Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways water sky outdoor scene Boat Sea Harbor horizon Ocean vacation bay Coast vehicle cityscape marina skyline blue dock dusk day
Weekend Getaways

How to Spend 48 Hours in Sydney, Australia

Weekend vibes are the best vibes at the end of a hard week’s work. So we thought we’d gather up some of our favorite weekend to-dos, put them all in one spot and let you explore to your heart’s content. If you ask us, a weekend well spent is one that includes a beautiful beach, buzzing bar and brilliant breakfast. There’s plenty to go around in Sydney, but we’ve given you our pick of the latest. Check them out.

See recent posts by Jeanne Cheung, Marriott Traveler

The Beaches

We love Bondi Beach as much as the next Australian, but if you want to escape the crowds one weekend, look not much further and you’ll find Maroubra Beach at Maroubra Bay.

Just 20 minutes from Bondi—by way of Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly—Maroubra has some of the Eastern Suburbs’ gnarliest surf (for those who can!). With its beautiful, half-mile stretch of glowing white sand, there’s plenty of walking, swimming and tanning to be done here.

Like Maroubra, Tamarama offers some serious surf. Bronte Beach is at the bottom of cliffs and is a lovely place for a dip—there are Norfolk pines for shade and a picnic. Palm Beach is Sydney’s most northerly beach and regularly makes it onto lists of Sydney’s best beaches. The perfect place to tan, then strut your stuff.

Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways sky outdoor water Nature Beach shore body of water Sea Coast Ocean rock cloud horizon wave vacation wind wave landscape rocky bay sandy cove material terrain sand reef day clouds
Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways water surfing outdoor sky water sport Beach surfboard Sport sailing wind wave Ocean surfing equipment and supplies Sea sports boating boardsport wave vehicle board surface water sports Boat windsurfing paddle
Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways sky Beach outdoor water Nature shore body of water Sea Ocean Coast sand wave wind wave bay vacation cape sandy Lagoon day several

The Eats

Three Blue Ducks, Bronte

Thoughtful, delicious food just up the hill from Bronte Beach, at the top of Bronte on Macpherson (or the ‘Top Shops’ as it’s known). Check out the great tunes, funky murals and chickens scratching around in the kitchen garden out back. This laid-back place is owned by a bunch of eco-minded guys who met up while traveling and came back home to set up a place that’s cafe by day, restaurant by night.

Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways food dish vegetable meal vegetarian food cuisine salad leaf vegetable recipe lunch brunch asian food thai food different meat sliced cucumber

The Boathouse Palm Beach

This romantic spot in a working boathouse is a favorite. Beautiful atmosphere and decor, delicious, fresh foods and a stunning view overlooking the water. We love the homemade quinoa bircher with apple, dates and nuts, but the star of the place is the Eugalo Farm veggie bowl: poached eggs, mushrooms, avocado, brown rice, in-season greens and chili. Or, for a morning-after-the-night-before filler, a bacon and egg roll with barbecue sauce and cherry tomato chili jam may be more your style. In which case, wake up with one of their single-origin coffees, too, before getting up and at ’em.

Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways sky outdoor water Sea cart

Armchair Collective, Mona Vale

Perfect for breakfast before an idyllic day at the northern beaches. The food’s delicious—we’ll happily set ourselves up with a sweet-corn fritter with double-smoked maple bacon, avo salsa and poached egg, or some of the beautiful pastries.An awesome interior design shop shares the space with the restaurant. You’re bound to leave with a happy stomach and a beautiful something for your house.

Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways food ground appetizer brunch wooden dish dessert meal breakfast cuisine finger food flavor recipe close
Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways cluttered

M Deli Cafe, Tamarama

Fantastic organic breakfast and lunch food, delicious coffee and breads from Iggy’s Bakery in nearby Bronte: there are lots of treats here. Plus friendly service—we love!M Deli is tucked away behind Tamarama Beach and away from the main Bondi Beach area, but get there early to snag a seat before the joggers and power walkers drop in.

More from Marriott Traveler:

Read the original story: 48 Hours in Sydney? Here’s Your Weekend Bucket List by Jeremy and Katinka Somers, who are regular contributors to Marriott Traveler



All products are independently selected by our writers and editors. If you buy something through our links, Jetsetter may earn an affiliate commission.