3 Days in Sydney, Australia

Home to some of Australia’s most iconic sights, visitors to the state capital of New South Wales find themselves spoilt for choice with so much to see and do. In this week’s blog, we offer a suggested itinerary for a three day visit to the vibrant, multi-cultural city.

 

Day One – Harbour Bridge & The Rocks

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Fondly referred to by locals as “The Coat Hanger”, Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most recognisable symbols of the city. Opened in 1932, the bridge took 11 years to build and requires constant maintenance by a large team of workers. Start your first day in Sydney with a visit to the bridge’s South-East pylon, which has been turned into a popular attraction. Although there are 200 steps that you have to climb to get to the observation deck at the top, the journey is broken down into achievable sections with three floors of exhibits to explore on the way. Learn how the bridge was built through a series of multi-media displays – and when you get to the top, take some time to absorb to incredible view.

To complete day one of your visit, spend an afternoon at “The Rocks”. The location of the first European settlement in Australia, the historic neighbourhood has turned into a trendy and bustling hang-out. This is a great place to pick up quirky gifts and souvenirs, from handmade jewellery to vintage fashion, or indulge in a relaxed lunch with views of Sydney Harbour. Other places of interest that you might like to see include Cadman’s Cottage (built in 1816) and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

Day Two – City Centre Attractions

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On day two of your visit to Sydney, discover the cosmopolitan city centre and check out some of the world-class museums and peaceful parks. The Australia Museum is the oldest museum in the country and is housed in a beautiful sandstone building which incorporates a variety of architectural styles. The museum’s collection is a stunning array of exhibits about nature, history and culture with optional tourist tours available for an additional cost. In the afternoon, head over to Sydney Park, a vast recreational area where you can relax like the locals do. The park has great views over Sydney, kid’s play areas, barbecues, wetland nature zones, sculptures and a heritage zone.

 

Day Three – Chinatown

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On the third day of your stay in Sydney, visit the colourful Chinatown neighbourhood. Located between George Street and Darling Harbour, this is Australia’s largest Chinatown and the best place to enjoy Asian cuisine and culture. Wander along the paved pedestrian mall that is at the very centre of the community and you’ll be delighted by the ornate architecture and design. Here you’ll find Chinese grocery stores and medicine shops, clothing and other speciality goods, along with a vast choice of restaurants for lunch. In the afternoon, take your pick from one of the many nearby attractions to suit your mood. Sydney Wildlife World and Sydney Aquarium are popular with kids, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is a good choice if you want to stroll and relax in the sunshine, or you could book onto one of the cruises boat-trips that run regularly from Darling Harbour

 

Have you been to Sydney already – do you have any suggestions to share with fellow travellers? Or are you planning a trip – which attractions are on your must-see list?

 

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