A Complete Itinerary for Two Days in Sydney

May 6, 2017 10 Comments

There is so much to do and see in Sydney, Australia. Here is a complete itinerary for two days in Sydney to help you plan your big trip!

Day One

Start out your day bright and early by walking through the Royal Botanic Garden to the lookout point: Mrs. Macquaries Point. From the lookout point you get a perfect view of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Next walk along the coast toward the Sydney Opera House. The walk takes about 15 minutes and the entire time you will enjoy a view of the Opera House and city skyline.

Before leaving the area, grab breakfast & coffee at the Opera Bar. The Opera Bar boasts beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

After breakfast, take the ferry to Manly Beach to catch some rays. The ferry ride lasts around 20 minutes and provides riders with a spectacular view of the city so make sure to sit in the back on the way there and the front on the way back. Spend the day lounging on the beach (chairs and umbrellas are available for rent). Make sure to bring your mask and snorkel as there is a short path leading to Shelly Beach which is located in the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, an excellent snorkeling location.

For dinner head over to Darling Harbour. Darling Harbour has several waterfront restaurants, which can be a bit expensive, but are totally worth it. Darling Harbour  is stunning at night as the city skyline is lit up from across the water.

Day Two

Start out your day by traveling the 1.5 hours from Central to Featherdale Wildlife Park.The park is easily accessible by public transport via a combination of train and bus. At Featherdale you will have the opportunity to interact with kangaroos!! You can feed them and pet them. Make sure you spend the few dollars to buy the food as this is the only reason the kangaroos will approach you. Tickets are $31 AUD for adults and $17 AUD for children.

Head back to Sydney, then over to the famous Bondi Beach. The trip to Bondi takes about 40 minutes from Central Station via public transportation. When you arrive at Bondi, start out by hitting up the Bondi Markets located at Bondi Beach Public School (across the street from the beach). On Saturdays the market is transformed into a local farmers market, open from 9 am to 1 pm. On Sundays the market is open from 9 am to 4 pm. The Sunday market sells jewelry, art, clothing and other unique pieces. After hitting up the market, head over to sun on the most famous beach in Sydney.

After a few hours on the beach, begin the Bondi to Coogee Walk. The walk connects several beaches and boasts beautiful cliff and ocean views. The walk is about 3.5 miles long, however you can stop at several points and grab public transportation back to Sydney. Don’t worry about packing extra shoes, flip flops/sandals work fine.

For an amazing view, grab Dinner at the Rocks. I recommend the Waterfront Restaurant which offers a clear view of the Opera House. Be sure to make reservations and to request a table near the water. 

Few monuments are more iconic than the Sydney Opera House. That is why it is only fitting to spend your last night in Sydney catching a show. The Opera House offers a wide variety of shows from ballet to comedy to concerts and everything in between. Chances are you will be able to find something that appeals to you. Contrary to popular belief, tickets to a show at the Opera House will not break the bank. Just be sure to plan ahead.

I hope you enjoy your trip to Sydney. Contact me if you have any questions!


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Sounds like so much fun! Great pictures!

I’m currently in the midst of tentatively planning my trip to NZ later on this year, including a potential 2-3 day stopover in Sydney. I’ve actually been a little hesitant about taking that flight, considering opting for a shorter layover in China instead, as I wasn’t sure I could see much in just 2 days (factoring in the INSANE jet lag I’ll have flying from the UK) but this post has me reconsidering! 😀 You’ve really managed to pack a lot into 2 days, but without over-exerting yourself and with more than just the Opera House and famous beaches. Darling… Read more »

Love Sydney! It’s been so long since I was there. This is a great itinerary, and there’s definitely a lot you can do in a short time. I agree with dinner on the Rocks too, I love that area!


This looks like a great trip… We are heading out there in 2018 and will be happy to follow your itinerary. It is very detailed and I love the pictures, makes me more excited to try it


Wow! That is an action-packed 2 days! My family is hoping to head Down Under in the next few years because there seems to be so much to do and see. Glad to hear that the Sydney Opera House is affordable!

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I’ve never seen a Kangaroo so I’d love Featherdale Wildlife Park and the fun of taking the bus and train out there. Your photo feeding the kangaroo is exactly the reason would go. I never actually knew where Bondi Beach was located, 40 minutes from central station, it’s a must in Sydney though.


That’s an action packed itinerary – perfect! My kids would love the kangaroo interaction at the wildlife park. The view from the restaurant at the Rocks is beautiful. I’ll have to get to Australia sooner rather than later.


Love Sydney. Perhaps my favourite city in Australia. The itinerary you shared is pretty good. I too did the same in my first two days in the city. Can’t wait to go back. Love the energy of the city.


The view of the opera house is iconic!! We always travel with the kids and getting to interact with kangaroos would surely be very high on the list. One day we’ll get to Australia!


Ahhh I wish I could spend two days like this in Sydney! I heard it’s very expensive ( especially for us South Africans ) but that the food is really good. Those views are crazy beautiful!