72 Hours To Experience Iconic Sydney
The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower, World renowned restaurants and so much more is what is making Sydney one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. People flock from all over the world to see the iconic landmarks and get a feel for the awesome Aussie lifestyle in this bustling, lively city.
The hardest questions when visiting this amazing city is what to do and see and eat while here. Needless to say, the options are as endless as they are spectacular! Whatever you choose to do, we know Sydney will not disappoint. But to be sure you will experience some of the top things while visiting we’ve got some must-do stops lined up for your next 72 hour adventure.
To begin with let’s get settled in your Sydney hotel. We highly suggest you to book a room at Zara Tower. These serviced apartments are located centrally, and you can enjoy views of Sydney’s Central Railway Station, Surry Hills District and Sydney City Centre. The apartments are over sized, modern and make you feel right at home with a great kitchen allowing you to cook some of your own meals. There is a 24 hour front desk so even though you have the comfort and freedom of an apartment you will get all the benefits of a luxury hotel.
And then to begin your adventures in Sydney why not start with the iconic, popular and slightly scary BridgeClimb at Sydney Harbour Bridge? We know, it seems daunting, but we promise, once you reach the top you will experience one of the absolutely most fabulous views of the city! The bridge is a landmark for Sydney dating back to 1932 and reaching the top is a once in a lifetime experience!
This adventure has surely built up a little hunger. So head to the great Sydney restaurant Zahli. Here you will get a modern Middle Eastern food experience right in Elizabeth Street in Surry Hills. The beautiful restaurant has a cozy and chic atmosphere and a contemporary menu of the finest Lebanese cuisine unlike any you have tried before. Get ready to indulge, this is good!
Next up, treat yourself to some authentically delicious gelato at Bellingen Gelato. This is no doubt some of the best gelato you will find outside Italy. They use only natural, real ingredients and make all their recipes from scratch, so you know that this is the real deal! Try the Gelato Cakes, they are yummy!
Keeping it in the Italian theme this evening for dinner as well, still authentic, still absolutely delicious, head to A Tavola for dinner! This is one of the very best places to find authentic handmade pasta in Sydney using only the best and seasonal ingredients. “A Tavola” means “to the table” so may we suggest that you hurry and head to the table at this cozy restaurant to enjoy some delicious pasta!
To experience some of the lively Sydney culture this first evening you will make your way to Capitol Theatre. There is always a great show and entertainment taking place here regardless of what time of the year that you are visiting. At the moment a great piece Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is taking place, and it is excellent! The theatre is beautiful and an evening here is well worth it on your Sydney holiday!
Start your second day at Le Monde Cafe! And do try the Matcha Hotcakes, they are fantastic! Le Monde Cafe is open six days a week for breakfast and lunch, and you can choose to sit outside or indoors depending on the weather. The café has been a popular stable in the trendy suburb of Surry Hills for over 20 years. The food is top quality, and you can also begin your day with some amazing speciality coffee. This is a must-visit for sure!
For the afternoon you will immerse yourself in some culture by going to Sydney Jewish Museum. The museum has welcomed visitors for 25 years, and it is still a very popular visit for tourists and locals. The Museum’s diverse permanent and temporary exhibition spaces invite visitors to engage with the history of the Holocaust in order to challenge perceptions in today’s political and social climates. This is happening through interactive contemporary technologies, historical artefacts and encounters with Holocaust survivors and knowledgeable guides. Make sure to check it out, and maybe join a guided tour to hear an expert talk about this historical time.
Lunch time! Go to Malabar. This great South Indian restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, and this is a gem in the city! Make sure you try the dosa (a delicious savoury pancake with delectable fillings), and their other amazing signature dishes made with the best premium and local ingredients. Also, do leave some room for desert, the Pistachio Kulfi is absolutely divine! They also have a vegan menu. There is two locations in town, so no excuse not to head here.
This afternoon while burning off the delicious South Indian food and preparing for the next meal, go for a walk around Sydney to experience some of the other fantastic sights the city has to offer. Maybe even jump on a ferry and go for a walk in the popular and trendy Manly, home to a great beach, promenade and delicious bars and restaurants.
After some exploring go back to the hotel, get dressed and prepare yourself for yet another marvellous meal, this time at Claire’s Kitchen. And it is also the opportunity to have a once-in a-lifetime dining experience if you head here on a Wednesday. This is when their private mezzanine is transformed into an intimate cabaret where local and international visiting performers will do 2 x 20 minutes shows while you are being served a three course dinner in between the shows. It is different amazing acts every week, so do not miss this fun dining experience on your getaway!
For the remainder of your stay in Sydney grab your bags and head over to Bondi 38. This is some other spectacular serviced apartments with absolutely incredible views on Bondi Beach and the ocean. The apartments have designer interiors including kitchen and venue laundry facilities. You will have everything you need to enjoy your final time in beautiful Sydney, now right from the beach!
If you really want to make your visit to Sydney count, and maybe do yourself and your future a little favour, check out William Blue College of Hospitality Management. Yes we know, you are on vacation, but experiencing the thrill of a world-class city filled with excited tourists might get you interested in entering this hospitality world yourself some day. Whether it is working in hotels, travel or commercial kitchens. At Willian Blue you can join for a day workshop, and if you like it, you can even sign up to study online. Or you might just fall in love with Sydney so bad that you will want to move here and start a new career.
Then treat yourself to yet another splendid meal in this city known for top-class cuisine. Another example of this is at Anason. Come here to sit down and enjoy some absolutely amazing Turkish food. The renowned chef and cookbook author Somer Sivrioglu is bringing this authentic taste of Turkey to the city’s newest development, Barangaroo. It has been open since 2016 and has quickly become a favorite amongst locals and visitors. It has been getting rave reviews and an award for best new restaurant. Don’t miss out!
Following a spectacular meal we suggest you also check out City Recital Hall while you are in Sydney. You will always find a rich and diverse program of concerts and events, embracing all genres and art forms from chamber orchestras to opera, contemporary ensembles to bands, talks and debates, to festival events. It is located right in the very heart of Sydney with a beautiful performance space where people love to spend great cultural evenings. Make sure to check the schedule for your visit!
Time for your last wonderful culinary experience in Sydney, and we couldn’t think of a better place than SaltVine. SaltVine is an amazing Lebanese Tapas Bar. It is an extremely highly rated restaurant and super popular place to go for some authentic yet unique Lebanese tapas. These shared platters are beautiful and fresh, and they can be enjoyed alongside an ice-cold yummy cocktail while you kick back and rest upon a great three days in lively Sydney.
But fear not, the night isn’t completely over yet. The Gentleman Magician should be your very final stop on your holiday. Every Friday and Saturday this show takes place where you will get a glass of champagne and canapés served in the beautiful five star Sir Stamford at Circular Quay which is one of Sydney’s most beautiful heritage-listed buildings. Since 2015, Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician has been enchanting audiences at his weekly Magical Soirées. It is now listed at number 2 on TripAdvisor’s Top 50 Concerts & Shows (Sydney Opera House is number 1). If that isn’t enough reason to go we don’t know what is!
Now the trip has come to an end, and we know that you are disappointed. There is a reason why this is such a popular city amongst national and international tourists, the city just has endless places to see, food to eat and things to experience. So do make sure that you return soon as this city has plenty more to offer!