When I visited Adelaide from Japan, I found myself on a Sydney layover for less than 5 hours, stopping briefly before heading on to Adelaide. I figured there was not much time to see many attractions but I decided to get a feel of Australia’s most iconic architecture: The Sydney Opera House.
A favourite building for many, this UNESCO World Heritage listed site was designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon and constructed between 1957 and 1973. Daily tours depart every 15 or 30 minutes between 9:00 and 17:00 to visit some of the Opera House’s many venues and theaters.
How to get there
Catch the airport train to the city in around 15 minutes and get off the train at Circular Quay and you will be able to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge to your left and the Sydney Opera House to your right.
I would also recommend jumping into local cafes where you can have a barista-made coffee and handmade breakfast and brunch. There are not so many international coffee chains but you will find a variety of local cafes in Sydney.