One of the most iconic cities in the world, Sydney Australia really is as amazing as you’ve imagined! This city has such an incredible energy to it, with SO many different things to do from beaches, to museums, to boat cruises, to bontanic gardens and amazing food… Sydney has it ALL!

Visa…

Americans will need a Via to go to Australia, which can be obtained fairly easily. If you’re going for less than 90 days, you can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) by clicking HERE, for $20AUD ($15USD).

How to Get Around..

Taxi:

From the airport to downtown Sydney, a taxi will take 20-30 minutes and cost you about $35USD.

Shuttle Service:

Private companies run shuttle services between the Airport and various city accommodations. They depart regularly from the front of the terminals and and cost AUD $16-18/person one way.  

What to Do… 

 

Sydney Harbour: 

Cost: Free!

Length Of Stay: 1-2 Hours

One of the world’s most beautiful harbours. Take a stroll around and take it all in.

Sydney Harbour Info

Sydney Opera House:

Cost: Tour $37AUD Adult, $20 Child, $95 Family

Hours: Daily 9-5

Length Of Stay: 1 hour tour, allow additional time for photos outside

Sydney Opera House Website

Sydney Harbour Bridge:

Cost: Free!

Hours: Always Open

Length Of Stay: 1+ Hours

The iconic steel arch bridge is  a must to walk across while visiting Sydney.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Info

Bondi Beach:

Cost: Free!

Hours 9am-5pm

Length Of Stay: 2-3 hours

Bondi Beach is the iconic beach of Sydney. It’s super laid back and a must do, if the weather is right! Be sure to take a surf lesson while you’re here.

Bondi Beach Info

Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk:

Cost: Free!

Hours: Always open

Length Of Stay: 1.5 Hours (6km total)

Gorgeous views of beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools along the way.

Bondi to Coogee Beach Info

Sydney Road Botanic Gardens:

Cost: Free!

Hours: 9-5 daily

Length Of Stay: 1-2 Hours

Gorgeous, 74-acre botanic gardens, perfect for a stroll.

Sydney Botanic Gardens Website

Sydney Opera House to Botanic Gardens Walk:

Cost: Free!

Hours: Always Open

Length Of Stay: 30 minutes

Sydney Opera House to Botanic Gardens Walk Info

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair:

Cost: Free!

Hours: Always Open

Length Of Stay: 20 minute walk from Sydney Opera House

Epic views of Sydney Harbour…get your camera ready!

Mrs Macquaries Chair Info

Darling Harbour:

Cost: Free!

Hours: Always Open

Length Of Stay: 1+ Hours

Adjacent to the city center of Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts a large amount of restaurants, shops, and museums, as well as other tourist attractions

Darling Harbour Info

Boat Cruises: Captain Cook Cruises

Cost: $39AUD

Hours: 9am-10:30pm

Length Of Stay: 2 Hours for Harbour Story, each cruise has different timing

Operating for 42+ Years, this reputable company has various cruises to suit your craving of seeing Sydney from the water.

Captain Cook Cruises Website

          Where to Stay…

Airbnb is great to utilize in Sydney, because the city is quite expensive. Here are some other great hotels, if budget permits.

For $36 off your first Airbnb booking, click HERE:

InterContinental Sydney: 

Gorgeous hotel and located less than half a mile from the Opera House. $225USD/night

Intercontinental Hotel Sydney Website

The Grace Hotel Sydney:

If you’re looking for something more budget friendly, then this is the hotel for you! Great location and, at $125USD/night, it’s reasonable for the location.

Grace Hotel Website

 Where to Eat…

Food is EVERYWHERE in Sydney! We were SO overwhelmed at where to eat and, although most sit down restaurants are quite expensive near Sydney Harbour, all the food is amazing!

Opera Bar/Opera Kitchen:

Located just beside Sydney Opera House, this is a great place with a large menu for food/beverage. Beware, it comes at a cost, as it’s in a prime location.

Opera Bar Website

Mr. Wong Chinese Restaurant:

Arguably the best Chinese restaurant in the city, this place won’t disappoint.

Mr Wong Website

The Governor’s Table:

Australian cuisine, totally delicious.

The Governors Table Website

Tetsuya’s (Japanese):

Get your sushi and sashimi fix here, it’s totally worth the price!

Tetsuyas Website

Things to Note…

BRING SUNCREEN…like SPF 50++! The sun is SO SO SO strong and Josh and I each got quite toasty!

 

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