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Kristine from Woodbridge, Virginia asked

Best 3 Day Adventure Itinerary in Sydney

My boyfriend and I are visiting Sydney for 3 days at the end of June. We are interested in adventurous activities (e.g. seeing wildlife, hiking, etc.) trying out good local food, and exploring the nightlife. I would love everyone's recommendations for must see's/do's for a young couple in Sydney for 3 days.

Sydney (Australia)

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answered first by
Michelle from Melbourne

3 days isn't very long for an 'adventure' style visit to Sydney. There are, however, a couple of must dos - sign up to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge - if you're fine with heights, this will be a great experience.

I'd recommend a side trip to the Blue Mountains - it's about 1.5 hours drive out of Sydney but again the scenery and the walks sound like they'd be great for you. That's definitely a day trip.

I'd also suggest you head up to the Northern Beaches - again, great scenery and you might even manage a good enough day to swim. Sydney can have some really mild weather in winter.

Wildlife? That's a bit trickier. The only place you can be certain of seeing it is at Taronga Zoo - and the views back over the city and the harbour from there are incredible. Of course, if you can find someone with a boat to take you out on the harbour for a sail, well that's something really special

You can also look at doing the cliff walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte or, if you're feeling fit, keep on going. I've walked as far as Coogee Beach and that's about enough for me. Demanding walk, great scenery, lots of cafes to stop off and enjoy.

Sydney is really catching up to Melbourne in terms of great bars. Some of my faves are Grasshopper Eating House and Bar off George Street, The Baxter Inn off Clarence Street and Stitch Bar. I'd also recommend you head up to Kings Cross Rd and check out the famous 'Cross' and wander down Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. Loads of restaurants, cafes and bars, including Eau-de-Vie

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  1. Sydney Harbour (attraction)
  2. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  3. Northern Beaches (attraction)
  4. Taronga Zoo (attraction)
  5. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  6. Bronte (city)
  7. Coogee Beach (attraction)
  8. Grasshopper Eating House and Bar (restaurant)
  9. The Baxter Inn (restaurant)
  10. Stitch Bar (restaurant)
  11. Kings Cross Rd (attraction)
  12. Eau-de-Vie (restaurant)
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answered by
Kevin from Sydney

Hi Kristine

3 days in Sydney would ok to see the city and Harbour, for hiking and such you will need a day trip to the Blue Mountains around 2 hours from the city.

As for the city , The Rocks area and around the bridge is so good.Also a Ferry ride to Manly will show you the harbour as well. Bondi is a must for a surf, but July may be a little cool in the water.

As for food in the city ,try Cafe Sydney over looking the harbour and bridge. Victoria St ( south of Williams St ) in Darlinghurst is great for budget dinners and coffee.

it will all depend on where you stay, Cabs are the best way to get around the city quickly .

hope this helps

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  1. Sydney (city)
  2. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  3. The Rocks (attraction)
  4. Bondi (city)
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answered by
Maria from Sydney

3 days.  Too much to do too little time.  

Top 3 picks- Had a big think-

1: would be a day trip to the Blue Mountains and abseil.  Even stay overnight as in June it is cold yet so beautiful and a walk to the Three Sisters is lovely.  May be tricky in Winter but there should be some sort of tour group that does abseiling or rock climbing. 

2: A walk from Bondi JunctionBronte to @  Lots of time to stop and take photos and then can dine for lunch at Bondi Beach  In the evening take a 2 minute taxi from city to Alfie & Hetty for a great meal.  One of the few places that has fireplaces inside.  Then take a walk to Darling Harbour for a dessert.  Great hotels around there to base your one night.

3:  Walk through Royal Botanic Gardens around the Sydney Opera House to Mrs Macquaries Chair  Then in the arvo head to an overnight stay at Taronga Zoo  (book early) for the Roar and Snore tour.  This was such a great experience.  Then you can cart your luggage to wherever your heading next.

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  1. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  2. Three Sisters (attraction)
  3. Bondi Junction (city)
  4. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  5. Alfie & Hetty (restaurant)
  6. Royal Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  7. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  8. Mrs Macquaries Chair (attraction)
  9. Taronga Zoo (attraction)
  10. Roar and Snore (attraction)
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answered by
josh from Los Angeles

Hey Kristine

Not sure how far you want to venture out of the city, but here are a few things I'd recommend that are all located within or near the CBD: 

1. The Spit to Manly - Nice way of seeing the harbor, and getting some exercise 

2. Taronga Zoo- Great location and if you catch the public ferry there, you get some time on the harbor. 

3. Climb the Sydney Harbour - A little pricey, but worth it

4. Nightlife - Cockle Bay Wharf is quite good, but a little touristy. Some parts of Surry Hills are good, more of a hipster vibe though.  

5. Food - give Harry's Cafe de Wheelsa try, but it's more of a late night place.  Also,Newtown has some good places to eat. 

6. Pubs - Lots of pubs in Sydney, but I'd recommend the following: The Glenmore Hotel, The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, The Argyle

Source: lived in Sydney for 30+ years 

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  1. The Spit (attraction)
  2. Manly (city)
  3. Taronga Zoo (attraction)
  4. Sydney Harbour (attraction)
  5. Cockle Bay Wharf (attraction)
  6. Surry Hills (attraction)
  7. Harry's Cafe de Wheels (restaurant)
  8. Newtown (attraction)
  9. The Glenmore Hotel (restaurant)
  10. The Australian Heritage Hotel (attraction)
  11. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel (restaurant)
  12. The Argyle (restaurant)
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answered by
Magnus from Gävle, Sweden

Take the ferry to Watsons Bay. There you have the perfect view from the harbour to the city skyline. And in Watsons Bay it is very beautiful and you are both nerar the nature (probably not for swimming in June) such as the national park area with trails and the Gap. Just google Watsons Bay. Perhaps a bit too touristic but the famous restaurant there "Doyles" offer great view. Perhaps only a drink and then head back towards town to eat at a better place. If you take the bus back which is possibe - then I would jump off at Double Bay just to visit the pub Sheaf Bistro. It's one of my favourite in the world - quite big and very nice. But it is a traditional british pub so that you know what to expect. Has an inneryard so you can sit outside. Have fun! =)

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