One Day in Sydney Itinerary – Experience Sydney in a Day

Spending time in sunny Sydney on your next vacation and looking for the best things to do for tourists in just one day? Check out our list of our favorite attractions and activities to enjoy if you only have one day in Sydney to explore.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or someone who’s been before but never really seen the sights, we hope this one day in Sydney itinerary will have something to help inspire your vacation plans.

This one day itinerary includes:

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour
  • Sydney Jet – Thrill Ride
  • The Sydney Opera House Tour

Save on Admission

Pick up The Sydney Pass and save off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Remember, this 1 day in Sydney itinerary is just one of many ways to experience the city.

Our pass gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary, so you can choose from dozens of top attractions and create a vacation tailored to your interests.

Spending more time in Sydney? Check out our 2 day, 3 days in Sydney, and week-long sample itinerary for tourists visiting Sydney.

Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Tour

Big Bus Sydney in Sydney Harbour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

This is perfect for newbies and returning visitors who’ve never really gotten the full Sydney experience. The hop-on hop-off tour from Big Bus surveys a wide swath of Syndey and the nearby suburb of Bondi, with more than 20 stops to explore. It’s the best way to see all the top sights of the city in one go.

Sit back and listen to the informative and entertaining narration on this comprehensive tour. Hop off at any of the stops when you reach an area you want to explore by foot or visit attractions. Buses run about every 15-30 minutes, so you can also get back on without any hassle.

Choose from two different routes and see major landmarks and sites like the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, the Australian Museum, Darling Harbour, and much more.

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Sydney tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

Sydney Jet: Thrill Ride

Of course, you can’t leave Sydney without taking advantage of their legendary water sports culture. The Sydney Jet is a thrill ride unlike any other, reaching speeds of up to 45 knots and performing feats like 270-degree spins, fishtails, and more.

It also serves as an exhilarating way to sightsee around Sydney Harbour. You’ll zoom past top sites like the Sydney Opera House, Rose Bay, Goat Island, the Taronga Zoo, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and more – plus get waterfront views of the Sydney skyline.

Your captain will provide all the important narration and direct your attention to major sites along the way so you won’t miss a thing!

Getting In: Sydney Jet Boat Ride tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

The Sydney Opera House Tour

Tour the Sydney Opera House

Last but not least, you should reserve some time to experience one of the most striking cultural landmarks in the entire world – the Sydney Opera House. This architectural darling is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic landmarks in the entire city.

A guided tour is the best way to make the most of your visit to this must-see attractions.

You’ll get to go behind-the-scenes to areas of the SOH not typically open to the public and learn all about the history of this fascinating structure. It’s the perfect activity for anyone interested in the arts, architecture, history, and especially modern Australian history.

 Getting In: Sydney Opera House Tour tickets are available on the Sydney Pass.

Don’t Forget to Save

As you’re planning your perfect day in Sydney, don’t forget to look for ways to save on all your adventures. The Sydney Pass can save you up to 45% on combined admission to these and other top Sydney attractions. Pick one up for your next trip!

The information contained in this post, to the best of the author's knowledge, was accurate at time of publishing. We do our best to ensure and maintain the accuracy of this information.

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