Source: Tourism Australia
From the sails of Sydney Opera House to Sydney’s beautiful beaches there is so much to see and do when you visit the Harbour City. Explore the beauty of Sydney and experience all the fun it has to offer with our 2-day itinerary!
GETTING AROUND SYDNEY
Source: NSW Government
Public transport is the best way to get around Sydney. Get yourself an Opal Card which is a smart card you top up so that you can pay for fares on Sydney’s trains, buses, ferries and light rail.
WHERE TO STAY IN SYDNEY
Holiday Inn Old Sydney is the perfect place to start your Sydney adventure. Located in the heart of the historic “The Rocks”, the heritage listed hotel is an easy stroll to Circular Quay – home to Australia’s 2 most famous landmarks – The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Circular Quay is also a main transport hub, making it easy to jump on a train, bus or ferry to explore all Sydney has to offer.
If you’re planning a couple of days in Sydney before your cruise, Holiday Inn Old Sydney is the perfect pre-cruise accommodation option, conveniently located directly across the road from Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Kid’s under 12 stay and eat free at Holiday Inn Old Sydney, offering lots of value for families travelling to Sydney.
Sydney Airport Link trains run directly to Circular Quay from Sydney Airport every 10 minutes or so. The whole journey takes about 20 minutes.
2 DAYS IN SYDNEY: INTINERARY
If you don’t have 2 days to spare, but want the full Sydney experience; we recommend Big Bus Sydney. This hop on hop off bus tour allows you to explore Sydney’s highlights at your own pace and conveniently starts and finishes just outside Holiday Inn Old Sydney!
DAY ONE MORNING:
Fuel your body with a hearty buffet breakfast (you’re going to need it!) at Holiday Inn Old Sydney’s Playfair Terrace Restaurant, before exploring Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, The Rocks.
Discover the history and lively atmosphere of The Rocks down twisting, cobblestone laneways where you’ll find unique boutiques, galleries, cafes, restaurants and small bars, hidden amongst courtyards and characterful facades of colonial buildings.
Every Friday and Saturday, The Rocks comes to life with the sights, smells and sounds of The Rocks Markets. Tantalise your tastebuds with an array of gourmet street food as you explore the many stalls featuring locally designed fashion, handcrafted jewellery, textiles, art, homewares and photography.
DAY ONE AFTERNOON:
Stroll down to Circular Quay Wharf 3 and take the ferry to Manly. Take a seat outside and enjoy the sea breeze while you take in the spectacular views from the water. Once you arrive in Manly, soak up the local lifestyle as you stroll along “The Corso” before hitting the beach.
Walk south along Manly Beach’s promenade towards Cabbage Tree Bay and the beautiful inlet Shelly Beach. Grab a bite eat at the ever-popular “The Boathouse”. Leave the bustling crowds behind as bird song and the smells of the Australian bush take over as you take the walking trail to North Head (you may even spot some native wildlife like an Echidna!) Look out over endless expanse of ocean or across the harbour to the CBD.
DAY ONE EVENING:
From Manly Ferry Terminal, catch the ferry across the harbour to Watson’s Bay. It’s not difficult to see why locals and tourists alike flock to this waterside destination. Enjoy a dreamy sunset and spectacular view of the city skyline from your prime position at Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel. Once the sun has set, enjoy another ferry ride back to Circular Quay for dinner at one of Sydney’s many harbourside restaurants.
DAY TWO: MORNING
Jump on a number 380 bus from Circular Quay Train Station to iconic Bondi Beach. Grab a morning juice or a coffee from one of Bondi’s many beachside cafes. We recommend the Crabbe Hole Café by the ocean pool at iconic Bondi Icebergs Club, from which you can enjoy the panoramic ocean views.
The Bondi Coogee Coastal Walk is justifiably Sydney’s best coast walk. After coffee at the Crabbe Hole, take the coastal path south towards Bronte Beach past Tamarama (affectionately known as “Glamarama”) and over the hill to Waverley Cemetery, then through to Clovelly Beach, Gordon’s Bay and finally Coogee Beach.
DAY TWO: AFTERNOON
Rest your legs with a late lunch at Coogee Bay Hotel – or one of the many beachside cafes – before catching the 377 bus back to Circular Quay.
Spend the afternoon exploring, relaxing and taking in the spectacular harbour views from Sydney’s garden oasis – The Royal Botanic Gardens, just behind the Sydney Opera House. Or take a walk up George St toward to Sydney’s major shopping destination, Pitt Street Mall. A 10-15 min walk down Market Street will have you at Darling Harbour’s glittering foreshore and entertainment precinct.
DAY TWO: EVENING