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How to Spend 1 Day in Sydney

How to Spend 1 Day in Sydney

Sydney, one of Australia’s most visually spectacular cities (though perhaps surprisingly, not its capital) is blessed by a dazzling harbor, icons such as the Sydney Opera House, and a close proximity to beautiful beaches. With only one day you’ll want to see as much as possible, so here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Sydney.

Morning: See the Sights

Traveling by bus is one of the best ways to see a lot of Sydney in a short time. Start your day with a guided bus tour, which typically visits the historic Rocks neighborhood and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for all-encompassing views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Some tours offer optional upgrades to include an opera house tour, lunch cruise, or seaplane harbor tour. To see top landmarks in less time with more ambience, choose a Sydney sightseeing cruise.

Afternoon: Visit Bondi Beach

No visit to Sydney is complete without soaking up some sun on Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. It’s just five miles (eight kilometers) from the city center and boasts warm waters and consistently nice waves. Many Sydney sightseeing tours include time at Bondi for the chance to take a stroll along the beach or pop into a local café. Alternatively, Sydney and Bondi hop-on hop-off bus tours and bus-and-boat combo tours allow you to set your own schedule and spend as long as you like at the beach before continuing on to other stops along the sightseeing route.

Night: Cruise the Harbor at Sunset

Sydney Harbour’s landmarks are perhaps at their most captivating when the setting sun casts them in a warm glow. Early evening harbor cruises typically pass close by the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and other top sights while including dinner and drinks. Another opportunity for a meal with a view can be found at the revolving restaurant atop Sydney Tower, where you can enjoy a 360-degree panorama and watch the city lights sparkle from the comfort of an elegant restaurant.

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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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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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Infinity at Sydney Tower

Infinity at Sydney Tower

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Take in views from one of Sydney's best vantage points, the revolving restaurant at Infinity at Sydney Tower, which perches on top of Sydney Tower, 88 stories above the ground. Choose from an à la carte menu to customize your 2- or 3-course meal, enjoying an elegant meal while overlooking the stunning Sydney skyline. This sophisticated restaurant offers an intimate, stylish fine dining experience, with contemporary Australian-French fusion cuisine.
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Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

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Soak in 360-degree views as you dine on a delicious buffet lunch or dinner at the Sydney Tower Restaurant's revolving restaurant. From your vantage point high above the streets of Sydney, the views change as the restaurant slowly revolves during your meal. Large picture windows frame iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and, in the distance, the Blue Mountains. Enjoy a lunch, dinner or even a degustation tasting a range of tasty dishes that is sure to please everyone in your party.
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