48 HOURS IN SYDNEY
Alex is orginally from Australia & is here to tell us how to spend 48 Hours In Sydney:
After years of contemplating of how expensive and long the flights are, you finally came across some great flight deals a few months ago, and now you’re here… in Sydney. Now what? That’s what we’re all thinking as soon as we’re done clearing customs at the airport in a foreign city, and you’re left to make your own way to the hotel and around the city. Lucky for you, I’ve got your back with a 48 hour guide to Sydney.
DAY 1 – MORNING
First things first you’ll need to make your way to your accommodation. The Airportlink will take you from the International Airport Station to a few of the major stops within the city, a single one way ticket will set you back $18. This is the perfect option for solo travellers, but if you’re travelling in a large group it may be more effective to catch a taxi or ride-share.
Hopefully your accommodation is able to check you in a bit earlier so you can freshen up, or at least check in your bags. For today’s activities you’ll need to wear comfortable walking shoes, a camera (or phone), a map, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
To begin your first day in Sydney, grab yourself a coffee from one of the coffee shops around your area. Don’t worry you won’t go far without seeing a coffee shop; this is due to Australia’s coffee culture. We love our coffees and we definitely know how to make them. Order the classic Australian ‘flat white.’ Australians are also known to love a bit of brunch, so grab a seat at a cafe, and order some food with your coffee.
Then you’re going to make your way down to Circular Quay. The most convenient way of getting there is by train. You’ll definitely need to pull out your phone, camera, or selfie stick because you won’t want to miss the views of Circular Quay. From here, you’ll be able to see the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the harbour and city skyline. From Circular Quay, you’ll be able to explore the Rocks area, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and if you’ve got more time, why not take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly or Watson’s Bay?
After you’ve had enough of exploring the Circular Quay area, and captured the postcard-worthy shot of the Opera House, walk around the Opera House itself and make your way to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Sydney and the Domain. This is the perfect spot for lunch, so pick a spot and grab yourself a bite from the cafe, or even another round of coffee. There is also a restaurant and bar in the gardens if you’re looking for a sit-down meal or even better pre-order a picnic basket from the cafe!
DAY 1 – AFTERNOON
If you’re looking for a more cultural experience, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is only a 15 minute walk from the botanical gardens. Even if you’re not an art-enthusiast the architecture of the gallery will be sure to entice you to enter! The gallery is one of the largest in Australia, and along with a permanent collection, play host to a range of events, and temporary exhibitions. This is the perfect way to end the afternoon wandering aimlessly through the halls of the exhibition seeing everything from contemporary art to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
DAY 1 – EVENING
When it comes to dinner time, you will definitely be spoilt for choice when it comes to Sydney. If you’re looking for a sort of street market feel but in the CBD, be sure to Spice Alley, here you’ll find everything from Singaporean to Korean cuisines. Be wary that Spice Alley is completely cashless so you’ll need your credit card. If you’re looking for the food areas of Sydney be sure to check out Surry Hills, Newtown, or Darling Harbour for views. Check out these lists for more dinner ideas:
- Good Foods’ Sydney’s Top 50 Cheap Eats
- Cheap Eats: Meals for Under $20 in Sydney
- Time Out’s 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney
DAY 2 – MORNING AND AFTERNOON
No visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to Bondi Beach, so make your way there for today. The easiest way of getting here from the city is via the bus, or you can catch the train to Bondi Junction and catch the train from there. Bondi is really worth the hype.
For today you’ll need your swimmers, a towel, water, sunscreen, and some snacks.
In line with every other Aussie, first things first are to get yourself to a cafe for breakfast or brunch if you’ve had a little sleep in. Some of the crowd favourites for brunch are Bill’s, Speedo Cafe, Sonoma Cafe, or if you’re looking for a vegan option; Sadhana Kitchen. And yes, all these cafes will definitely provide you with instagrammable breakfasts!
If you’ve eaten yourself into a food coma, now is the perfect time to walk it off. To get some really stunning views of Bondi and the aquamarines, and blues of the water, the whites where the waves break, and the yellow sands, head up to North Bondi near Bondi Icebergs. You’ll be blown away by the views! From here you’ll also be able to complete the Bondi to Coogee if you’re feeling active; otherwise you can just head down to beach for a dip and lay in the sun.
The Bondi to Coogee walk is popular amongst locals and tourists alike, and for good reason, the walk will take you along the coast line going through Tamarama, Bronte, and Clovelly beach before finishing at Coogee. Be wary that this walk is quite long and entails hills and stairs.
If you’re wanting a shop, you’re in luck on the weekends as there is the Bondi Farmers Market featuring fresh produce and gourmet foods, whilst on Sunday the Bondi Markets you’ll also find gourmet food stalls but also retail stalls, vintage stalls, and second hand sales.
DAY 2 – EVENING
You’re honestly a bit walked out at the moment from the past 36 hours or so this evening should be about a bit of relaxation. My suggestion is ordering in room service, and spending the night resting your undoubtedly sore feet.
However, if you feel the night is still young and you find yourself in the city, there is plenty on. Sydney is known to have a somewhat hole-in-the-wall, boutique, and underground bar scene. You’ll definitely find craft beer bars like Redoak, rooftop bars like Taylor’s Rooftop, or if you’re looking for a club the infamous Kings Cross or King Street Wharf area.
So there you have it, 48 hours in Sydney. I hope you all enjoyed reading this, and if you’re wondering is this actually what life is like Sydney? Yes, yes it definitely is. There really is so much more to this beautiful city, whether you’re here for 48 hours or for a month, there will always be something to do in Sydney!
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Chasa is a travel blogger who has been writing since 2016. She has traveled domestically and internationally since 2013 and resides in the state of Alabama, where she pursues her passion for helping people see the beauty in other states and countries through her own accounts.
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