Sydney NSW, Australia

Sydney Travel Guide: A 2-Day Itinerary

Sydney is one of those cities that has it all - glistening beaches, exciting city life, and endless things to do. 
We had 2 days in Sydney as part of our world cruise on the Cunard Queen Elizabeth. Sydney is an enormous city and it’s hard to comfortably see and do everything within 2 days. For that reason we would recommend 4-5 days here, but if you're strapped for time like us, this is our 2-day itinerary that covers all the essentials you need to do in Sydney, from Harbour all the way to Bondi Beach.


I. Explore Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, and the Central Business District

We started our day right in the heart of Sydney. One of the great benefits of visiting Sydney by cruise ship is that we were docked right in Sydney Harbour with a beautiful view of the Opera House! There couldn’t have been a better location. We loved starting our time in Sydney by taking in the most recognizable building that is synonymous with the city: The Opera House. Take a tour of the Opera House, or better yet, get tickets for a show. Even if opera isn’t your thing, what a better place to experience one? We were lucky to catch a showing of The Barber of Seville that night and it was definitely worth it. If you’re adventurous you can also climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Make sure to book this far in advance as it’s probably the most popular activity in the city. 


After taking in the Opera House, we made our way up into the Central Business District and stopped in the Strand Arcade for coffee. This beautiful Victorian building dates back to the late 1800s and it is definitely worth checking out. From here we continued exploring the area including Hyde Park and the Queen Victoria building before heading back to the ocean side and making our way to Circular Quay. 


We spent a a few hours wandering around the underside of the Sydney Bridge. We thought it was such a beautiful photo spot. For lunch we went to Munich Brauhaus The Rocks and enjoyed their outdoor seating and then explored The Rocks neighborhood. This area is full of charming laneways, open-air markets, and street food. We ended the afternoon with ice cream at N2 in Chinatown. We highly recommend ending your day at Mrs Macquarie's Chair for a great sunset view of the city.

 


II. Bondi Beach, Coogee Coastal Walk

No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to Bondi Beach. A mere 30 minute bus ride from the city center will get you to, arguably, one of the world’s most famous beaches. You can easily spend an entire afternoon here. When we were done with the beach we started the Coogee Coastal Walk. A beautiful walk with plenty of photo spots.



If you're able, don't miss seeing the Sydney Harbour at night. Our cruise ship leaving the city gave us unbelievable views.


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