Book a Sydney hotel to shop and dine by the harbour, take in a show or spend a relaxed day at the beach. Whatever your interests, this two-day itinerary will help you get the most out of a short break in Sydney.
<h3>Sydney short break day one, morning</h3>
Take a train to Circular Quay for your first glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and soaring white sails of the Opera House. A breezy harbourfront promenade runs around the quay, inviting you to get up close to Sydney’s best-known sights. The promenade also leads to the narrow lanes and Georgian townhouses of The Rocks, where Sydney’s original settlement was founded in 1788. Soak up the history over lunch in the sandstone-lined bar of the 1843 Hero of Waterloo pub. <br /> <br />Start: Sydney Harbour <br />Nearest train station Circular Quay <br /><br />
To test your sea legs on a Sydney short break, catch an old-fashioned wooden ferry from Circular Quay. Seaside Manly is an enduringly popular ferry destination and only a 30-minute trip across the harbour. Look back to the city as you sail for views of the Harbour Bridge arcing over the water behind you. Manly has calm harbour and surf-fringed ocean beaches, linked by a café-lined main street, so bring along your bathing costume and your appetite. <br /> <br />Start: Circular Quay <br />Nearest ferry stop Circular Quay <br /><br />
Watch the sun set behind the Harbour Bridge from your vantage point at the open-air Opera Bar, while making plans for dinner. Modern French food featuring seafood and other superb local produce is served at the intimate Guillaume at Bennelong, under the Opera House sails, with a pre-theatre menu if you’re catching a show at the Opera House. Take your pick from ballet, music, drama and modern dance – or just sit back and enjoy the twinkling harbour views. <br /> <br />Start: Sydney Opera House <br />Nearest train station Circular Quay