Two Days in Sydney? Here’s an Itinerary

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney, Australia, has some of the world’s most recognizable buildings and architecture, from the iconic Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. When you’re coming from the other side of the world to visit the Land Downunder, having an itinerary in mind is a must because you’ll want to fit as much in as possible. 

If you’ve only got a few days in the city, here’s the perfect two-day Sydney itinerary to make the most of your time and ensure you visit the best the city offers. 

Day 1: Things to do in Sydney


Sydney Opera House

Start your day with a visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House. You can take a guided tour to learn about its history and architecture or admire it from the outside. It makes the perfect backdrop for photos, especially with the beautiful blue skies contrasting its stunning white tiles. 

Circular Quay

Walk along Circular Quay to enjoy stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. It’s also a lot of fun — and a great budget option –to catch a ferry to Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo from here. You can even do a return trip and take in the sites. 


The Rocks

The Rocks is the name of the location where the First Fleet of convicts landed and started building the city. Once upon a time, it held the debaucherous reputation of most port towns. Still, it’s since given rise to beautiful boutique shops, cafes, and iconic pubs. You’ll find numerous eateries here.


Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to burn off some of the calories from lunch, consider booking a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. This guided experience allows you to climb to the top of the bridge for panoramic city views.

Royal Botanic Garden

After the bridge climb — or as an alternative, visit the nearby Royal Botanic Garden. It’s a peaceful oasis with beautiful gardens and more great Sydney Opera House and Harbour views.


Darling Harbour

Head to Darling Harbour for dinner. There are plenty of dining options, and you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. If you have time, visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium or Madame Tussauds.

Day 2 –Coastal Beauty and Culture


Bondi Beach

Start your day with a visit to Bondi Beach. You can relax on the sandy shores or take a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, which offers stunning ocean views and access to several smaller beaches.


Bondi Beach

 Enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes or restaurants near Bondi Beach. Try some fresh seafood or a classic Aussie meat pie.

Afternoon Options

Walking Tour of The Rocks

If you’re interested in finding out more about the area’s history, a Rocks Walking Tour is highly recommended. You’ll learn about how convicts and first settlers built the city, the types of people and activities that used to occur, and what has happened over the years.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Head to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in the Domain area. Explore a wide range of Australian and international art collections.

Hyde Park

After the art gallery, take a walk through Hyde Park. It’s a beautiful green space in the city’s heart and home to the Archibald Fountain.


Sydney Tower Eye

For panoramic views of Sydney at night, visit the Sydney Tower Eye. You can also enjoy dinner at the revolving 360 Bar and Dining restaurant.

This is only a sample itinerary of things to do in Sydney. There’s so much more to explore, but if you only have a short time, this is a good place to start. 

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