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How Many Days Should You Spend in Sydney?

As Australia's largest city, you could spend several weeks in Sydney and still not run out of things to see and do. But, most travelers don't have this long. If you're short on time, the priorities should be seeing some of the central city's landmarks, whereas if you have a few days you can make some day trips to natural attractions further afield. So, how many days should you spend in Sydney? Read on to find out more about your options.

The view of Sydney
Map of Highlights of Sydney: Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, & More - 5 Days
Highlights of Sydney: Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, & More - 5 Days

This five-day Sydney itinerary provides an active adventure through the New South Wales' capital city. Take a sightseeing tour of all the best neighborhoods and sites—The Rocks, Bondi Beach, Kings Cross, and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair included. A day trip to The UNESCO World Heritage region of the Blue Mountains allows you to explore the outdoors and interact with animals. The trip concludes with a guided tour of the famed Sydney Opera House and a thrilling climbing excursion up Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour
Map of The Ultimate Aussie Excursion: Cairns, Uluru, & Sydney - 10 Days
The Ultimate Aussie Excursion: Cairns, Uluru, & Sydney - 10 Days

On this 10-day trip to Australia, enjoy a mix of city tours and outdoor excursions. First, explore Cairns, along with a memorable day trip to the famed Great Barrier Reef. Next, visit the Outback of Uluru and iconic Ayers Rock. Then, land in Sydney for a city tour, a day of wine tasting in Hunter Valley, and a free day to experience the BridgeClimb at Sydney Harbour Bridge and the renowned Sydney Opera House.

View of Sydney, Australia at Sunset
Best of Australia: Melbourne to Sydney - 11 Days

This trip to Australia starts in Melbourne with city exploration, a scenic drive along Great Ocean Road, and a visit to the penguins of Phillip Island. Head to the center of the country to explore Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, with sunrise hikes through the national park, stargazing tours, and the Field of Light art exhibit. End your trip in Sydney where you'll cruise the harbor, tour historic neighborhoods, visit nearby beaches, and explore the Blue Mountains.

Experience Uluru
Map of Highlights of Australia - 9 Days
Highlights of Australia - 9 Days

If you've got a limited to time to tackle the vast Australian continent, this may be the itinerary for you. You'll start in cosmopolitan Sydney under the swooping eaves of the famous Opera House, then fly out to the Red Center to experience the dramatic rock formations of Uluru. Top it off with a visit up to Cairns to explore the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with plenty of free days in between to add your own twist.

Noah Beach where the Daintree Rainforest meets the ocean
Map of Highlights of Australia - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia - 12 Days

This 12-day highlights tour combines stunning natural settings and diverse wildlife with heart-stopping activities. You'll begin in Sydney before flying into the outback, ending your stay along the coast where you'll divide your time between rainforest and the Coral Sea. You'll hug koalas in Kuranda, watch whales off the coast of Sydney, snorkel part of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as hike in the Blue Mountains and catch a sunset over Uluru.

Sydney
Map of Best of Melbourne, Sydney, & Cairns - 7 Days
Best of Melbourne, Sydney, & Cairns - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip to Australia, experience three different cities and several landmarks along the way. The itinerary begins in Melbourne, where you can enjoy some local sightseeing. Then, travel Great Ocean Road, which hosts scenic lookouts like The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard. The next stop is Sydney, which includes a pub crawl and a day trip to the stunning Blue Mountains. The final leg takes you to Cairns, where the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park awaits, as well as a memorable finale at the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns Lagoon
Map of Australia Highlights: Sydney, Cairns, & The Outback - 7 Days
Australia Highlights: Sydney, Cairns, & The Outback - 7 Days

Spend a week in three of Australia’s eventful regions—Sydney, Uluru, and Cairns. Go sightseeing in Sydney, from The Rocks to Bondi Beach, then adventure through the stunning Blue Mountains region. Next, get a taste of The Outback in Uluru, where spectacular colors change from sunrise to sunset over Ayers Rock. Then, travel to Cairns to experience the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, along with an exciting journey across the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Federation Square in Melbourne
Map of Urban Australia - 8 Days
Urban Australia - 8 Days

Visit three cities of Australia with this eight-day itinerary. You'll start off in Sydney, where you can enjoy both the bustling downtown and coastal cliff walk, then head to Melbourne to explore its artsy alleyways, museums, and cafes alongside the wildlife of the Yarra Valley. Finish off in Hobart, Tasmania, to learn about its history and art scene.

Watch the sun rise over Uluru
Map of Ultimate Australia: Sydney to Cairns & Uluru - 19 Days
Ultimate Australia: Sydney to Cairns & Uluru - 19 Days

This 19-day Australian adventure combines the mega-metropolis of Sydney with the laidback surf towns on the east coast, the reefs and rainforest of Cairns, and the ancient mystique of Uluru. Start with Australia's biggest city before making your way up to Brisbane, stopping en-route to see whales and dolphins, explore tropical forests, and visit relaxed beachside towns. Round it off with a trip up to Cairns & into Australia's Red Center to marvel at some of the world's greatest natural sites and uncover the secrets of the oldest living culture.

Discover wildlife in Daintree's Mossman Gorge
Map of Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 12 Days

Covering four states, this perfectly curated itinerary features Australia's top attractions in 12 days, providing visitors with a well-rounded experience. Beginning in cool and trendy Melbourne, you'll work your way around the country to the cosmopolitan cities of Adelaide and Sydney, ending the trip in Cairns. Along the way, you'll drive the scenic Great Ocean Road, hang out with kangaroos and seals on Kangaroo Island, climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and explore the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.

Beautiful Milford Sound in New Zealand
Map of Australia & New Zealand Adventure: Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown - 16 Days
Australia & New Zealand Adventure: Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown - 16 Days

This two-week crossover trip takes you from Australia to New Zealand with plenty of adventure laced throughout. Start by touring one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world: Sydney. Then, head to Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef. In the last Australian stop, Melbourne, you'll spend time in hip neighborhoods and visit wild kangaroos and koalas. Afterward, it'll be time to hop over to New Zealand, where you'll get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast
Map of Ultimate Australia Self-Drive Tour - 20 Days
Ultimate Australia Self-Drive Tour - 20 Days

Explore the East Coast of Australia at your own pace on this 20-day self-drive tour. Stop in Sydney and the beautiful Gold Coast, learn to surf and go hiking in the rainforest in Queensland. See unique Australian animals in the many nature preserves and enjoy the sun-soaked beaches on the coast. Snorkle to see the Great Barrier Reef, venture to the Australian outback to see a sacred site, and go white-water rafting as you experience all Australia has to offer.

Enjoy the beautiful beaches the East Coast has to offer
Map of East Coast of Australia - 13 Days
East Coast of Australia - 13 Days

Begin your journey in artsy Melbourne, exploring the hidden alleyways, vintage shopping, and quirky coffee shops. Spend a few days in bustling Sydney, then make your way up north to the Gold Coast, one of Australia's iconic surfing destinations. Your trip ends in Cairns with a visit to the famous Great Barrier Reef.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Map of Self Drive Tour: Melbourne, Healesville, Blue Mountains, Sydney, & More - 14 Days
Self Drive Tour: Melbourne, Healesville, Blue Mountains, Sydney, & More - 14 Days

On this two-week, self-drive journey through Australia, visit two major cities, and plenty of scenic stops in between. Begin in Melbourne before heading to Mount Baw Baw for some hiking, biking, or fly fishing. Next, spend two days in Yarra Valley, followed by a return to Melbourne to do some sightseeing. Then, head to Sydney to launch into more offshoots—Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Lithgow, and Hawkesbury River included. The vacation concludes in Sydney with visits to Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the famed Sydney Opera House.

Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days
Map of Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days
Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days

Two weeks offers plenty of time to explore some of the best regions in Australia. Arrive in Melbourne and enjoy the funky, bohemian vibe of the city, along with some sightseeing and a free day. Then, travel to Sydney for a pub tour, and to explore the famous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks around Sydney Harbour. Next, tour Gold Coast, including an excursion to Mount Tambourine National Park, along with free time to surf and relax. The trip concludes in Cairns with two epic day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Bondi Beach
Highlights of Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, & Auckland - 14 Days

On this two-week journey to Australia and New Zealand, adventure through four cities and several iconic landmarks. Begin in Sydney to visit popular sites like Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House. Next, explore famed Ayers Rock and Uluru. Then, it's off to Melbourne for local sightseeing, a wildlife tour, and a free day of discovery. Finally, transport to Auckland to explore the city, along with a day trip to Bay of Islands for marine life sightings and views along the open water of New Zealand.

Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Map of East Coast Aussie Adventure: Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Adelaide, & Sydney - 14 Days
East Coast Aussie Adventure: Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Adelaide, & Sydney - 14 Days

Enjoy the best of the East Coast of Australia on this two-week trip. Begin with a tour of Brisbane and its inviting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Then, enjoy Airlie Beach and Whitehaven Beach—both part of the Whitsunday Islands. Indulge in a free day in Cairns before cruising over to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and lush Daintree Rainforest. Next, tour Adelaide and spend a full day with native species at Kangaroo Island. The trip concludes in Sydney to discover the landmarks, as well as the stunning Blue Mountains region.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Map of Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast, & Melbourne - 10 Days
Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast, & Melbourne - 10 Days

On this 10-day adventure through Australia, discover four cities, along with several scenic day trips. Begin in Sydney to tour landmarks and areas like The Rocks, Sydney Harbour, and Bondi Beach, along with an excursion to the stunning Blue Mountains region. Then, enjoy a quick day in Carins for an indigenous experience, followed by two days in Gold Coast to tour the beaches and enjoy some thrills. The vacation ends in Melbourne to visit the funky pub scene, embark on a wildlife tour of Phillip Island, and take a guided road trip through Great Ocean Road.

Experience Kangaroo Island
Map of The Authentic Aussie Adventure: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, & Cairns - 10 Days
The Authentic Aussie Adventure: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, & Cairns - 10 Days

On this 10-day adventure, visit four cities that offer a mix of sightseeing tours and outdoor excursions. Land in Melbourne and stroll through popular sites, before taking to Great Ocean Road to explore seaside lookouts. Next is Adelaide, which offers museum tours and a trip to Kangaroo Island, decorated with native species. Then, visit Sydney's local landmarks, along with the picturesque Blue Mountains, before the grand finale out of Cairns—a memorable boat tour to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Watch the sun set and rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Map of Australia Highlights: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns, & Sydney - 10 Days
Australia Highlights: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns, & Sydney - 10 Days

Cover the highlights on this 10-day tour that perfectly combines urban exploration with outdoor excursions starting in the cultural capital of Melbourne—a great jumping-off point to explore nearby Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. Venture into the "Red Center" to visit the iconic Ayers Rock before flying out to tropical Cairns to cuddle with a koala and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. End your stay with a Sydney city tour and a day trip to Blue Mountains National Park.

Coastal Walk in Australia
Map of Ultimate Australia - 16 Days
Ultimate Australia - 16 Days

This well-rounded 16-day tour of Australia's highlights is sure to delight any first time visitor. You'll explore the hidden laneways of artsy Melbourne and the famous landmarks of Sydney, learn about indigenous culture at Uluru in the country's Red Center, and discover tropical Queensland with an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, you'll meet kangaroos at Kangaroo Island, search for crocodiles at Kakadu National Park, and have free time to enjoy a few day trips of your choosing.

Sydney Opera House
Map of Australia Grand Tour: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef - 15 Days
Australia Grand Tour: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef - 15 Days

Australia is an enormous country, and when trying to work out an itinerary it can be difficult to choose between its lively cities, beautiful beaches, or unique wildlife. With this varied 15-day itinerary, you can experience a bit of everything. Starting in Melbourne, travel along the spectacular Great Ocean Road—one of Australia's best short road trips—before heading to Adelaide and wild Kangaroo Island. You'll also visit Australia's dramatic red center, relax at the Great Barrier Reef, and end in Sydney, Australia's largest city.

Australian Coast
Map of Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days
Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days

Explore southeast Australia on this combination self-drive and flying tour on this comprehensive 22-day itinerary. Start your trip in quirky Melbourne to explore hidden alleyways and eclectic coffee shops, then pick up a car and explore the the coast. Spend a few days in Tasmania, then end your trip in Sydney and the beautiful nature of the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley Vineyards.

Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
Map of Ultimate Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne, Uluru, Queenstown, Mount Cook, & More -23 Days
Ultimate Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne, Uluru, Queenstown, Mount Cook, & More -23 Days

The adventure begins in the cultural heartland of Melbourne, and continues in Adelaide, where you'll find unique wildlife. Next, you'll head into the Red Centre to see Uluru before transferring to Kakadu National Park in Darwin. You'll then venture east to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and end in Sydney. From here, you'll fly over to New Zealand, where you will do adventure sports in Queenstown, hike Mount Cook, and explore Christchurch.

Sydney Opera House
The Best of Australia & New Zealand - 22 Days

Cover the spectrum of these two dynamic countries with this comprehensive itinerary. Start off in New Zealand, where you'll visit both the North and South islands to explore Maori culture, natural wonders, adventure sports, and more—sip wine on Waiheke island, hike at Aoraki, and cruise through Milford Sound. Then head to Australia, starting with the city sights in Melbourne before you meet the penguins of Phillip Island, stunning scenes of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, and urban streets of Sydney.