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Must sees and dos in Sydney within 3 days.

My girlfriend and I will be staying in Sydney for full three days, from Mar. 9 to Mar. 12 2014.

What are must sees and dos in the city (is the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour worth its money?) and around it (Blue Mountains?)?

Do you know any good travel agencies you could recommend for booking tours on site.

Thank you!

6 Answers

answered first by
Cameron from Salt Lake City


Sydney is full of great things to see and do. The Sydney Harbour Bridge walk is a lot of fun. Albeit a little pricy, the view, the history and the amusing guides makes it worthwhile. Bondi Beach is also nearby. A quick transfer on a bus and you're ready to build a tan. Sydney Opera House is another must see and tours go through the building daily. Although, I recommend spending a little and seeing a show there, if you can. The Sydney Observatory is another wonderful place to walk around and take in the sights Sydney has to offer. I also loved walking around Circular Quay, as there were some great coffee/juice shops, bars and restaurants. Enjoy!

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  1. Sydney Harbour Bridge (attraction)
  2. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  3. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  4. Sydney Observatory (attraction)
  5. Circular Quay (attraction)
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answered by
Shane from London

Hi Stephan,

Yes I would highly recommend the Blue Mountains  - A little further north of Sydney perhaps you can incorporate a trip into the Hunter Valley for some excellent wineries specialising in Shiraz. In the city you have to visit Darling Harbour area including the opera house and one of my favorites the Royal Botanic Gardens - all very close to one another. Finally for a beach day you have to take a trip on the ferry (from close to the opera house) out to Manly Beach. Fantastic views of all the main selling points of sydney and the beach itself is the best in sydney - lots of clean surf, good sands and if you walk to the far right of the main beach you come to Shelly beach which is really secluded and great for snorkeling/diving.

Hope this helps, have a great trip!!



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  1. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  2. Hunter Valley (attraction)
  3. Darling Harbour (attraction)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  5. Manly Beach (attraction)
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answered by
Angeline from Jakarta

I used 'MyMulti' Sydney transport pass that allowed me to take bus and ferry as many as I want to within a week. You can ask for it at 7-11 convenient store. Maybe they have for 3-day pass.

3 days in sydney:

day 1 To Darling Harbour take ferry to Circular Quay  see Sydney Opera House walk around The Botanical Gardens to The Rocks walk accross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and see Sydney from the other side. Have nice dinner there or back to Circular Quay.

day 2 To Blue Mountains you can have the whole day here, exploring different spots. You can use hop-on-off bus but may take long to wait, or just walk.

day 3 Do Coastal walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach or the other way around. It's already half day activity, stopping at different beaches for some dipping or lunch or just picnic. End it with a nice dinner at Bondi :)

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  1. Darling Harbour (attraction)
  2. Circular Quay (attraction)
  3. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  4. The Botanical Gardens (attraction)
  5. The Rocks (attraction)
  6. Sydney Harbour Bridge (attraction)
  7. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  8. Coogee Beach (attraction)
  9. Bondi Beach (metro area)
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answered by
David from Sydney

Hop-on-hop-off is good - there also a free green bus that does a loop of the city. Get yourself down to Circular Quay to see the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Take a ferry to Manly (and back to the city).

A trip to the Blue Mountains is a full day trip - but well worth it to get out of Sydney into the bush.

Can't recommend any tour groups - sorry!

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  1. Circular Quay (attraction)
  2. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  3. Manly (city)
  4. Blue Mountains (attraction)
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answered by
Li from Melbourne

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  1. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  2. Darling Harbour (attraction)
  3. Sydney Harbour Bridge (attraction)
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top answer by
Klaudia from London

It all really depends what you like to do when travel. What your passion points are . All the usual suspects need ticking off like  Sydney Opera House enjoy it and the view of the  Sydney Harbour Bridge with the locals & tourist whilst having a drink at the  Opera Bar. Walk around to the  The Rocks and have a beer at  The Glenmore Rooftop Hotel. Walk up to their rooftop terrace and enjoy the view. Around the corner is  The Australian Heritage Hotel where you can grab a kangaroo or crocodile pizza . If you are brave do the  Harbour Bridge Climb. A less known area is Walsh Bay 10 min walk from The Rocks , one of my favourites and not filled with tourists. there is a lovely Italian there called  Ventuno  grab a table outside by the water, it's not far from the  Sydney Theatre Company.  the best way of seeing sydney is from the water , skip the pricey boat tours and just grab a ferry from  Circular Quay to the wonderful  Manly. Make sure to grab fish & chips and eat it on the beach And a drink at the  Manly Wharf Bar.  If you decide to go early breakfast is fantastic by the shore . Ignore the food on the promenade just pop into one of the cafés beach side. if you like museums and galleries my favourite are  Art Gallery of Nsw, go for a stroll through the botanical gardens pre or after.  Museum of Contemporary Art is had a huge revamp and is a real treat.  Some other great places and experiences are a trip to  Balmoral Beach, The Bathers' Pavilion is a great institution, do the walk to chowder bay for great views.  Chinatown  try a lunch yum cha with a million of wonderful trolleys  filled with dumplings . Shopping is great around  Paddington , and make sure to spend a little time in  Surry Hills. The cbd in Sydney on the weekends is pretty quite. I think that might be plenty for 3 days but if you need more or if you let me know what things you enjoy I can give you more options . 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  2. Sydney Harbour Bridge (attraction)
  3. Opera Bar (restaurant)
  4. The Rocks (attraction)
  5. The Glenmore Rooftop Hotel (attraction)
  6. The Australian Heritage Hotel (attraction)
  7. Harbour Bridge Climb (attraction)
  8. Walsh Bay (attraction)
  9. Ventuno (restaurant)
  10. Sydney Theatre Company (attraction)
  11. Circular Quay (attraction)
  12. Manly (city)
  13. Manly Wharf Bar (attraction)
  14. Art Gallery of Nsw (attraction)
  15. Museum of Contemporary Art (attraction)
  16. Balmoral Beach (attraction)
  17. The Bathers' Pavilion (restaurant)
  18. Chinatown (attraction)
  19. Paddington (attraction)
  20. Surry Hills (attraction)
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