Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and one of the most remarkable cities in Australia. But what makes Sydney so fantastic? Besides the must-see landmarks and attractions in the area, such as the Sydney Opera House, the city is home to astounding cuisine and ample opportunities to have fun outdoors. Take a few suggestions from our itinerary to plan your Sydney vacation.

Nosh on an Incredible Sydney Breakfast

Start off your day with a trip to the casual and cozy Basket Brothers. This spot is praised for its generous portions and simple yet yummy classics such as a bacon and egg roll and poached eggs on toast. The coffee is strong, and you may even get to see some latte art.

Four Frogs Creperie is another casual place that won’t let you down for breakfast. You can order a lovely crepe, but be warned — it may look too good to eat. If you prefer some protein in the morning, you’ll find plenty of meat and egg platters on offer. If you’re visiting Sydney when the weather is cold, try a hot Belgian chocolate drink.

St. Mary's cathedral
The St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.

Go Adventuring in the Royal Botanic Gardens

Put those calories to use. Sydney is a fantastic place to stretch your legs and go adventuring. Remember to pack your walking shoes and take advantage of the following spots in the early morning.

Visit the The Royal Botanic Garden after breakfast. Go for a long walk overlooking many garden plots and the sea. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love the Jurassic Jungle. The Art Gallery of New South Wales, the State Library of New South Wales, the Australian Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and many other attractions are located along or near the garden paths, enabling you to easily spend a day going from destination to destination in this lovely slice of the city.

Grab Some Luxurious Seafood Nearby for Lunch

All that walking will make you hungry quicker than you may suspect, but you won’t have to venture far from The Royal Botanic Gardens for lunch. You’ll only have to walk a block to find one of the following options:

  • Café Sydney: This rooftop restaurant offers excellent food and views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Reservations are required.
  • Q Dining: Visit this posh spot, and you can enjoy modern Australian fare such as wagyu tenderloin, oysters, and barramundi.
  • Sydney Cove Oyster Bar: If you’re certain that you want oysters, you can’t go wrong with this seafood place. The bar is on the water’s edge, creating an incredible atmosphere for eating grilled salmon or grilled king prawns.
The Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Find More Action Around Sydney

If you still have some energy in the afternoon and feel like wandering off from the garden area, go to Bondi Beach. Here you can sunbathe, watch the surfers, or jump in the water to cool off. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk provides some amazing photo ops, too.

A trip to Taronga Zoo is another recommendation for your afternoon. Zoologists care for over 4,000 animals from more than 350 species here. If you want to learn more about the creatures, catch one of the zookeeper talks and shows or join a guided tour.

Enjoy a Beachside Dinner

If you missed your preferred restaurant for lunch, don’t worry — those options are open for dinner and all provide romantic views of the harbor, opera house, and bridge. If you don’t feel like driving back to the botanical gardens area, go to Can Cava Pintxos & Wine. In addition to delicious Spanish dishes, this eatery features some exquisite cocktails.

The Sydney Opera House in Sydney.

See the Opera House and Walk Along Darling Harbour

The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are two must-see attractions on any trip to the city, but they’re marvelous illuminated at night. The Sydney Opera House hosts 40 performances a week, so you can catch something entertaining during your visit.

If you’re ready to unwind and experience some authentic Sydney nightlife, head to Darling Harbour. This waterfront area is nearby downtown Sydney and home to many of the city’s top attractions, such as Tumbalong Park and the Chinese Garden of Friendship. You can stop for a late-night treat at Andersen’s of Denmark, an ice cream shop, or go for drinks nearby at The Baxter Inn. You’ll also find Papa Gede’s Bar, a voodoo-themed watering hole, across the street.

Ready for your dream Australia vacation? Experience this lovely country and continent in Sydney, and you’ll find plenty to see and do to fill your itinerary. If you’re stuck for ideas, borrow one or two from the list above — we promise we won’t mind if you do.