Sydney Self-Guided Day Tour: Maritime Museum, Hyde Park, Royal Botanic Gardens

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A city walking day tour around Sydney!


Sydney's CBD attractions are located very close to one another, within walking distance. However, to complete everything properly within a day can be rather ambitious. If you're greatly determined to save time, two days should be enough. There are no fast and hard rules on how you can do it most efficiently, so check out the map and plan accordingly. We started walking from the Sydney Fish Market towards the Australian National Maritime Museum to see Darling Harbour. 
TLDR; suggested route:
Sydney Fish Market> Australian National Maritime Museum > Queen Victoria Building > Hyde Park > St James Church > Royal Botanic Gardens



From Sydney Fish Market to Australian National Maritime Museum: 700m
Recommended time to reach: 1pm
We did not enter the Australian National Maritime Museum because it was not part of the original plan... but it does look interesting with war vessels parked right in Darling Harbour. You can only explore aboard with the admission tickets. Note that we did Sydney Fish Market for lunch, so we had the afternoon to do the rest of the attractions and most of them close at 5pm.
Important notes for the travelers:
- Entrance fees for Australian National Maritime Museum: AUD27 (adult), AUD16 (children aged 4-15), free (children under 4). For detailed admission prices, click here.



From Australian National Maritime Museum to Queen Victoria Building: 1,100m
Recommended to stop by Queen Victoria Building before going to Hyde Park
Recommended time to reach: 1.30pm (assuming bypassing Maritime Museum)

From Queen Victoria Building to Hyde Park: 450m
Recommended time to reach: 1.45pm
The next stop was Hyde Park, which we went through it a few times during our holiday in Sydney! We didn't regret it at all because it was so breathtakingly beautiful. It feels like this architectural valley of greenery amidst a concrete jungle. This must be my favourite place in the whole city that is considerably underrated.


From Hyde Park to St James Church: 10m
Recommended time to reach: 2.15pm
Intrigued by the Georgian building at one end of Hyde Park, we went over to find out it is St James Church. They were having an Easter Friday service so there was a really huge crowd going in to attend it. The attendees were all dressed to the nines.


From St James Church to Royal Botanic Gardens: 700m
Recommended time to reach: 3pm
The Royal Botanic Garden has a few self-guided tours within the garden grounds that provide different perspectives to your visit to Australia. We did the Aboriginal Heritage Walk (highly recommended for a historical understanding of the first people of Australia). There are also many sections within the gardens to explore, if you like gardens, you might probably take at least an hour or two to stroll to your heart's content. If you have enough energy left, you can consider walking through the gardens to reach the Sydney Opera House from here to catch the opera house in its glory at night. Get out of the gardens before its closing time at 5.30pm.
From Royal Botanic Gardens to Sydney Opera House: 1.600m (through the gardens)
Recommended time to reach: 5,30pm

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