Heading to Sydney for a weekend and wondering how to spend 48 hours in the harbour city? Well, there are literally 100 different ways to spend 2 days here but today we are going to share a weekend itinerary that as locals we love to do often.
My Ultimate Sydney Weekend
This weekend pretty much revolves around the harbour and beaches. As a life long Sydneysider, I never get tired of seeing it. If you are a visitor to Sydney I think the weekend I have come up with below would be a great way to spend your time in our fair city. If you are a local why not play tourist for a few days and remind yourself just how lucky we are to live here!
My favourite way to celebrate the beginning of the weekend is to head out for an unrushed session of fresh air and sunshine. What better way to do that than to spend some time walking along the harbour foreshore. If you are an early riser you might be lucky enough to witness a harbour sunrise. If you don’t fancy walking just jump on a Manly ferry and by the time you reach the wharf you might be ready to take a power walk down the Corso to the beach.
I would start the day with a sunrise walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens or the harbour foreshore (you can run if that’s more your style). I love watching Sydney Harbour come to life. This walk also offers plenty of great photo ops along the way so I can indulge my Instagram addiction and torture my friends too.
Brunch like you are in Asia
Next, to feed the appetite all that early morning activity has given me I would make my way to the Palace Chinese restaurant in the Piccadilly Centre for a Yum Cha breakfast to rival those found in Asia. The Palace has excellent food and friendly service, something missing in some yum cha spots in Chinatown. If you have never tried this sort of dining take a look at this post of an old Sydney favourite Marigold restaurant on Simon’s Food Favourites for ideas.
Check out the Markets
Once you have finished your Yum Cha brunch head to Elizabeth Street and jump on a bus up Oxford Street to Paddington to check out the long-running Paddington Market.
These markets feature fashion, jewellery and craft items. I can never leave without buying a couple of things. Overall the quality on offer here is much higher than other markets in the city and the prices are reasonable.
While you are in the area pop into to check out the Paddington Reseouvr garden, an old water reservoir that was restored and opened at a sunken garden in 2008.
Dinner with a view
Public transport for my Ultimate Sydney Weekend.
Free bus to Chinatown
Train from Town Hall to Circular Quay for dinner – Ferry to The Star.