Two Days in Sydney Solo Female Travel Guide:
Sydney is an eclectic but very chill city. It’s a great place to slow down, relax and spend your days strolling around and taking in the sights. There’s no need to rush about or run yourself ragged hopping from attraction to attraction. Even if you only have two days in Sydney, you can still have a great time lounging on the beach, taking beautiful pics and maybe see a show or two. Presenting the Sydney Solo Female Travel Guide:
When To Go
Daytime Temps: 70F-75F (21C-24C)
Nighttime Temps: 54F-61F (12C-16C)
March-May (Fall Season)
Daytime Temps: 70F-78F (21C-25C)
Nighttime Temps: 55F-65F (13C-18C)
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What To Wear
For a trip to Sydney, I suggest packing shorts, comfy cotton tops or dresses because you’ll work up a sweat while you’re exploring in the Australian heat. When the temperatures dip at night pull out a light jacket and some long pants. Also, very important, pack your sunscreen and don’t be afraid to use it.
For more info on what to wear, read the Solo Travel Australia Packing List.
Hostels: Prices range from 23 AUD to 30 AUD per night.
Hotels: Prices for budget hotels range from 70 AUD to 80 AUD per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com.**
Hostels (Fall): Prices range from 30 AUD to 45 AUD per night.
Hotels (Fall): Prices for budget hotels range from 69 AUD to 79 AUD per night.
What To Spend
60 USD/ 80 AUD/ 80 CAD/ 50 EUR/ 40 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
The Sydney bus system is extensive and will do a fantastic job of getting you where you want to go. To ride the bus you’ll need an Opal Card. The Opal Card is your tap on/tap off card that lets you pay the fare on buses, trains, ferries and the tram at a discounted price. You only need to load it up and go.
There are many bus routes that run all day and all night. There are NightRide buses and select routes that offer later service on the weekends. Check the timetables and late night service information to be sure of when your buses are coming and going.
The cost to ride the bus depends on if you have an Opal Card and how far you travel.
|0 – 3 km||$2.15||$2.60|
|3 – 8 km||$3.58||$4.30|
Another transport option is the train. Sydney trains run Monday to Friday and like the buses, the fare depends on a few things. The cost to ride is determined by the time of day, distance traveled and if you have an Opal Card. Off-peak times are 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm.
|0 – 10 km||$3.46||$2.42||$4.20|
|10 – 20 km||$4.30||$3.01||$5.20|
|20 – 35 km||$4.94||$3.45||$6.00|
|35 – 65 km||$6.61||$4.62||$8.00|
Planning a trip to Darling Harbour or Manly Beach? Then you’ll be setting out on the ferry. The main ferry terminal is Circular Quay with several ferry lines coming and going from this stop. The ferries pick-up every 10 to 30 minutes and the cost to ride depends on distance and whether or not you have an Opal card.
|0 – 9 km||$5.88||$7.10|
|Newcastle Stockton Ferry||$2.15||$2.60|
The Sydney tram system is another way for solo travelers to get around. The tram picks up every 10 to 15 minutes from 6 am to midnight depending on the route and the day. The cost to ride depends on the distance and if you have an Opal Card.
|0 – 3 km||$2.15||$2.60|
|3 – 8 km||$3.58||$4.30|
Things To Do Alone In Sydney
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is the crown jewel of the city. It draws people in worldwide who are all desperate to see this architectural masterpiece up close and personal. And because there are so many global visitors, tours of the Opera House are offered in seven different languages.
You can wander around, dine on everything from cheap eats to formal dining, see a show and learn the history of the Opera House. Exploring the Opera House, eating, and photographing this famous landmark is a great way to spend a morning in Sydney.
The Bondi to Coogee Beach Walk is popular for good reason. You don’t have to be an experienced hiker or pack any fancy gear to enjoy this easy, scenic trek. You are treated to gorgeous views of the coastline and the ocean while you enjoy the fresh sea air. Make sure you have on sunscreen and pack some water, but otherwise enjoy!
Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair
Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair was carved out of sandstone in the 1800s for a woman who loved visiting that spot and enjoying the views of the harbor. Now that I’ve taken my own journey to Mrs. Macquarie’s Point I can see what all the fuss is about.
The views of the ocean and docks are incredible, as is the area itself. It’s a peaceful spot with plenty of benches and trees for book-loving solo travelers to sit under the shade and catch up on all that reading they have been meaning to do.
The Royal Botanic Garden
Beautiful, well-kept and peaceful. The Royal Botanic Gardens are perfect for travelers who want to slow down and just enjoy a quiet stroll on a nice day. Entrance is free and you can take in the great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Travel and Safety Tips for Solo Travel in Sydney
Protect yourself and your things by keeping valuables and back up cash and cards locked up in your accommodations. While you’re out exploring only carry what you need for the day and keep your things in an anti-theft bag that will lock your zippers and prevent anyone from sneaking a hand in while you’re not looking. No one wants to deal with theft while they’re traveling, that will sour a trip fast.
For More Travel Safety Tips
For more info on where to go and what to do while backpacking Australia, check out the Solo Travel Australia Itinerary next.
Good luck and Happy Travels!