INSIDER SYDNEY ITINERARY for (September 2019)

This insider Sydney itinerary is packed with the best things Sydney has to offer, so you can see it all!

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Australia’s largest city, famous for its grand harbourfront, Sydney Opera House and being Nemo’s ever-elusive destination. It’s the perfect place to spend your holidays! With so much to offer, a massive harbor with plenty of waterside activities, historical buildings and a multitude of fascinating tours to choose from, your Sydney itinerary is sure to be bursting with creative adventures!

Indigenous Australians are thought to have inhabited the Sydney area for at least 30 000 years, this means that there’s an overwhelming amount to learn about your destination of choice.

Whether you’re spending 2 days in Sydney, 3 days or even a week in Sydney, we’ve got your activities covered for the trip. Here’s what we like to think is the best Sydney itinerary out!

 

Best Time To Visit Sydney

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These are the best times to visit Sydney!

The best time to visit Sydney is widely up for debate. While there’s no wrong time to visit this gorgeous city, you should make an informed decision when deciding what time of year you’d like to go.

January is the hottest month of the year in Sydney, as it’s just after the summer solstice. In February and March, Sydney tends to get its highest rainfall.

During April and May, the city starts cooling down considerably as Sydney heads into winter.

During the months of June, July and August, temperatures drop quite low in Sydney, which marks mid-winter. In September, October and November the temperatures start to rise again –  during this time Sydney is at its busiest.

December is the driest month of the year in Sydney Australia and marks the end of the tourist season.

 Average TemperaturesChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
January23°C / 73°FHighCalm🙁
February23°C / 73°FHighMedium😐
March22°C / 72°FHighBusy🙂
April19°C / 66°FHighBusy🙂
May16°C / 61°FAverageMedium😐
June14°C / 57°FHighCalm🙁
July13°C / 55°FLowCalm🙁
August14°C / 57°FAverageCalm🙁
September16°C / 61°FLowMedium😐
October18°C / 64°FLowBusy🙂
November20°C / 68°FAverageBusy🙂
December22°C / 72°FLowMedium🙂

 

Where To Stay In Sydney

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These are the best places to stay in Sydney!

You’ve booked your flights, now you’ve got the task of deciding where to stay in Sydney so you can begin planning your Sydney itinerary. Here are two of our favorite places to stay in Sydney!

Bondi Beach is probably one you’ve heard of before as it’s become famous all around the world. This neighborhood stretches out along the coastline and has a kilometer of beach just waiting to be explored. Bondi Beach is full of health clubs, lifestyle events and some very elegant dining options.

The locals in this area tend to be very active, go-getter types, so if you enjoy living life to the fullest, Bondi Beach just might be the perfect place for you.

Balmain is a neighborhood in Sydney just 6 kilometers from the city center. It’s home to the largest Italian population in the city and you can see the Italian influence on every street corner. Italian architecture is sprinkled generously around the neighborhood, and little terraces jut out from almost every building.

As you can imagine, pizza and pasta joints are the main dish served up in the area, and you’ll find cafes on almost every street.

If you’re looking for more of a nomadic adventure, be sure to check out our best tips for backpacking through Australia.

 

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Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway is our pick for the best hostel in Sydney

Best Hostel in Sydney – Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway

The Mad Monkey Hostel on Broadway offers really affordable accommodation in the most convenient place: just a few minutes walk from Central Station! You can expect a clean interior with modern decor. Hot breakfast is served every morning, so you’re in for a treat if you’re on a budget!

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Wyndham is our pick for the best budget hotel in Sydney

Best Budget Hotel in Sydney – Wyndham Sydney Suites

Close to all the best tourist attractions in Sydney, you honestly couldn’t ask for a better location than the Wyndham. Each room is modern with a clean finish, and they’re equipped with their own small kitchen and cozy balcony. If you’re someone who enjoys privacy and value for money, this is a great spot for you!

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Astral Tower and Residences at The Star is our pick for the best luxury hotel in Sydney!

Best Luxury Hotel in Sydney – Astral Tower and Residences at The Star

This modern hotel is the picture of elegance at its finest! Located in the Darling Harbour, you simply could not imagine a better view! Luxury is hidden around every corner of this hotel and the facilities are nothing less than world class.

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Sydney Itinerary

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Welcome to our EPIC Sydney itinerary

Knowing how you’re going to navigate the city is one of the most important parts of your Sydney itinerary. In many cities, public transport can cause challenges to travelers, but luckily for you, Sydney is not one of those cities. In fact, their transport system is one of the best in the world!

Most of the locals in Sydney, rely heavily on public transport. This means that it’s efficient and well organized!

It’s important to note that in order to make use of public transport in Sydney, you will need an Opal Card. This can be bought at a post office or a supermarket, so they’re really not hard to come by.

The train routes run a loop around the city, which is a great way to get from one side of the city  to the other. If you’re looking for transport within the city, you can make use of the light rail, buses or taxis.

Now that you know how to get around, here’s what you should be getting up to during your time in Sydney.

 

Day 1 Itinerary in Sydney

Bondi Icebergs Pool | Chinese Art at White Rabbit | Wendy’s Secret Garden | Golden Age Cinema | LGBTQIA Imperial Hotel

Your first day in Sydney will see you enjoying the beautiful natural surrounds that Sydney has to offer and immersing yourself in unique cultural experiences.

 

Day 1 / Stop 1 – Swim in Bondi Icebergs Pool

  • Why it’s awesome: The Bondi Icebergs Pool is an ocean pool that is by far the most photographed pool in all of Australia! It was built to look like a normal swimming pool but is filled to the brim with sea water, much like any other tidal pool.
  • Cost: $7
  • Food nearby: Sefa Kitchen is a great little munching spot serving creative Middle Eastern dishes. The food is absolutely divine and the atmosphere is lovely. You’ll find this dining spot packed with locals all year around! If you enjoy your food a little spicy, this is a great place to go, however most dishes are adaptable, so you don’t have to choose the spicy options.
Swim in Bondi Icebergs Pool

Bondi Icebergs Pool, Sydney (photo credits: Evening Standard)

Bondi Icebergs Pool has become an all-year-round landmark for Bondi Beach. A dip into the seawater is the most refreshing way to start the morning, no matter what time of year you’re visiting Sydney. It may take a brave soul to venture into the water during winter, although the locals enjoy it just fine! Perhaps they’re a little more accustomed to the beach lifestyle?

Be sure to bring your camera along to this lovely pool as the turquoise blue water is something you’ll want to capture!

 

Day 1 / Stop 2 – See Contemporary Chinese Art at White Rabbit

  •      Why it’s awesome: This four-floor gallery houses some of the best post-millennial contemporary Chinese art that exists.
  •      Cost: Free!
  •      Food nearby: The Hub Burger Bar is the perfect place to stop off for a deliciously juicy burger – and you won’t offend your wallet by doing so. The burgers at The Hub Burger Bar are very reasonably priced! It’s also a very short drive from the gallery, so if you decide not to go for the dumplings at the gallery eatery, this is the perfect burger joint to go to after your stint at the gallery.

The owner of the White rabbit, Judith Neilson, opened this entirely self-funded gallery in 2009. Since then, this non-profit gallery has increased in size to include a small gift shop and an eatery that serves some iconic dumplings!

See Contemporary Chinese Art at White Rabbit

Contemporary Chinese Art at White Rabbitl, Sydney (source: John McDonald)

The Neilsons took 3 years and $10 million dollars to turn an old knitting factory into a gorgeous gallery. The gallery increased its collection over time and soon became home to the biggest collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world! If that’s not a reason to visit, then I don’t know what is?

 

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Visit Wendy’s Secret Garden

  •      Why it’s awesome: The wife of famed artist, Brett Whiteley, poured her creative energy into designing a gorgeous secret garden when her husband passed away. Her name was Wendy, and that’s how the garden got its name. The garden is half public and half private property, but the owners don’t mind visitors popping by to explore the garden and enjoy a picnic.
  •      Cost: Free!
  •      Food nearby: Piato Restaurant is just a short drive from Wendy’s garden and serves up amazing home-style Italian food. This family-run restaurant boasts great service and a cozy atmosphere. If you’re in the mood for some carbo-loading, there’s no better place to go!

The garden overlooks Sydney Harbour and is the perfect place to snap a pic of the beautiful bay. The garden has been taken care of by Wendy and two gardeners over the past 25 years. They’ve planted many gorgeous plants and created intricate pathways that run through the grounds. This makes it the perfect garden to explore, before settling down for a picnic.

Visit Wendy’s Secret Garden

Wendy’s Secret Garden, Sydney (source: Wendy’s Secret Garden)

The garden is filled with bird baths and benches, which makes it a great spot to relax and do some bird watching if you’re feeling up for it.

Being an artist’s wife, Wendy needed to add an artistic touch to the garden. For this reason, she has placed bronze sculptures throughout the garden. It can be loads of fun trying to find them all. Most of these statues were donated by local artists in the Sydney area.

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Day 1 / Stop 4 – Catch a Screening at the Golden Age Cinema

  •      Why it’s awesome: The building was constructed in 1940, intended to be used as offices for Paramount Pictures. It was used for just that for many years, but in 2013 the building reopened as the Golden Age cinema. The cinema contains an old basement theatre, that is now being used to showcase old films as well as new Indie films.
  •      Cost: around $15
  •      Food nearby: If you opt not to eat during the show, then enjoy a hearty Spanish meal at Encasa restaurant. They serve a wide range of foods from paellas to pizza, so there’s sure to be something for you. If you’re looking for a lighter meal, they have an amazing range of tapas options too.

Enjoying this old theatre experience is a must during your stay in Sydney. Its old-timey feel sends you straight back to the mid-1900s!

Catch a Screening at the Golden Age Cinema

Golden Age Cinema, Sydney (source: Broadsheet)

The cinema contains an adjoining bar, where you can purchase up-market movie snacks before the screening. Here you won’t find just your regular popcorn and coke, but a few fancy extras thrown in.

If you’re in the mood for a full-on meal, chefs can prepare your meal and serve it to you during the movie. It really is a great experience. If you’re in the mood for a light snack, opt for a sundae, they’re known to be the best sundaes in town.

 

Day 1 / Stop 5 – Enjoy an Extravagant Show at the LGBTQIA Imperial Hotel

  •      Why it’s awesome: The Imperial Hotel has been a safe space for the LGBTQIA community to express themselves since the 80s. Drag is at the forefront of all performances and is a celebration of queer culture.
  •      Cost: Cost varies per performance
  •      Food nearby: There’s no need to dine nearby as you can dine while you watch a drag performance. The pub brags of a veggie-heavy menu, so there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Although that doesn’t mean that the steaks and roasts aren’t also great!

Get the opportunity to enjoy a drag and dine style show every night of the week. Enjoy a hearty meal while watching an entertaining show.

Enjoy an Extravagant Show at the LGBTQIA Imperial Hotel

LGBTQIA Imperial Hotel, Sydney (source: Broadsheet)

The team that works at the famed LGBTQIA pub care deeply for the history that the building holds. Many things have changed about this pub over time, however certain elements have been left the same as a remembrance of the history the sheltered pub holds.

The back room turns into an after-hours drag disco, if you’re keen for a night of extravagance and dancing, this should definitely be your last stop for the night. Cher, Madonna, Whitney and Diana look-alikes make frequent appearances during the night of disco. Be sure to capture a pic with one of these famed queens.

 

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Day 2 Itinerary in Sydney

Bronte Baths | Bondi Beach | Bondi to Coogee Coastal Path | Dynasty Karaoke | Lansdowne Hotel

Your Day 2 Sydney itinerary will see you spending plenty of time by the ocean and enjoying some wholesome musical entertainment!

 

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Take a Swim at Bronte Baths

  •      Why it’s awesome: Join the early-risers in Sydney for a few salty laps of the Bronte Baths tidal pool. This full-size tidal pool is the perfect place to get your exercise on before the day has even started.
  •      Cost: Free!
  •      Food nearby: The Bogey Hole Cafe is the perfect spot to stop off for a morning meal after your early morning swim. The greatest part is that from their street-side tables, you’ll still have a view of the ocean! The Bogey Hole Cafe serves delicious breakfast food at a great price.

Waking up to an ocean swim is a truly Australian way to start your day! However, tourists often find that the water at Bronte Beach is a little too violent and volatile for swimming, so this is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful saltwater swim without worrying about the tides.

Take a Swim at Bronte Baths

Bronte Baths, Sydney (source: Sydney – City and Suburbs)

Enjoy the sounds and views of waves crashing over the edge of the tidal pool, knowing you’re safe inside its sheltered walls. Be sure to take your camera along for the trip, as the sunrise from Bronte Baths is nothing less than an Instagrammable sight.

Insider Tip: Try getting to the baths before 7 am, as watching the sunrise on the horizon is absolutely gorgeous from this perfect viewing spot.

 

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Take a Surfing Lesson at Bondi Beach

  •      Why it’s awesome: There’s nothing more truly Aussie than hanging ten on a wave at Bondi Beach. Learning to surf at one of the most popular surf destinations in the world is an absolute privilege that should not be missed while you’re staying in Sydney. 
  •      Cost: You can expect to pay around $85 dollars for a 2-hour surf lesson at Bondi Beach.
  •      Food nearby: Bondi’s Best serves up some delicious seafood! Situated right by the beach, this restaurant has mastered the art of making mouth-watering dishes. How could you spend so much time by the beach and not indulge in a plate of seafood? The location is gorgeous too and the views are ones you won’t want to miss out on!

Each surfing lesson for beginners starts on the sand, so you don’t need to worry about being thrown in the deep end. Although each surfer requires taking a leap of faith to stand up on the board for the first time.

Take a Surfing Lesson at Bondi Beach

Surfing Lesson at Bondi Beach, Sydney

You’ll get the opportunity to feel the rush of riding your first wave, with the help of your very well-trained surf coach. Hopefully, you’ll be catching waves by yourself in no time.

During your lessons you’ll learn to ride a long-board, these are surfboards used to catch even the smaller waves, so riding a wave shouldn’t be a problem! Your lesson will include a wetsuit that you’ll be very appreciative of in the winter months. During summer, the water is warm and you may not require a wetsuit but the option is still there.

 

Day 2 / Stop 3 – Walk Along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Path

  •      Why it’s awesome: This coastal walkway will lead you along 6-kilometers of the gorgeous coastline while taking in some spectacular views!
  •      Cost: Free!
  •      Food nearby: Coogee Pavilion is situated right on the coastline as you enter Coogee, which makes it the perfect place to stop off for a refreshment and a bite to eat before heading back to Bondi. They offer gorgeous outdoor seating with stunning sea views! The range of cuisines they serve is extensive but each dish is exquisitely presented and absolutely delicious!

Coastal walkways all over the world are usually thought to be unsafe, however on this walkway you’ll find people every step of the way! You’ll be happy to know that this is a very safe coastal walk!

Walk Along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Path

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Path, Sydney (source: Roadtrippers)

The path will lead you past Waverley cemetery, where it can get a little windy. This part of the walk takes place on a suspended walkway, so be careful during this section of the journey. You’ll then pass Clovelly Bowls Club and head towards Gordons Bay. Gordons Bay is a secluded bay that is the perfect stop off for a picnic, or just a breather.

This is a beautiful way to take yourself on a self-guided tour of the coastline. Not many tourists experience Sydney this way, so it’s a ‘must’ to add to your Sydney itinerary.

You’ll then reach Coogee where you should stop off for a refreshment or a bite to eat before heading back to Bondi Beach.

 

Day 2 / Stop 4 – Sing your Heart Out at Dynasty Karaoke

  •      Why it’s awesome: There’s nothing better than busting a lung in a room full of strangers! You could be the hit of the night or flunk the song and get booed off the stage. Either way, it will make a great story to tell back home!
  •      Cost: Entrance is free!
  •      Food nearby: The bar at Dynasty Karaoke serves great food and the staff is friendly, helpful and determined to keep you well fed all night long. Their selection of tapas is very impressive and their cocktail menu is equally so.

Dynasty Karaoke is situated right in the heart of Chinatown, giving it a very interesting feel right from the moment you walk in. You’ll walk through the front doorway, take an elevator up one floor, and into a wine bar. If you would prefer to give your friends a private performance, there are private karaoke rooms just for that occasion – for an extra fee of course.

Sing your Heart Out at Dynasty Karaoke

Dynasty Karaoke, Sydney (source: www.dynastykaraoke.com.au)

If you get bored of the singing, there are touchscreen tabletops to keep the gamers entertained.

Dynasty Karaoke is adorned with statues and everything in the room seems to have a shiny finish. This is sure to be a truly unique karaoke experience! Be sure to pop in for at least one evening during your time spent in Sydney.

 

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Listen to Live Music at the Lansdowne Hotel

  •      Why it’s awesome: Support the local live music scene at the Lansdowne Hotel! The hotel pub has become a local favorite for those who appreciate some quality live music.
  •      Cost: A few dollars. The amount is dependant on who’s playing.
  •      Food nearby: The pub serves up some delicious food and offers the experience of an open kitchen. Seeing your food being prepared is always a great way to add to your dining experience. Amazingly handcrafted beer is served for the beer connoisseur but can be enjoyed by those without a refined taste for beer too.

You’ll be happy to know that an over-the-counter meal will only cost you $10, so you’ll have plenty of extra cash for the night.

Gain access to live music in the upstairs section for only a few dollars. This amount changes depending on who’s playing but is never anything too extravagant.

Sit back and relax in a candle-lit room while listening to the best the live local music scene has to offer. Rugs line the couches giving the place a cozy feel that encourages guests to sit back and relax. However, if you like to get up and boogie, there’s always plenty of space to do that.

The venue can hold around 250 people, so don’t worry about not being able to get in. There’s generally enough space to arrive late and still find a space.

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Sydney Itinerary: Day 3 and Beyond

Sydney Harbor Bridge | Sydney Opera House | Walking Tour | Royal Botanic Gardens | Luna Park Sydney

If you’re spending more than 2 days in Sydney, you’re going to need a few extra activities to add to your Sydney trip! Here are a few extra things we think you should be adding to your Sydney itinerary:

 

Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge

  •      Climbing the Sydney Harbor bridge was voted the number one traveler’s choice experience in all of Australia!
  •      This experience will cost you between $140 and $280 depending on which package you decide to take.
  •      Before the climb, you will be equipped with everything you need to make the climb. All that you’ll need to bring with you are a pair of sunglasses and comfortable shoes.

Over 4 million visitors have climbed Sydney Harbor Bridge! Experienced guides will talk you through the activity before your climb and lead you every step of the way up the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

The bridge towers 134m over the water, which makes the view from the top nothing less than magnificent! Tours are held throughout the day, from dawn until dusk, and the views change continuously throughout the day. We recommend going early in the morning to catch the sunrise or late at dusk to catch the sunset.

Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney

The Sydney Harbor Bridge has become one of the most photographed parts of the city, and there’s no secret as to why. This gorgeous bridge stands tall over one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world and now shapes the city skyline.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in an experience completely unique to Sydney. This is one activity you have to add to your Sydney itinerary if you plan on staying for more than 2 days in Sydney.

 

Take a Tour of the Sydney Opera House

  •      The Sydney Opera House is the most iconic building in Sydney.
  •      Sydney Opera House was only built around 60 years ago, however, it has come to be considered as one of the greatest buildings of all time.
  •      Although the Sydney Opera House sits in Sydney Harbour, Australia, the building was actually designed by a Danish architect, Jorn Utzon.

Sydney Opera House was put on the map by its ability to host performing arts on a continuous basis. The building hosts over 1600 events every year, making it one of the busiest performing arts centers in the whole world!

Your guide will lead you under the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House as they tell you the tales and secrets that the building has become famous for over the years.

Take a Tour of the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

You’ll get the chance to explore the building that holds over 1000 rooms and 300 corridors! Of course, you won’t be able to explore each one individually in this one-hour tour, but you’ll be shown the most important parts.

One of the greatest features of the Sydney Opera House is its performance hall. Here you’ll experience the incredible acoustics that the Opera House was designed for.

During your tour, you’ll learn the history of the Opera House and how the Danish architects’ vision came to life in an unlikely story!

 

Wonder what to do in Sydney for 3 days? Head over to our insider’s Weekend in Sydney guide!

 

Take a Free Walking Tour

  •      Take a walking tour of this incredible city, absolutely free of charge.
  •      Rain or shine, these tours take place everyday!
  •      You’ll be guided on your free walking tour by a passionate local who wants to share their incredible love for their city with you.

Taking a walking tour of the city helps you to come to a deeper understanding of the sights you see around you. Learning the history of these sights allows you to take a lot more value away from the experience.

There are 3 tours that take place every day, which makes the rest of your day a lot more flexible, and allows you to revisit some of your favorite sights for a more in-depth tour.

Take a Free Walking Tour

Free Walking Tour, Sydney (source: Sydney, Australia)

There’s no need to book these tours in advance, you just need to show up and look for your guide in the bright green t-shirt.

You’ll meet your guide at the town hall square and get the opportunity to see and learn about some incredible pieces of history. You’ll see the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks District, Cadman’s Cottage, Hyde Park Barracks, The Rum Hospital, St Mary’s Cathedral and the Customs House. You’ll also get to see Parliament House, Macquarie Square, hidden bar culture, the Queen Victoria Building, laneways, art and many, many more!

 

Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens

  •      These gardens were established in 1816, which makes them the oldest botanic gardens in Australia!
  •      There are guided tours as well as self-guided tours that can lead you around the gardens and teach you all about their history. There is also a choo choo express that offers you a quick, scenic tour of the gardens if you’re pressed for time.
  •      The Royal Botanic Gardens are just a few minutes walk from the CBD and attract more than 5 million visitors per year!

The Royal Botanic Gardens are an impressive 74 acres and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The Gardens are a scientific institution and one of the most important botanic scientific institutions in the world!

Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (source: Tourism in Sydney and NSW (Australia)

The gardens are open every day of the week and access is completely free! This makes it the perfect place to stroll around in search of some of Australia’s most beautiful plants. The plant and bird life is abundant in the gardens, so be sure to take your camera along for the trip!

From the gardens, it’s a short walk to Sydney Opera House if you feel like exploring a little further. These famed gardens are a must-visit during your time in Sydney, so be sure to add them to your Sydney itinerary!

 

Let your Inner Child Free at Luna Park Sydney

  •      An unlimited all-access pass to Luna Park will only cost you around $37 for the day.
  •      Luna Park Sydney has a rich history. Started in 1935, this rare surviving amusement park features fantasy architecture and the art deco style of the 30s.
  •      The park underwent serious restoration during the 90s allowing it to run safely and efficiently into the 21st century.

Sydney’s Luna Park is now listed on the NSW heritage registry! Apart from just being an amusement park, the park holds history tours that show you the ins and outs of running an old amusement park. Although it has undergone major restorations in the past, constant maintenance is required to keep it functioning at its best.

Let your Inner Child Free at Luna Park Sydney

Luna Park Sydney, Sydney (source: The NRMA)

The famous ‘face’ entrance-way to Luna Park has been photographed many times, and is what the park has become most famous for all over the world!

You’ll be given a park map when you enter that will help you decide which rides and attractions you’d like to visit most! On the map, you’ll also find interesting facts about the park. You can enthrall yourself with roller coasters or scare yourself at the haunted Mystery Manor.

This historic amusement park is a great way to spice up your Sydney itinerary!

Don’t forget to pack a good book!

In a Sunburned Country: This is our top recommendation for an awesome and inspiring read on this magical city.

 

Staying Safe in Sydney

Sydney as a city is considered a very safe place, especially for tourists. The little crime that Sydney does have generally affects the locals and not visitors to the city. This being said, it’s important to be careful, no matter where you’re traveling. Like your mother probably told you, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Here are a few things we suggest you watch out for during your vacation in Sydney.

It’s advised that you stay away from higher crime neighborhoods in Sydney, mainly during the night. These include Kings Cross, Fairfield, Redfern, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Blacktown, Liverpool and Penrith. This is not to say that these areas are extremely dangerous, but they’re higher risk than other neighborhoods.

When visiting the beaches in Sydney, be aware of strong undertows that can easily take you out to sea. They have caused many drownings in the Sydney area.

Sydney has many dangerous animals that could bite or sting you. If you get bitten or stung by something poisonous, it’s important to call the emergency number immediately. These animals include dangerous insects, spiders, snakes and marine life.

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Day Trips From Sydney

If you’re spending more than 3-days in Sydney, you’re going to want to add a day trip or two to your Sydney itinerary. Here are a few of the best day trips that Sydney has to offer.

 

Hunter Valley Tour

Hunter Valley Tour

This 10-hour tour will take you to three different wine estates in Hunter Valley where you’ll enjoy three separate wine tastings and a 2-course meal. You’ll also get the opportunity to visit local vendors and sample some great cheeses, craft beers and gelatos!

The journey there will take you on a trip over the Sydney Harbor Bridge and into Hunter Valley. You’ll get the opportunity to take part in cellar tours at each of the wine estates you visit so that you’ll better understand the wine creation process.

After all your tastings, you’ll be given the freedom to explore the local shops in the area and do some sampling of your own.

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Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountain Tour

Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountain Tour

This 11.5-hour tour will lead you through the Blue Mountains, which are now considered a world heritage treasure, and to the beautiful Jenolan Caves that are a natural wonder of note.

The Jenolan caves are considered to be Australia’s most impressive network of limestone caves. They also feature many above ground arches.

There are several villages in the Blue Mountains that perfectly capture the essence of the region. It’s at one of these villages that you’ll either stop for a sit-down lunch or opt for a takeaway so that you can continue on your journey.

Be sure to take your camera along for this trip as you won’t want to forget the beautiful sights of the Blue Mountains.

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Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Tour

Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Tour

This 11-hour tour gives you the opportunity to experience a variety of different activities in one day. You’ll start your day by heading into the Royal National Park, wind your way through the forest-enshrouded roads up to Bald Hill Lookout. Here you’ll enjoy a gorgeous view of the coastline!

You’ll then visit Symbio Wildlife Park where you’ll learn all about koalas and even snap a picture with one. You’ll also get the opportunity to feed kangaroos and wallabies while getting close to some unique Australian wildlife.

Then you’ll stop for a pre-lunch dip in the ocean. After which, you’ll head on to Morton National Park to enjoy the spectacular waterfalls.

On the way home, you’ll visit a boutique winery to sample some of the best local wines.

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Sydney South Coast Scenic nature Tour

Sydney South Coast Scenic nature Tour

This is a fun and family-friendly trip from Sydney that won’t leave you stressing over entertaining your little ones. On this 11-hour tour from Sydney, you’ll drive through the countryside and out along the southern coast of Australia. You’ll drive along part of the 140km Grand Pacific Drive, enjoying the views of the spectacular coastline! From the coast, you’ll head into a heavily forested area to enjoy the waterfalls.

You’ll then stop for a BBQ lunch and head to the shoreline for a walk along Sea Cliff Bridge. Here you’ll enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against the cliff faces! Grab this opportunity to get some great photos of the ocean!

Your tour guide will be a professional photographer who can take some epic photos along the way.

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Port Stephens Dolphins and Dunes

Port Stephens Dolphins and Dunes

On this unique tour, you’ll discover the secrets of the North Coastal region. Your first stop will be the Australian Reptile Park where you’ll enjoy fascinating exhibits and interesting animals.

After a stop-off for lunch, you’ll join the Dolphin Watch Cruise. This is a 1-hour cruise that leaves from Nelson Bay Marina. You’ll be keeping your eyes peeled for a pod of bottlenose dolphins that are often spotted on these cruises. You’ll get the opportunity to ride the boom net, and get right up close and personal with these beautiful creatures!

You’ll then meet up with your 4WD guide and head to the dunes. During your 4WD tour, you’ll get a chance to try out sandboarding and all the thrills that come with it.

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Conclusion

Sydney is an absolutely beautiful city! With so much to do, this city makes the perfect holiday destination all year round! Be sure to pack your camera for this trip because you’re sure to be surrounded by exquisite views all trip long!

Sydney has a rich cultural history that is sure to knock your socks off, so be sure to learn as much as you can during your trip! It’s important to stay mindful of the incredible city you’re visiting.

If you haven’t already, be sure to add some of our great activities to your Sydney itinerary. It’s sure to be one for the books!

 

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