Whether you’ve spent the week in Sydney on business and you’re now wanting to make the most of your free weekend, or if you’re continuing the business dealings throughout the weekend but want to have a little bit of fun while you’re at it – SKYE Suites has you covered.
We’ve put together our ultimate suggested itinerary for the best 48 hours in Sydney – regardless of whether you’re wanting to wind down and relax or turn things up a bit! Spend a weekend in what it arguably the most beautiful city in the world, and uncover some hidden gems while you’re at it.
The suburb of Newtown is the crown jewel of Sydney’s Inner West, offering quirky vintage stores, hipster pubs serving every type of beer or cider imaginable, and a huge variety of pretty special restaurants.
Just 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD by train, the main shopping strip of Newtown is King Street, which is conveniently where you’ll arrive upon leaving the station. King Street is perfect for a day spent browsing and window shopping, as it features a myriad of designer boutiques, stalls selling vintage wares and specialty shops.
Those from overseas might want to check out some seriously Australiana colonial pubs on offer, such as the Court House Hotel in Australia Street (it doesn’t get more classic than that, right?) Stop for a midday cocktail at one of the many smallbars (we like Corridor for their whiskey apples), or sample the ales at the tasting room within famous microbrewery Young Henrys.
When it comes time for dinner, you are seriously spoilt for choice, with restaurants serving every kind of cuisine you can imagine sprawling up King Street all the way down to the base of Enmore Road. Some of our favourites include Gigi’s Pizzeria for delicious plant-based pizzas, Mary’s for classic American-style cheeseburgers, or Bloodwood for modern Australian share-plates.
After dinner, head for a show-stopping drink at the tropical-all-year-round Jacoby’s Tiki Bar (hot tip: get the blue ‘Neptune’s Punch’ for a group of four and ask for the ‘pirate upgrade’ to set your drink on fire with rum – a serious guest-impresser!)
No matter the weather, jumping on a ferry from Circular Quay and heading over to Manly (one of Sydney’s most iconic beaches) is always worthwhile. Set the alarm for a little earlier in the morning and head there for brunch – the Northern Beaches is famous for this leisurely combined meal, and there’s no shortage of options when it comes to finding a place to indulge in your 11am eggs benny. Just hop off the ferry, cross the road and walk up The Corso to the beach.
Once you’re done with brunch, take a leisurely stroll around the headland to check out Shelly Beach. Now is your chance to decide whether you want to lay back and soak in the beaches lifestyle or bring a bit more action to your day, as there are a number of watersports on offer at Shelly. You could try snorkelling, kayaking, take that surfing lesson that’s always been on your bucket list or even learn how to scuba dive! However, for those just wanting to take it easy, the Shelly Beach to Barracks Precinct Walk is an alternative, more relaxed (and dry) option.
If you opted out of brunch and are instead now looking for lunch, look no further than famous Manly icon Garfish for seafood. Alternatively, grab some fish and chips from Manly Ocean Foods and sit looking out over the water, doing some people watching and fending off the seagulls.
After a gorgeous day in the sun, you might be wondering what’s to come when night falls… The beauty of Manly is that you can easily hop on a ferry and be back in the city in time to watch the sunset from the beautiful Sydney Opera Bar at Circular Quay. After sunset, amble up to The Rocks (Sydney’s old-town precinct) and get lost in the charm while you scout out somewhere for dinner. New restaurant Sake is always a fantastic option for lovers of Japanese cuisine.
Regardless of whether you’re waking up fresh on Sunday morning or not so fresh from your antics the night before, there’s nothing better to do than to head to the coast once again – but this time, the famous shores of Bondi Beach! Cure your hangover or just awaken the senses with a refreshing dip at Bondi Ocean Baths, before drying off and heading to Icebergs for breakfast.
Bondi can get crowded at times, but for good reason – the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee is simply unmissable, extending for six kilometres of beaches, parks, ocean views, stunning bushland and some seriously amazing property to ogle at along the way. At the end of your walk, stop for lunch at Merivale’s Coogee Pavilion on Dolphin Street. Famous for its seafood (including lobster rolls, sashimi and freshly shucked oysters), the venue also has a nostalgic games arena featuring magnetic scrabble, ping pong and an in-house theatrette, to keep the little (and not-so-little) humans entertained for hours.
If you’re staying in the city during your Sydney adventure, hop on the train at Bondi Junction and head back to the CBD to enjoy late afternoon drinks at PS40. A unique cocktail bar concept, PS40 is famous for its hand-crafted sodas that are made and bottled right at the bar. The bottling plant is actually located in the centre of the venue, so you can see exactly how the soda is made while enjoying a delightfully refreshing culinary-inspired cocktail.
Being based on the harbour, it’s so easy to enjoy the magnificence of Sydney, even if it’s just for a single weekend. The public transport system (especially the ferries) make it easy to get around, and the natural beauty everywhere you turn is sure to wow any guests. So, whether here for business and pleasure, take in the foodie delights of Sydney and make the most of 48 hours in the Harbour City.