Three Wonderful Days in Sydney
Sydney, Australia is one of the world’s great cities and somewhere everyone should visit at least once.
Geographically stunning, casual, hip and cool, the city is a wonderful introduction to Australia.
Convenient overnight flights from the US west coast and Asian cities mean that most visitors will arrive in the early hours of the morning.
Ready to explore this exciting, vibrant city? Let’s get started!
Arrival at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport is easy and new automated passport kiosks make passing through immigration a breeze.
Exiting into the arrivals hall you will see your driver waiting for you displaying a Blue World Journeys sign bearing your name – how civilized!
Your luxury chauffeur driven car is waiting a few short steps away to whisk you directly to your hotel in the city center.
You’re staying at the fabulous Sydney Park Hyatt, ideally situated in Circular Quay and overlooked by the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Check-in and freshen up (the hotel will gladly allow you to use their spa showers if your room isn’t ready) before heading out to explore.
Leaving the hotel, walk in the direction of the tall downtown buildings and follow the path around towards the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Continue following the path past the Opera House and you will arrive at the lovely Royal Botanic Garden. This is a delightful park dating from 1816 and showcases plants from Australia and around the world.
Adjoining the gardens, Mrs Macquaries Point affords beautiful, expansive views across the bay, opera house and city skyline.
Continue heading away from the Opera House and after a 10 minute walk you’ll drive at the interestingly named Woolloomooloo district.
There are some great waterfront restaurants here, but for a true Aussie experience, head for Harry’s Cafe de Wheels for an authentic meat pie.
Return to the Hyatt for a refreshing swim in their rooftop pool.
This evening take it easy and stroll around Circular Quay or The Rocks, the oldest European settlement in Australia, right beside your hotel for some delicious local seafood.
Start the morning early with an unforgettable experience climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
This 3.5 hour experience is a wonderful way to see the city from above. From your viewpoint 440 feet above Sydney Harbour you will see the city’s bays, beaches and skyline in every direction.
You’ll also enjoy a stunning view of the Sydney Opera House from here. Your climb leader also doubles as your tour guide to point out all the landmarks of this beautiful city.
This afternoon take one of Sydney’s ferries across the harbor to the neighborhood of Manly.
The views from the ferry are spectacular, and you’ll actually start to envy the commuters who do this on a daily basis.
Arriving in Manly, walk along the ‘Corso’, a pedestrian friendly shopping street towards the beach.
When you get there turn right to follow the path leading along the coastline to Shelley Beach.
It’s a lovely 20 minute walk, passing by surfers and multi-million dollar homes overlooking the water. Stop for a refreshing drink and refreshments at The Boathouse before retracing your steps.
This evening make a reservation for dinner at the amazing farm to table Chiswick restaurant in Woollahra to try some delicious Australian lamb from the restaurant’s own farm outside the city.
Time to hit the surf!
After enjoying the wonderful breakfast buffet overlooking the Sydney Opera House at the Park Hyatt, your driver will be waiting for you in the lobby to whisk you away to the city’s famous Bondi Beach.
Quintessentially Sydney, iconic Bondi is one of the world’s great city beaches. It’s wide and clean, with great foaming swells of cool Pacific Ocean crashing on the beach.
Other than enjoying a cold beer and people watching, you’re here for a surf lesson. Your private instructor will teach you how to stand up on a board on the beach before taking to the waves.
They are so confident that they’ll get you to surf on your own, that they guarantee it with a full refund if you don’t. It’s a fun way to spend a couple of hours before returning to the hotel.
Tonight, begin your final evening with a sundowner at the Sydney Shangri-La hotel’s 36th floor bar with floor to ceiling windows over the spectacular cityscape.
Stroll through the Rocks area and end at Circular Quay for dinner in one of the waterfront restaurants.
Definitely make a point to stop by the amazing Aboriginal Art Galleries store to browse the beautiful paintings and didgeridoos. Maybe have one shipped home along with its certificate of authenticity.
Later, catch an unforgettable performance at the Sydney Opera House before retiring to your room.
Sydney is a fantastic city to explore for a few days and offers just a small taste of what this amazing country has to offer. Visit our Australia page for more information and ideas.