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3 Days in Sydney: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2014

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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.

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Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 710 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 $37.76

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 264 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 $93.46

VIVID Sydney: Sydney Harbour Lights Cruise

Travel into the heart of the annual VIVID Sydney’s light show on an evening boat cruise in Sydney Harbour! See Sydney’s most famous structures, including the ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $55.70

Australia Sightseeing Pass

Travel on the best sightseeing day tours throughout Australia with the Australia Sightseeing Pass, a cost-effective way to visit top attractions in and around ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Valid for one year from first time use

From USD $376.66

Sydney Harbour National Park: South Head Walking Tour

Take a quick trip out of Sydney for a superb walking tour of South Head, the gateway to Sydney Harbour. Starting with an iconic ferry ride from Circular Quay ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.80

Sydney Harbour National Park: Walking Tour from the Spit to Manly

Experience Sydney’s spectacular coastline on a guided 7.5-mile (12km) walk through Sydney Harbour National Park that includes a gourmet picnic lunch. Your ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $150.10

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 67 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 $155.76

Blue Mountain Small-Group Day Hikes from Sydney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

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

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $174.64

Sydney Gourmet Food Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 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 $120.83

Overnight Royal National Park Tour with Moonlight Walk and Night Photography Lesson

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

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $235.06

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