For anyone looking for the perfect Australian weekend getaway, look no further than sunny and vibrant Sydney. There is so much to see and do in this legendary city that you would need much longer than a weekend to get it all in, but those with a short amount of time can certainly get in a lot of great activities and enjoy this city to its fullest. There is truly no city like Sydney with its water views; its unique and colorful culture; and the abundance of food and entertainment. This is one of the most enjoyable weekend experiences to be found in the world, so if you’re lucky enough to have a free weekend then definitely start planning.
Hit the Museums
There are a wide range of museums all over Sydney covering an expansive number of interests. Those into archaeology will want to check out the Nicholson Museum which features classical, Egyptian, European, and near eastern collections. Located right in Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum is a must, featuring exhibitions on Australia’s sea links through commerce and defense. The museum of Contemporary Art has innovative exhibits featuring new and cutting-edge pieces, and the Sydney Observatory is the oldest observatory in Australia offering free self-guided day visits where visitors can experience the exhibits and gardens.
Explore the Rocks Neighborhood
This scenic historic district features incredible views and heritage listed streets and houses. This is one of the most aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods in the city, and it features a wide range fantastic bars and eateries as well. No matter what type of food you may be in the mood for, you will most likely be able to find it here. Of special note is the wide array of traditional pubs in the Rocks which will give you a feel for what old time Australia was like. When you add in the spectacular views and overall friendly vibe of this legendary neighborhood, you have yourself a perfect place to spend a day in Sydney.
Check Out the Public Beaches
There are a wide range of public beaches in the Sydney area, meaning you can enjoy the warm sands and refreshing waves right at the heart of the city. You can take a nice long beach day in the shadow of the skyline. You will be surprised at the number of locals and tourists who hit the beach on a sunny summer day in Sydney.
The public beaches of Sydney are what urban beaches are all about, offering the full convenience of the city while at the same time providing ample sunshine and refreshing waters. Whether you’re looking to swim, lounge in the sun, or take a long walk along the shore, you won’t be disappointed by any beach in the region. Some of the best beaches to hit up in the are the world-famous Bondi Beach, Palm Beach, Cronulla Beach, and Manly Beach, so hit them all during your stay.
This is truly one of the best places in the city to seek out a nice dinner. Every night of the week finds Chinatown just bustling with visitors and packing out the streets with dozens of dining establishments serving up all types of Asian cuisine. There are also a ton of bars to visit, making this neighborhood one of the best places for nightlife in the entire city. This colourful neighborhood also boasts a wide selection of food stalls and other street grub in case you’re looking to stay on the go. Whatever the case, after your long drive you will be happy to get out and enjoy the delights of Sydney’s Chinatown district.
Hit Darling Harbour At Night
This is easily one of the city’s post popular night spots, featuring a vast array of bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues right on the water’s edge. The scenery here is fantastic as well, offering sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and the skyline. There are even fireworks every Saturday night. No matter if you’re looking to have a night filled with great food and drinks or just take a nice walk along the water and enjoy the sights, Darling Harbour is an absolute must after dark.
Sydney is an invigorating and exciting city to visit, and there is no doubt that your weekend journey will be full of exciting activities and fun times. This city is known to be a welcoming and lively metropolis with multiple great neighborhoods to get out in and explore. Even if you just have a weekend, you can easily get in a lot of different activities that will have you longing to come back to Sydney for a longer stay just like thousands of travelers who came before you.
When she is not road tripping around Australia and writing about, Nicole Anderson enjoys spending afternoons relaxing at home, with a glass of wine in one hand, and the TV remote in another. She is a travel writer for Outbaxcamping by day and part mermaid (who loves therapeutic portable hot tubs) by night.