I’ve been dreaming about visiting Sydney, Australia for as long as I can remember! The first bucket list I ever wrote as a kid had “go to Australia and pet a kangaroo” on it. So when I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Sydney, I was so excited!
After making a long must-see list, asking all of my friends who have lived there what to do, and finding the best things to do over a weekend in Sydney, here is a list of my favorites!
Where to Stay
I have been to more than my fair share of hostels, and Sydney Harbour YHA was by far the nicest one I have ever been to! The staff was incredibly friendly, happy to answer the questions that we had about the city, and recommended some unique spots for us to explore. Our room was more like a nice hotel room than a hostel room and we even had a view of the Opera House out of our window! I couldn’t ask for a better view! The hostel held fun events every evening; our favorite was wine and cheese night on the rooftop! Free wine, the sunset, and a view of the city are the best ways to make me happy. I would highly recommend this hostel for a feeling of luxury on a budget! Check out Sydney Harbour YHA here!
What to Do
One of my favorite things I did during my weekend in Sydney was the BridgeClimb! It was so fun to climb all the way to the top of the famous bridge while listening to stories and history about the city! Our guide was so fun and entertaining, and the view was incredible! This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I loved every minute of it! The climb is not fast paced and is suitable for people of any fitness level. Book your climb here!
A cross off my bucket list! Not only did we get to eat breakfast right next to the cuddliest koalas you’ve ever seen, we got to feed kangaroos, and go on a private tour of the zoo before it opened to the public! I loved spending my morning learning more about the animals. It was also amazing to hear how much they do to protect them, make sure that they are happy, and provide an environment that is very similar to the wild!
It’s not a trip to Sydney without visiting the famous Bondi Beach! Instead of drowning in the sea of tourists, we walked along the coastline. It is a 6k walk to Coogee, so we only walked to Bronte which is a 2.5k walk. There were still gorgeous views in every direction and I am so glad we did it!
This was my favorite walk that we did! We headed toward the Spit Bridge, which is a 10k walk, but turned around about half way. The ferry ride from Sydney Harbour to Manly provided amazing views, and the walk toward Spit was so nice. I loved that there were barely any people on the path, and seemingly no tourists. As we walked, we saw a few groups of people having a picnic along the beach. Although we weren’t prepared, I would have loved to stop for a picnic and watch the sunset!
The Rocks Markets and Museum
The Rocks were right where we were staying, so our first stop was the Rocks Museum to learn a little about the history of Sydney. At The Rocks on Saturdays and Sundays, there are great markets from 10am-5pm! Make sure to check those out!
Explore Darling Harbour
A great place to walk around and explore, especially in the evening!
Walk through Hyde Park and the Botanical Gardens
Another fun walk that is short and beautiful!
Where to Eat
I thought that a restaurant right in front of the Opera House would be pricy and have low quality food, but the Opera Bar was our favorite meal of the trip! The food and views are unbeatable!
I’m always on the hunt for a good dessert! The Choc Pot was our favorite. We both got dessert waffles. Yum!
On the 36th floor of Shangri-La, Blu Bar is such a treat. We splurged for a cocktail here made by the awesome bartender, Jono. The drinks were great and the view up there was even better!
These were our favorite places that we visiting during our weekend in Sydney, Australia! There are so many amazing things to see, and I’m sure there are even more hidden gems that we didn’t get to see!
Where is your favorite spot in Sydney?