Sydney Blog – Day 2 Picnic at Hyde Park, Botanical Garden, Art Museum, Opera House)

Sydney botanical garden opera house

So you’ve been to Sydney Fish Market, saw the Opera House and the amazing Sydney Harbour view on day 1. Day 2 jet lag starts kicking in, now what?

Take a relaxing day while still exploring some of Sydney’s best view without travelling far (within 20 minutes walk from where we stayed – Westin Sydney @ Martin Place).

Anyway, if the weather is good, this is a great city to walk around!

Day 2 Relaxing day in Sydney – Itinerary

Hyde Park, Art Museum, Opera House, Royal Botanical Garden

  1. Sleep until noon or visit National Museum Australia
  2. Hyde Park – chill and relax
  3.  Art Gallery of New South Wales – Free
  4. Picnic at Royal Botanical Garden, with Opera House view

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1. Hyde Park – Australia’s Oldest Park

This beautiful park located in the heart of central Sydney. 1 km (10 minutes walk) from Westin Sydney. A good place to picnic or just simply soak up the afternoon sun on the benches.

Australian Museum (free admission, 9am-5pm) is located just around the corner as well. So if you have free time in the morning, will be good to spend a few hours there.

Archibald Fountain, a gift from JF Archibald, who also gave Sydney the Archibald Prize for portraits. Syd HYde Park Fountain

There’s a place for everyone to relax in this beautiful park.

Hyde Park Enjoy the Afternoon

Me soaking up the sun at sydney hyde park

Across the road from Hyde Park, stood St Mary’s Cathedral.

2. Art Gallery of New South Wales

Just 8 minutes short walk from Hyde Park, there is Art Gallery of New South Wales. Opened in 1874, The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums.

Just like many other museums in Sydney, this is free admission as well to their permanent galleries. I spent a good 2-3 hours there to look through the collections. There is a good collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art.  Very impressive!

Plus, free wifi, air-con and toilet, of course. 😉

Sydney Art Galley of New South Wales

Art Gallery of NSW

Aboriginal art piece in Art gallery of NSW

3. The Royal Botanical Garden Sydney

Back in my flying days as a cabin crew, my stay in Sydney was always very short. However, if there was only one place that I would make an effort to visit all the time, it was here – The Royal Botanical Garden of Sydney! Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world (Wikipedia).

It’s a huge park with the view of beautiful Sydney Harbour and Opera House. On a good sunny day, it’s another great spot to chill in the afternoon besides Hyde Park.

There is also a daily free guided walk of the garden. Daily 10:30AM – 12PM; Weekdays 1PM – 2PM (March to November only). More information you can check it out here.

Sydney ROyal Botanical garden

If you walk towards the harbour, eventually you shall see the grand view of Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Another popular spot for viewing is Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, which is located at the northeast end of the botanical garden.

Australia - Sydney botanical garden

Sydney botanical garden opera house

That’s all for my day 2 in Sydney. Thank you for reading!

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