There’s plenty to pack into 72 hours in Sydney. It’s overwhelming figuring out where to start! But fear not, I’ve done the hard part for ya. Here’s how to spend 72 hours in Sydney.
Start the day with one of Sydney’s fab I’m Free walking tours. The 3 hour tours take you to all the best sites and the friendly guides impart their local wisdom and knowledge through historical anecdotes, interesting facts and personal recommendations.
Suitable for every budget, just pay what you can afford!
Watch the sun melt away from the iconic Habour Bridge. Make sure your camera is fully charged as the views from up here will take your breath away.
Sydney is full of great bars. Head to the Rocks, Sydney’s historic quarter, for a pint at one of the oldest pubs in town The Lord Nelson.
Then hit up the town and hunt down Sydney’s hidden bars (ask your tour guide for the best ones). Hint, this one is good for dinner….
I know it’s hard to tear yourself away from Sydney’s stunning CBD but the suburbs are worth it, I promise!
Brunch in trendy Surry Hills, raid the flea markets at Glebe or hang with the hipster students at Newtown.
Get Your Culture On
Sydney has lots of great free and paid museums and galleries. Take your pick and immerse yourself in Sydney’s cultural side.
Head to the Museum of Contemporary Art for amazing views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the cafe.
Stroll through the Botanic Gardens round to the Opera House. It really is beautiful up close. It’s also the perfect spot to watch fiery sunsets sink behind the Harbour Bridge.
Night Out in Kings Cross
Get your drink-on at one of the many bars and clubs in the infamous former red-light district of Kings Cross. A backpacker staple is World Bar, where you can drink cocktails from teapots and party until the early hours.
You can’t visit Sydney without paying its most iconic beach a visit. Seek out the surf, marvel at the beautiful inhabitants and sink your feet into that famous sand.
Follow the crowds on this easy cliff-side walk to Bronte Beach. The hour-long hike hugs the coast and offers up views of Sydney’s prettiest coastline. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the odd whale or dolphin!
Have lunch at lovely Bronte before heading to your next beach stop.
Manly and the famous Manly ferry cannot be missed.
The ferry crossing from Circular Quay is spectacular, and worth the trip alone. The best day to visit is Sunday as your Opal (Sydney’s transport card) caps at a meagre $2.50. Make sure you time your return journey to catch the sunset!
Grab an ice-cream and a patch of sand and forget all of the city stresses!
Your 72 hours in Sydney has come to an end.
After hopping off the Manly ferry, see it off in style by raising a glass of bubbles at Opera Bar. Located right on the waterfront, Opera Bar is a Sydney favorite and the best place to soak up the Sydney skyline.
Grab your glass, toast the last of the sun and start planning your return…