Plan a weekend trip to Sydney you will never forget.

by Afterpay
Aug 10, 2023      5 min read

So you’re looking to plan a trip to Sydney. Lucky you! With its iconic landmarks, gorgeous beaches and trendy restaurants, Sydney is the ultimate destination for a cheeky weekend away.

In fact, there’s so much to see and do that it can be hard to know where to start. To help, we’ve pulled together this handy guide for planning an epic weekend you’ll never forget. 

It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, either. With Afterpay you can book accom, flights and even restaurants, so you can budget like a pro and enjoy a stress-free vacay.

Keen to get the low-down on the best local eats, stays and experiences the city has to offer? Let’s dive in!

Let’s start planning your trip to Sydney.

After some tips for nailing your itinerary? Well, you found this article, so you’re halfway there! There are loads of hot recs to come, so take some time to investigate the ones that pique your interest. When it comes to travel, a little research can go a long way. 

We think Sydney is best enjoyed like a fine wine – nice and slow. Don’t pack too much into your days. Stop, truly appreciate the place and take in the city’s heart and soul - the harbour and beaches. 

When planning a weekend trip to Sydney, allow some time in your itinerary to kick back by the water with a beer and some fish and chips. You can thank us later.

Hungry? Let’s eat!

Sydney is a foodie’s paradise. With many top-tier restaurants, trendy cafes and waterfront eateries to check out, satisfying your taste buds won’t be a problem. 

Enter Mr Yum. Through Mr Yum, you can tap and pay right at your table – that means no lining up (score), and you can use Afterpay (double score). Available in many of Sydney’s hottest venues and tastiest restaurants, it’s never been easier to indulge in some culinary delights. 

Let’s start in Eastern Sydney, where you’ll find the much-loved North Bondi Fish. Trendy and tasty, this classic spot has awesome seafood and even better views of Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach (you won’t want to forget your camera!). You will also find Insta-worthy water views at the Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club, where the seafood menu is perfect for casual daytime dining. 

Nearby in Barangaroo, Untied is a rooftop oasis known for serving fantastic tropical cocktails and delicious plant-based meals.

Where to stay in Sydney.

Want to know where to stay in Sydney for your first time? You’re spoiled for choice! Whether you prefer to be in amongst the bustling city, near the sandy beaches, or in a more laid-back locale, Sydney has accommodations to suit every taste. 

And thanks to the excellent public transportation network, planning a trip to Sydney’s CBD and its surrounding areas is a breeze.

We’re big fans of Spicers Potts Point, a 5-star luxe stay that’s super central without being in the bustling city centre. A hub for local professionals, Potts Point has a stellar restaurant, café and bar scene and a vibrant atmosphere. It’s also nice and close to the eastern suburbs. 

Speaking of – beach babes will love staying at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, located on Sydney’s stunning eastern shore. There are lots of cool bars and restaurants here too, including the popular Coogee Pav. Coogee is slightly less touristy than Bondi, making it a great choice for a relaxed seaside escape.

Fun things to do in Sydney.

Now you know the best places to refuel and recharge, let’s get to the (extra) fun part: the bangin’ activities Sydney has in store for you. 

For the full Sydney experience, you’ve got to do the BridgeClimb. This awe-inspiring journey is, without a doubt, one of the most fun things to do in Sydney at night, with its after-dark sessions offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the city lights. 

If you’re into beer, we recommend checking out Marrickville – a grungy industrial area with a bunch of cool breweries. Immerse yourself in the Inner West craft beer scene on a half-day Marrickville Brewery Tour (beer and spirits tasting included!). 

Why not treat your inner child to a visit to Luna Park? Located right under the Harbour Bridge, this superbly restored amusement park offers a magical backdrop for a day or night filled with thrilling rides and pure fun.

Where to shop in Sydney. 

So you know where you’re staying, what you’re eating and you've lined up some activities – time to peruse some local boutiques! 

Sydney is filled to the brim with shopping hubs that are definitely worth a visit. The Intersection in the Eastern Sydney suburb of Paddington is a trendy shopper’s paradise. Explore some of your faves like Venroy, or discover new favourites like Babyanything

Keen to stick by the beach? A stroll down Bondi’s Campbell Parade will not disappoint the shopping senses. With stores like Tuchuzy and Elka Collective, it’ll be a breeze to refresh your wardrobe with some sleek new pieces.

Plan a Sydney trip you’ll love with Afterpay. 

With its captivating natural beauty, tantalising cuisine and exhilarating activities, Sydney is a dream destination for your next holiday. But remember, the early bird gets the worm! Start planning well in advance to avoid missing out on the things you really want to do and places you really want to see. 

While locking in your itinerary is super exciting, booking and ticket costs can quickly add up. But don’t worry – Afterpay allows you to pay for your Sydney trip in 4 instalments, making budgeting a breeze. 

Happy holidaying.

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