So you have one day to do as much as possible in the heart of Sydney, but where do you start and what do you do in this 24 hour time block you have… well written below is my personal ideal day spent in Sydney, Australia.
6am- wake up and watch sunrise at any of the stunning beaches along the coast… maybe Bondi, maybe Coogee, maybe Manly, they are all worth a visit.
9am- Make your way into the CBD. Start by catching the train to Circular Quay and walking over to ‘The Rocks’ (10min walk). At ‘The Rocks’ there are plenty of high-end shops and gorgeous historical architecture. Every weekend there are markets on which have a variety of foods and crafts to buy. On the way back to Circular Quay train station, by the water front is the Museum of Contemporary Art which is free admission. On the other side of the water is the Sydney Opera House which is definitely worth walking over too and having a look at.
11am- From there you can walk up through the Botanical Gardens and to the Art Gallery of NSW. The gardens are beautiful, especially in Spring with lots to see on the walk up. The Art Gallery of NSW is my favourite gallery of all time, I would highly recommend seeing the first permanent exhibit to the right hand side upon entry which are famous Australian paintings. Throughout the gallery there are many different exhibits and there is always something new to see, likewise to the Contemporary Musuem it is also free admission.
1pm- Walk to either St James or Martin Place station or get a bus to Town Hall. Eat some lunch at the many different cafes, restrauants, pubs or takeouts around the streets. If you want to spend a bit more money I would walk down to China Town on Dixon street where you will find plenty of great Asian restrauants to eat at, my favourite is getting Yum Cha at the Nine Dragons. Yum Cha is where you sit at the table and people continually bring food around asking if you would like some. Typically it is mostly dumplings, veges and meat dishes, it is a pretty cheap way to eat if there is a few people sharing.
2pm- Near Town Hall is the Victoria Building which has the most amazing architecture on both the exterior and interior. Inside has stunning high-end shops to look at but walking through each level is magical. On the top level is a grand piano anyone is welcomed to play on and every time I have walked through a stranger is always playing something beautiful. The Victoria building was constructed between 1893- 1898 and has been kept in great condition since.
3pm- From wherever you are now around Town Hall, walk down to Sydney’s Paddy’s Haymarket’s which are on every Wednesday to Sunday. Here you can buy anything from wigs to souvenirs to costumes for a pretty cheap price. A few streets away is the Capital Theatre and although watching a show is a must do, just walking past or having a look inside is still worth it.
Now, if you are still full of energy and are keen to do as much as humanly possible here are some more places around Sydney I would also recommend seeing:
- Newtown/ Glebe (quirky, arty, hippy suburbs)
- Darling Harbour- 10 min walk from Town Hall Station (lots of tourist attractions/things to do)
- Luna Park! (Amusement Park)
- Taronga Zoo (pretty expensive, but definitely worth it)
- Getting a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly