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1 Day in Sydney

By Viator, August 2018

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Sydney, one of Australia’s most visually spectacular cities (though perhaps surprisingly, not its capital) is blessed by a dazzling harbor, icons such as the Sydney Opera House, and a close proximity to beautiful beaches. With only one day you’ll want to see as much as possible, so here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Sydney.

Morning: See the Sights
Traveling by bus is one of the best ways to see a lot of Sydney in a short time. Start your day with a guided bus tour, which typically visits the historic Rocks neighborhood and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for all-encompassing views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Some tours offer optional upgrades to include an opera house tour, lunch cruise, or seaplane harbor tour. To see top landmarks in less time with more ambience, choose a Sydney sightseeing cruise.

Afternoon: Visit Bondi Beach
No visit to Sydney is complete without soaking up some sun on Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. It’s just five miles (eight kilometers) from the city center and boasts warm waters and consistently nice waves. Many Sydney sightseeing tours include time at Bondi for the chance to take a stroll along the beach or pop into a local café. Alternatively, Sydney and Bondi hop-on hop-off bus tours and bus-and-boat combo tours allow you to set your own schedule and spend as long as you like at the beach before continuing on to other stops along the sightseeing route.

Night: Cruise the Harbor at Sunset
Sydney Harbour’s landmarks are perhaps at their most captivating when the setting sun casts them in a warm glow. Early evening harbor cruises typically pass close by the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and other top sights while including dinner and drinks. Another opportunity for a meal with a view can be found at the revolving restaurant atop Sydney Tower, where you can enjoy a 360-degree panorama and watch the city lights sparkle from the comfort of an elegant restaurant.

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Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet

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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 $44.49
Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Sydney, Dining Experiences
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Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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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: Varies

From USD $36.70
Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining, Sydney, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining

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Enjoy an elegant meal while overlooking the stunning Sydney skyline at 360 Bar and Dining, the revolving restaurant atop Sydney Tower. Soaring 88 stories above ...  Read more

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

From USD $44.49
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise, Sydney, Dining Experiences
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Cruise Sydney Harbour and watch Sydney light up on an early-dinner sunset cruise aboard the luxurious MV Sydney 2000, the most prestigious cruising restaurant ...  Read more

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

From USD $73.41
Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour, Sydney, Dinner Cruises
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Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

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Combine two great Sydney experiences into one with a hop-on hop off Sydney Harbour cruise and a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. The ferry pass is valid for ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.44
Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour, Sydney, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour

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Choose this morning or afternoon half-day Sydney sightseeing tour and explore Sydney highlights including incredible views of Sydney Opera House, Sydney ...  Read more

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

From USD $92.69
Sydney Morning Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise or Sydney Opera House Tour Upgrade, Sydney, Half-day ... 
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Sydney Morning Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise or Sydney Opera House Tour Upgrade

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Explore the best of Sydney on this half-day city tour as you visit Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach and the Rocks. Explore the iconic Mrs Macquarie’s chair and ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $47.46
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Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise

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See Sydney's famous waterfront sights on a 1.5-hour cruise through Sydney Harbour. It’s the perfect sightseeing tour for first-timers and those short on time, ...  Read more

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

From USD $25.95
Sydney, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross Tour, Sydney, Day Cruises
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Sydney, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross Tour

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Capture the essence of Sydney on this afternoon coach tour of the city’s many famous attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and ...  Read more

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

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