3 Days in Sydney: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, December 2013
Sydney, the Harbour City - sunny, welcoming, familiar - and why wouldn't it be with all those famous icons? The 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 See Sydney and Beyond Smartvisit Card". 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.
Tours & Tickets
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
Escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney on a small-group hike in the Blue Mountains. Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this World Heritage-listed parkland ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Experience an incredible overnight in Royal National Park! You’ll arrive for the sunset, enjoy a candlelit gourmet dinner at Wattamolla Lagoon, take a guided ... Read more
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)
Get ready to be dazzled by some of the most extensive Christmas light decorations in Australia at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular! Leave ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
Grab your fabulous friends for the ultimate Sydney Mardi Gras celebration: a guided climb on the Express Route to the 440-foot (134-meter) summit of the iconic ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)