Sydney is a dazzling mosaic of architectural marvels and vibrant people that glows like a shiny beacon of multiculturalism and civility. It is a true “city of tomorrow” and one of the certified capitals of the world. Considering that this city has a thousand faces and every visit comes with its own set of minutiae (visiting iconic landmarks notwithstanding), it can be a challenge to pack a full experience into seven days. Still, if you are hell-bent on savoring the best of the Harbour City in such a short interval, here’s how to spend a week in Sydney.
Day 1 – Visit the landmarks
Visiting the most iconic landmarks of Sydney is a rite of passage for every newcomer and it should be the priority of your first day in town. Start off your “tour” by climbing the legendary Sydney Tower Eye – the panoramic view of the city from the top will give you a good idea of where you should go next and how to plan your following steps. Most of the most famous landmarks can be found in the bay area of the central business district, so head there to walk on the Harbour Bridge, have a coffee in one of the locales at the Opera House, and have a serene afternoon in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Days 2 and 3 – Savor the highlights
The second and third day should be reserved for a tour of the city’s highlights – the most renowned parts of town like the Rocks, Centennial Park, Bondi Beach and Manly. This is by far the most “laborious” part of the trip, but savoring these highlights will give you a chance to truly appreciate why they are so popular and hyped. If you get a chance, head to the vivacious streets of Chippendale and walk the historically laden sidewalks of Randwick.
Day 4 – Get out of town
Break the urban flow and head out of town to one of the numerous national parks that surround the city. If you get a chance to drive out to the Blue Mountains area, you are bound to have the most amazing time in the lush forests and, if you follow the marked paths, you will get a chance to marvel at some of the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes you’ll likely see in your entire life.
Days 5 and 6 – The city of decadent beverages
The city of Sydney is known for exquisite alcoholic beverages and one can easily go off on the admittedly classy binge-drinking escapade across the city. Rooftop bars that serve artfully crafted cocktails, incredible gourmet locales that offer an astounding selection of wines from the wineries that adorn the gentle hills on the outskirts of the city and, of course, whiskey. The tradition of brewing premier class whiskey has been an integral part of Australian culture and should you decide to go on a guided tour of whiskey tasting in Sydney, you are bound to have an insanely good time. Just make the proper arrangements beforehand so that you don’t have to drive around town for a few days.
Day 7 – Beach fun
Reserve the last day for some lazy, unadulterated hedonism. Sleep in and head out to one of Sydney’s popular beach spots for an afternoon of fun. Whether you decide to mingle with a crowd of welcoming individuals on Bondi Beach or enjoy a perfectly crafted virgin cocktail (days 5 and 6 should have scratched that alcoholic itch) on Manly Beach, make the last day all about you and just be lazy. After the haze of activities one has to go through in order to get acquainted with the city, it is a welcoming change of pace to slow down on the last day and just pay attention to the charming details and interesting people.
The city of Sydney is an enormous urban kaleidoscope that shifts and refracts a multitude of perspectives and experiences every second of every day. One can easily become overwhelmed by the sheer verve that every corner of the city exudes, so plan out your week-long visit meticulously. On the other hand, if you are the type of person that likes to veer off the beaten path and go on unpredictable urban adventures, this is a perfect city for you.