2 Days in Sydney – A Weekend in Sydney Itinerary for Fun Sightseeing & More

If you’re headed to sunny Sydney on your next vacation, then you’re in luck! There is so much to see and do in this fabulous cosmopolitan city that you’ll be able to fill your trip with great attractions, top to bottom.

Planning on being in Sydney and looking for a sample 2 day itinerary? Check out our list of the must-see things for a weekend in Sydney itinerary for tourists who only have two days to explore the city.

This weekend in Sydney itinerary includes:

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour
  • Sydney Jet – Thrill Ride
  • The Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Eco Hopper 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Pass
  • Australian National Maritime Museum – Big Ticket
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Save on Admission

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

Choose a 7- attractions pass to save big on this weekend in Sydney itinerary!

Spending a different amount of time in Sydney? Check out our 1 day, 3 day Sydney itinerary, and week-long vacation itinerary for tourists visiting Sydney.

DAY 1

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

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

Start your trip right. The best way to sightsee Sydney, hands-down, is aboard this hop-on hop-off bus tour. It gives you the flexibility to customize your own vacation, getting off when something interests you, and getting back on when it’s time for the next thing.

Choose from over 20 stops across Sydney and the adjacent suburb of Bondi, including the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, the Australian Museum, and Bondi Beach.

There are actually two sightseeing bus routes to choose from, and your pass gives you access to both. Make the most of the informative narration you’ll enjoy aboard the bus, too – it’s your insight into the city’s top landmarks and locales.

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

Sydney Jet: Thrill Ride

Spend the early part of the afternoon enjoying the amazing aquatic feats of the Sydney Jet: Thrill Ride. This daring, dynamic cruise reaches speeds of up to 45 knots and performs fantastic tricks like fishtails, sudden stops, and many twists and turns.

It’s also a sightseeing excursion, too! Your captain will narrate the important landmarks as you pass, such as Fort Denison, Rose Bay, Goat Island, the Sydney Opera House, and more. Make sure you bring a waterproof phone or camera for this one.

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

The Sydney Opera House Tour

Tour the Sydney Opera House

The cultural scene in Sydney deserves a little love, too. Explore one of the world’s most iconic theaters with a visit to the Sydney Opera House, located in the popular Circular Quay area. This architectural marvel is recognizable around the globe, and it’s a real treat to be able to explore the inside.

Learn all about its history, from design and construction to modern performances. Then, enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the SOH’s important spaces, and see where countless stars have performed.

It’s the next best thing to actually getting a ticket to the Opera!

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

Royal Botanic Gardens

2015-09-13 Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney - 1

By Maksym Kozlenko [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Featuring some of the best horticultural displays (not to mention the postcard-worthy views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House), the Royal Botanic Gardens are a great way to wind down after your first day of the sightseeing in Sydney.

Pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat at The Calyx building right in the gardens and enjoy the scenery and views.

Getting In: the Royal Botanic Gardens are free and open to the public.

DAY 2

Eco-Hopper 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Pass

The Eco Hopper Boat in Sydney Harbor

Another day means another crack at the Sydney Harbor. There’s so much to see there that you simply can’t soak it all up in just one excursion. Try the Eco-Hopper, and you’ll have access to the city’s most exciting water taxi.

Choose from ten different stops, including North Sydney, Circular Quay, Fort Denison, Q Station, and more. There’s even a stop for Manly Beach, one of the best beaches in all of Syndey!

You can also choose just to zip around the harbor without disembarking – it will feel just like a cruise with its engaging commentary.

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

The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience

Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck with View of Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of the most popular attractions in Sydney, The Sydney Tower Eye offers some of the best views of the Sydney Harbour and city skyline.

Visit the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, deemed one of the world’s safest building, and enjoy spectacular views from the city’s highest point at 269-meters above ground.

As part of your visit, you’ll get a ticket to the 4D Cinema Experience, a 4-minute movie enhanced with special effects like lights, water, and other sensory experiences.

Getting In: Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Butterflies landing on guests at WILD LIFE Sydney

This is one for the animal lovers. Everyone knows that the wildlife in Australia is different from anywhere else in the world. Well, this zoo is, too! The WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is an enchanting place to explore where you’ll meet critters from across the continent.

From kangaroos and wallabies to Tasmanian devils and koalas, everyone will find a favorite Australian critter to love at this zoo. Be sure to pay a visit to the Koala Rooftop, where you’ll be able to get your photo taken holding one of these unique creatures.

There are frequent special events and keeper talks, too, so don’t forget to consult the zoo website before your visit to see what’s on.

Getting In: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

Don’t Forget to Save

We hope this weekend in Sydney provides inspiration for you while planning your own two-day vacation. It’s full of our favorite attractions and activities, and maybe some of them will become your favorites, too!

And remember, 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!

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