A Week in Sydney Itinerary – 5 to 7 Days in Sydney for First Timers

For travelers lucky enough to spend an entire week in Sydney, it can be a bit tricky to figure out what exactly you want to do with all that time. It’s important to see a representative slice of what Sydney has to offer, but you also don’t want to try to cram in too much.

We’ve put together a selection of our favorite attractions and activities for tourists visiting Sydney to help you plan. Pick a couple, or follow our itinerary; either way, we hope that these ideas give you a little inspiration for your Sydney vacation!

This week-long itinerary includes:

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour
  • The Sydney Opera House Tour
  • The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
  • Eco Hopper 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Pass
  • 4-hour Bike Rental by Bonza Bike Tours
  • Australian National Maritime Museum – Big Ticket
  • And more!

Traveling for less than a week in Sydney? Check out our 1-day itinerary, 2-day itinerary, or 3-day itinerary too. It’s easy to customize your itinerary based on how much time you’ll be in town.

Save on Attraction Admission

Looking to save on admission to these top Sydney attractions and activities? Pick up The Sydney Pass today, which can reduce combined admission costs by up to 45%.

This one week in Sydney itinerary is just one of many ways to experience the gorgeous city.

The Sydney Pass gives you the flexibility to create your own itineraries, so you can choose on the go from dozens of top attractions and things to do.

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Have a shorter trip to Sydney? Check out our 1 day, 2 day, and 3 days in Sydney 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

On your first day, you need to start off with the finest introduction to Sydney – the hop-on hop-off bus tour from Big Bus. It showcases the best of Sydney and nearby Bondi on a convenient, easy-to-use route.

Choose from 20 different stops across the city, like Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Sydney Tower Eye, and many more.

You can opt to stay on and enjoy the entertaining narration, or use the bus as a way to get around to see city hotspots. Or both! This is a must-do activity for new visitors to Sydney.

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

For your second attraction on this first day, you simply must take a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. This magnificent structure is instantly recognizable around the world and is a sight to behold in person.

Take a tour of the backstage spaces of the Sydney Opera House, and learn all sorts of fascinating things you won’t pick up with a concert ticket. Don’t forget to keep your camera or phone charged for this one – you’ll get a postcard-perfect shot of this place on a sunny day.

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



The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience

View from the Sydney Tower Eye

The Sydney Tower is among the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest buildings and one of its most secure. Take a trip to the observation deck on the top to get amazing views of stunning Sydney from 269 meters above the ground.

At the top, you’ll also get to enjoy a brief film that highlights the history of the building, so you can learn about how it was built and its modern cultural legacy.

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

4 Hour Bike Rentals

Explore Sydney on your own at your own pace with Bonza Bike Rentals.

Upon picking up your bike and all the necessary equipment, Bonza will provide you with a map and guide to the best areas of the city to see by bike.

Getting in: 4-Hour Bike Rental by Bonza Bike Tour tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

DAY  3

Art Gallery of New South Wales

This is one for the art lovers. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the best art gallery in the entire state, with a worldwide reputation to boot! A visit here allows you enjoy their phenomenal collections of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art.

The Gallery attracts over 1 million visitors each year and it’s just a brief walk from the city centre. It’s the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon for free!

 Getting In: General admission to the Art Gallery of New South Wales is free.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Since you’re already at the Art Gallery, meander to the adjacent Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for a chance to explore some gorgeous flora from Australia and across the globe.

It’s truly a place of beauty, bringing peace and serenity to all visitors. Come here to unwind, relax, and learn a bit about botany and horticulture.

Be sure to bring a camera, the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney features some of the best skyline views of the city, including a great opportunity to capture the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Insider Tip: Before your visit, consult their website to see what’s blooming.

Getting In: Admission to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is free and open to the public.


Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Tour the Blue Mountains on the Hop Off Hop On Bus

On your fourth day in Sydney, spend as much of the day as you’d like exploring the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Your Blue Mountains Explorer Bus offers over 30 stops and runs every half hour, so you’ll have plenty of freedom and flexibility when exploring this natural and cultural wonderland.

Popular stops include Katoomba Falls, Leura Cascades, Scenic World, Echo Point – Three Sisters, Leura Village/Wentworth Falls link (your ticket includes the Wentworth Falls Shuttle), and many more.

A visit here is an excellent way to see more the natural world in New South Wales and to learn about the aboriginal culture of the region.

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.


Eco Hopper 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

The Eco Hopper Boat in Sydney Harbor

You can’t leave Sydney without enjoying some of its amazing aquatic culture! Jump aboard the Eco Hopper for the most convenient and enjoyable way to get around Sydney Harbour.

Choose from any of ten popular stops, and get on and off as you please. Stops include: the Taronga Zoo, Fort Denison, Circular Quay, North Sydney, and more.

While you’re on board, you can sit back and soak up entertaining and informative narration about all the sites you’re sailing past. So think of it as half sightseeing tour, half water taxi, and you’re set.

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Sydney Ferry Eco-Hopper tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

Australian National Maritime Museum – Big Ticket

Aerial View of Australian National Maritime Museum

One of our favorite museums in all of Sydney is the Australian National Maritime Museum. This museum recounts the naval and maritime history of NSW and all of Australia through their impressive collections of objects and artifacts like maps, photographs, garments, and much more.

In addition to their collections and fascinating interactive exhibits, you can also enjoy tours of real historic vessels, including a model of Captain Cook’s infamous ship, as well as a Destroyer, a Navy patrol boat, a submarine, and a few others.

Getting In: Australian National Maritime Museum tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

If you’re staying for more than five days, check out our suggestions for days 6 and 7:


Queen Victoria Building Shopping

It’s hard to visit one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world without getting some shopping in! If it fits your traveling style, head to the Queen Victoria Building for some unbeatable shopping opportunities.

The QVB is a historic nineteenth-century structure housing dozens of modern shops, featuring everything from apparel and accessories to jewelry, antiques, and gifts. Find something special for yourself!

Getting In: Admission to the Queen Victoria Building is free; any purchases you make are separately priced.


Free Day!

Use this day to catch up on anything you missed, or anything you’d like to return to again.

Keep in mind that there are several other parks and attractions in Sydney that you can visit for free or for a very small fee. Perhaps it’s time for some sunbathing and swimming on Bondi Beach?

Don’t Forget to Save

Hopefully this week in Sydney itinerary provides some inspiration for you as you’re planning your own ideal Sydney vacation.

Choose some of these attractions, and then choose The Sydney Pass to help you save up to 45% on combined admission prices.

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