What if you have just one day to spend in Sydney? You’d prolly travel to the best places out there before you leave for good. For all the first-time visitors and budget-travelers, here’s a simple itinerary to guide you through. Being a Sydneysider, you can count on me to suggest to you the highlights of the city that will sweep you off your feet.
The Sydney Tower Eye
It is the city’s highest viewing point which offers great views and gives you a 360° panorama of Sydney. Treat your eyes to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge on the iconic Sydney Harbour. You can also indulge in a unique 1hr experience of a fully guided SKYWALK tour around the outside of the top of Sydney Tower.
The popular harbour cruises
If you go on board a boat cruise for dinner in Sydney, you can enjoy dazzling views of Luna Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kirribilli House along with Opera House, Harbour Bridge, all basking in the night’s glory. Experience Sydney at a glance as you cruise through the calm waters.
The Darling Harbour
This harbour is a bustling waterside precinct adjacent to the centre of the city that is home to major public attractions like Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Tumbalong Park, Madame Tussauds, Aboriginal Centre and more. Here, you’ll also find King Street Wharf where cruises and ferries arrive and depart. I would suggest going aboard a Sydney Harbour day cruise to get a sneak-peek into the daily ongoings in the area.
Bondi to Coogee Coast Walk
This is the most popular coastal walk in Australia. It extends over six kilometres in length and will take around three hours for you to complete. For the health-conscious fitness freaks, this could be the ideal route for a fitness walk while you’re in the city. Or if you simply wish to explore the route, you can start by chilling at Bondi Beach and finish by cooling off at Coogee Beach.
The Circular Quay
Circular Quay is the major transport hub of Sydney and its iconic harbour, where you’ll find many attractions including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House in Sydney Cove. All these landmarks also offer a glimpse into the eventful history of Sydney. If you are lucky, you can even be entertained by street performers here.
Next to Circular Quay is The Rocks. It is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Australia. The area has some of the oldest pubs and upscale restaurants overlooking harbour views. It has a number of heritage-listed buildings such as the Custom House, The Museum of Contemporary Art and plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars. If you’re here in this area during the weekend, don’t forget to check out The Rocks Market..
The Art Gallery of NSW
It is one of the best attractions and finest galleries in all of Australia. It was founded as the New South Wales Academy of Art in 1872 and was known as the National Gallery of NSW between 1883 and 1958 located in The Domain in Sydney. If you’re a culture-vulture, a visit to this gallery would be a transformative experience. The gallery is composed of five different levels, each of which presents a diverse range of art and artistic styles including pieces of Aboriginal Art, Colonial and European influenced Australian art of the 20th Century, and galleries featuring tributes to masters of European and Asian origin.
Sydney as a city has so much more to offer as attractions other than the ones mentioned. I have just specified the best of the lot. If you’re planning to go holidaying in Sydney in future, stay tuned to my blog for more helpful content. Bon voyage!