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Sydney has it all: deep blue harbour, awesome beaches and world-class iconic landmarks. And the best thing is, it's all so easy to do!

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  • Outdoors explorer
  • Food lover
  • Beach goer
  • Budget traveler

12 Places

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12 Places

Day 1

Royal Botanic Gardens

Gardens

Sydney Opera House

Architectural Buildings, Ballets, Operas, Theaters, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

The Rocks

Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Bridges, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Doyles Fishermans Wharf

Restaurants

Day 2

Bondi Beach

Beaches

Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums

Chinatown

Neighborhoods

Balmain

Destinations

Day 3

Kings Cross

Neighborhoods

Manly

Destinations

Woolloomooloo Wharf

Architectural Buildings, Historic Walking Areas

Milan S's City Tips

  • When in doubt catch a ferry. No matter where you go, it's the best value harbour cruise you'll experience.
  • If a cafe doesn't know what a 'doppio' is, move on until you find one that does.
  • Sydneysiders love random chats with curious travellers and will go out of their way to help - just ask!
    Day 1
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    Royal Botanic Gardens
    Gardens
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    Milan S Says:

    Walking through the gardens and along the seawall is such a relaxed and quiet way to start your city experience - breathe in the harbour air and the trees as you go.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Budget traveler
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Don't miss the St George Open Air cinema during January and February. The screen is set on pylons in the water, with the Opera house, Harbour bridge and city skyline as a backdrop.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    • Beautiful Gardens - Highly Recommended 12/25/2014
    • Colourful and vibrant 12/25/2014
    • Royal Botanic Gardens
    Address:
    Mrs Macquaries Rd
    2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    61 2 9231 8111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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    Sydney Opera House
    Architectural Buildings, Ballets, Operas, Theaters, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    Milan S Says:

    Even if you're not going to see a show, meandering in and around the Opera House is a visual performance in itself. I saw a karate tournament in the concert hall once, so you never know what you might find!

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveler
    • Everyone
    Tips
    • The Sydney Cove Oyster bar is legendary, and their Barramundi burger for breakfast will set you up for the rest of the day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brilliant acoustics 12/25/2014
    • nice architecture with great looks and restaurants 12/24/2014
    • Sydney Opera House
    Address:
    Bennelong Point
    2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    1300754002
    Other:
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    The Rocks
    Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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    Milan S Says:

    With The Rocks, the trick is to get up the hill and into its little alleyways as soon as possible. Put your guidebook in your back pocket and get deliberately lost - the cobblestones will do the thinking for you.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveler
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • Glenmore Hotel on Cumberland st has one of the best rooftop bars in Sydney.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    • Sydney's gem 12/25/2014
    • Great way to start your Sydney exploration 12/25/2014
    • The Rocks
    Phone:
    61 2 9240 8500
    Other:
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    Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Bridges, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    Milan S Says:

    The Bridge is the Everest of attractions. Climb it. My friends bought me a bridge climb for my birthday, and it was one of the best experiences of my life!

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Catching the ferry to Kirribilli and then walking back over the bridge makes for a lovely round trip.
    • Climb the bridge at sunset.
    • The bridge climb includes exploring under the bridge - equally fascinating as climbing the arch.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walk the Bridge 12/25/2014
    • Bridge climb Sydney 12/25/2014
    • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Phone:
    131865
    Other:
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    Doyles Fishermans Wharf
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    Milan S Says:

    No trip to Sydney is complete without a trip to Watson's Bay and a seafood splurge at Doyles. It's a tradition from the old days, when Doyles sold fish and chips to youngsters like myself, who marvelled at the huge sharks weighed in on the old wharf. Enjoy the sweeping views of the harbour!

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    Tips
    • Next door to Doyles, the Watson Bay Hotel beer garden is another option for a classic harbourside experience.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 9 restaurants in Watsons Bay
    • Excellent food, service and a view to die for! 12/18/2014
    • Good food, but very busy! 12/16/2014
    • Doyles Fishermans Wharf
    Address:
    Marine Pde
    Watsons Bay 2030
    Australia
    Phone:
    (02) 9337 1350
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Day 2
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    Bondi Beach
    Beaches
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    Milan S Says:

    Everything seems so playfully hedonistic here that even swimming seems like a chore. It is THE place in Sydney for 'people watching' - so much so that even the surfers spend a lot of time on their boards watching one another.

    Good for
    • Beach goer
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveler
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Gelbison Pizzeria on Lamrock Avenue has been feeding the local population for the last 25 years. We are talking seriously good Risotto here!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    • The awesome bondi beach 12/23/2014
    • Nice beach and safe... 12/22/2014
    • Bondi Beach
    Address:
    Queen Elizabeth Drive
    Australia
    Phone:
    +612 8362 3406
    Other:
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    Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums
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    Milan S Says:

    It's great to get a birds eye view of just how expansive Sydney is. From Sydney Tower Eye you can see all the way to the Blue Mountains and watch the storm clouds roll in from the south...

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • They hold Wednesday morning yoga classes on the observation deck. $25pp, breakfast included.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sydney skywalk .... Wow 12/25/2014
    • Good views 12/25/2014
    • Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK
    Address:
    Westfield Centre/100 Market St Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1800 258 693
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Other:
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    Chinatown
    Neighborhoods
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    Milan S Says:

    Chinatown is always busy, and a stroll down the main drag of Dixon st will leave you with the paradox of food choice. My preference is to walk another two blocks to the corner of Thomas and Quay streets where you'll find The Burlington Centre - the restaurants here are cheaper and very authentic.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    Tips
    • Handmade noodles at the imaginatively named 'Chinese Noodle restaurant' is the best spot in the Burlington Centre. Be prepared to squeeze in!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #113 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    • Incredibly Disappointing 12/21/2014
    • Lots and lots of places to eat 12/04/2014
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    George St
    2000
    Australia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Balmain
    Destinations
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    Milan S Says:

    Beautiful old terraced houses, leafy streets and some of the best live music pubs in Sydney make Balmain well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • The Cat and Fiddle pub has great live music.
    • Sunday afternoon Jazz at the Balmain Hotel is as ancient and entertaining as some of the clientele.
    • Balmain has a ferry service but the bus ride over the spectacular Anzac bridge is worth the ride.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Balmain
  • Day 3
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    Kings Cross
    Neighborhoods
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    Milan S Says:

    No matter how late in the night, you'll always manage to get a coffee or a drink in 'the cross.' Walking the main drag of Darlinghurst rd is worth it just for the experience, but walk further either to Macleay st or Victoria st to find the best cafes.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favorite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Cafe Hernandez (open 24hrs) on Kings Cross Road is a local favourite, particularly with our local constabulary. It hasn't changed in 30yrs, and they roast their own beans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #179 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    • Kings Cross 12/04/2014
    • Best breakfast in the area 10/25/2014
    • Kings Cross
  • Manly
    Destinations
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    Milan S Says:

    Even if you've lived here all your life, taking the ferry to Manly and back remains a classic experience. Passing between north and south head, the open sea meets the harbour and you can literally feel the swell rise. Manly itself is like the Bondi of the north, but with less attitude. Except when it comes to surfing - which Manlyites claim was invented there!

    Good for
    • Budget traveler
    • Everyone
    Tips
    • Grab fresh hot donuts and coffee from Manly pier for the return ferry journey.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Manly
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    Woolloomooloo Wharf
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Walking Areas
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    Milan S Says:

    Once the port of entry for migrants to Australia, today the Wharf has some of the best fine dining by the sea. A great place to take stock and plan your next Sydney adventure.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    Tips
    • Harry's Cafe de Wheels is the local monument to enjoy pies, peas and mash - a speciality served up for fifty odd years.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 239 attractions in Sydney
    • There are better places in Sydney 11/15/2014
    • It's not that great 09/19/2014
    • Woolloomooloo Wharf
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