Why:  Australia is huge and deserves a lot of time.  We had a two week trip planned to New Zealand and I was able to add on a few days in Sydney with a cheap flight over.  Sydney has a lot to see and is one of the world’s coolest cities.  Sydney will give you a taste of what Australia has to offer

Flight: We added on a round trip flight from Christchurch to Sydney by searching on skycanner.com.

Getting close to some laid-back koalas at Featherdale Animal Park

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney and stay at one of the best ranked hostels in the world….Glebe Point YHA.  Go out and see the Opera House and walk across the Sydney Harbor Bridge.  This is the classic view of the harbor and before sunset is the perfect time.

Beautiful views from the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Day 2: Head out early to visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Sydney.  This is a great spot to see many of your favorite Australian animals in a semi-open, semi-zoo type experience.  Have fun feeding kangaroos and getting up close to koalas and wallabies.  In the afternoon come back into Sydney.  Check out an afternoon or evening cruise to get out on the water.  If you are more adventurous you should look into climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Petting kangaroos at Featherdale

Day 3: In the morning get over to the Sydney Eye for views of the entire city.  Get lunch in Chinatown.  In the afternoon go over and and surf, swim, or relax on Bondi Beach, Sydney’s iconic spot to hang out.

Day 4: Give yourself a walking tour to make sure you have seen the Royal Botanical Gardens, Rocks District, Circular Quay, and Darling Harbor.  Get ready to fly to New Zealand or wherever your next destination is!