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4 days in Sydney for New Years

My buddy and I are looking to make the most of our four days in Sydney around New Years. Any suggestions on neighborhoods to stay in? We are on a semi-budget ($30-$90) total a night, and enjoy the nightlife, exploring places and good coffee shops. 

Please give some suggestions on places to see. What is the best beach to check out? 



3 Answers

answered first by
Michelle from Melbourne

Sydney's not an inexpensive city, although the US dollar buys more than it used to. For your budget you'd really be looking at backpacker hostels or Airbnb - especially at New Year's which is one of the most in-demand periods for Sydney.

Best beaches? There's so many. Iconic Bondi Beach is a good starting point. Take the cliff walk from there to Bronte Beach or even further down to Coogee Beach. You can stop off at several different beaches along the way and there's loads of cafes/bars/restaurants.

The other iconic spot is Manly Beach - again, you can just follow the coast to experience loads of other spots to swim/surf. Manly also has loads of places to eat, drink and be merry.

Down south, places like Cronulla Beach are also fantastic, but as you can see from the map showing where all these are located, they're a long way apart. There are trains/ferries/buses to help get you around but generally exploring in Sydney is easiest if you have a car.

NYE in Sydney is a big event. It all focuses on the Sydney Harbour bridge and there are various vantage spots around the water to see the fireworks display - which is well worth doing.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  2. Bronte Beach (attraction)
  3. Coogee Beach (attraction)
  4. Manly Beach (attraction)
  5. Cronulla Beach (attraction)
  6. Sydney Harbour (attraction)
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I'd stay by the beach if you can - Bondi Beach will probably give you the most in terms of good cafes for breakfast/brunch, great beach days, plenty of restaurants to choose from & bars/nightlife as well. Its a bit of a bubble though, you might be tempted to spend your entire time in Sydney just in Bondi! But try get out & see the rest if you can. NYE here is the best :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  2. Sydney (city)

answered by
Samantha 'Whitney' from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Darlinghurst and Surry Hills are great suburbs with easy walking/ bus into the CBD so you can get to the Opera Bar and The Rocks easily.  They both have plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants but a mellow suburb vibe too.  For activities I'd say head over to Manly on the ferry for a day trip, walk along the cliffs from Bondi Junction to Bronte to Tamarama. New Years gets packed by the Sydney Harbour, people start taking their seats from 9am so sometimes its better to find a spot high up from further away, perhaps on the northern side 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Darlinghurst (attraction)
  2. Surry Hills (attraction)
  3. Opera Bar (restaurant)
  4. The Rocks (attraction)
  5. Manly (city)
  6. Bondi Junction (attraction)
  7. Bronte (attraction)
  8. Tamarama (attraction)
  9. Sydney Harbour (attraction)

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