As far as cities go, Sydney is enormous. It's so big, in fact, that by some accounts it's 10 times larger than Paris since it has so many suburbs. Though it's easy to be overwhelmed by its size, the good news is that many of Sydney's most popular sights can be seen in a single day since they are housed in central Sydney.
First off, if you’re going to hit the highlights of Sydney, you may as well begin at one of the iconic spots: the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wake up with Sydney as you climb to the top of the bridge on a Sydney BridgeClimb at dawn, and witness the sunrise from the top of this Australian landmark which is like no other thrill in the city, and the panoramic view stretches from the fabled Blue Mountains out towards the beaches of Bondi.
Once back on the harbor pavement, mosey over to Circular Quay to take a morning walking tour of the city's highlights. Take in the beautiful views of the harbor and Sydney's most iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House. If you're not an early morning person or aren't a fan of heights, you can start the day with this guided walk instead.
To really get a feel for the harbor scene, board the decks of a Sydney Harbour cruise and watch the city fade behind you. Choose from a quick two-hour coffee harbor cruise to simply feel the breeze in your hair, or opt for a hop-on hop-off tour where you can make stops anywhere that suits you.
Back on land, opt for a guided tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, or turn your afternoon into a longer adventure and visit Taronga Zoo and receive a 2-hour behind the scenes tour with a professional zookeeper!
As the day wears on, and the sun begins to set, prepare yourself for the ultimate view of Sydney atop the Sydney Tower. Dine on a delicious buffet of fresh seafood and prime meats for dinner before heading to see a world-class opera inside the Sydney Opera House.
And if planning the day for yourself is too much work, you can always opt for a comprehensive city sightseeing tour that takes you to the best spots in one day!