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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Local transportation in Sydney

Buy an Opal transportation card as soon as you come out of the airport. This is the card that you can use to travel around public transport. Opal card must be tapped in when boarding and tapped out when offboarding the transport.

Note: We can also use our credit cards to tap in and out of the public transport.

Transportation from / to Sydney Airport

One of the most common questions I get asked when fellow travellers travel to Sydney is the mode of transport from the airport to the city.

Sydney has two airports – one for domestic and the other for international flights. The airports are around 7 kilometres from Central. Taxis are the fastest way to get to airports undoubtedly, but both these airports are accessible through public transport.

There are two modes of public transports:

  • Trains – The most popular and quickest way to travel from and to Sydney airport is by train. There are plenty and very frequent trains (T8 airport train) between the Central station and the airport stations. Note: The two airports are two different stations. It takes about 10 minutes from the Central station. Opal card is the best way to travel on trains in Sydney and around. The cost for one way travel is around AUD 18.70.
  • Buses – Route 400 travels frequently between Sydney airports and Bondi junction or Burwood stations. The cost for one way ticket is around AUD 5.80.

Tip: One of my friends suggested that the best way to avoid AUD 18.70 is by taking a train till Mascot train station and then taking the bus (400/420) from Mascot to the airport. This costs around AUD 3.5.

More up-to-date information about the timings, routes and the cost can be found on the Transport NSW website.

Transportation within Sydney

There are four modes of transportation in Sydney city:

  • Trains
  • Buses
  • Ferries
  • Light Rails

The main train station is Central train station.

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The Central train station

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.

Sydney - 10 days itinerary!

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.

Sydney - 10 days itinerary!
  • 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!

Sydney - 10 days itinerary!

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.

Sydney - 10 days itinerary!

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.

Sydney - 10 days itinerary!

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.

Sydney - 10 days itinerary!

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.

Sydney - 10 days itinerary!

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. šŸ™‚ 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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10 Comments

  1. We loved our few days in Sydney so long ago. And are sad we had to cancel our trip this year. But your post was a reminder that we need to go back. We did not hear about Fraser Island or Kiama. So we will have to check them out. Lots of reasons to go back!

  2. Kaitlin Terese

    With my fear of heights, I would not do well eating Thai then doing a climb that high in the air! I give you credit! Now the Three Sisters walk is something that I would definitely enjoy doing! The Taronga Zoo sounds like another activity that I would really enjoy. It can’t believe how close you were able to get to the animals. What an incredible experience! It looks like you had a wonderful trip!

  3. Australia is one of my biggest travel dreams. I would like to explore it traveling by camper. Sydney offers so many attractions that it is worth spending at least a week there. I like your detailed itinerary. So many useful tips. It’s great that you provided prices and details. Sydney Opera House is on my bucket list. A day trip to Three Sisters and zoo looks excellent also!

  4. Australia is on our bucket list and we were planning April 2021 but seems like we will have to wait a bit longer. Sydney would feature surely and this 10 day itinerary gives me something to work with surely. I dont think we would do 10 days but take the best things that suit us as a family. Blue Mountain will feature high on my list along with a click in front of the Sydney harbour. Taronga Zoo would be great for the kids so might add that. Thanks

  5. Blue mountains is something I look forward to whenever I will be able to visit Sydney .. It seems a beautiful place definitely . I wonder if Taronga Zoo let’s me touch Kangaroo ..hehe ..Jokes apart ..Sydney has been on my wishlist for long .

  6. Whoa, the bridge climb looks insane! I’ve always wanted to see a show at the Sydney Opera House. I didn’t know you could also do a tour though and learn more about the history, which sounds like it would be fascinating! There’s no way I would miss the zoo when Australia has such unique wildlife too.

  7. I have heard so much about the bridge climb, especially when I did a building climb. It must be something else all together. I remember my first steps on that building were so jittery. An evening on Bondi beach seems like a treat. And yes, there is no leaving the place without a Koala cuddle šŸ˜‰ Nicely covered.

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