The Ultimate Itinerary
We’ve packed a lot of punch into our ultimate itinerary. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Sydney.
THERE IS NO WAY you can eat, see and do everything in Sydney in 24 hours but who says you can’t try? We dare you!
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so start your day off right at Bills in Surry Hills. A stack of ricotta hotcakes smothered in honeycomb butter or the sweetcorn fritters with avocado salsa will fuel you up just fine. Surry Hills is also a perfect place to sample the best coffee in Sydney. Try either Reuben Hills, Single O or Devon Café for a quality brew.
No visit to Sydney is complete without a peruse through the gorgeous Queen Victoria Building which houses an array of boutique fashion, jewellery and antique stores. Martin and Stein and Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier are two must-visit jewellery stores whilst Pen-ultimate is just one of the unique speciality stores which sells extravagant writing instruments and accessories. It is the perfect place to pick up a unique souvenir.
If you didn’t fill up properly at breakfast, we won’t blame you. Head up to The Tea Room QVB for a fancy mid-morning high tea
or grab a quick signature macaron from the famed Zumbo Patisserie.
Before lunch, make your way to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) where you can catch a glimpse of some of the best Australian contemporary art around. The MCA is located on Sydney’s Circular Quay, so you can take some snapshots of Sydney’s most famous monuments, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, whilst you are there.
Whilst down by the harbour hop on over to the historic Rocks district for lunch and stop by Saké Restaurant and Bar for the best in modern Japanese. For something quick and easy with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options you can’t go past The Fine Food Store. If you fancy some of Sydney’s unsurpassed seafood, Quay has you sorted.
As its prime whale watching season why not take a fabulous cruise on Sydney Harbour and beyond to try and spot one of the oceans most majestic creatures. The experience is thrilling and deserves a spot on any Sydney itinerary. Fantasea, Captain Cook Cruises and Whale Watching Sydney all have fantastic and varied tours to choose from.
Sydney is a melting pot of flavours so why not head to one of the city’s newest districts for dinner, Regent Place, where you'll find a great selection of Asian cuisine. For game-changing Chinese head to Chefs Gallery. You can find Malaysian street food at Sedap or the freshest old-school Thai at Senyai. Finish off with a legendary Uncle Testu’s cheesecake or an Instagram worthy soft serve from Aqua S. Soft serve flavours range from sea salt to milk tea and taro.
For an unforgettable night of entertainment head to Sydney’s famous Opera House for the historic epic opera “Aida” or over to the Capitol Theatre for the iconic musical “Jersey Boys”.
If you are intent on getting the most out of your 24 hours, then check out Sydney’s fabulous bar scene. Opera Bar and Blu Bar on 36 offer some of the best panoramic views in town. If you fancy a taste of history head to The Rocks and give The Doss House a go. With over 150 different types of whiskies and a cosy atmosphere it is the perfect place to wind down after a big day.
(Left to right) Sushi from Saké Restaurant and Bar in The Rocks. High spirits await at The Doss House. Ricotta Hotcakes from Bills in Surry Hills.