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Sydney is Born Again

Sydney is Born Again

If you’ve been thinking about how many days in Sydney you want to spend lately, you’re not alone. Ever since the leader of New South Wales announced the state would reopen to quarantine traveler from November 1, 2021, travelers all over the world have Sydney on their mind.

(NOTE: Australia‘s PM has indicated that foreign tourists may need to wait until January 2022 to cross the country’s borders. Understandably, returning Aussies and foreign permanent residents will be prioritized for the rest of 2021.)

Regardless of when you end up making your first post-pandemic foray to Sydney, I hope you’ll find the information I’m about to share enlightening. I know I can’t wait to hit the beach in Bondi (and the streets of the Sydney CBD) again!

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Where to Stay in Sydney

Before I drill down into the specifics of how many days in Sydney you should spend, let’s talk about accommodation. Not surprisingly, the most convenient place to stay in Sydney is the CBD, or downtown. If you stay here, you can choose between stylish boutique hotels such as The Old Clare Hotel or The Langham Sydney, or choose from among Airbnb’s impressive inventory in the Sydney CBD.

Want to stay near the beach? Blue Hotel Bondi is just steps from the famous Sydney beach, which itself if one of many (including Coogee and Maroubra) on Sydney’s southeastern periphery. The utilitarian Sydney Park Hotel, meanwhile, situates you in Newtown, a trendy (some might say too-cool-for-school) area in Sydney’s western suburbs, where you find many of the city’s trendiest restaurants, shops and bars.


Sydney Trip Ideas

A weekend in Sydney

Now, you’re not going to be flying into Australia from Europe or North America simply for a weekend in Sydney. However, if your itinerary only allows for a couple of days here, why not structure them like a weekend. Spend “Saturday” in the immediate city center, enjoying views of the Harbour Bridge from either side of it, eating in Chinatown and having cocktails at the Opera House. Spend “Sunday” on the beach in Bondi, or at Taronga Zoo.

3 days in Sydney

Three days is probably my ideal answer for how many days in Sydney to spend. This allows you to expand on your plan for spending 2 days in Sydney, however you see fit. Some travelers may stay mostly within the city limits, exploring other suburbs like Newtown and Manly in addition to the places listed above. Others may take excursions, namely into the stunning and picturesque Blue Mountains. 

Sydney for a week

Likewise, there are many approaches to spending a week in Sydney. Some travelers will go full-throttle tourist the entire time, exploring every nook and cranny of Sydney with a fine-toothed comb. Others will rent an Airbnb and live the local lifestyle, only sprinkling in tourist attractions as necessary. The key about spending a week in Sydney (or longer) is to pace yourself, and to set a clear intention.

Sydney as a base

Alternatively, rather than setting a specific number for how many days in Sydney you should spend, you may consider your time in Sydney from a structural perspective. One way to do this is to use Sydney as a base for travel in New South Wales. Get an apartment (preferably an affordable one) somewhere in the city, and come back to it after 1-2 day trips to regions, for example to coastal Coffs Harbour or Byron Bay.

Sydney bookends

Another way to do this is to enjoy short spurts in Sydney at the beginning and end of your trip—think of these as bookends. For instance, after landing at Sydney Airport, you may spend two nights in the city, enjoying the CBD for a full day before jetting off elsewhere in Australia. Then, you’ll come back again before you leave the country, saying your goodbyes on the golden sands of Bondi Beach.


Is Sydney Worth Visiting?

This might seem like a ridiculous question to ask, given that Sydney is Australia’s largest and most famous city. There are few more iconic Australian images than the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and few more internationally recognized landscapes than Bondi Beach. Still, some people wonder whether they should visit Sydney, given how massive the rest of Australia here.

This just hammers home why it’s so important that you’re precise with how many days in Sydney you choose to spend. For instance, if you have just a couple of weeks in Australia, you might bookend it with Sydney, spending a night or two in the city on the way in, and maybe another one on the way out. It’s not if you visit Sydney when you come to Australia, it’s how you do it.


Other FAQ About Your Trip to Sydney

What can you do in Sydney for 3 days?

Three days is really the perfect amount of time to spend in Sydney. This gives you one full day in the CBD and around the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, a day to enjoy Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo and/or Newtown and the opportunity for a day trip to the Blue Mountains.

Is 7 days in Sydney too long?

Seven days isn’t too long to spend in Sydney, assuming you set a clear intention for what you wish to accomplish during your trip. For example, you could stay in Bondi for 7 days to surf and swim, and make forays westward into Sydney’s CBD and beyond for sightseeing and the like.

How many days is enough to visit Sydney?

I’d say that for most travelers, 2-4 days is a sweet spot for visiting Sydney. This is particularly true if Sydney is where you’ll enter and depart Australia. You can bookend your Australia itinerary, spending 1-2 nights in Sydney after you enter, and another 1-2 nights before you leave.

The Bottom Line

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier that discussions about how many days in Sydney I should spend are finally relevant again! While I don’t think I’ll travel to Australia before about February or March of 2022, I’m already imagining myself at my favorite places in Sydney, whether that’s enjoying the view of the Bridge and Opera House from Luna Park, sunning myself at Bondi Beach or drinking at trendy bars in Newtown. This is to say nothing of day trips into the Blue Mountains! No matter when you make your next Sydney sojourn, make it one for the record books when you hire me as your Travel Coach!


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