Sydney Itinerary – 3 Days in Sydney for First Timers

Sydney is the perfect destination for a long weekend. From vast beaches to important cultural centers, there are so many stellar attractions to explore that you’ll want to make the most of every minute!

If you’re spending three days in Sydney, check out this selection of what our travel experts consider the best things for tourists to do during their time in this amazing Australian city.

This 3 day itinerary includes:

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour
  • The Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise
  • The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience
  • Discover Bondi Coastal Walking Tour
  • Bondi Surf 2-hour Board and Wetsuit Rental

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

Remember, this 3 days in Sydney itinerary is just one of many ways to experience the area.

The Sydney 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, whether you’re looking to try out the Sydney lifestyle with a surf board rental or want to join a guided tour that gives you an overview of Sydney’s top sites, there’s something for everyone on The Sydney Pass.

Spending a different amount of time in Sydney? Check out our 1 day, 2 day, and week long Sydney vacation 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

The best way to kick off your trip is with a comprehensive bus tour like this hop-on hop-off option from Big Bus. While you’re aboard, you’ll get to enjoy informative and entertaining narration from your expert tour guide.

Then, you’ll have more than 20 stops to choose from, where you can either get off and explore, or choose to stay on and enjoy learning all about the landmark or neighborhood you’re passing by.

Stops are spread across two different lines (both of which you have access to with your pass) and include major hotspots like Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and many more.

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

The Sydney Opera House Tour

Tour the Sydney Opera House

In the afternoon, you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to experience one of the world’s most iconic pieces of architecture – the Sydney Opera House. This landmark building boasts some of the most recognizable architectural features on its sail-like exterior.

And trust us, the inside is as amazing as the outside! Take this behind-the-scenes tour to learn all about the history of the building, from the conceptualization and design to the concert that took place last week.

You’ll also get access to spaces that regular opera-goers don’t get to see, so it’s a great opportunity for those interested in arts and culture as well as architecture.

Getting In: Sydney Opera House Tour ticket are available on The Sydney Pass. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, you’ll be doing a lot of walking!

Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Magistic Sydney Harbour Cruise complimentary beverage

No trip to Sydney is complete without getting out and experiencing the Sydney Harbour.

Cruise around the harbor in luxury aboard the Magistic Two, a luxe catamaran that offers state-of-the-art accommodations and entertaining narration.

Your two-hour harbor sightseeing tour includes a complimentary beverage, cozy seating, GPS-based narration about the sites you’re going to pass, and plenty of fantastic photo opportunities.

On this cruise, several of the places you’ll see are among the most iconic in all of the Sydney Harbour, including the Sydney Opera House (which you now know a lot about), Luna Park, Fort Denison, and the opulent homes of the rich and famous that dot the shoreline.

Getting In: Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.


BlueBananas Electric Bike Tours: The Mini Banana – Bike the Bridge Tour

BlueBananas Bike Tour Sydney

Start off your second day with an adventure! Get to know Sydney on a guided 1.5-hour excursion across the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s the perfect activity for families or couples who love to stay active.

This tour will also give you access to fascinating local nooks and crannies that you can’t reach by car or tour bus, like charming little parks, local hangouts, and more. Of course, you’ll still also see stellar sights of the major landmarks as you cross the bridge, too. The tour covers about eight miles but is at a very leisurely pace.

Getting In: Sydney Electric Bike Tour tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience

The Sydney Tower Experience

The next big thing on your agenda should be a visit to the Sydney Tower Eye. The Sydney Tower Eye is one of the most popular attractions in the entire city, and it’s even world famous for being among the world’s safest structures, too.

It’s actually the second-highest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, reaching heights of 260-metres above the ground. A trip to the top is a rare opportunity to see this fabulous city from above and get some of the best photos you’ll take all trip.

While at the top, you can enjoy the immersive 4-D Cinema Experience, which showcases the history of the building.

Getting In: The Sydney Tower Eye tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.


Discover Bondi Coastal Walking Tour

Bondi Beach Guided Walking Tour

On your third day in Sydney, it’s time to see more of the popular Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach is more than one of the most famous beaches in the entire world (although that’s pretty cool, too); it’s also home to the signature surf culture that has spread around the world.

During your relaxed walking tour, led by a real Surf instructor and Lifesaver, you’ll also learn all about the history of this exotic bay, featuring shark attacks and the “Black Sunday,” as well as the more pleasant stories about surfing feats and natural wonders.

There’s still more to enjoy! Near the end of your tour you’ll get to see aboriginal carvings and fascinating native marine life. Don’t forget your camera on this one.

Getting In: Discover Bondi Coastal Walking Tour tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

Bondi Surf 2-hour Board and Wetsuit Rental

Surfer at Bondi Beach renting a surf board

Now that you’ve seen all the Bondi Beach has to offer, it’s time to get in the water yourself! Try your hand at surfing in the azure waters of Bondi Beach with this convenient surfboard and wetsuit rental.

You’ll get your equipment for 2 hourss, so you can enjoy yourself without worrying about the expense of purchasing gear yourself. This is one of those bucket list adventures you’ll never forget!

Getting In: Bondi Surf 2-hour Board and Wetsuit Rental tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

Don’t Forget to Save

There you have it – our idea of the perfect three days in Sydney. From cruises to tours and beyond, there’s something to appeal to every traveling style. We hope that some of these ideas help inspire your own planning!

And remember, the Sydney Pass can save you up to 30% on combined admission to these and other top Sydney attractions. Pick one up for your next vacation!

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