When it comes to Sydney, you will always find what to do, but have trouble deciding how to fit it all into your schedule. Millions of people come here to experience Australian food, wine, nightlife, beaches, and wildlife, often coming back for more. For those wondering how to spend an exciting weekend in Sydney, we have prepared our top picks that will satisfy even the pickiest visitors.
Spend a day on Bondi
Bondi beach is one of the most famous landmarks and hardly anyone comes to Sydney without catching the sun and swimming here. But there’s a lot more to do than just that here. You can learn to surf here, exercise in the outdoor gym, or swim in the Bondi Icebergs pools standing above the ocean. Those who want to grab a bite to eat can choose from a variety of beachfront cafés, from vegan dishes to gelatos.
Paint and sip
If you want to spend a relaxing time with friends, try the paint and sip gatherings in Sydney. Hosted by professional studios, these events will turn you into an artist while you drink some of the finest Australian wines. The studio provides everything you need to paint and prior knowledge or skill is not the condition to join in on the fun.
Have dinner in the Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world that is open for plays and operas, besides admiring its architecture. If you didn’t get your tickets on time, you can forget the shows and have dinner at the Bennelong restaurant in the building that has gorgeous views over the city harbor. Moreover, go on a guided backstage tour to find out more about the history and interesting facts about the Opera House.
Go on a day trip
While Sydney is exciting in itself, going on a road trip outside the city is a perfect getaway for a day from all the urban fuss. Blue Mountains is the UNESCO World Heritage area with glow worm caves, Three Sisters lookout, a scenic boardwalk, and many hiking trails. If you want to experience Australian wildlife up close and personal, you can feed wallabies and echidnas at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Hunter Valley is the most famous Australian wine region with estates that offer tastings, exquisite food, and even hot air balloon rides.
Hit the night scene
Sydney is one of the most attractive cities in the world when it comes to nightlife. Going to flamboyant nightclubs, on pub crawls, or visiting Sydney brothels are some of the wilder options to party. However, if you are into something more peaceful, spend a night at Taronga Zoo at their Wildlife Retreat with access to the zoo and three meals. Joining a ghost tour that takes place on Cockatoo Island is an interesting choice for many who come to Sydney to feel the adrenalin rush and learn about the city’s dark history.
Go on a picnic at the Royal Botanic Garden
It’s hard to believe for many who visit the Royal Botanic Garden that it’s located in the middle of the busy city. This huge park is full of areas where you can sit down and have a picnic, or just admire the greenery that includes flora you can’t see anywhere else in the world. Every day, you can join a guided tour that is free and educational if you want to know more about plant life in Australia. Or, you can come here to enjoy some peace and quiet until the next event on your itinerary.
Embark on a whale-watching tour
Whale-watching tours are in season from May to November, when you can spot these marine giants even from the coast. Although there are a few free viewing platforms, the best way to see whales is from a boat where you will truly be aware of their size. Humpback Whales are the most common you will spot, but you can also see Minke Whale and Southern Right Whales. As a bonus, you may see dolphins, fur seals, and sea birds as well. Orca and Blue Whale rarely come to the Sydney shores, but they may show up when you are there.
These are some of the suggestions for how to spend an exciting weekend in Sydney, but you will find other interesting ways by yourself. After all, this city didn’t earn its reputation as one of the most exciting metropolises in the world for nothing.