She needs no introduction - Sydney is the darling of Australia. The perfect hot spot to start or end your East Coast adventure, we dare you to get bored here. From the world famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, to the historic architecture and eclectic nightlife, Sydney is the city to be in. The launching pad for the stunning Blue Mountains tour, as well as home to the famous Bondi Beach and brunch spots that bring tears of joy. Beware, this place is expensive (why is it always the best cities?), but it's unmissable and there's plenty you can do for free!
Population: 5 million
Vibe: Sunny, Fast-paced, Vibrant
Known for: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Venture out to Sydney's eastern suburbs and take a cliff-top coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi (or the other way around). This 6km walk is a must-do - showcasing impressive limestone formations and some of Sydney's most beautiful beaches. Each one more secluded than the last. If the sun is shining, choose your favourite spot and pitch up with a good book for the day or visit the famous Bondi Icebergs and take a swim.
Take a trip to the Blue Mountains
Easily one of the best day trips on the East Coast and the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Join us on an action packed adventure to the Blue Mountains National Park, see the famous Three Sisters and mind-blowing Jamison Valley.
Walk around Darling Harbour
With awesome river views and heaps of restaurants and bars to keep you well-fed and entertained, Darling Harbour is the 'place to be' and a true Sydney icon.
See the Sydney Opera House
If a tour of the Opera House or a show is a bit out of budget, then do not despair! You can still get up close and personal with one of Sydney's most distinctive buildings. Take your Insta-worthy shots and then head down to the Opera Bar where you can listen to music as the sun goes down.
Soak up the views from Pylon Lookout
One of the city's best vantage points, Pylon Lookout near the Harbour Bridge is the perfect photo stop. Climb 200 steps to the top of the lookout and marvel at Circular Quay from above.
Take the ferry to Manly
The ferry is a brilliant way to see the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo and Camp Cove from the water. Once you arrive in Manly, there's plenty to explore. For awe-inspiring views of the north and south headlands, we recommend the Manly to Spit walk.
WHERE STRAY STAYS
Wake Up Hostel Sydney
Perfectly located, this modern yet laid-back hostel is situated outside Central Station in the CBD. Just 3 train stops from Sydney Opera House, the hostel offers fresh dorms and a range of private rooms. Amenities include: Free WiFi, Basement Bar and a TV/Movie Lounge.
Address: 509 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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Tel: +61 2 9288 7888
SYDNEY AIRPORT TO CENTRAL CITY
A taxi from Sydney Airport to the CBD costs around $45-$60 and takes about 20 minutes. Follow the signs to the taxi ranks.
The Airport Link train is a cheap and convenient way to reach the city centre. The journey takes around 15 minutes and costs $15-$20. You can purchase an Opal Card or just tap on with your contactless Visa or Mastercard. The station is located at the northern end of the airport terminal.
STRAY PASSES & TOURS THAT START IN SYDNEY
- Mick Freestyle Pass | Mick Freestyle Tour
- Greg Freestyle Pass | Greg Freestyle Tour
- Nat Freestyle Pass
STRAY PASSES & TOURS THAT FINISH IN SYDNEY
If you're short on time, this is the perfect full day itinerary for you to see all the major sights and discover some hidden gems.
Sticking to a strict backpacker budget? We've got your back! Make the most out of your time in Sydney without spending a penny.