Sydney Day 1 Itinerary – Must Do For Tourists (Fish Market, Opera House, Darling Harbour, Best Place to Take Photos)

Park HYatt Sydney Opera House

What To Do in Sydney on Day 1? Where can you take the most amazing IG photos in Sydney?

Been to Sydney multiples times for work and for holidays, this time we decided to do a well-paced itinerary. To see what we wanted to see and yet not rush through the whole journey.

Here’s what we did on the day 1:

  • 9.30am  Darling Harbour
  • 11 am Sydney Fish Market for Lunch (try to be there early before 12 pm to avoid lunch crowd)
  • 3 pm The Rocks and Circular Quay (Enjoy the beautiful harbour view and Opera house glows in the golden sunset lights) * Best for photographers.
  • 7 pm Dinner at Munich Brauhaus (German beer in Aussie summer.. hm..🍻 best of both world)

Video speaks louder than words. Watch my video to have a glance at my Day 1 in Sydney! Click here if you can’t see the video below.

1. Sydney CBD

We were staying at The Westin Hotel Sydney located at Martin Place. Super central and near to everything. Shops, cafes, restaurants, supermarket..etc.

Martin Place Westin Sydney Hotel

The oldest street in the whole Australia, George Street has been decorated up for 2017 Christmas. food wine travel more Christmas in George Street Sydney

2. Darling Harbour

A short walk to Darling Harbour in the morning before heading to Sydney Fish Market for early lunch.Darling Habour bridge in the morning


40 Sydney Darling Harbour Foodwinetravelmore

Australian National Maritime Museum – we skipped this museum this time. It will be a good family activity if you are bringing children with you. Permanent galleries are free, or you could buy a big ticket $32 for adult and $20 for kids to access to everything else in the museum. More info about the museum, you can find it here.

Australia National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour

3. Sydney Fish Market

The Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s 3rd largest fish market. If you love seafood, you should at least go there once!

Sydney fish market foodwinetravelmore

Don’t skip this place even though people tell you it’s crowded and overrated! Yes, it can be crazy during weekends or lunch hour, but if you can be here on a weekday morning before 12 pm, it should be fine.

Enjoy the freshest seafood at Sydney Fish Market – Oysters, sea urchins, lobsters, scallops… 😋   There’s a liquor store in there selling all sorts of wines, beers and saké too. We had this Dassai 50 Saké (AUD$18.90) to go with oysters and sea urchins! Heaven!

Dozen of oysters: AU$21, Sea Urchins AU$ 28, cooked food AU$29

Total lunch (incl a bottle of Saké) = AU$96.9 

Scroll back up to watch my video if you haven’t, there were some videos I took in the market. It was quite fun.

34 SYdney Fish MArket

Just buy your food and wine (disposable wine glass can be purchased there too), and find a seat and enjoy outside. Watch out for the seagulls! They are everywhere watching your food! 
Sydney Fish MArket Outdoor seating

4. Pylon Lookout

Instead of doing Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb which cost around AUD$250-$280 per person, you can just pay $15 and get the same amazing view at Pylon Lookout. We did a bridge climb a few years back and it was quite an experience, but expensive too. Pylon Lookout is definitely a good alternative.

Just a few minutes walk from Pylon Lookout, there’s a park called Hickson Road Reserve.  The panoramic view of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House in one glance! Spectacular! FREE view for everyone!

Hickson Road Reserve Lookout Sydney

Many people recommended Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to watch a sunset. But for my point of view, I prefer the evening sun to shine on Sydney Opera House instead of behind it. That way I can have a natural golden spotlight on the Opera House when taking my evening shots!

The picture below was taken at Hickson Road Reserve as well!

5. Circular Quay

Just walk along the harbour, you will pass by Park Hyatt Hotel, Circular Quay and eventually Opera House. Lots of great photo opportunities especially during this sunset hour!

Park HYatt Sydney Opera House

Golden Hour in Circular Quay circular quay sydney sunset

6. Sydney Opera House

If you only need to show one photo to prove that you’ve come this far to Sydney, Australia, This is it!

Try to reach here by sunset to catch that best golden light for your picture.

Sydney Opera House foodwinetravelmore

And the famous Opera Bar ! Where did all these people come from? Super crowded! Opera Bar Sydney

7. Dinner at Munich Brauhaus @ The Rocks

Of course, there are plenty of restaurants around Opera House, but we decided to go back to The Rock area as there are more choices.

We went to Munich Brauhaus at The Rocks, located just behind The Rocks Discovery Museum. By the way, this museum is free entry, 10am-5pm, make sure you check it out if you have extra time!

Munich Brauhaus

Good selections of German beer and food. A casual and yet lively restaurant!

Paid AUD90 total for dinner of 2 (including beer)

Sydney Munich Brauhaus


Paulaner beer in Sydney

That’s all for my day 1 in Sydney!

Before the jet lag kicks in, I would suggest you do all the touristy things on day 1 before you start feeling the timezone difference on the second day!

Have fun in Sydney!



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8 Comments on “Sydney Day 1 Itinerary – Must Do For Tourists (Fish Market, Opera House, Darling Harbour, Best Place to Take Photos)”

  1. I have been in Sydney before for s short period and it a city so big it’s hard to decide where to star! I loved the Darlin harbour as it was sunny like when you visited and what a finding at the Fish Market, looks great!

    1. Thank you Amalia. Darling harbour is such a popular place at night but I love the sunny morning there to have a breakfast by the harbour! Ya, Fish Market is pretty cool especially if u love raw and fresh seafood like oysters. 🥂

  2. Everything looks absolutely incredible but Darling Harbour.. just wow! It’s absolutely beautiful. I’d love to visit here one day and see it for myself

    1. Thank you Chelsea. Darling harbour is peaceful in the morning, and totally different at night when the lights come on and the restaurants and bars come alive! If you go there one day be sure to stay nearby Darling Harbour! 🙂

  3. Sydney looks so beautiful through your photographs! I would love to visit the fish market even if it is crowded as I love sea food. Thanks for sharing this post with some really cool tips 🙂

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