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Sydney – 10 days itinerary!

From past few days I have been busy planning an itinerary for my best friend Akshata, as she will be soon visiting Sydney. Her trip is planned for 10 days. Earlier this week, Akshata sent me an email appreciating how well I have planned for her and how I have ensured that every item of the bucket list is met. And that is when I realized, why not publish the itinerary, so anyone visiting Sydney for 10 days can use it.

Note: The itinerary does not include the flight timings.

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Sydney - 10 days

Transportation from airport and within city

The first thing that you do when you land in Sydney is to buy an Opal card at the airport.

Itinerary for 10 days

Day 1: Darling Harbour

Morning

Since this is day 1, I have not planned any sightseeing in the morning. But one can head to a near by cafe for breakfast.

Afternoon

The day is scheduled to start at noon.

In the afternoon, exploring Darling Harbour is a good option. The nearest train station to walk down to Darling Harbour is Town Hall station.

Suggestion is to stroll along the waterfront. And visit Chinese Garden of Friendship. It is a beautiful garden and I definitely can spend couple of hours there undoubtedly.

If there is additional time in the afternoon, then head to Powerhouse museum. It is definitely worth a visit.

Evening

In the evening, I would suggest taking a train to Bondi Junction and then a bus from Bondi Junction to Bondi beach.

The plan is to do the beautiful and most famous coastal walk – Bondi to Coogee. It is a 6 kilometers walk along the spectacular coast line.

Day 2 to 4: Fraser Island

I have detailed out the complete itinerary for Fraser Island separately. If you do not wish to fly down to Fraser Island, you can plan to visit Port Stephens for a day and Jervis Bay for the next two days. There is a bus tour for both these places.

Day 5: Circular Quay

Morning

A trip to any place is incomplete without souvenir shopping.

The most popular and the sasta (cheap) place to find souvenirs, clothes, bags and other random things in Sydney is the Paddy’s Market in Haymarket. It is a great place to find many stuff for very cheap price. The place is open from 10 AM till 6 PM everyday.

  • Address: 9-13, Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney 2000.
  • Closest train station: Central station.
  • Food: The market is right beside the Chinatown that has plenty of options to eat. And there is also a food court right above the market.

The other option is to visit the Rocks Markets.

One of the cool things to do in Sydney is visit the weekend markets at the Rocks. It is a place to see talented artists and vendors sell their stuff. This is a place where all the experienced artists are brought together.

  • Website: The Rocks Markets
  • Location: The Rocks
  • Days: Saturday and Sunday
  • Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Address: George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
  • Cost to visit: Free
  • Nearest train station: Circular Quay

I have grabbed many beautiful things from these markets. One of the unique things I bought were these really beautiful gold plated earrings that have the designs of the real eucalyptus leaves. It is awesome. I definitely recommend spending a day at these markets.

Even if you do not buy anything, it is still a great place to stroll around and see pretty things.

Afternoon

Again on this day, the day is scheduled to start at noon. Having lunch at Chat Thai at Circular Quay is a good option.

After having lunch, head to Bridge Climb office at the Rocks. Book in advance for a complete 3.5 hours of Bridge Climb. How cool is that!

Evening

One cannot miss Sydney Opera House if you are in Sydney. Watching a play at the Opera house is an experience by itself.

Day 6: Kiama

Entire day

Take a train from Central station to Kiama station. This day explore the spectacular sightseeing places at Kiama – Kiama blowhole, Kiama lighthouse and Bombo beach.

Day 7: Blue Mountains

Entire day

A day trip to the Three Sisters is a must do when you are in Sydney.

So take a train to Katoomba station from Central station. A bus runs between Katoomba and Three Sisters.

There are plenty of walks ranging from easy to difficult in the Blue mountains. I suggest that at least doing the Three Sisters Walk, which is an easy 1 kilometer return walk.

Day 8: Sydney Opera House & museum

Morning

Planned an audio tour of the Sydney Opera House. It is a Sydney Opera House tour, which is a guided tour that covers the history and stories of Opera house.

Afternoon

Just on the other side of Circular Quay is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), visit the art museum.

Evening

Get some beach therapy and start a road trip to Narooma or visit the islands in Sydney Harbour.

Day 9 and 10: Islands in Sydney Harbour or Travel to Narooma & Bermagui

Read my posts for either of them:

Day 10: Taronga Zoo

Entire day

Another must do in Sydney is the Taronga Zoo. It has a variety of animals and it provides great views of the harbour from the zoo.

Evening

End the day with a unique experience of 9D experience. The 9D experience and bowling are both at the Harbourside shopping centre in Darling Harbour.

9D experience:

Bowling:

Conclusion

That concludes the 10 days full of adventure, fun and activities. 🙂 In case, you just have only 24 hours in Sydney, then read my post ‘24 hours in Sydney‘ to know what you can do.

If I have missed anything in this post for Sydney in 10 days, then do let me know in the comments section.

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