If you are heading to Sydney for the Australia day long weekend (26th Jan) or if you have 3 days in Sydney for sightseeing, here is what we at Stills360 would recommend…
Day 1, General Sight-seeing and beach
Wakeup early to see sunrise at Bondi Beach and do a Bondi to Bronte walk. The walk is non-strenuous 2 hrs return and has amazing views of Tamarama and Bronte beaches. Have breakfast at one of the lovely cafes along the Bondi Beach.
Catch a bus and head off to the CBD. There is always so much or so little to do in the city depending upon the time and energy levels.
Visit the QVB and head off to Darling Harbour to see the aquarium and have lunch in the Harbour. Take a ferry to Circular Quay to see the Opera house and also get a few clicks of the Harbour Bridge. While you are there grab a drink at the Opera Bar and enjoy the view.
For the Sunset, you can either head to the Bridge Climb or head off to Sydney Tower Eye and enjoy the amazing views of Sydney CBD during sunset light and the night light beauty of the city skyline.
If you are here on a Friday, then I think you should check out China town night markets and have some dumplings for dinner at Din Tai Fung and eat a Gelato at Messina, Darlinghurst.
After dinner you can roam round Kings Cross which is the party land in Sydney, but I would definitely advise care during late nights and the place isn’t for under 18s.
Day 2, Wines or Zoo or Spirituality, you got plenty to choose from!
If you are more of a spiritual kind then you can head to Wollongong‘s Buddhist temple and Helensburgh‘s Hindu temple. You can extend your journey a bit beyond Wollongong and witness the lovely Blow Hole at Kiama and also do the Minnamurra rainforest walk. The walk takes about 2 hrs and is low-moderate fitness level. If you are an adventure seeker, sky dive at the Wollongong beach.
Day 3, Mountains and caves, getting closer to nature and history
Head off to the west to Blue Mountains which is about 2 hrs drive from Sydney. The little villages like Katoomba and Leura are so cute and The Three Sisters and the Wentworth Falls are a must visit. If you are quick or have one more day then you can head off to Jenolan Caves.
If you have some more time, you can go further towards the South, past Kiama, to Jervis Bay which is infamous for its beaches with arguably world’s whitest sands, watch the Dolphins and then dash off to Batemans Bay. We have also left out places in the North, like the Nelsons Bay which are again popular for their lovely beaches. 3 days to cover everything is hard, but atleast you cover the most important places.
Sydney and New South Wales are such a lovely destination, so we could definitely be missing something in the list. If we missed your favourites let us know and we will update the list.
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