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How to Spend 3 Days in Sydney

How to Spend 3 Days in Sydney

With three days in Sydney, you have plenty of time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, see its most famous sights, loll on the beach, and head out of town into the surrounding countryside. Here are a few ways to experience the very best of Sydney in 72 memorable hours.

Day 1: Explore Sydney Harbour Sydney Harbour, with its iconic UNESCO World Heritage–listed opera house and dramatic Sydney Harbour Bridge, makes up the city’s most recognizable image. One of the best ways to take in the sights is aboard a catamaran or tall-ship tour around the harbor. Tour boats typically cruise close to the Sydney Opera House and bridge, allowing for excellent photo opportunities. Some tours include lunch or dinner, and others offer additional experiences such as entry to the Taronga Zoo. Alternatively, consider a scenic helicopter tour for a wide-angle view of the harbor and Sydney skyline.

After seeing the harbor highlights from a distance, you can get up close on a guided climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a backstage Sydney Opera House tour, or by attending an opera or ballet inside the world-famous performing arts venue.

Day 2: Spend a Day at the Beach No visit to Sydney is complete without spending some time soaking up the sun on at least one of its legendary beaches. Famed Bondi Beach is just five miles (eight kilometers) from the city center, so both Sydney and Bondi sightseeing tours offer the chance to take a stroll along the beach and dip your feet in the warm water. Alternatively, Sydney and Bondi hop-on hop-off bus and boat tours allow you to set your own itinerary and take your time at the beach before continuing on to other stops along the sightseeing route. 

More sand-and-sea options lie just a short distance from the city, including bustling Manly. Some Sydney tours include visits to Manly and the Northern Beaches, and usually allow for free time to enjoy the beach area.

Day 3: Experience the Blue Mountains Sydneysiders looking to escape into nature flock to the serene Blue Mountains, easily and quickly accessible from the city center. Guided full-day Blue Mountains tours (private or group) typically take in the region’s most famous sights, such as the distinctive rock formation of the Three Sisters, and many include stops at additional attractions, such as a wildlife park where you can see kangaroos, koalas, and other native critters.

Alternatively, spend a day exploring Australia’s oldest wine-producing region. Guided Hunter Valley wine tours with hotel pickup and drop-off take the worry out of driving after indulging in some wine tasting, and often include lunch with wine pairings.

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Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Join a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by double-decker bus to discover the highlights of Sydney and Bondi Beach. Enjoy unobstructed views and recorded onboard commentary as you travel along two routes to top destinations like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach. Go in-depth at any given place by simply hopping off the bus to explore. You can experience Sydney and Bondi's most noteworthy attractions at your own pace with your choice of ticket, valid for either 24 or 48 hours.
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  • 2 hours
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy a deluxe sunset cruise on Sydney Harbour accompanied by a delicious three-course dinner. From the water, admire iconic sights such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Luna Park and more. Snap photos as the sky shimmers at sunset and the city skyline lights up for the night as you cruise through Sydney in the evening.
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  • 2 hours
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Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

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Customize your sightseeing in Sydney with a hop-on hop-off coach tour and harbor cruise. The ferry pass is valid for 2 days and the explorer pass is valid for 48 hours, giving you two full days to explore Sydney. The Sydney Harbour ferry cruise stops include Circular Quay, Manly, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. The double-decker bus tour travels between iconic sites including The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Bondi Beach. Choose to hop off and visit places of interest, or simply remain on board for a comprehensive overview with recorded commentary.
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  • 7 hours to 2 days
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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

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Enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and beyond during a scenic helicopter flight over Sydney. Take to the skies for a quick flight that provides stunning panoramic views of Sydney’s eastern coastline including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Cove, Sydney’s spectacular Harbor and city skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House. Learn about the city’s history from your knowledgeable pilot as you fly along the coast of the Pacific Ocean before your pilot whirs over Sydney Head marking the harbor’s entrance.
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  • 2 hours
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$172.87
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Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Wildlife Park

Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Wildlife Park

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Enjoy a visit to the Blue Mountains while in Sydney. Your full-day tour of the World Heritage-listed park visits highlights including the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, and Jamison Valley. En route, stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park, and have your photo taken with cuddly koalas. Cruise back to Sydney on the Parramatta River and see the Sydney Olympic Park, before gliding through Sydney Harbour to wrap up your Blue Mountains tour. Travel with a small group, providing a more intimate experience.
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  • 11 hours
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Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

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See Sydney in style on a lunch cruise that takes you sailing through spectacular Sydney Harbour aboard a traditional square-rigged tall ship built from the 1920s. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch as your captain sails past iconic Sydney landmarks such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Fort Denison. Have the option to include unlimited beer and wine with your lunch.
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  • 2 hours
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Sydney Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

Sydney Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

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Take in panoramic views of top Sydney landmarks as you cruise through Sydney Harbour en route to Taronga Zoo. Your package includes round-trip cruise from Circular Quay to the zoo, and a ride on the Sky Safari Gondola, which whisks you uphill from the boat dock to the main entrance of Taronga Zoo. From the gondola, get an early peek at some of the zoo's inhabitants, such as giraffes, big apes, and native animals like kangaroos and koalas.
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Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

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Get an exclusive experience of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Sydney Opera House on a backstage tour of this world-famous center for the performing arts. Your expert guide shares stories about the real-life dramas behind the curtain and in the venue's storied history since it opened in 1973. Go behind the scenes to see parts of the opera house normally reserved for staff and performers, including the stage and dressing rooms. Wrap up this fascinating morning tour by sitting down with your small-group companions for a full Australian breakfast in the Green Room. Numbers are limited to 12 participants for a more intimate tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney

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Explore the oldest wine-producing region in Australia — the Hunter Valley — on a full-day tour from Sydney. Get an insider’s look at a vineyard in the valley, as well as wine tastings at several wineries. Plus hear informative commentary from your guide about Hunter Valley’s wines and winemakers. You can even choose to sample some handcrafted local beers if you'd like. During the day, enjoy a chef-prepared lunch that includes scrumptious dishes served with select wines. Top off your Hunter Valley tour by checking out the gourmet cheeses and chocolates at Roche Estate before returning to Sydney.
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  • 10 hours
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Sydney Sights, Bondi and Opera House Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise

Sydney Sights, Bondi and Opera House Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise

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Explore top sights throughout Sydney and the Northern Beaches on a coach sightseeing tour that includes a stop in Manly and the option to upgrade with a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise. Take in iconic sights, including Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House from a variety of lookout points on land and water. You'll also see views of the Pacific Ocean, Middle Head, and Curl Curl Beach as your coach takes you through Manly and the Northern Beaches. Upgrade to include the lunch cruise for another perspective on this celebrated city. Please note: Starting April 1st, the itinerary visits Sydney highlights, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and the the Eastern suburbs.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Afternoon Botany Bay and The Rocks Sydney Tour

Afternoon Botany Bay and The Rocks Sydney Tour

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See the highlights of Sydney in an afternoon on a coach sightseeing tour that takes in iconic sights, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll also drive through the historic Rocks district, discover why suburbs such as Bondi Beach and Paddington are so popular, and visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair to admire the view of the shimmering waters of Sydney Harbour. Please note: Starting April 1st, the itinerary visits Botany Bay and the Rocks district.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney

Private Tour: Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney

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Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Blue Mountains on a private, full-day tour from Sydney. Your experienced guide shares the best of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed region with stops at landmarks in Blue Mountains National Park including Three Sisters rock formation, and visit native Australian animals at Calmsley Hill Farm while enjoying morning tea. Enjoy a 2-course lunch at your choice of venue within the luxurious Hydro Majestic Hotel, the elegant Echoes Restaurant or the relaxed Boiler House Cafe.
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  • 9 hours
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