How to spend 3 Days in Sydney, Australia

 In Australia, Backpacking, City breaks, New South Wales, Sydney

Sydney is AMAZING.

People come from all over the world to experience this city-come-seaside destination.
At the same time…Sydney is also rather BIG.
So, if you only have a few days in Sydney, unless you are wonder woman or you want to give yourself a heart attack – you aren’t going to be able to see it ALL.
BUT you can give it a bloody good try & that’s where i’m here to help.
When I first visited Sydney, I was lucky as my friend had been studying there for 6 months so she already knew the hot spots and must-sees. Even so, I found Sydney overwhelming.
Incase you are in the same situation, completely clueless but want to make the most of your time, here is how I would spend 3 days in Sydney should I have my time again…

Day 1 – Be a tourist

Morning options

Explore The Rocks…

Have a wander around one of the oldest parts of Sydney located just beside Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wander around the boutique shops, grab breakfast in one of the gorgeous cafes, or grab a smoothie on the go.
Tip:  The Rocks Market – Every Sat/Sun 10am-5pm
& Foodie Market – Every Friday 9am-3pm

Explore Surry Hills…

Another gorgeous superb of Sydney, you could easily spend the day wandering the flower and pastel filled streets, stumbling across dreamy vintage stores, bakeries and breakfast spots.

Get the money shots…

As much as you try to deny it – you know you want them. Go and grab a snap of yourself with Sydney’s most Iconic landmarks – The Harbour bridge and The Opera house.
If you fancy another cool snap, there is a little street (Angel Place) a 10 minutes walk from Circular Quay filled with Bird Cages.



Afternoon options

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Book in for the climb of your life!

Tip: Book in advance! Try book in for a twilight climb… it’s incredible!!!

Take a tour of the Opera House…

Choose from a variety of tours and explore the inside of this incredible landmark. If you can, grab tickets to see a show!

Walk through Hyde Park and sunbathe in the Botanical Gardens…

Visit Paddys Markets…

Pick up some souvenirs and browse the big Sydney Market! Open: Wed-Sun 10am-6pm

Indulge in a mind blowingly good ice cream.

 My favourite recommendations: N2 (China Town) or Messina (Surry Hills)

Evening options

Have a drink and nibbles at the Opera Bar…

Located just beside the Opera House itself with incredible views over the landmark, grab your favourite cocktail or glass of bubbles and toast to the incredible adventure you are on!

Watch the sunset from Mrs. Macquaries Point…

Walk past the Opera House and continue along the waterfront until you reach this point where you will get a view like no other of the sun setting over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Dine at the incredible Altitude Restaurant…

Located 36 floors up, at the top of the Shangri-la hotel, is a restaurant with unrivalled panoramic views over Sydney. An unforgettable experience.
See website here

Dine and wander through Darling Harbour…

With claims of being Sydney’s playground this development surrounding Cockle Bay is filled with restaurants and by Saturday night – a firework display.
Located just outside the CBD, there are PLENTY of restaurants here to choose from or grab a cocktail in.

Day 2 – A day out…

Taronga Zoo…

 The Zoo with a View! Head down to Circular Quay and hop on a 12 minute ferry to Taronga where you can view over 4,000 animals including Kangaroos & Koalas!

Manly Beach…

Hop on a ferry from Circular Quay to this gorgeous beach-side superb in the northern region of Sydney.

Blue Mountains…

Grab a car, hop on a train or book onto a group excursion to the outer region of Sydney where this World Heritage listed phenomenon lies. Partake in a bit of outdoor activity or simply grab lunch at one of the restaurants and take in the views.


Rent a car for the day and explore the outer Sydney Region. The first time I visited Sydney I drove North to Morisset to see the Kangaroos in the wild, and on my recent visit, I ventured south to Jervis Bay where we picnicked on the award winning Hyams Beach.

Day 3 – Kick back and Relax…

Morning options

Coogee to Bondi walk…

Grab the bus into the eastern suburb of Coogee, to explore this gorgeous beach and town. Ensuring you have enough water for the walk, begin the 6km diverse and ridiculously stunning walk over to Bondi through Bronte and Clovelly beaches.

Roam and shop in Sydney…

If scenic walks aren’t your thing, stay in Sydney this morning. Mooch around the array of shops, treat yourself to a couple of bits and gaze at the gorgeous architecture Sydney has to offer

Afternoon options

Kick back and relax on Bondi…

Head down to this world famous beach and rest up for the afternoon. Dip in the water or even try your luck at surfing – you won’t struggle for company in the water!

Head into Bondi town and grab some lunch…

There’s a lot of choice but my favourite place is a place called Envii. They serves ‘make your own’ wraps salads and smoothies with all the superfoods and goodness you could dream of!
There’s also a gorgeous (but slightly pricey) cafe called Speedo’s where you can grab a famous Acai Bowl.
Oh one more thing.
For the best ice creams in town head to Messina Gelato for a life changing flavour cone.

Evening options

Bucket List…

Throw on a beach dress and head to this beach side cocktail bar and restaurant. Filled with the young, old and hippy, you can dance the night away to live dj’s and mojitos.

Head back into Sydney for dinner…

Hop on the bus or grab an Uber back into the City (or to wherever you are staying), have a wander and see what tickles your taste buds.

My favourites: Home Thai Restaurant, Guzman Y Gomez (Mexican – unreal burritos!)

That’s it! 3 days well spent in Sydney!

Extra Information


I had an incredible stay at Adina – a hotel group with apartments all over Sydney. Or try Air Bnb /


My favourite places were SASH (Darling Harbour), World Bar (Kings Cross), The Ivy, The Glenmore Hotel

P.S. Watch out for Harbour Life festival Nov/Dec time – IT’S INCREDIBLE. GET TICKETS.

Getting to Sydney from the Airport…

Either jump on the train which will take you straight into Circular Quay (where the Opera house & Bridge are) or jump in a taxi for about $40.

Using buses in Sydney…

You need a pre-paid card to use the buses in Sydney. You can get one of these from most newsagents. You don’t pay for the card, you just have to top up min $10 – a bit like the London Oyster card!

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Have you been to Sydney?

What did you think? Do you have any tips? I’d love to know! ?

Thank YOU guys for reading <3

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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