You have arrived in Sydney with have just 24 hours to see what the city has to offer, so let’s jump right in!
Shake off jetlag and head straight to the infamous Bondi Icebergs Swimming Pool. For $9 you can swim in the 50m seawater pool, use the sauna and take a hot shower. Of course, no visit to Bondi would be complete if you didn’t feel the sand between your toes and jump through the waves – just try not to end up on Bondi Rescue.
Admire the street art and murals that adorn the walls along the beachfront and grab a coffee (in your reusable cup) and some breakfast at one of the many cafes. Speedo’s Cafe a locals favorite, is situated in trendy North Bondi and serves up raw meals, organic herbal teas, as well as offering some of the tastiest vegan, gluten and dairy-free options.
Once you have refueled, its time to do what the locals do and walk the clifftop coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. The 6km walk is arguably one of the highlights of things to do. As you meander along the path you will see golden beaches, surfers catching a wave, rock pools as well as a cemetary over looking the ocean and million dollar homes scattered in the cliffs. The walk is free and will take 2 hours without stopping, so my advice is to plan for 3 hours. There are toilets and water fountains along the way.
Rest your feet and grab a mediterranean-inspired lunch with a glass of wine at Coogee Pavillion, an eccentric yet relaxed beachside location.
Now its time to see one of the worlds most iconic and breathtaking buildings and Australia’s number one tourist attraction, the Sydney Opera house. Did you know the Sydney Opera House was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2007 due to its “breathtaking masterpiece of human creativity”? Witness the granduer and elegance of the Sydney Opera House as you take a 1 hour tour and venture beneth the sails. Tours cost $42 – perfect for both architecture and art lovers.
From the Sydney Opera House, take a short walk along the waterfront and explore Australia’s oldest botanic garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens,which is free entry. The Palm Grove, the Succulent Garden and the Australian Native Garden are, in my opinion, unmissable. Dont forget to walk onto Mrs Macquaries Chair where you can see the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House align for a perfect gram-worthy photo.
Pull up a chair and order a glass of your favorite at the Opera Bar. Situated right by the waters edge, Opera Bar is hands down the best beer garden in the world. Sit, relax and let yourself be swept away by the panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, CBD and beautiful Harbour. Prices are very reasonable for such a spectacular location.
You can literally get your mouth around every cusine imaginable in Sydney – from French, Brazilian, Asian, Australian, Indian, Thai, Italian… the list goes on! Walk for just 5 – 10 minutes from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour for dinner before moving onto the bars. Check out The Fork for a list of Darling Harbour’s best restaurants, including average price and customer ratings to help you decide.
After spending your day walking around the city and seeing everything that there is to see in Australia‘s largest city, you should take the time to relax in one of it’s great bars, or maybe go out partying in one of the city’s nightclubs. Marble Bar, Pacha Nightclub, Blu Bar on 36 (a rooftop bar), Door Knock (a speakeasy bar) are all highly rated.
If you really need to sleep then check into Meriton Suites Waterloo 10-20 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes away from Sydney harbour. We stayed here and the 1 bedroom modern apartment was perfect – stylishly decorated, spacious and excellent bang for your buck. It cost us approximately £85 per night over the weekend.
And there you have it, an action packed 24 hours in Sydney! If time is limited, it is possible to see the highlights that this incredible city has to offer.