Whether you’re climbing to the top of the bridge, cruising Sydney Harbour, exploring the quaint terrace houses of Paddington, sitting down for a world-class dinner, or partying the night away, you’ll need to get your skates on, as the Emerald City offers so much that’s way too good to miss.
You’ll want to wake early to take in Sydney’s best experiences. From the Park Hyatt, rub the sleep from your eyes, push open the curtains, and there’s the Sydney Opera House in all her shining glory.
Wander down to The Rocks for brekkie. The Fine Food Store serves up a fine breakfast and brew to pick you up and fuel you for a day of exploring. While you’re there, take in some of Australia’s colonial history in the cobblestone streets and heritage buildings.
Ascend the steel grey arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, affectionately known as ‘The Coathanger’, and absorb the 360 degree views and buzz of Sydneysiders starting their day. The climb usually takes three and a half hours, but for those who want to fast-track it, the Express Climb is just over two.
All that climbing works up an appetite, so The Australian Heritage Hotel, just down the road, is a great stop for a cold beer and a kangaroo or crocodile pizza. Or splash out on a seafood extravaganza at Rockpool.
After lunch it's probably time for a little retail therapy so head to the Queen Victoria Building on George Street and treat yourself to that special little something you simply can’t live without. Alternatively, you could opt for a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, stopping off look at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Jump on a ferry and cruise across the harbour to Manly. Or stretch your legs on the cliff-top walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte. Whichever you choose the sea views are perfect, and the sea air will keep you pumping through the night.
If you’ve made a booking at Tetsuya’s, expect a gourmet journey like you’ve never experienced. Otherwise, Bennelong at Sydney Opera House is perfect for a pre-dinner show. Or zip across to The Wharf for food and a cultural fix.
Time for post-theatre nightcap and Bulletin Place – the shoe-box sized attic bar near Circular Quay – is open ‘til midnight. Or stroll down to The Basement for live entertainment until 1.00 am.
Sydney has lock-out laws, so you’ll need to secure your stool at venues in the CBD, Kings Cross and Darlinghurst before 1.30 am, and they can’t serve booze after 3.00 am. Still, the cool crowd will still be swinging at the Establishment Bar ‘til late.
To keep your evening rolling along, the Strawberry Hills Hotel in Surry Hills, although a little grungy, is open until 6.00 am and a good place for a cleansing ale or jug of Pimms if you’re not ready for bed.