A Weekend Guide to Sydney, Australia

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When you go to Sydney, the best thing to do is go there with a plan in mind.


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We will discuss transportation options for navigation Sydney, local hotels to stay, where to eat, and local tourist attractions to plan your weekend getaway.

How to Get Around Sydney, Australia

Public transportation options are plentiful when you go to Sydney. You can board a bus, ferry, light rail, or local train to explore the local tourist attractions, and restaurants, and return to your hotel at the end of your day’s adventures.


Rather than paying for single tickets for transportation options when you go to Sydney, consider signing up for the Opal Card to make your transportation options seamless. If you prefer, you can also use a credit or debit card that you already have with the tap and go function.

Sign Up for the Opal Card

Paying for your transportation fares is easy when you sign up for the Opal card. Each ferry, train, and other transportation modes throughout Sydney has an Opal Card tower at the boarding point.


Add enough fare for your travels during your stay in Sydney. Tap your Opal Card when you board a bus or another form of transportation. Be sure to tap the Opal card again when you exit your choice of public transportation.


Tapping before boarding public transportation will start calculating your fare. Tapping it again when exiting will make the final calculation.


Check the Opal website for deals such as free travel during a specific week. As long as you are signed up with the Opal Network, you can travel for free.

Types of Public Transportation

Even if you’re not near one type of transportation at the time, there is always another you can use when you go to Sydney.


Bus 333 or 380 will take you to Bondi Beach. Surry Hill, Alexandria, Newton, Marrickville, and other trendier western neighbourhoods require you to take buses M10 or M30 or the 308, 355, 426, and others. Check the bus schedule for more information.



Travelling by ferry is the most beautiful way to get around. Ferries travel from Sydney Harbour to Circular Quay with eight usual stops throughout the loop. The F1 gets you to Manly while the F2 gets you to Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Light Rail

If you are near one of the three light rail systems, consider taking that form of transportation for speedy navigation to your next destination or to return to your hotel. Central Station to Dulwich Hill is considered L1. Circular Quay to Randwick is L2 and Circular Quay to Kingsford is L3.


The train network is the most accessible when you go to Sydney. It makes stops at Martin Place, Wynward, Museum, Town Hall, Central, and Circular Quay.

Hotels To Consider in Sydney

  • Park Hyatt Sydney

Address: 7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

  • Luxury amenities such as a spa and restaurant on-site.
  • Located across from Sydney Opera House.


  • Crown Towers Sydney

Address: International Tower, 1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000, Australia

  • Located above the Barangaroo Precinct.
  • Pool right next to the Sydney Harbour for beautiful views.


  • Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Address: 199 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

  • Circular Quay and The Rocks are next doors to the hotel.
  • Mode Kitchen & Bar on-premises.


  • Hilton Sydney

Address: 488 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

  • Located in Sydney’s Central Business District.
  • Across from the Queen Victoria Building where you can shop.
  • 2 kilometers away from Darling Harbour Entertainment and Royal Botanic Gardens.


  • Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Address: 30 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

  • Luxury amenities such as fine dining led by a Michelin chef.
  • Located next to the Sydney Harbour.
  • Located nearby are the attractions including Hyde Park, Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and The Rocks.

Attractions in Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House



Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Queen Victoria Building

Shop at upscale brands such as Michael Kors, Pandora, Luxuria Watches, Musson, Orton, Ocean Mystery, and others. The world is your oyster at this shopping arcade where you can also dine at places such as Cellini’s Cafe and Restaurant, Cicchetti Wine Bar, and other venues.


Address: 455 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

View the iconic symbol of the Sydney Harbour when you visit the Sydney Harbour bridge. Whether you are near one of the hotels with a great view of it or you pass by it in your travels throughout Sydney, you will be in awe viewing its arch over the Sydney Harbour.


Address: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is the oldest parkland in Sydney measuring 16.2 hectares.


Take St James or Museum trains to arrive here. View the Anzac Memorial and other monuments and dedicated statues throughout Hyde Park to learn of Sydney’s history.


Address: Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

The Rocks

The Rocks are where modern-day Sydney was born in the late 1700s when Europeans settled in this area.


It’s best to walk this area to explore the many art galleries, museums, and other attractions throughout such as:


  • The Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • The Rocks Discovery Museum.
  • The Rock Market with 200 stalls open for browsing and purchase on the weekends.
  • The Fortune of War is known as one of the oldest pubs nearby.
  • The Doss House is an underground whiskey bar.


Address: New South Wales 2000, Australia

Where to Eat When You Go to Sydney

  • Aria Restaurant Sydney

Australian haute cuisine served by Matt Moran in a glass dining room

Address: 1 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


  • Restaurant Hubert

Fancy French dishes in a fine dining venue

Address: 15 Bligh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


  • Testsuya’s Restaurant

French-Asian fusion cuisine

Address: 529 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


  • Alberto’s Lounge

Italian cuisine with upscale wine

Address: 17-19 Alberta St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


  • Automata Restaurant

Seafood, pasta, and upscale different dishes

Address: 5 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia

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