Sydney is one of those cities that has a lot going on for travelers. There’s a lot to see. But if you really (I mean really) have to boil it down you could see a lot in a weekend. I’m not recommending this, of course. I’ve lived here for three years and I’m only just now feeling like I’m starting to get to know the place. There’s a lot to see and a lot hidden local spots in Sydney. But for those that have a short trip in Australia and have only managed to squeeze a weekend into their itinerary there is hope. Here is our guide for how to spend a weekend in Sydney.
Saturday morning in Sydney
Saturday morning in Sydney is brunch time. And what better place to have brunch than taking in one of the best views in the world. Our recommendation, the Oyster Bar in Circular Quay. Sitting halfway between the ferry terminal and the Opera House it’s honestly not half bad. And by not half bad I mean you’ll be served oysters while taking in the view of Sydney Harbor, the Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge. I mean, life is just too hard sometimes isn’t it?
Saturday afternoon in Sydney
Come Saturday afternoon in Sydney you’ve got a couple of options. Your options are really just based on how much money you can justify spending. On the one hand you can get tickets to the opera. Whether or not you’re an opera fan is frankly irrelevant. This is Sydney and if you can, you go to the opera. The shear grandeur of it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
On the other hand, and don’t get me wrong, the other hand is not really a bad option, you just take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Manly just so happens to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Saturday night in Sydney
When the sun dips down over the horizon it’s time to get into the glitz and glamour that makes Sydney a destination for people with too much money. The city is studded with amazing venues from waterfront clubs in Darling Harbor to roof top bars with a pool and hidden whiskey and gin joints.
The city has a few different districts to explore, each with their own unique party vibe. You can check out our list of the four best night spots in Sydney.
Sunday morning in Sydney
You may or may not be a bit sluggish this morning. But hey, you’re on holiday so get up, dust yourself off and get back out there. The sun will warm you up and help take the chill off that hangover. No guide to how to spend a weekend in Sydney would be worth anything without a recommendation to check out Bondi Beach.
Although I myself may not be the biggest fan there is something about this place that is pretty damn awesome. It’s a backpackers mecca, and by backpackers I mean anyone young enough to look good in a swimsuit. Do your best to be seen and stop by and one of the local bars for a burger and a beer to ease into the afternoon.
Sunday afternoon in Sydney
Winding down now, it’ll be time to head to the next destination soon. But of course, you need that oh so important souvenir to show off when you head home. So head down to Paddy’s Markets for a spot of market place shopping. You can get anything Australian from here and there’s no need to be shy about being an out of towner.
Want to know more than just how to spend a weekend in Sydney?
A weekend is just plan not enough time to see the true heart of Sydney. It’s a city that deserves a lot more. If you’d like to see more of the great things to do in this amazing city check out our blog post on 25 things to do in Sydney.