What to do in Sydney if you have 48 hours.
After fashion week this year we decided to book a couple of extra explore days so that we could kick around Sydney just a little bit longer. I love getting over to Sydney and running around to some of the tourist spots I have bookmarked throughout the year. There is SO much choice for good food, great views and excellent beaches! It can be a little tricky to choose what to do when.
I would love to hear some of your Sydney suggestions. Please comment with them below. Found anything I have to try? Is the Zoo worth visiting? Let me know!
SYDNEY IN TWO DAYS
Luna Park is one of those iconic places that for one reason or another, I had previously never gone to. Actually the whole North of the Bridge I had never ventured too.
Starting from our Airbnb in Pyrmont (highly recommendable), we could easily walk down to the harbour and jump on one of the ferries. This took us directly across to the Luna Park stop. It is free to walk into the park, you just pay for rides, carnival games and food.
From the park you have excellent views back over to the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. It is worth the visit for the view alone (which you can not deny is just cool!).
BONUS TIP: SWIMMING WITH THE BEST VIEW IN SYDNEY
Next to the park is the Olympic public swimming pool. I have always wanted to dip into but I will wait it out for a warmer day. If you are in luck with warm weather, one off entry is $7.80 per adult or a pass to the pool, gym and spa is $20 per adult.
WANDER THE NORTH SHORE
BONUS TIP: COFFEE ON THE HARBOUR
From Luna Park, we walked along the shore, up the stairs, past Kirribilli House and down to the very cute coffee spot Celsius Coffee Co. Celsius is located at the Kirribilli Commuter Wharf stop off of, Holbrook Avenue. It is a tiny cafe that overlooks the harbour and is literally built on top of it with big glass windows. It may not seat many, but it is just the cutest spot! From there, jump on the ferry and cruise around before making your way to Circular Quay.
SUNSET WINE & CHEESE
Pier One is an excellent waterfront option for a glass of rosé and a cheese plate. A spot to enjoy at any time of the day. I have been for coffee, lunch and a sunset wine with excellent views and a really laid back atmosphere. Known as having one of the best locations in Sydney, Pier One is a beautiful hotel right next to the Harbour Bridge.
BONUS TIP: ONE OF THE TOP HOTELS IN SYDNEY
The hotel boasts Walsh Bay, Harbour and bridge views with stunning guest rooms and suites. On my next short Sydney visit I am going to stay! The staff are so kind and helpful. We shot some promo photos with our friend Jarrad while we were in town, it just made me want to stay longer!
PADDINGTON'S SECRET GARDEN
MORE THAN A SHOPPING STRIP
I always call this the Paddington ‘secret gardens’ but it is better known as Paddington Reservoir Gardens. The reservoir was active up until 1899, providing a source of water for the booming population. It re-opened as the public gardens in 2009 after being heritage listed and carefully restored to retain as much of the original frame-work as possible. The recreated space is a beautiful modern public place for a quiet escape.
I had always wanted to visit, as I am a big fan of gardens and made it a mission this trip. So glad that I did!
SOME OF THE BEST SHOPPING IN TOWN
If you are wanting to do some shopping in Sydney, head to Paddington. Walk along the Oxford Street main strip and make sure to duck down some of the side streets for smaller boutiques. The intersection of Glenmore road and Oxford Street is the best place to start. It boasts some of Australia’s best boutiques and a few international favourites like Acne Studios.
Start with brunch at Jackie’s Cafe. Further along Oxford Street don’t miss Parlour X and a bunch of good vintage stores. I picked up some much sought after Isabel Marant here.
I have stayed in Bondi before. There are SO many good food options around the area, plus I love the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. One thing you must do of course is swim. Some of the quieter beaches are probably nicer, perhaps, but on a weekday at least (or early in the morning on the weekend) it is not so busy. Arguably this is one of the best spots to swim in the world.
WHERE TO EAT:
For food/ coffee in Bondi head to Bondi Wholefoods, Porch & Parlour, Harry’s Bar, Brown Sugar, Bondi Harvest, Bondi Hardware or Birichina. Actually, come back for dinner and head to Bondi Hardware.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Shop along Gould Street- the boutiques are worth stopping in on, particularly Tuchuzy, which is one of my favourites. The curation is bang on. I could buy my entire wardrobe from Tuchuzy. Actually, if you are ever looking for something I have worn- you will easily find a majority of it there. Not even kidding, they sell most of the shoe, eyeware and clothing brands I wear regularly.
Last by not least…
My final word on Sydney? There is SO much to do. These are just a couple of suggestions, I visit often so will tend to post about the city from time to time- see some of my older stories here and here. If you have any Sydney suggestions, please comment with them below.