse city in Australia and Oceania. Take some time off the bus and absorb some Aussie culture, while strolling through the historic Rocks precinct with its quirky shops and colonial ambiance. Then, for a behind-the-scenes view of Sydney's culture, take a backstage tour of the famous Sydney Opera House. Stay on as dusk falls and combine dinner at one of Sydney's premier restaurants with an Opera House show package - opera, ballet, symphony, the choice is yours.

Day 2: Exploring Sydney

Sydney has so many attractions to explore: Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour Aquarium and much more. So much more, in fact, it might behoove you to look into getting a Sydney attractions pass. If you're in the mood for relaxing, however, try taking a leisurely lunchtime cruise in Sydney Harbour, followed by an afternoon tour of Bondi Beach and Kings Cross. Or get a bird's-eye view of the harbor on a thrilling helicopter tour. In the evening, dine with views at Sydney Tower or the 360 Bar.

Day 3: Excursions

Explore beyond the city limits and you'll discover a different side to Australia. The beautiful Blue Mountains are a must-see while you're visiting Sydney. Consider spending the night out and seeing them in depth with a luxury overnight escape, or share an intimate eco-experience and maybe some breakfast with the koalas. If instead, you’d rather explore some of Australia’s famous wine country, consider an indulgent wine-tasting day trip into Sydney's Wine Country, the Hunter Valley.

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Sydney BridgeClimb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 779 Reviews

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with an expert guide for the ultimate Sydney experience. Get amazing views and learn all about the iconic structure during your ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $115.95

Blue Mountains Day Trip and River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 465 Reviews

Experience the beauty and tranquility of the Blue Mountains on a full-day, small-group tour from Sydney. See highlights including the Three Sisters as you soar ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.13

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 472 Reviews

Book a table for a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000, the most prestigious dinner cruise in Sydney. The choice is yours whether you embark ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.41

Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1181 Reviews

Explore Sydney and Bondi Beach on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, which takes you by double-decker bus to 34 stops around the city including Sydney Opera ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $33.02

Sydney Attraction Pass Including Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

4.5 star rating: Recommended 377 Reviews

Want to see Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour and more? A Sydney attraction pass is the smart travel companion for ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $77.06

Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet

4 star rating: Recommended 1076 Reviews

Enjoy panoramic views and an incredible meal at the Sydney Tower Restaurant, perched atop the tallest building in Sydney. You’ll spot Darling Harbour, Circular ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.11

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Day Tour from Sydney

4.5 star rating: Recommended 188 Reviews

Leave the bustle of Sydney and spend a relaxing day in the beautiful Hunter Valley on a guided wine-tasting tour in Australia’s oldest wine producing ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.70

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 105 Reviews

Go behind the scenes of the iconic Sydney Opera House on a backstage tour of one of the world's most famous performing arts centers! You'll gain exclusive ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.09

Sydney Gourmet Food Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Discover culinary secrets and meet passionate local providers as you explore Sydney’s diverse inner-city neighborhoods on a 4-hour gourmet tour. Choose from ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.27

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