Sydney for a week? Sounds short but just enough to cover the city essentials plus other attractions within New South Wales. All you need to do is to wake up early every morning, join the morning commuter buzz, grab a take away coffee and walk under the morning sun and start exploring the city! Be sure that you are in your most comfortable shoes as it is best to go around the heart of the city by feet.
I have listed below (if not, mostly) all the places I tackled during my trip to Sydney that could help you plan your Oz trip.
What to see in Sydney for 7 days?
1. Sydney Opera House – you can miss everything but not the Sydney Opera House! Australia’s most iconic building or I’d say one of the world’s iconic buildings. It is a venue for performing arts and is situated in Sydney Harbour – facing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was opened in the year 1973. The exterior is made up of concrete panels which makes it look like a “Shell”. Take shots in different angles, go around and explore this iconic building. It’s one of the main reasons why you went to Sydney!
I first heard Sydney Opera House during my grade school and I have been fascinated about it ever since. It has been my dream to set foot at the Sydney Opera House and I finally made it happen during my 27th birthday.
2. Sydney Harbour Bridge – It is also an iconic image of Sydney and is located just opposite of Sydney Opera House. A gigantic steel arch bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. that can accommodate all kinds of road transportation. if you want a closer look of the bridge, ride the train and drop off at Milson’s Point station.
If you are brave enough to climb the bridge you may check http://www.bridgeclimb.com/ Good luck!
3. Sydney Tower – Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.
4. St. Mary’s Cathedral – Whenever I travel, I always make sure I do have time to visit a church. It’s my way of saying thanks to God for the opportunity of travelling and keeping me safe whenever I’m out of the country. St. Mary’s Cathedral is just opposite of Hyde Park.
5. Martin Place – it is located in the central business district of Sydney. Here you will find iconic buildings such as Sydney General Post Office, Bank of Australasia and Challis House.
6. Taronga Zoo – located in the shores of Sydney Harbour. We all know that Australia is known for its Kangaroo and Koala Bears (aside from the wild animals that might be around), and you will find them here. You need to ride a ferry from Circular Quay to get here, usually entrance fees include the ferry going back and forth to city. Entrance fees cost AUD45-50.
7. Bondi Beach – of course, I would not forget to visit this well-known beach ’cause I’m a fan of the TV show Bondi Rescue! It is one of the famous beaches of Australia and a paradise for beach surfers. It is considered one of the most visited tourist sites in Sydney.
8. Darling Harbour – its just adjacent to Sydney’s city center. It’s a good place where to hang out and drink.
9. China Town – perfect place to get souvenirs. They usually sell it here in cheaper price!
10. The Rocks – Sydney’s early convict days live on in the Rocks, a jumble of cobblestone streets and cul-de-sacs just five minutes from Circular Quay. You only have to step off the harbour foreshore to find the sandstone terraces and cottages and some of Sydney’s oldest pubs. This historic precinct also draws both visitors and locals with its museums and galleries, lively weekend markets and hotels with harbour views. The past and present collide in the best way in the Rocks, home to both ghostly tours and some of Sydney’s liveliest celebrations. (source: http://www.australia.com)
Other places to visit in Sydney and within New South Wales:
11. Blue Mountains – a mountainous region in New South Wales. Approximately 1.5 to 2 hour drive from Sydney (Kingsford Smith) International Airport.
The mountain is densely made up of Eucalyptus trees and the atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour. (www.bluemts.com.au)
(related post: Blue Mountains Australia)
12. Hunter Valley – Hunter region or popularly known as Hunter Valley is located in the north of Sydney in New South Wales and one of the wine-producing regions of Australia. More or less 3-hour drive from Sydney. If you’re on the hunt for wine, cheese and country-yard experience, this makes the perfect place for you.
(related post: Hunter Valley, NSW)
And that’s how I covered Sydney. I will definitely go back to this lovely place and make sure to visit the other places I missed to check on.
I’d like to hear your about your itineraries too and feel free to share it on my site! :)
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