Sydney is Australia's largest and most cosmopolitian city. From all the wonderful and instagrammable places to cute cafes, Sydney has a variety to offer and so much to see and dol. So, 60 hrs or 2 and a half days are too less to explore Sydney. But if you are tight on time (like I was) but still want to make the best of your time here, don't forget to visit all the places that are listed in this post.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN SYDNEY
You don't need to book Uber everytime you want to wander around here. the local transport system i.e buses and trains are so well organised, maintained and connected.
You will need to purchase an Opal card to be able to travel on buses and trains. There are around 21,000 opal retailers including many post offices, convenience stores, and supermarkets.
The best day to travel to a great distance is Sunday when the charge is just 2.70 capped. But I highly recommend hiring a car because some of the places are so far from each other and it is more comfortable when you have your own mode of transport.
Assuming that you are going to start the trip from the morning on Day 1 (as I did ) otherwise you can change and place the spots in your itinerary as it suits you.
Start your day with breakfast because when it comes to nailing that perfect looking brekkie or brunch, Sydney does it really good. Although there are so many pretty cafes with delicious food but if you want to know my top 5 recommendations, here is the list.
NORTH SYDNEY OLYMPIC POOL
With amazing views of Sydney harbor bridge, this Olympic pool facilities include a 50m heated pool, gym, sauna, spa, indoor 25m pool and cafe. The entry is AUD 8 if you want to swim in the Olympic pool but just to enter the complex, the fees is around AUD 3.
LAVENDER BAY BOAT RAMP
A wonderful way to spend a night on Sydney harbor and sail around, you must check out this spot. For a truly unique experience, you must stay overnight on a boat and fall asleep to the sight and sound of Sydney harbor in the background.
BALL'S HEAD RESERVE
If you are looking for a spot where there are less people and more peace then look no further than Ball's head reserve. It offers a beautiful view of the water and the bridge. You can also have a nice and chill picnic here. Also because you have a wider view of the city from this spot, the sunset looks amazing.
If there is one place that's quite famous for the amazing sunset views, it's Kirribilli point. You will see so many people enjoying under the bridge in the garden. I suggest make your way to the "Jeffrey St wharf" and pick your place by the water. You will have a close and stunning view of the bridge on one side and Opera house in front of you.
I was so sure that I have to see this iconic place super empty so that I can feel and appreciate its beauty which is why I decided to visit it early morning at sunrise. Over 8.2 million people visit this iconic masterpiece and the original cost to build it was estimated to be $7 million during 4yrs but instead, it took 14 yrs and $102 million. Crazy, right? I highly suggest going at sunrise once and then return at sunset to enjoy the cafe and the view.
ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL
St. Mary's Cathedral is a conventional English Cathedral plan. The architecture is a typical gothic revival of the 19th century. This Cathedral has the greatest length of any church in Australia (although it is neither the tallest nor largest overall). The details of the architecture here are amazing. The Carvings around the transept portal include Australian flora and the interior is equally stunning with the symmetry.
QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING
If you are up for some vintage feels, pretty place to eat and high end luxury brands then definitely check out Queen Victoria building. It is a heritage-listed late-nineteenth-century building and will take you to another world where you will feel like you have landed in any of the European countries. The architecture inside is impressive and it's definitely a great way to escape the sun outside and fuel up.
Diamond Bay Reserve is located on the corner of Diamond Bay Road and Craig Avenue in Vaucluse. With excellent views over dramatic cliffs, it is an extremely beautiful place. Every other corner has a breathtaking view. You can see all shades from aqua to indigo in the distance. And hello there, the Pacific Ocean!! The best time to visit this place is at sunrise or at around 4-4:30 pm when there is still sunlight on the cliffs.
If you are following me for a while then you must be knowing that I love lighthouses and don't miss any chance to see them. Hornby Lighthouse, also known as South Head Lower Light or South Head Signal Station, is a heritage-listed active lighthouse located on the tip of South Head and it makes a perfect spot for a sunset.
The iconic red and white striped tower is surrounded by magnificent views: Sydney Harbour to the west, Middle Head and North Head to the north, and the expansive Pacific Ocean to the east. It's a great spot for whale watching in winter.
The most anticipated place for me in Sydney was Bronte baths which is a rock pool.
Bronte Baths sit right on the edge of Bronte Beach, offering swimmers stunning beachside views. The pool is big enough for the more advanced swimmers to practice and shallow enough for the little ones - and it's free to swim. It's such a lovely and relaxed place and a beautiful sight to see that sun rising up while you are having a dip and being washed away by the waves.
BONDI BEACH AND BONDI ICEBERGS
Bondi Beach is Australia's most popular beach and iconic too so I guess I don't have to say much about it.
Located at the southern end of Bondi Beach, Bondi Icebergs Club is an international landmark, and no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to these pools but Sorry to disappoint so many of you that I didn't like them much.
If I had to choose one beach and pool, I will without a doubt choose Bronte baths because it is way more beautiful from every aspect.
Bare Island is a heritage-listed islet located in south-eastern Sydney, in La Perouse. There is a footbridge that connects La Perouse to Bare Island. The heritage listed military fort and tunnels can only be visited by guided tour. The waters around the island are popular with Scuba Divers and you will find enough people in the water.
My initial plan was to take a drone shot here but sadly drones are not allowed as it's a heritage place. If you are a history lover then I will recommend this place.
Image Source : 123RF
I hope you get to visit Sydney soon and if you do end up visiting the spots I have mentioned, pls tag me on Instagram mentioning you read the blog and I will be happy to look at your pictures. It gives me immense happiness when people visit the exact spots I recommend and tell me their opinion.
Until the next post. CYA!! XOXO!!
This blog was originally posted on Suvarna Arora.
Follow Suvarna on Instagram for more!