One of the world’s beautiful cities, Sydney sits sunning itself beside its enviable harbor beaches and bays. It a busy city but not frantic, with that famous laid back Australian vibe evident. The weather is mild most of the year round, so even in winter getting out and about is no problem. But to experience Sydney at its best a summer visit is recommended. Here’s our suggestions for three days in Sydney Australia.
Sydney is a transport hub and hence easy to get there. Flights from all around the world fly there multiple times a day. A good hotel in the CBD, twenty minutes from Kingsford Smith Airport makes a lot of sense as you will be able to access much of what the city has to offer. The city has a good bus system. Try the Sydney Harbour Marriott on Circular Quay for a big hotel experience or the Establishment Hotel in Bridge Lane for a upmarket boutique alternative.
Start slowly with a good coffee and a spot of people watching in one of the many excellent city cafes. To gently orientate yourself catch a Heart of the City bus which provides hop on hop off tour of the main sites to get an overview of what the city has on offer. Make sure you jump off at the Rocks for some window shopping and stroll around the old portside precinct.
If the weather is warm, try an genuine Australian experience with an ice cold beer at the city’s oldest heritage pub, The Australian on the Rocks.
Call into the Museum of Contemporary Art to checkout the latest in Australian modern art. The MCA also has a beautiful water side restaurant with delicious affordable food and a cafe on the fourth floor for snacks.
If you want to get a view of the city from a height take a mid morning view from the Sydney Tower Eye. You need to have a head for heights as the walk is a 360 open air circuit of the tower.
Another Sydney high is a crossing of the lovely Sydney Harbour Bridge by foot which also offers stunning panoramas.
To catch up on some shopping there is that well known Sydney institution, David Jones department store in Market St. Call into its delicacy laden food hall in the basement. Oxford Street is the traditional Sydney fashion street. Paddington an inner city suburb features leading Australian designers such as favorite Colette Dinnigan. Australian knitwear is world famous so take the opportunity to stock up on winter woolies while you are here.
To get a sense of the grandeur of this ancient land lying out beyond the bustling metropolis, a day trip to the Blue Mountains is a visitor favorite. There is the option of hiring a car but with so many different tours available it is probably just easier selecting one that suits you. Most tend to take a river ferry back to Circular Quay cutting down the amount of time spent in traffic.
The Park is a World Heritage listed National Park where you can get to see Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural setting. There are numerous walking tracks throughout the park, some tours will have more extensive routes so again select one suited to your energy levels.