Short on time? Sydney is the perfect place for a quick cheeky weekend away. Discover how you can make the most of your time in Sydney with this recommended three-day itinerary and leave no stone unturned.
Arrive in Sydney by plane and take the airport train to your hotel. Expect to pay around $20 each way and spend 20 minutes on the train. Depending on where your hotel is you may need to change trains or take the light rail to get there. If you are staying in the CBD then you can get off at Central or at Town Hall. If staying in Circular Quay get off at Circular Quay, and if staying in Darling Harbour get off at Central and transfer to the Dulwich Hill Light Rail before getting off at Pyrmont or Convention.
Once you’ve arrived, hit the town for drinks and dinner. Visit Opera Bar for sunset drinks overlooking Sydney Harbour. You can either stay there for dinner as well or head to 6Head for fine dining with even finer views of the Sydney Opera House.
After dinner head to a rooftop bar to finish off the night. Take the elevator up to level 36 at the Shangri-La and you’ll find Blu Bar. Sip on cocktails and watch the harbour lights dazzle from above.
Start the day off with smashed Avo at The Rocks Cafe before exploring this historic part of Sydney on foot. Stop by The Rocks Markets and pick up a souvenir or just explore the cobblestoned streets.
Next, take the Pyrmont ferry from Circular Quay to Pyrmont to catch some epic harbour views at sea level. Depending on which side of Darling Harbour you want to explore you can get off at Barangaroo (city side) or Pyrmont (Pyrmont side). Visit the Sydney Maritime Museum or SeaLife Aquarium and learn about Sydney’s aquatic history and sea life.
Stick around Darling Harbour as the sun sets and watch the ambience come alive. Try the Little Snail for some French fare and then head over to Zephyr Bar at the Hyatt Regency Sydney for unbeatable views and cocktails with a twist.
Make the most of your last day in the city and start off at The Grounds of the City — the sister restaurant of The Grounds of Alexandria and enjoy breakfast in this Parisian-themed cafe. Next, walk over to Hyde Park and spend some time walking around Sydney’s most famous park. Stop by St Mary’s Cathedral for a photo.
You can either continue your nature walk into the Royal Botanic Gardens, head over to The Art Gallery of New South Wales for a culture fix or stroll down Pitt Street Mall for some world-class shopping — the world is your oyster! Side note: if you love oysters you should go to the Sydney Fish Market for some of the freshest seafood in the world that you can take away and enjoy overlooking the harbour.
Sadly, it’s time to head home. Take the airport train back to the airport from Town Hall or Central and bid farewell to Sydney until next time.