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48 hours in… Sydney Edition

If you’re itching for an easy and exciting mini vacay that involves, great food, drinks, entertainment and adventure – Sydney is your one-stop holiday shop! Start by hitting up the beaches in the morning to feasting on seafood at lunch and watching the theatre come to life at night.

Needless to say, the big smoke is one awesome trip even for just 48 hours! Not to mention, we’ve got some hectic accommodation options all through Sydney including Sydney Harbour YHA, Sydney Central YHA, Railway Square YHA and Collaroy Beachouse YHA!

Typical Tourist Things

Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Visit the Quay: if you’re visiting one area in Sydney, this is where we’d send you! Circular Quay is the main transport hub of Sydney Harbour and it’s here you’ll find Sydney’s most famous landmarks – the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. On any given day, particularly a sunny one, Circular Quay is a great place to traipse around, or just sit back and watch the ferries and gigantic cruise ships pulsing through the water. 

  • Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge: we completely understand the backpacker lifestyle and let’s face it, climbing the bridge is crazy expensive! Instead, a much cheaper option (actually FREE) is to simply walk across on the pedestrian path and take-in the dazzling harbour views from a whole new vantage point!

  • Suss out the Royal Botanic Gardens: from a location standpoint, the Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the most impressive gardens in the world! Unbeatable serenity, coupled with sparkly harbour views, get your botanical ON - this is a great place to spend an hour or two in Sydney. Side note: a cheap lunch option is to pack a picnic and maybe a bottle of wine, pick a spot anywhere or walk to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for another awesome Sydney view!


Basic Sydney-sider Activities!

Bondi Beach and Bondi Icebergs

  • A visit to Bondi Beach and Bondi Icebergs: Sydney’s most famous beach is an essential stop-off regardless of how long you intend on staying. A fail-safe way to have an amazing day, surf, swim and soak up the sunshine. Take on the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk for spectacular views or relax in one of the many laid-back cafes Bondi has to offer!

  • Coastal walk perhaps? The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is one of the best FREE day activities in Sydney. The stunning 6km walking track is riddled with cliff faces, ocean baths, white sand and aqua blue waters! There are a few magical beaches along the way you need not miss, including Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay.

  • A night at the theatre: stroll on down to Capitol Theatre where musicals, ballet and concerts take the stage in exceptional style. It’s a big call to make, but we’re telling you, the musicals will top the movie every damn time!


Sydney Eats!

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  • Breakfast: for breaky with a difference, start your day at Reuben Hills in Surry Hills. Some of the quirky creations include cinnamon French toast with popcorn foam, poached and charred pear on toast and broken omelette roll with fried shrimp and bacon jam! Also a great spot for the amazing activity of people-watching.

  • Lunch: drop by the always happening Spice Alley where you’ll find hawker-type food stalls under glowing lantern ceilings. Asian fusion is served in glorious fashion (as it should be) with everything from Singaporean, Thai, Cantonese and Japanese cuisine! See drool-worthy Insta pic above.

  • Dinner: after a day out at the Rocks – one of Sydney’s most treasured suburbs, full of European settlement history. Today its biggest draw card is the numerous old Aussie pubs, perfect for classic pub grub and a good ol pub crawl. Grab a pint at one, or seven:

  1. The Observer Hotel – boasting live music and killer pints.
  2. The Glenmore – with an awesome rooftop terrace get lit with a view of Sydney Harbour?
  3. Australian Heritage Hotel – the oldest licenced pub in Sydney.
  4. Harts Pub – with great hand-crafted beer.
  5. The Mercantile – Australia’s longest running Irish Pub.
  6. Lord Nelson – Australia’s oldest pub brewery.
  7. The Argyle – a massive drink’s selection and live entertainment.


See, we told you, the big smoke is definitely worth a look!

We’re sure you’ll even want to extend your trip beyond the two days.

    Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
    From $32 per night
    Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
    The only hostel in Sydney that has views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Sydney Harbour YHA is the best place to stay in Sydney for the New Years Eve fireworks!
    Sydney Central YHA
    From $31.5 per night
    Sydney Central YHA
    Our heritage-listed building, opposite Central Station, is ideally positioned near the Sydney Airport Train line, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Powerhouse Museum.
    Sydney Railway Square YHA
    From $32 per night
    Sydney Railway Square YHA
    The hostel that literally has its own platform at Sydney Central Railway Station. You won't have an excuse for missing your bus, train or plane, with direct access to the Sydney Airport Train line and bus terminals at your doorstep.
    Sydney Collaroy Beachouse YHA
    From $26 per night
    Sydney Collaroy Beachouse YHA
    Sydney's northern beaches YHA hostel is a high quality traveller's resort only 50 metres from one of Sydney's best surf beaches.
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