3 days in Sydney, Australia – things to do and places to eat

3 days in Sydney, Australia

Sydney is a vibrant city that offers a great combination of friendly people, amazing food options, green oases, and a stunning waterfront. This most visited city in Australia has over 5 million inhabitants and is home to many different nationalities. If you only have 3 days in Sydney, we’ve got you covered in this guest article from Sanne Grothe, who lived in Sydney for two years. Her Sydney 3 day itinerary will show you the must-see attractions and sight, as well as some lesser known spots and local recommendations.

Read on for our 3 day Sydney Itinerary

3 days in Sydney – Day 1

Let’s start exploring the beautiful city of Sydney on the waterfront at Darling Harbour. It is a great pedestrian area with a vibrant atmosphere and some breathtaking views around the waterfront. You can walk across the Pyrmont Bridge, and find several attractions like The Sydney Aquarium, the Australian Maritime Museum, the Darling Harbour Ferris wheel, and much more.

Darling Harbour in Sydney Australia by LM07 on Pixabay

Darling Harbour in Sydney Australia

When you’re ready for a break, enjoy a delicious brunch at Wild Sage Barangaroo (Read the reviews). You will be served one of the tastiest, modern Australian breakfasts with a fun, creative twist to every dish.

Wild Sage Bangaroo, Sydney

Wild Sage Bangaroo, Sydney

Continue your walk down to Barangaroo, which is a little suburb in the inner city. It is one of the more less-known areas of Sydney, but one not to miss. It is currently under construction until 2024, however, you will already now be able to enjoy the beauty of this new waterfront area.

Once you get to Walsh Bay, take a coffee break at Zupano Espresso Bar  (Read the reviews)They serve first-class coffees and freshly made juices. While sipping your expresso, you will be able to check out the impressive boats and catamarans, that are located here.

The Sydney Bridge Australia Simon Steinberger Pixabay

The Sydney Bridge Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge will be your next stop. The bridge was built between 1923 and 1932 and is a heritage-listed bridge. Pedestrians, bicycles, vehicles, and trains can cross the bridge, with no charge for pedestrians and bicycles. It’s well worth extending your walk across the bridge, which takes 15-20 minutes to cross. You will gain some extraordinary views of the city along the way.

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At the south entrance to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll reach The Rocks neighborhood area. It’s the most historic neighborhood in Sydney, which you can go and explore on your own or visit some of the museums located here. You will also find guided tours around this neighborhood with a wide selection of bars, cafes, and restaurants to choose from.

Glenmore Hotel Sydney Australia

Glenmore Hotel Sydney Australia

Finish your day off, with dinner at The Glenmore Hotel (Read the reviews) right in the heart of The Rocks neighborhood. It is a very popular and historic hotel, which will serve you tasty food. Make sure you get seated at the rooftop where you will have a 180-degree view of the Sydney Harbour.


3 days in Sydney – Day 2

Start your next day bright and early with the Bondi to Bronte walk. It is one of Sydney’s most beautiful walking trails along the water. On the walk, you’ll pass beaches, cliffs, parks, viewpoints, and cafes. It is supremely beautiful and I really urge you to go. Walking one way will take you around 1 hour (2.5km).

Bondi Walk in Sydney quentin-grignet-unsplash

Bondi Walk in Sydney

I suggest you start your walk in Bronte, so that you end up in Bondi. Bondi beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sydney, due to the fine white sand and the strong waves, which attract surfers from all over the world. If you fancy trying it yourself you can book a surf lesson here.

Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia, Photo Kevin Bosc on Unsplash

Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

At Bondi Beach, you can have a late brunch at The Bucket List (Read the reviews) where you will get amazing food and panoramic views of the beach and the ocean. After a bite to eat, you should head back to the city centre, by train or bus which run all day long.

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Bondi Beach Sydney Australia Photo- johnny-bhalla-unsplash

Bondi Beach Sydney Australia

The next stop will be at the Royal Botanical Garden (Read the reviews). It’s located right in the city centre with 30 hectares of green space. Here you get to explore exotic plants, birds in all colors and shapes, and flowers in bloom.

Sydney Botanic Garden Ethan Lee on Unsplash

Sydney Botanic Garden

The garden is free to enter. Once you are there, I recommend you to have a little coffee break at Botanic House Sydney (Read the reviews) inside the garden. Here you can enjoy great garden views from the open-air pavilion.

Botanic House Sydney

Botanic House Sydney

Now it is time for the famous Sydney Opera House (Read the reviews). This is one of the most well known buildings of the 20th century and was designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon. It is a truly impressive building and one of Sydney’s most famous icons. Inside you can get a guided tour and discover even more about this magnificent building – book a tour of Sydney Opera House here. If you have time, I also suggest you buy tickets for one of the many shows, for an unforgettable experience.

Sydney Opera House Australia Kewal Unsplash

Sydney Opera House Australia

We recommend dinner at the Sydney Opera Bar, located close to the waterside offering amazing views of the Opera House and the waterfront. However, make sure to make your reservations in advance, as it does fill up especially on the weekends.

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3 days in Sydney – Day 2

Your third day of our Sydney 3 day itinerary should start with a nice breakfast at The Rocks Cafe (Read the reviews). Here you will find both European and modern Australian cuisine prepared by some great chefs.

The Rocks Cafe Sydney Australia

The Rocks Cafe Sydney Australia

After breakfast head down to Circular Quay where you can catch a ferry to the north shores of Sydney Harbour and find yourself at the Taronga Zoo. The ferry ride is only 12 minutes long. At the Taronga Zoo (Read the reviews) you get to explore more than 250 different species and over 4,000 animals, including gorillas, bears, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and meerkats. Book your Taronga Zoo tickets here.

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Koala in Sydney Toranga Zoo Australia Photo- valdez-unsplash

Koala in Sydney Toranga Zoo Australia

Kangaroo in Sydney Zoo Photo robert-koorenny-unsplash

Kangaroo in Sydney Zoo

Once you are ready to head back to the city center you can walk down some of the main shopping streets, including Pitt Street and George Street, where you can get all your shopping done.

George St in Sydney Australia Photo Laura Cros on Unsplash

George St in Sydney Australia

If you are in the need for a coffee break at some point, follow the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to Mecca Coffee  located on King Street. It is a very popular place that serves coffee made with roasted beans from El Salvador.

Mecca Coffee King St Sydney

Mecca Coffee King St Sydney

Finish your last day at GPO Cheese and Wine Room for an incredible dinner. You can choose between cheese fondue, antipasti, and delicious cheese plates, which you can design to your own taste.

GPO Cheese and wine room in Sydney

GPO Cheese and wine room in Sydney


Hotels in Sydney

Sydney is a city that values its tourists and you will find a broad range of accommodation for your next stay. Here are some hotels to try;

The Langham Sydney is a luxurious hotel offering panoramic views of the city. It is located just a 5 minutes’ walk from Darling Harbour.

The Langham Hotel in Sydney

The Langham Hotel in Sydney

Simpsons Of Potts Point is a boutique hotel, located very close to Woolloomooloo Bay. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a beautiful guest lounge with a fireplace and all air-conditioned rooms.

Simpsons of Potts Point

Simpsons of Potts Point

Primus Hotel Sydney is located in the very heart of Sydney city center. It is a 5-star hotel where you will find everything from a restaurant, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free Wi-Fi in every room.

Primus Hotel Sydney

Primus Hotel Sydney

Visitor Information for Sydney

For more information to plan your visit to Sydney check out the official websites for Sydney Tourism and Australia Tourism.

We recommend Skyscanner to plan flight routes and find the best prices.

If you are looking for a guidebook for your visit to Sydney, we recommend the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Sydney or the DK Top 10 Sydney Eyewitness Travel Guide.

Looking for a place to stay? Check out the best prices for Hotels in Sydney

There are lots of tours of Sydney available – why not check out a Sydney Harbour Cruise or these Sydney food tours and experiences

Sanne Grothe The San SanityAbout the Author: Sanne Grothe is a Danish citizen, currently living in Spain but just back from two years in Australia. Sanne loves to travel and recently started her first lifestyle blog The San Sanity which focuses on travel, outdoor activities, fitness & health, and general inspiration and recommendations related to everyday life. Check out Sanne’s blog and also follow her on Pinterest here.

Photo credits:
Sydney Opera house |  Sydney Bridge day | Sydney Bridge NightBondi Walk | Shopping street |  Botanical Garden | Bondi Beach 1Bondi Beach 2 | Sydney Zoo 1 | KangarooDarling Harbour | Wild Sage Bangaroo | The Glenmore Hotel |

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  • Reply
    Anne Kepner
    August 30, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Breakfast! Wicks Park Cafe in Marrickville has the best croque monsieur in Sydney (and I’m sure they can make it a croque madame if you ask nicely), and amazing cold-drip coffee.

    You won’t regret going 🙂
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