Visiting Australia in June is a fantastic time to travel. June means there are fewer tourists, cooler weather, more accommodations, and cheaper flights. That is why we have compiled an adventurous Sydney 7 day itinerary!
Australia is a captivating country, full of adventure, wildlife, dazzling beaches, cosmopolitan city life are just a few reasons why it’s a tourist’s dream destination. Visiting Australia in June is a fantastic time to travel!
Take advantage of the iVenture Card for Sydney to experience aquariums, wildlife parks, whale-watching cruises, and more.
A great money saver!
Then, adventure to natural wonders like the Jenolan Caves, beaches, three sisters, and Royal National Park.
(map of all the destinations laid out in the itinerary below)
Day 1 (Arrival, Bondi)
Wherever you fly from, you may need to add an extra day to the itinerary.
Our flight from Salt Lake City, Utah was around 17hrs with a layover in Los Angeles. I highly recommend looking for flights more than 4 months ahead of time for the best options. We found flights for $500 roundtrip, and it was a deal we couldn’t pass up!
Since it is such a long flight, bring snacks, water, comfy clothes, and plenty of entertainment.
The Sydney airport is located 30 minutes from Bondi, which is where we stayed at an Airbnb. For easy car rentals visit Momondo.
Remember, if you are from North America, you’ll be driving on the opposite side of the road!
Bondi is a fantastic home base for your trip since it is between the airport and downtown. After renting a car and arriving at your stay, take the time to rest and recuperate from the long flight.
We met our Airbnb hosts, took a nap, and then later walked down to Bondi Beach for sunset. There are many local eateries near the beach, we bought some fresh fish ‘n’ chips that were divine.
Ending the day with our toes in the sand and bellies happy, we felt refreshed for the week ahead!
Day 2 (Coastal Walk, Bondi Beach)
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
While acclimating to the time change and driving on the left side of the road, spend day 2 exploring Bondi Beach.
Since our stay was in Bondi, we were able to walk a short distance to the soft sands and gorgeous waves.
Wherever you stay in Sydney, you can’t miss out on the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. The walk takes you along cliff tops, cafes, ocean swimming pools, art installations, and more.
It’s so much fun!!
(map and more information available Walk My World)
You can adjust how far you want to go, but the entire walk is 6 km (3.7 miles). Allot 2-3 hours for the trip depending on where you want to stop. The walk is relatively easy, there are some stairs that are a little steep but overall very doable for the general public.
Along the path, you can stop to swim, watch surfers, and listen to native parrots/ kookaburras.
Explore and take your time at the beaches along the coastal walk.
We arrived at Coogee and ate some delicious Acai bowls while watching surfers braving the chilly water.
After, you can walk back to where you started on the coastal path, or take a bus as we did. Be sure to have Australian currency with you or a bus pass through the iVenture card.
Bondi Beach is Australia’s most famous beach. In June, the temperatures are great for lounging on the sand with highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F degrees. The water is cool, but swimmable at 67°F.
Please use caution when swimming, and be familiar with the ocean creatures on this side of the planet. Box jellyfish, Blue-Ring Octopus, and Bull Sharks are known to be in some areas, and the best defense is knowledge. The jellyfish numbers rise between November and May.
Bondi Beach is the home to Australia’s oldest swimming club, the Bondi Icebergs. Incredibly built-in pools that attach to the ocean can be found along the northern and southern ends of the beach.
They are so cool!
A crowded beach in the summer, Bondi is a quiet and serene experience in June. There were maybe 4 to 5 other parties each time we were there. Do make a note that
Bondi allows topless sunbathing and it is more present in their summer months. It is most common on the northern end of the beach.
Be sure to catch a dazzling sunset or sunrise while you’re in the area!
Bondi Local Food
Next, wander the streets near the beach for amazing shops and local eateries.
We ate the best Savory waffles at Jed’s Cafe, however, presently it is no longer located in Bondi, but there are other delicious options!
One of the things we liked most about Bondi was the slow pace that people spent eating. The cafes are full of friends meeting up and enjoying conversation and food. In Bondi, restaurants are focused on organic and healthy food.
On your way back to your accommodations, grab some Tim Tams from a local market. We were told by our Airbnb hosts that we had to try the TIM TAM SLAM!
An Aussie ritual where you bite the diagonal corners of the biscuit, dip it in a hot drink (or milk) and sip. Once you feel that the inside is mushy, enjoy eating the entire Tim Tam!
You can also try Vegemite, a common Australian food spread, but we found it much less yummy. Made from yeast extract, it has a very distinct taste that most Australians are accustomed to. When trying, don’t make the mistake of putting too much on as Jordan did! The salty/sour taste is an acquired taste for most!
Day 3 (Street Markets, Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Captain Cook Cruises)
On Day 3 of your Sydney 7 Day Itinerary, head downtown to experience the local flea and street markets.
You can find unique artisan stalls and shop organically grown food and crafted drinks.
Tripadvisor has a great selection of markets with reviews that we highly recommend checking out.
On our way to the Opera House, we stumbled upon one of these markets and had so much fun looking at the artist’s work and taking home special souvenirs. Some markets are only on certain days or weekends, so be sure to check dates ahead of time.
The iconic Opera House in Sydney is a masterpiece of architecture from the 20th century.
A team of architects designed this marvel which led to the structure’s diverse style.
Groundbreaking engineering and technological innovation have made the Opera House a must-see when visiting Sydney. To learn more, visit the official website for information, events, and shows to see while visiting.
Located near the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world!
This wonder took eight years to build and officially opened for use in 1932. The bridge is made of 53,000 tons of steel.
Sign up with BridgeClimb Sydney and experience a thrilling activity as you climb to the top!
Captain Cook Cruises
A great plus to purchasing the iVenture card for Sydney is that you have activities planned before you arrive.
One of the choices that I highly recommend is the Captain Cook Dinner Cruise.
The timing could not be more perfect for visiting in June, which meant that Vivid Sydney was taking place downtown.
Views from the cruise boat were incredible! Vivid Lights is from May 26-June 17th in 2023. You can purchase tickets online for certain events, but the Vivid Light Walk is free.
The cruise takes you out of Darling Harbour towards Manly Beach. We saw the migrating Humpback Whales breaching which was incredible! And the cruise guarantees whale sightings or they will give you another trip for free!
After, the cruise with dinner on the boat, and amazing views returning to the city. We saw the opera house lit up with beautiful designs created by Vivid Artists, as well as the bridge and skyscrapers of Sydney.
For more Vivid Lights experiences, you can walk around the city after you dock. There are smaller light installations and many food stations to have dessert, dinner, or snacks if you are still hungry after the cruise.
Discover all the information about the iVenture card on their website here, and the Vivid Lights festival, here! It was the best surprise for our June visit to Australia.
Day 4 (Blue Mountains National Park)
Located west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are home to numerous natural wonders.
Jenolan Caves are a magnificent stretch of limestone formations with bright turquoise mineral-rich water running through.
Well worth the 3-hour drive from Sydney, the caves offer guests 25 miles worth of exploration. Guided cave tours through Australia’s most spectacular caves are available, check out their website for more information and booking.
We happened to visit on the Queen’s Birthday (celebrated since Australia is a colony of Great Britain), so we were able to travel with our Airbnb host and their friends. They showed us some secret spots which we hope you can now enjoy!
After the cave tour, explore the surrounding village. Relax outside a cafe and enjoy a meal in the fresh mountain air.
Then, walk to see the striking turquoise water flowing from the cave. The water is extremely sacred in Gundungurra culture and provides healing to those with infirmities.
As the river runs through the cave, limestone dissolves and turns blue when met with sunlight. If you have more time, check out Blue Lake in the area, it won’t disappoint!
While in the area, make sure to stop by the Three Sisters rock formation in the Blue Mountains.
They are close to the town of Katoomba which is another great stop for local eateries.
We love learning about local legends and lore!
The native Aboriginal tribe legend states that the three sisters Wimlah, Meehni, and Gunnedoo were members of the Katoomba Tribe. Legend has it that the ladies fell in love with three brothers from Nepean, however, their love was forbidden.
War broke out and a Witch Doctor, in effort to protect the ladies, turned them to stone. Before the Witch Doctor could reverse the spell, he was killed in battle, leaving the sisters to dwell as stone forever.
Day 5 (WILD LIFE Sydney, SeaLife Aquarium)
WILD LIFE Sydney
Included in the iVenture Sydney card are many fun ways to experience wildlife in and around Sydney.
At WILD LIFE Sydney zoo, guests can experience 10 interactive zones of wonder and wildlife.
Discover some of the most endangered species including the Numbat, Eastern Quolls, and Tasmanian Devils. See the infamous Australian animals like the Koala, Kangaroo, Wombat, Cassowary, and Platypus.
Check out their website for special experience packages and behind-the-scenes tours.
Pre-booking is a must and has to be made at least 2 days in advance.
At SeaLife Aquarium, you will encounter incredible animals like penguins, dugongs, sharks, sawfish, jellyfish, and more wonders of the sea.
SeaLife was also included in the iVenture card, and we greatly enjoyed walking through the immaculately designed habitats. While learning about the species and creatures of the deep.
Visit SeaLife’s website to book experiences like shark dives and private dining.
Day 6 (Wattamolla Beach)
On Day 6 of the Sydney 7 Day Itinerary, take a break from city life and explore the beautiful Royal National Park.
To park, you will need to bring exact change for $12 per vehicle per day or use the Park’n’pay app.
Discover the beautiful Lagoon, and spend a secluded beach day relaxing. Keep an eye on the coastline for more migrating humpback whales. We were able to see a few as we hiked out of the lagoon.
An amazing sight!!
See the immaculate views from Wattamolla Falls, visitors are prohibited from jumping off the falls for their own safety. The depth of the water is deceiving and there are hidden rocks. The tide changes the levels as well, creating a dramatic change in depth.
You can spend a couple of hours to an entire day exploring the shores and sights in Royal National Park.
Day 7 (Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach, Airport)
Depending on the time you have left on your last day, you may or may not be able to complete Day 7 activities.
Our flight was in the late morning, so all we had time for was a quick bite to eat before returning our rental car. You can also switch activities for other days and plan something close to the airport.
If you do have time, I recommend seeing Taronga Zoo. It is on the other side of the harbour, North of the Opera House. It is Sydney’s most famous zoo and is also included in the iVenture card. If time is limited, I recommend visiting this zoo over the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.
Contact Captain Cook Cruises, they can drop you off near the Zoo instead of the original port.
Taronga Zoo cares for over 350 species and houses over 5,000 animals, feel immersed in the Australian Outback as you explore the exhibits.
Manly Beach is on the same Northern Side of Sydney as Taronga Zoo, which is why I recommend you visit them on the same day.
This beach rivals the fame of Bondi Beach and is known for holding the world’s first surfing contest in 1964.
The coastline has submerged reefs that create beautiful waves that the best surfers envy and travel great distances for.
Relax on the beach, or seek shelter under the trees as you watch surfers from around the world ride the waves.
Thank you for reading!
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