Situated on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales (NSW) state. It is the largest and most populous city in the country. Known for its iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the city is surely one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world.
After having lived in Sydney for 10 years, I consider this amazing city as my second home. With its multicultural vibe, the city made me feel welcome in the country. In this post, you will find places to see on a weekend in Sydney.
Day 1 – Places to see in Central Business District
Sydney Opera House
Earning a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2007, the Sydney Opera House is one of the iconic landmarks in the world. Celebrated as a masterpiece in modern architecture, the landmark is known for its sail-like shell structure. It is a venue for several performances, including concerts, operas, and theatres.
The Royal Botanical Garden
Established in 1816, The Royal Botanical Garden is right next to the Sydney Opera House and features a vast and diverse collection of plants and trees from around the world, with a focus on Australian native species.
Circular Quay and The Rocks
Serving as a focal point in the Central Business District, Circular Quay and The Rocks are the two most lively and vibrant localities in Sydney. Offering a range of dining options, including cafes and restaurants, both these areas are cool places to hang out.
Darling Harbour and Barangaroo
With a mix of entertainment, leisure, and cultural attractions, Darling Harbour is a waterfront precinct in the CBD. Home to many touristy things such as Australian Maritime Museum, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds among others. There are many fine dining restaurants that offer delicious food with great views.
Adjacent to Darling Harbour is another waterfront precinct named Barangaroo. Committing to sustainability and green design initiatives, Barangaroo is an awesome place to stroll around and witness Sydney’s cultural and modern mix.
Want to go further out? Spend a day or half visiting Katoomba and it’s Blue Mountains nearby.
Circular Quay and the Rocks has heaps of restaurants and cafes that cater for all kinds of cuisines and preferences. But if you love Indian food, then I recommend Spice Room which is one of the best Indian restaurants in Sydney.
Day 2 – Places to see in Bondi Beach
With a stunning crescent-shaped shoreline and clear blue waters, Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s iconic beaches. The beach is very popular among the locals and the tourists for swimming and sunbathing. It is also a favourite among surfers for the consistent waves. The area of Bondi features many cafes, restaurants, and retail shops, especially selling surfing products.
Situated at the southern end of Bondi Beach, the Bondi Icebergs is an ocean pool offering swimmers a unique experience of swimming in the ocean while enjoying the safety of an enclosed pool. Owned by the club, there is a bar and a restaurant just next to the ocean pool that has uninterrupted views of the ocean.
Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
One of the most spectacular and popular coastal walks in Sydney is the Bondi to Coogee beach coastal walk. It is an easy 6 kilometres coast walk passing through some amazing beaches and a historical cemetery. The walk is quite crowded with joggers and walkers, especially on a nice sunny day. During the whale migratory season (between May and October), this walk is one of the places to see humpback whales from the mainland.
Completed in 1889, Sydney Town Hall has a rich history dating back to the early days of the colony of NSW. The building is a fine example of Victorian architecture. It has been listed on the NSW Heritage Register. Located on George Street, the Town Hall serves as the administrative and ceremonial center for the City of Sydney. During the spring season, the trees around the Town Hall is decorated with the Jacaranda flowers.
Town Hall area has many restaurants, including the fine dining options. Irrespective of what cuisine you are looking for, you will find a restaurant here. But one of the must-try restaurants is Chat Thai which is the best Thai restaurant in the city. The food here is delicious and authentic.
Sydney is a city that will leave a mark on you. Even though you can only see the highlights of the city and barely scratch its surface, you will reflect on the breathtaking views of Sydney. Whether it’s Bondi Beach or taking a stroll on the streets under the Jacarandas, you will have fond memories of the city before you head back home.
Bio: Raksha Nagaraj of Solo Passport
My name is Raksha Nagaraj, and I am the owner and content creator of Solopassport. Through my blog, I promote adventurous travel and solo female traveling. I have lived in Sydney for more than 10 years and I call it home. Follow Raksha from Solo Passport Instagram and YouTube.
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