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Beautiful Sydney, Australia. You could spend weeks in Sydney and not see everything worth seeing so 5 days in Sydney will never be enough time – although you can cover some of the highlights if that is all you have to work with. 

With its iconic opera house, world-class dining, stunning city beaches, and pockets of National Park, Sydney gives any city around the world a run for its money in the best city stakes.

It is absolutely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it’s not just beautiful, it has substance too.

Sydney is the oldest city in Australia, and there are a number of historic sandstone buildings that are still standing today. There are parts of Sydney that will make you feel like you have stepped back in time, and they sit right next to modern skyscrapers.

It’s this juxtaposition of old and new that makes Sydney a fascinating, and beautiful city.

Jacarandas in Sydney

Sydney draws over ten million tourists per year and is one of the top tourist destinations in Australia – Sydney tourism is booming.

It’s not hard to find a Sydney Itinerary online, but it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do in Sydney.

There are so many places to visit in Sydney!

Beach views on the Bondi to Coogee Walk in Sydney

I lived in this gorgeous city two different times, for three years in total. I always knew that I wasn’t going to live in Sydney forever, so I made it my mission to explore as many Sydney attractions as possible during my time there.

I now consider myself a Sydney Expert – especially when it comes to the best Sydney walks.

So if you are wondering what to do for 5 days in Sydney – I’ve got you. 

Relaxing on Coogee beach is a must on any Sydney itinerary for 5 days in Sydney

I created this 5 days in Sydney Itinerary based on the best Sydney sightseeing, as well as the things that I enjoy the most about the city – the hiking, the beaches, and the food.

I could have literally put together an itinerary for one month in Sydney and still had more things to add, so this is really cut down. 

In fact, it was so hard to choose what things to see in Sydney, that I ended up adding a long list of bonus suggestions for things to do in Sydney at the end – just in case you do end up spending a month or more there.

So, without further ado, here is my ultimate five days in Sydney Itinerary to help you plan your Sydney trip.

The Ultimate Sydney Itinerary: 5 Days

Sydney Itinerary Map

Check out my interactive map for the best things to do, see, eat, drink, and where to stay in Sydney.

Day One – City and Surrounding Suburbs

Day one will get you familiar with the city center and the surroundings, and some of the more well-known Sydney tourist attractions.

Morning – Paddington

Start the first day of your Sydney Itinerary in the lovely city suburb of Paddington, firstly grabbing breakfast at Paddington Markets if you are visiting on a Saturday, otherwise, try Ampersand – a cafe/bookstore with great coffee.

Visiting the inner-city suburb of Paddington is a must on any 5 days in Sydney Itinerary

Paddington is one of the best places in Sydney to shop with many independent boutiques. If the market is on, make sure to browse the excellent stalls there too which include locally made jewelry, clothing, homeware, books, and more.

William Street is home to an array of small and interesting stores so make sure you check it out too.

Paddington Reservoir Gardens, which used to be one of the city’s reservoirs from 1866 to 1899, is now a peaceful sunken garden that is a great place to chill out.

If you are visiting Sydney in spring, you will love all of the purple jacarandas that bloom along Oxford Street in Paddington.

Visiting the Reservoir Gardens in Paddington is a must on any Sydney itinerary. | The World on my Necklace

Afternoon – Hyde Park, Opera House, and Botanic Garden

Day one is the only day I haven’t added a hike in, so if you want the exercise, I highly recommend walking from Paddington, along Oxford Street past the bars of Darlinghurst, to Hyde Park. Alternatively, you can take the bus.

Grab lunch somewhere along the way – Arthur’s Pizza in Paddington is a great choice.

At Hyde Park, make sure to check out the Art Deco ANZAC War Memorial and the small, free museum underneath it, if it’s open. St Mary’s Cathedral on the edge of the park is a stunning sight – it will make you feel like you are in a European Capital, not Australia’s largest city.

Add a visit to the War Memorial in Hyde Park to your Sydney Itinerary

Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering the gorgeous waterside Royal Botanic Garden, and around the Sydney Opera House.

If you are a history lover, be sure to check out the sandstone buildings of Macquarie Street too, and if you have time – the Hyde Park Barracks Museum is worth a visit.

Evening – The Rocks

After freshening up back at your hotel, head down to The Rocks Sydney – the oldest European settlement in Australia – which is full of historic sandstone and brick buildings and small laneways where you can get pleasantly lost.

In The Rocks, don’t miss a drink at one of the oldest pubs in Sydney – The Hero of Waterloo and The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel are great choices, as well as checking out the view of the Opera House from Hickson Road Reserve, and exploring the piers of Dawes Point.

Walk around The Rocks in Sydney

If you have enough time and still have energy, walk over Sydney Harbour Bridge to Kirribilli – the view over the harbor and the Opera House is fantastic, and it’s free (unlike the ridiculously overpriced Bridge Climb).

You can then take the ferry back to Circular Quay. If you decide to have dinner in Kirribilli, I recommend The Botanist – it offers creative cocktails and a fantastic food menu.

For dinner in the Rocks, I recommend Lotus Dumpling Bar for dumplings and cocktails in a historic warehouse or Munich Brauhaus for German cuisine and beer in a lively atmosphere. If you have room for dessert – head to a local institution: Pancakes on the Rocks. They are open 24 hours.

If you’re not too tired, head for a nightcap at Opera Bar, right next to the Opera House – the views of the Harbour Bridge are fantastic.

The Sydney Opera House is a must on any 5 days in Sydney Itinerary

Day Two – Bondi to Coogee Walk

Day Two is all about getting up close and personal with some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches – by doing the 10km Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk! It’s absolutely one of the top things to do in Sydney.

Morning – Bondi Beach

Start the morning in Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world, where you can grab breakfast to fuel yourself up for the hike ahead – I love Gertrude & Alice Book Shop and Cafe.

Visiting Bondi Beach is a must add to your Sydney Itinerary

After checking out Bondi Beach, head south along the coast to pretty Tamarama Beach, before getting to the halfway point of your hike – Bronte Beach.

Bronte Beach is home to both a natural and a manmade rock pool – and I highly recommend taking a dip here to cool down before continuing on your hike.

The next beach along from Bronte is narrow Clovelly Beach, which also has an ocean pool, then the last stop before Coogee is Gordon’s Bay, which doesn’t really have a beach as such, but it is a fantastic place to swim off the rocks.

Gordon's Bay on the Bondi to Coogee walk - one of Sydney's best walks

Your last stop is beautiful Coogee Beach, which is one of my favorite beaches in Sydney – I was lucky enough to live there for a couple of months during summer. Grab lunch at an iconic Sydney chain – Chargrill Charlie’s, which has delicious rotisserie chickens, salads, and fries.

Afternoon – Coogee

For the afternoon, I recommend just relaxing on the beach and at Giles Baths – a stunning natural rock pool at the northern end of the beach. There are two other paid ocean pools in Coogee to choose from too including the excellent McIver Ladies Baths.

Chilling on Coogee beach is a quintessential Sydney experience

There is a small but interesting shrine to the Virgin Mary upon the headland above Coogee (by the entrance arch that leads to Giles Baths) where a local woman saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary on a fence.

Evening – Chinatown and Darling Harbour

After relaxing back at your hotel for a bit, head out to Chinatown for dinner – I’m a big fan of the dumplings and bao at Old Town Hong Kong, or for cheaper eats, hit up one of the food courts.

There is also a branch of the Taiwanese restaurant chain that does incredible dumplings – Din Tai Fung – in Chinatown.

Visiting Darling Harbour is a must on any itinerary for 5 days in Sydney.

Any visit to Chinatown should finish with Emperor’s puffs – you will probably notice the long line at their otherwise blink and you’ll miss it dessert window, part of Emperor’s Garden Restaurant. These little pillows of fluffy dough stuffed with hot and creamy vanilla custard should not be missed.

Finish the night by wandering Darling Harbour and admiring how pretty it is when it’s all lit up, or grab a drink a bit further north in the flashy inner-city suburb of Barangaroo.

Day Three – Manly and Sydney Harbour

Day Three involves seeing more of the harbor and exploring one of my favorite beach suburbs in Sydney – Manly. A Sydney must-see.

Morning – Ferry to Manly

Take a morning ferry over to magical Manly, a beach suburb that was my home for a year. Visiting Manly is one of the best things to do in Sydney.

The ferry ride takes half an hour. Make sure to get a seat outside so you can admire the views along the way – it’s a lot cheaper than doing a harbor cruise and just as nice.

If you are really lucky, you might even see dolphins frolicking beside the ferry. Taking a ferry is one of the best and cheapest Sydney activities.

Manly is a beautiful seaside suburb of Sydney, and a must add to your Sydney ItinerarySwimming at Shelly Beach in Manly during your 5 days in Sydney

If you haven’t eaten yet, treat yourself to breakfast at Belgrave Cartel or In Situ which both have lovely gardens to enjoy the sun. For something quick and light, grab some Swedish pastries and coffee from Fika Manly. Shout out to Barefoot Coffee Traders too – they do some of the best coffee in Sydney.

You have a couple of choices from here, you could either tackle the 10km Manly to Spit Bridge walk, which will take you past some gorgeous harbor beaches, through pockets of National Park with views over the coast and to some aboriginal rock art.

Beach along the Manly to Spit Bridge walk in Sydney

The second choice is to do a loop hike from Manly Beach around to Shelly Beach – a great beach for swimming and snorkeling, and then up and over the headland to Collins Flat Beach and Little Manly Beach, before ending at Manly Wharf.

You can add a couple of extra kilometers on and hike to Quarantine Beach too, which is home to Quarantine Station – one of the most haunted places in the world.

Quarantine Station was where immigrants coming into Sydney who were exposed to diseases were quarantined – hundreds of people died here so it wouldn’t be surprising if it is haunted.

Walk from Manly to Shelly Beach

You can spend a night here if you dare – it is now a hotel – and there are also ghost tours offered in the evenings.

Afternoon – Manly or Brookvale

After grabbing lunch – Banana Blossom does amazing Asian salads or head to 4 Pines Brewery for delicious craft beer and gourmet pub food – chill out on one of the many beaches around Manly: Shelly Beach and Fairlight Beach, which has an ocean pool, are two of my favorites.

Pool in Manly near Shelly Beach

If you have had enough of beaches, head to nearby Brookvale to do a self-guided brewery crawl – 7th Day Brewery, Nomad Brewing Co., Bucketty’s Brewing Co., Dad & Dave’s Brewing, and 4 Pines Truck Bar are all great and close enough to walk between.

Evening – Manly or Surry Hills

If you want to stay longer in Manly (believe me, you probably will), you can catch a ferry back to Circular Quay till as late as midnight. There is a little penguin colony that lives under the wharf and if you are lucky, you can see them around sunset from around May till February.

I was a Penguin Warden for around six months and I loved being around these loud and gregarious little birds – the smallest but loudest penguin in the world.

Manly Harbor - the start of the hike from Manly to Spit

For dinner in Manly, I recommend Hemingway’s, which has a delicious French menu and inventive cocktails.

If you do decide to head back to the city early, head out to the chic inner-city suburb of Surry Hills for dinner and drinks. For cheap and cheerful pub grub, you can’t go wrong with local institutions Forrester’s or The Clock.

Make sure to leave room for the famous gelato at Gelato Messina – which very well may be the best gelato you have ever tasted.

Day Four – Watsons Bay and Newtown

Day Four will be a mix of old and new – you will be visiting a historic fishing village and hiking to a lighthouse, then in the afternoon you will be checking out Sydney’s alternative side in Newtown.

Morning – Watsons Bay and Hornby Lighthouse

After grabbing breakfast from La Renaissance Bakery and Cafe in The Rocks – which has authentic French pastries, sandwiches, and tarts – take the ferry to Watsons Bay from Circular Quay.

On arrival in pretty Watsons Bay, start the short 4km return hike to Hornby Lighthouse via Laings Point and Camp Cove Beach. Pop into Lady Bay Beach too if you don’t mind a bit of nudity.

Hike to Hornby Lighthouse from Watsons Bay on your Sydney Itinerary

Hornby Lighthouse is a historic candy cane lighthouse – one of my absolute favorite lighthouses – that was built in 1858 and sits in a prime position overlooking Sydney Harbour, North Head, and out to sea. It is a great spot for whale watching during the winter months.

Back at Watson’s Bay, reward yourself with a classic fish and chips lunch at the iconic Doyle’s on the Beach, Australia’s first seafood restaurant – it was opened in 1885.

After a swim, take the ferry back to Circular Quay then the train to Newtown, in the Inner West.

Eating Fish and Chips at Doyle's on the Beach in Watsons Bay in Sydney

Afternoon – Newtown

Newtown, and the Inner West in general, is the cultural heart of Sydney, the alternative compass point, and one of the best places for food and coffee in the city.

Newtown in Sydney

I lived in Newtown for a year back in 2005, and although there have been changes in the past 19 years, it still has the same alternative vibe that it always has.

Sydney can feel quite chichi at times, but Newtown is the antithesis of this – and that’s why I always feel so at home here. You can wear anything and be anyone here, and no one will bat an eyelid.

Your Sydney Itinerary for 5 days should include some brewery hopping

Newtown is one of my favorite places to shop with so many alternative boutiques and eclectic shops, so I recommend spending some time doing just that. Newtown is also a street art mecca so you could easily spend a couple of hours hunting out the best of it.

Also, if you love craft beer – then Newtown and the Inner West are great for that too. Sample the beer at Young Henry’s then walk to nearby Marrickville to try the eclectic and delicious beer at The Grifter Brewing Co. 

Young Henrys in Newtown

Evening – Newtown

When you have had your fill of the shops and street art, head to one of Newtown’s excellent restaurants like The Stinking Bishops which specializes in fine cheeses, Cairo Takeaway for excellent Egyptian street food, Golden Lotus for vegan Vietnamese, Pastizzi Cafe for Maltese, Bella Brutta for excellent Neopolitan style pizza, and Clem’s – my favorite chicken shop in Sydney.

Bella Brutta pizza

Grab some American-style sweet pie from The Pie Tin or gelato from Messina or Cow & the Moon for dessert, then grab a drink at a Newtown pub – Courthouse Hotel and The Marlborough Hotel are both good. 

I hope you enjoyed Newtown as much as I do – I think it is one of the best places to go in Sydney.

Day Five – Northern Beaches

Day Five will be about really getting out of the city: Rent some wheels and head to the Northern Beaches! In my opinion – this is a must-do in Sydney.

Sydney Ocean Pool

Morning – Balmoral Beach and Palm Beach

The best way to really explore the Northern Beaches of Sydney is to hire a car for the day – check out Kayak for the best deals.

After you have picked up your car, start driving north, stopping first at beautiful Balmoral Beach for breakfast.

Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach isn’t technically the Northern Beaches, but it’s one of my favorite beaches in Sydney, with some of the whitest sand – and it’s on the way. Make sure to walk out to the little island which is connected to the beach by a small bridge.

The Boathouse in Balmoral is an excellent choice for breakfast and the deck has great views of the beach. The coffee here is outstanding too.

Once you have had breakfast and checked out the beach it is time to hit the road again, this time for the Northern Beaches proper.

Visit the Northern Beaches on your Sydney Itinerary

Sydney’s Northern Beaches stretch from bustling Manly in the south all the way north to Palm Beach, where the popular Australian TV Show ‘Home and Away’ is filmed. You will notice that the sand is dark orange on the Northern Beaches, quite different from anywhere else in Sydney.

There are multiple places that you can stop on the drive up, but I do recommend that you drive all the way up to Palm Beach, and do the easy 3km return trail to Barrenjoey Lighthouse – which overlooks the Pittwater (a large estuary) and the beach.

Visiting Palm Beach is a must on any itinerary for 5 days in Sydney. Barrenjoey Lighthouse Palm Beach

Follow the hike with a swim at Palm Beach and lunch at Dunes Palm Beach.

Afternoon – Take your Pick!

The world is your oyster in the afternoon – well, the Northern Beaches are. My recommended Sydney Northern Beaches stops include:

  • Taking the ferry from Palm Beach across the Pittwater to the Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, where you will hopefully be lucky enough to see Kangaroos
  • Check out the shops and beach at hippie Avalon
  • Hit up one of the less developed beaches in the Northern Beaches for a swim and a sunbathe – North Curl Curl is my favorite but Whale Beach, Bungan Beach, and Bilgola Beach are also very nice
  • Walk some or all of the 7km one-way coastal track from Dee Why to Manly
  • Walk around the lagoon in Narrabeen for something a bit different – it is a 7.5km loop
  • Drive around the Pittwater side of the Northern Beaches to lovely Clareville and Church Point
  • Take the ferry over to Scotland Island – there’s not a lot there but it’s a nice place for a wander
  • Stop for a couple of drinks in the sunshine at The Newport, which has incredible views over the Pittwater

Freshwater Beach

Evening – Sydney City Centre

Drop off the rental car, freshen up, then head out for your last dinner in Sydney. If you are feeling a bit fancy, have dinner at Mr Wong for delicious dim sum and mud crab.

There are a number of speakeasy-style bars in Sydney and now is the time to check them out – make sure to make it to at least one. The best are Palmer & Co, Shady Pines Saloon, The Baxter Inn, Ramblin Rascal, and The Lobo.

As well as hitting up a speakeasy, don’t miss Blu Bar on 36 in the Shangri-La Hotel – the cocktails are divine and the views are even better.

So there you have it, the Ultimate Guide to 5 days in Sydney – written by a Sydney lover and former local. I hope you find it helpful.

Ferry on Sydney Harbour

Additional Things To Do in Sydney 

  • Head out to the cool suburb of Balmain which is a lovely place to walk around. Relax in one of the waterside parks, swim at Dawn Fraser Baths, and eat at one of the many restaurants along Darling Street.
  • Head further into the Inner West – hit up the Marrickville Farmers Market and have some of the best Vietnamese food in Sydney, soak up the brunch culture – my favorite brunch spot is Corelli’s in Newtown, and hit the shops. 
  • There are loads of interesting museums in Sydney and if you have the time and inclination – you should definitely squeeze in a visit to at least one. The excellent Powerhouse Museum Sydney is the obvious choice, but I also love the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Australian Museum Sydney, the Museum of Sydney, and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. If you’re an art lover – don’t miss the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW. Sydney weather can be unpredictable so visiting museums is a great wet weather alternative.
  • This itinerary doesn’t even touch on the Eastern Harbour Beaches of Sydney and they are definitely worth a visit. Check out lovely Rose Bay, quiet Milk Beach, and beautiful Shark Beach.
  • I have mentioned a few Sydney Walks in this itinerary, but there are so many more to choose from. Check out my post for all the Sydney Walks you can do.
  • As well as the pockets of Sydney Harbour National Park that are around the city, if you have the time, you should also check out Royal National Park, just south of Sydney, and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, north of the city. There are gorgeous beaches and scenic hiking trails.
  • There are 13 Sydney Harbour Islands and you can visit around half of them. Cockatoo Island is the most popular choice, and you can even camp there! Fort Dennison is also a great choice if you are into history – it was used as a convict prison during the early days of settlement.
  • There are loads of Weekend Markets in Sydney including Bondi, Marrickville, Kirribilli, Glebe, Rozelle, and Paddington. They are usually held on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
  • Leafy Woollahra is a quiet suburb that is home to beautiful Victorian-style homes and great cafe culture. Make sure to check out Centennial Park when you are in the area too – there are a number of short trails past the many lakes and majestic trees, and it’s a good spot to check out some of Australia’s native birds. Stick around till sunset to see a whole lot of giant bats flying overhead – it’s a nightly occurrence.
  • Redfern used to be a down-and-out part of Sydney when I first lived in the city back in 2005, but it has been largely gentrified since then and now has some of the best eating options in the city.
  • If you want a big night out during your Sydney trip, head to the bars along Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. This is the center of Sydney’s LGBTQ scene and it is high energy and so much fun. There is always something going on on Oxford Street!
  • A short detour from the Sydney Botanical Gardens is Wooloomooloo, a ritzy part of Sydney with a wharf lined with fine dining restaurants and a stunning harbourside pool – the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool. If you want a cheaper option for food – grab a pie with mash and mushy peas from the famous Harry’s Cafe de Wheels.
  • Head south to visit chilled-out Cronulla beach and town center. Cronulla has one of the most relaxed vibes of Sydney’s beaches and is a great place to spend a day.
  • If you are visiting Sydney in the summer – book tickets to see a movie at an open-air theatre. There are numerous options but I would recommend going to the Westpac OpenAir Cinema in the Botanical Gardens because you have a view over the harbor and opera house.
  • There are so many short trips from Sydney too – the Blue Mountains for cute villages and hiking, the Hunter Valley for wine tasting, the Central Coast for chilled-out beaches with no crowds… the list goes on. You can even take organized Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley day tours from Sydney if you want to just sit back and let someone else take control. There are so many cool places to visit near Sydney!
  • Check if there are any concerts at the Sydney Opera House while you are visiting Sydney. As well as being one of the most famous Sydney sights, it is an amazing venue and the acoustics are fantastic. Alternatively, you can take a Sydney Opera House tour if you want to see inside.
  • Take a look to see what Sydney events coincide with your visit – the What’s on Sydney website is a great resource for this. Vivid Festival of Lights is a great one if you are visiting in spring.

These are just some of the extra fun things to do in Sydney – I could go on for pages more!

Sydney Harbor

Plan Your 5 Days in Sydney Itinerary

How To Get Around in Sydney

The first thing you should do when arriving in Sydney is to get yourself an Opal Card – you can buy and load money onto them at most train stations and Newsagents.

The Opal Card will cover all public transport in Sydney including the airport train, buses, ferries (except private ones), and trains. You pay as you go and swipe on and off. There are loads of benefits for getting an Opal card. 

I recommend hiring a car if you want to go to multiple places outside the city or the far-reaching corners of the city in one day – it is pretty spread out.

The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. A day trip away from Sydney.

Where To Stay in Sydney

Although it is so nice to stay by the beach, I would recommend you stay close to downtown – particularly The Rocks and Circular Quay – as it is the best base to get around from.

Some great hotel choices include the East Sydney Hotel in Woolloomooloo, Great Southern Hotel Sydney in the CBD, The Ultimo in the CBD, and The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo in Pyrmont.

If you really want to splurge, I highly recommend the Four Seasons in Circular Quay or the Park Hyatt in the Rocks – they both have pools and are handy for trains, buses, and ferries.

There are a number of hostels around Sydney but I have heard really good things about one in particular –  the Sydney Harbour YHA Hostel in The Rocks. The location is perfection and there is even a harbor-view rooftop.

Sydney views

Alternatively, look for vacation rentals in Paddington, Darlinghurst, Pyrmont, CBD, Surry Hills areas – as these are all pretty central. Here are my picks for the most affordable, centrally located, and highly rated rentals:

Here is an excellent list of luxury Airbnbs in Sydney if you want to treat yourself.

If you really want to be by the beach, go for Bondi or Coogee – these have the best transport links of the beaches, with a train line at Bondi Junction, as well as regular buses.

North Curl Curl Beach

My favorite place to stay in the area on a budget is the PodBed Coogee Beachside which is very affordable for a pod in a dorm or for a private room and has an excellent location on Coogee Bay Road.

For a budget option in Bondi, stay at Wake Up! Bondi Beach – it has great reviews and is right on the beach. The best hotels and bed and breakfasts in Bondi are Bondi Beach House Bed & Breakfast, and QT Bondi Condo Hotel.

The best vacation rentals in Bondi and nearby Coogee are:

Bungan Beach

The Best Insurance for Your Sydney Trip

Make sure you get travel and health insurance before your trip. Safety Wing is my go-to and they are cheap and easy to claim with – it auto-renews every month unless you turn it off so you don’t have to think about it for longer trips

Safety Wing also allows you to sign up when you are already traveling, unlike a lot of other travel insurance providers.

So, have I convinced you to visit Sydney? Have you got any other places in Sydney to add to my 5 days in Sydney Itinerary?

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13 Comments on The Ultimate 5 Days in Sydney Itinerary

  1. You didn’t talk bout the zoos. I know there are 2. Would you recommend one over the other, or go to both if time allows. We have been in Sydney before and did checkout the beaches so don’t need to do that again,

  2. Thanks for the very nice write-up about Sydney. We will be traveling to Sydney in November. Staying for 6 days. Variation in age is large from 1 year 6 months to 75 years. Long walks or museum visits are not possible. We will be staying in Bundeena in an Airbnb. My list is Sydney harbor/ferry trip, Sydney zoo, and the Blue Mountains. I will highly appreciate it if you suggest some more places. We will rent a car.

    • Definitely check out the Botanic Gardens, the opera house and the Rocks. You should visit one or more of the Sydney beaches too – Coogee, Balmoral and Manly are my favorites and take the ferry to Watsons Bay to eat fish and chips at Doyle’s.

  3. Just had a read of your blog. It is a good wrap up of Sydney. I liked the bit about the penguins under the wharf. I would probably add something about the other animals that can be seen in Sydney. There are wildlife sanctuaries as well as small enclaves with wild animals.

  4. I am fired up and excited after reading your suggested itinerary in Sydney and thereabouts. Just looking at your photos makes me even more enthusiastic about this bucket list trip down under. They are beautiful! You did a great job of laying it all out—location, transportation, costs, etc. I could follow this itinerary like a map! Can’t wait to put it all into action!! Thanks!

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