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How to Spend Three Days in Sydney

by Travelbag on 15 April 2019, 14:04PM


No holiday to Australia would be complete without a few days in Sydney. This iconic city is packed with must-see landmarks, trendy bars and sun-soaked patios. But it’s by no means a concrete jungle. Sydney strikes the perfect balance between city and nature – it has more than 100 beaches, and some of New South Wales’ most impressive beauty spots are just a day-trip away. To make the most of it all, we’d recommend spending at least three full days here – but there are plenty of things to do in Sydney if you want to stay for longer. Start planning your trip with our three-day itinerary.


Day 1: Explore the city

As with any city, it’s best to spend your first day getting your bearings. Sydney is surprisingly easy to navigate, thanks to its grid-like layout – and several world-famous landmarks.


In the morning, before it gets too warm, walk over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are a number of ways you can do this. You could simply walk over at your own pace and admire the views or, if you want to know more about the bridge itself, you can pay 10AUD for an audio guide and an hour-long self-guided tour. If you’re feeling brave, you could don a harness and do the famous Bridge Climb.  


Once your feet are firmly back on the ground, wander over to The Rocks. This historic district is crammed with pubs, bars and galleries – there’s everything from brunch to beer. If you’re feeling thirsty after your walk, grab a drink at The Glenmore Hotel. Built in 1921, this character-filled building has a fantastic rooftop bar, where you can sit outside and gaze at the Sydney Opera House. Alternatively, you could walk down to the harbour itself and have a bite to eat by the water. There are seafood restaurants, pizzerias and ice cream bars – and most of them have outdoor seating.


Walk off your lunch with a stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens – it’s right by the harbour. Whatever the time of year, you’ll find thousands of species of flowers and plants here, not to mention some beautiful birds. But we’ve saved the best stop for last. Stroll along to the sail-shaped Sydney Opera House and take an hour-long tour around this magnificent building – tours run daily until 5pm. You’ll be done just in time to have a cocktail by Sydney Harbour and watch the sun sink behind the bridge.

Sydney Harbour

Day 2: Walk from Bondi to Coogee

When you tell people you’re going to Sydney, you’ll probably be bombarded with suggestions. It’s impossible to do everything, but the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee is a must.


The sea-view path from Bondi to Coogee meanders along the cliffs for six kilometres, taking you to some of Sydney’s best beaches. It’s a good idea to start early and head to Bondi Beach, which is easily reached from the city. There are a number of buses to choose from and, depending on where you’re staying, the journey takes between 40 and 60 minutes. Plus, you’ll get a scenic tour around Sydney’s pretty suburbs.

Starting in Bondi – one of Australia’s most-loved surfing spots – you simply walk along to the far right-hand side of the beach. This is where the path begins, before winding south towards Tamarama and Bronte Beach. If you need to cool down after the first couple of kilometres, go for a swim in the sea or the Bronte Baths – this saltwater rock pool is a great spot for a dip.


After Bronte Beach, the path goes round to Clovelly. This is the longest stretch, but there are plenty of benches and view points along the way. Once you reach Clovelly, you’ll be greeted by a long, shallow bay and a beach. There’s a handful of cafes and a pub near the bay, if you fancy a bite to eat – or, for more choice, wait until you reach Coogee.


The home straight runs to Coogee Beach, past beautiful Gordon’s Bay. This is a popular place for diving and snorkelling, thanks to its underwater nature trail. Go for a swim here or carry on walking round to Coogee, where you’ll find sprawling sands, calm seas and plenty of restaurants and cafes. While away the rest of the afternoon on the beach, before heading back to the city.

Sydney Bondi Beach

Day 3: Take a trip to the Blue Mountains

Your third day in Sydney isn’t actually in Sydney at all. It’ll take you at least an hour to reach the Blue Mountains – and another 30 minutes to reach the centre of the park – but it’s well worth the drive.


Make a picnic, hire a car and drive east to Blue Mountains National Park. The dramatic hills and gorges are covered in eucalyptus trees, giving the mountains a blue-tinged hue – hence the name. Your first stop should be Evans Lookout, where you’ll have panoramic views of Grose River Valley. Several walking paths snake off from this point, but our pick of the bunch is the Grand Canyon Walk – this six-kilometre trail takes you down into the rich rainforest below.


After your long walk, you’ll probably be ready for your picnic. Hop in your car and drive round to Govetts Leap Lookout, just 15 minutes away. From here, you’ll be able to see the valley from a different angle as you tuck into your sandwiches and Australian Tim Tams.


The Blue Mountains are undeniably beautiful, but Echo Point is the star of the show. From here, you can see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and Jamison Valley beyond. If you can, stay until sunset for Mother Nature’s big finale – the Three Sisters are painted pink and orange as the sun melts into the horizon.

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

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