3 Days in Sydney | The best itinerary for 3-day visit to Sydney, Australia

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Planning to spend 3 days in Sydney, Australia, but aren’t sure what to do? Or looking for a travel itinerary? To help make your trip planning just a little easier, we at Sydney Top Tours put together a Sydney 3 day itinerary to help you make the most of your 3 days in Sydney, Australia.

From city highlights and day tours of wine tasting to Hunter Valley and Southern Highlands or the great outdoors of Blue Mountains, you’ll get a real slice of Sydney.

Not only will this Sydney 3 day itinerary save you time and eliminate stress on your trip, but it will also save you money on your 3 days in Sydney.

To help ease your trip planning woes, we’ve also included both indoor and outdoor options to make sure that this itinerary can work for you no matter what time of year you head to Sydney, Australia.

First day of the 3 days in Sydney (City highlights)

Breakfast at Darling Harbour

Starting to see the city highlights in your 3 days in Sydney, we recommend having the breakfast at the Cockle Bay Wharf overlooking the bay. SEA LIFE Aquarium and Madame Tussauds is just footsteps to Darling Harbour. And one of the options to add to your itinerary after breakfast.

Darling Harbour
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Visit Barangaroo Reserve

A 20 minutes’ walk gets you to Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park located at the west side of the Sydney. A perfect place for a picnic or captures the Harbour bridge and city in one frame.

Best Picnic places in Sydney
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Sydney Observatory

Formally a defence fort, Sydney Observatory affords million-dollar views of the Bridge and the Sydney Harbour from a different angle than Barangaroo. Nested in the centre of the city, you can enter to this place via Agar steps (Kent street). If your accommodation close to here, this is one of the best spots to capture Sydney at night.

sydney city walking tour
Sydney Walking Map

The Rocks

This is our next stop on the first day of 3 Days in Sydney itinerary. An area having a history related to convicts, but famous for artisan markets among Sydneysiders. The Rocks markets held every Saturday and Sunday and the perfect place to buy a souvenir to take home. Cadman’s Cottage, the headquarters of Water transport in the early day is one of the attractions you can see at The Rocks.

The Rocks Market Sydney
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Pylon lookout

Offering spectacular panoramic views of the city of the Sydney, Pylon lookout stands remains one of the highest viewing points of the Sydney. Getting to Pylon lookout is not for all travellers and you need to climb nearly 200 stairs.

Sydney Opera House

A symbol of 20th century architecture, Sydney Opera House is the most monumental structure you will find in Australia. A multi-venue performing art centre at the Sydney Harbour is a creation of Danish architect Jørn Utzon. There are many tours available to see the Opera house and one of the best vantage points to see Sydney NYE fireworks.

Mrs Macquarie’s chair

Our last stop for the first day of the 3 days in Sydney is Mrs Macquarie’s chair or Lady Macquarie’s Chair. Located close to the Opera house, and the eastern edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, this is a sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench. From our point of view, this is the best vantage points in Sydney.

Day two of the 3 days in Sydney (Day Tour)

In between the day one and three, day 2 of the 3 days in Sydney is the best day to arrange a day tour leaves Sydney. There are many day tours leaves from Sydney to popular attractions. If you are looking for a grape escape and wanted taste best of Semillon, Hunter Valley wine tour is the best option you have. Not only wines, but Hunter is also famous for artisan chocolates, craft beers and cheese as well. Read our article on Hunter Valley Wine Tours for more info.

Hunter Valley Wine Tours

The most visited destination in Sydney is Blue Mountains by travellers and a great outdoor place for sightseeing. We have covered Blue Mountains in our other articles and provided with tips for epic Blue Mountains hikes, available Blue Mountains day tours and must-see attractions.

3 Days in Sydney
Photo from – Sydney City council

Apart from above popular day tour options from Sydney, travellers choose to go to Port Stephens to see Dolphins, hike at Royal National park, visit Central Coast beaches, or tour to South Coast and Southern Highlands.

Day three of the 3 days in Sydney

It is the final day of your 3 days in Sydney and below is our suggested itinerary. On the final day, we also suggest leaving some room to relax as well.

Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

Spectacular views and beachfront make this coastal walk famous among locals and visitors. The Bronte walk covers Bondi, Tamarama, and Bronte beaches, and the total length is approximate 4 km. This walk contains steep hills and considers this before opt-in. Buses leave from Bondi junction is the cheapest way to access this popular coastal walk, and you can catch 333, 380, and 381 busses to access Bronte walk.

Ferry to Watson bay

Another spectacular harbourside located in the Eastern suburbs. And one of the popular spots for whale watching during the season. However, we love the seafood restaurants at Watson bay and a platter of fresh lobster, and prawns with a glass of sparkling is a perfect way to complete the short 3 day itinerary in Sydney. Watson Bay also popular for paddleboarding if that’s in your to-do list. Getting to Watson bay is easy and a 20 min ferry ride from Circular quay is the cheapest option.

Shopping at QVB

It is time to complete the 3 days Sydney tour with some shopping to take home. Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in George Street is a perfect location. This heritage-listed building is the house for all your souvenir purchases and there are shops to buy Opal gems, Aboriginal Arts, etc.

QVB Sydney
Photo by – QVB Sydney

Our article of 3 Days in Sydney is over now, perhaps you want to book a private tour from Sydney to explore these great sights? Head to Sydney Top Tours page and book your favourite Sydney day tour.

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