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  • Writer's pictureAndi Dela Torre Griffiths

Let's Go Sightseeing in Sydney | A Travel Diary

Known as the capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia, Sydney is popular among tourists for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful harbors, and stunning beaches. Today, I'll take you with me on a quick trip to what many refer to as the Emerald City.

Sydney Train Station | Central Grand Concourse


Traveling from Melbourne to Sydney took less than two hours, and it was way warmer in Sydney. I'm glad we went on a weekday because it would have been hectic on a weekend.

We had four days to explore and do sightseeing. It didn't exactly start fun due to a few hiccups and the pouring rain, but well, none of those spoiled the trip for me. Anyhow, join me as I walk you through Sydney through this post. Let's gooo.

Walking Tour | Exploring the City on Your Own

It was already late in the evening when we checked in at the hotel, so we just had sushi and grabbed takeout for dinner. I was with my husband and MIL.

The next day, we went on a 2-hour walking tour and explored the city on our own. The weather wasn’t cooperative, but the experience was still good because that meant having fewer people in places typically packed with tourists, like the Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park.

Here are some pictures I took during our walk.

A rainy afternoon | Circular Quay
Kensington Street in Sydney
Kensington Street is where you can find a bunch of restaurants, as well as Spice Alley (literally an alley with plenty of Asian food options)

Sightseeing in Sydney | Hop On, Hop Off Tours

One of the most efficient ways to see Sydney is to get on a hop-on, hop-off bus or boat. The operators already have an itinerary, and you can see many places in one trip (instead of going on separate occasions). Not to mention, it's fun being on the top deck.

Hop-on, hop-off bus Sydney

We got a combo deal for the tours, and the package included a bus ticket that was valid for 24 hours, as well as a sightseeing cruise. 

For the bus tour, they gave us earphones so we could listen to the pre-recorded audio explaining the background of the places we would pass by (gallery below, click to view).

For the sightseeing cruise, there were six destinations: Watsons Bay, Manly, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, and Circular Quay. We didn’t get off the boat anymore because it was raining- yup, even with the sun out. When it started to pour, we transferred to the enclosed area, where they had complimentary tea and coffee (gallery below, click to view).

Sydney day cruise | Seing the sights
A (very) chilly afternoon

On our last night, we had dinner with my husband’s cousins and had desserts at Koi. It rained again, but I enjoyed it because it was relaxing, in a way.

Our last night in Sydney, Australia

Favorite Spots 

There are still many places in Sydney that I have yet to visit, but the ones I liked the most were Double Bay, Kensington Street, St. Mary's Cathedral and Hyde Park. I would love to go to the Blue Mountains next time.

Hyde Park

Of course, you cannot visit Sydney without going to the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Sydney Opera House at night
Darling Harbour | Sydney

Many of the areas we went to reminded me of the business districts in Manila, as well as Intramuros.

Where we Stayed

We stayed at the 28 Hotel along Regent Street in Chippendale, which was a great pick because we were close to plenty of cafes, restaurants, and pharmacies. It is also only two blocks away from the Central Station. 

28 Hotel in Sydney (Reggent Street, Chippendale)
Book a Room at 28 Hotel in Sydney

I love how they have a Nespresso machine on the ground floor, with a wide selection of capsules. You can use this to make yourself a cup of coffee anytime. If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can choose from other options, such as hot milk, tea, and hot chocolate. Also, they do not serve breakfast but have plenty of treats in the morning (muesli bars, bananas, and pastries). All of these are free.

Nespresso machine at 28 Hotel in Sydney
Need to get caffeinated? no problem. Have as much coffee or tea as you want

Where Else to Stay in Sydney

There are plenty of hotels in Sydney you can stay at, but it is best to book accommodation close to the spots you intend to visit. This way, you save time and money on transportation fees (Uber is expensive; you might as well spend that money on food or activities). 

Other options include Mercure Hotel Sydney, YEHS Hotel, ibis Styles Sydney Central, or The Ultimo Sydney.

Sydney Fantasea Cruise
Seeing the sights | Travellingto Sydney

If you’re visiting New South Wales soon and have plans of sightseeing in Sydney, other places you can check out include the Blue Mountains, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach, and the Royal Botanic Garden.


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