Sydney is a sprawling metropolis with an endless list of sights to see and things do. One could easily spend a week in the city and still not squeeze everything in. But if you’re only in town for a weekend and don’t have the time to explore the city at a leisurely pace, there are a few items that should be on your itinerary. Below is how to spend one weekend in Sydney.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN
Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden is one of the city’s treasures. The expansive green space covers nearly 75 acres and features over 9,000 unique flora and fauna. Located along the bank of Sydney Harbor, visitors can stroll the winding paths while enjoying beautiful views of the harbor and the Sydney Opera House. The botanic garden is open 7 days a week, it is free to the public and is a must see if you’re ever in Sydney.
THE ROCKS MARKET
Just across the Circular Quay from the botanical garden, you’ll find The Rocks Market. If you’re in Sydney for the weekend The Rocks Market market is not to be missed. This street fair takes place each weekend from 10-5 and features local vendors, a variety of food selections, live music and more. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
FORGOTTEN SONGS ART WALK
For a truly unique experience, head downtown and enjoy the Forgotten Songs art walk created by four local artists. Forgotten Songs is an art installation featuring 12o bird cages suspended overhead accompanied by the sound of 50 types of birds that once resided in central Sydney before they were displaced by urbanization. The installation can be found on Angel Place between George and Pitt Street.
SYDNEY HARBOR BRIDGE
For a different vantage of the city, take a stroll across the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The entrance to the bridge is walking distance from The Rocks Market and is easily accessible from the corner of Cumberland and Argyle Street. The panoramic views from above are breathtaking and breezy. Those feeling especially brave can sign up for a bridge climb tour and scale the upper level of the bridge. It’s not for the faint of heart!
SYDNEY’S FISH MARKET
For a real Sydney experience, take a trip to past Darling Harbor to Sydney’s fish market. You’ll know you’re getting close by the distinct smell. When you arrive, feast your eyes on an wide array of fresh fish, oysters, urchin, octopus, squid and king crab as big as your head. Pick up a bottle of wine and sample the catch of the day outside on the patio overlooking the marina. It’s a frenzied, but mouthwatering experience!
BEACHES & MORE
No matter the length of your stay, you can’t visit Sydney without spending some time on one of its many glittering beaches. If you tire of fun in the sun, other options include visiting Sydney’s aquarium, exploring Olympic Park used for various sporting and cultural events or heading to the top of Sydney’s Tower Eye for a 1,000 ft view above the city.
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