Sydney is really a great city, and it's very different with Melbourne. While Melbourne is more well known for its coffee tradition and hipster culture, Sydney is beachy, trendy, and synonymous to chic. The city has so many fascinating architecture projects, great museums and art galleries, plus, finding good food here requires zero effort. The suburbs are promising and they have islands that can be reached shortly with ferry. The drawback is the size itself. When you are travelling in Sydney with public transportation like the bus, metro or train, it can get a little bit frustrating. Going everywhere is far and you have to race with time when you are travelling, so make sure you manage your time well.
Ok so I will try to help you narrow down your choices if you ever want to ask me "What's the must go places in Sydney?" It is not an itinerary though, but it'll help you to plan yours. There we go!
1. A classic. Sydney Opera House
The most Sydney experience you can get in a short time. From here you can go to the Museum of Contemporary art in no time, take ferry to Manly, go to Royal Botanic Garden, or climb Sydney's Harbour Bridge.
Do more than just taking photo in front of this icon. Go inside the building and take a tour to know the great human behind the design of SOH, Jon Utzon. Eat or have some tea in the the Sidewalk Cafe. Go to one of the opera events. The history of SOH and Utzon is a tragic story. It's definitely worth knowing.
Don't wanna be mainstream? Probably see this building by Frank Gehry in The Goods Line, a must go if you are an archi nerd. The Goods Line itself can be quite fun. It connects Ultimo (China Town) and Darling Harbour by walking and cycling. Eat ribs Hurricane's Grill in Darling Harbour or Cream Puff in China Town later.
2. Lunch in The Fish Market
No one come to Sydney without paying a visit here! (Random facts: a lot of Indonesian work here. I know this because my mom is being kepo to one of the Indo worker)
3. Dessert in Black Star Pastry
The world's most instagramed cake, they said. Try something else than just the watermelon cake! I gave the salted caramel panna cotta a try and it's glorious.
4. Museum of Contemporary Art
A really cool place for contemporary art lover. G o h e r e.
Skateboarder utopia, eternal sunshine, and the famous bondi iceberg. Call yourself lucky if you can immerse yourself in Bondi lifestyle, even for just a day.
6. Dinner in Munich Brauhaus
Previously called Lowenbrau Keller. I always visit this restaurant each time I come to Sydney. Must try the Pork Knuckle and the apple strudle. I just find out last week that they are open in Melbourne now! I must say I'm not disappointed with their recent rebranding and renovation because the place is now feels more modern and trendy, but the much loved Bavarian style is still there and going strong. Their fun musicians always liven up the night and pull some drinking games for the customers. It's very authentic and I haven't find such experience anywhere else in Aussie.