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Find the right tour for you through Sydney. We've got 222 adventures going to Sydney, starting from just one day in length, and the longest tour is 50 days. The most popular month to go is November, which has the largest number of tour departures.

222 Sydney tour packages with 2,326 reviews

UltimateOz - Gap Year | ULTIMATE Tour

  • In-depth Cultural

UltimateOz - Gap Year | ULTIMATE

The whole trip was fantastic, especially the guides who were very friendly!
  • €35 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Best of Sydney & Blue Mountains Tour

  • Christmas & New Year

Best of Sydney & Blue Mountains

Oz Intro Tour

The best part of the tour was the people. It was so great spending time and getting to know everyone in the group. Special shout out to our Leader Max!! He went above and beyond to help us not only get organised and ready for applying for jobs, but he took the time to sit with us and help us book the best onward travel plans that suited us all individually!!! ???????????????? I really loved how the surfing and paddleboarding were included in 10 day tour, they were my two favourite days!! ????????

Mountains, Wine and Wildlife 4 Day Flashpacker Adventure Tour Tour

Mountains, Wine and Wildlife 4 Day Flashpacker Adventure Tour

Sydney to Brisbane Experience: Bushwalks & Surfing Tour

  • Walking Adventure

Sydney to Brisbane Experience: Bushwalks & Surfing

Molly was a fantastic tour guide and really created an unforgettable week for everyone in the group. Her enthusiasm and kind spirit made us all feel at ease. She also was able to share the history of each place we visited and anecdotes that we wouldn’t have known without her !

Port Stephens From Sydney - 4 days Tour

Port Stephens From Sydney - 4 days

Most of the Coast: Sydney to Cairns Tour

Most of the Coast: Sydney to Cairns

The tour and everything we saw / did was absolutely amazing. The best part though, was our guide Lauren. Lauren was knowledgeable, friendly, REAL and always went the extra step to make it the most amazing experience!!

Oz Intro + Work Tour

Oz Intro + Work

Sean was a fab tour leader. He was fun, personable and made sure we all had the best week. AND he comes with a plethora of helpful travelling tips! Thanks Sean!

Best of Australia Tour

Best of Australia

Best of Sydney & Blue Mountains Tour

Well organized with great events along with plenty of personal time to further explore.

East Coast Highlights - 3 Week  | ULTIMATE Tour

East Coast Highlights - 3 Week | ULTIMATE

Hannah was quite possibly the most incredible tour guide we could have ever been given. She started off as a source of information and an organiser for all of our activities but quickly became part of our family as someone we could always turn to for comfort and laughs and to answer our stupid questions. She really made our trip special and I will absolutely be looking to do another tour with her as the guide again. There aren’t really any words to explain how much of an impact she has made on each and every one of us in the group even after the trip. Thank you so much Hannah! xx

City to Surf (8 Days) Tour

City to Surf (8 Days)

Great way to see Sydney and tick off some Australian bucket list items!
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush (5 Days) Tour

  • Coach / Bus

Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush (5 Days)

I did not encounter any exciting highlights from the day we leave Sydney to Melbourne. The rest of the tourist told me that the tour highlights would start on the 6th-7th day of the 11-12 days of the entire tour. I only got 5 days tour. ATKing/Trafalgar did not show up nor call the hotel that they could not provide me the service back to the airport on my last day as scheduled. I waited at the lobby and when I call them they told me to get a taxi instead. If they already planted not to show up that morning which the tour guide anticipated), at least call or let the customer know the night before_ this way we don't have to wake up so early and wait for 30-45 minutes at the hotel lobby. Now after my vacation, I still have to file claim for the taxi.. this is hustle. And there is no instructions how to file the claim.

Capital Blooms (3 Days) Tour

Capital Blooms (3 Days)

21 Day Emu East Coast Adventure Tour: Sydney > Cairns Tour

21 Day Emu East Coast Adventure Tour: Sydney > Cairns

The Stray tour from Sydney to Cairns was great, Kayla was a very enthusiastic and energetic guide. She had a lot of great recommendations for activities while on the tour.

What people love about Sydney Tours

Amazing experience, everything ran smoothly, and I couldn’t recommend it any more than - DO IT! Best time of my life on this tour, action packed days and it was so good to see different parts of Sydney and the wider area you might not have normally. Great value for money!
Amazing time, had an absolute blast! I will 100% be doing another tour. Val was a great tour guide, and helped me with every question I had.
As far as tours go, it's great to have others to enjoy with. Wake Up was a nice hostel with a great breakfast included the first day. That day I chose to take the ferry to Manly where our tour guide Georgia showed us shopping, the beach, and this great acai bowl restaurant. From Sydney we took the 9 hour train ride to surf x camp in arrawara. The teepee I slept in was so cool. The surf lesson was great...but we only had less than 1 hour surfing in the water, if we wanted more we had to pay more, in the afternoon we went for a walk along the beach with some local indiginous people to learn about the plants of the area and try some, we stopped at the campground to find kangaroo. The food at surf X was good. surf x still hasn't sent us the link for the surfing photos though. Byron Bay is a great surf town, although I didn't surf Wake Up had free surfboards available...I had purchased the option to kayak with dolphins and didn't feel like surfing after that. the town had lots of little shops and restaurants and a walk to the lighthouse and furthest easterly point in Australia. The next day we went to Brisbane, after a koala bushwalk where we didn't see koala. In Brisbane check out Southbank and Queen street after dark.

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Sometimes it's just better to let the experts do what they do best. So, if seeing the best of the city and its breathtaking surrounds is what you're after, let the hundreds of phenomenal Sydney tour guides take the lead.

The number of amazing things to see and do around this incredible city is matched by the enormous range of tours available each and every day. Maybe you'd like to keep your feet on the ground with a sensational Sydney walking tour. Perhaps you're keen to bounce and glide over the glittering waters in a boat or pedal through the city. Or you might want to get a bird's eye view by soaring above the treetops in a helicopter tour. Whatever the case may be, there are hundreds of awesome Sydney tours that hold the key to an unforgettable day.

Tribal Warrior

Tribal Warrior

Bonza Bike Tours

Bonza Bike Tours

Barangaroo Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Barangaroo Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Big Bus Sydney

Big Bus Sydney

The Rocks Ghost Tours

The Rocks Ghost Tours

Local Sauce Tours

Local Sauce Tours

Captain Cook Cruises Sydney Harbour

Captain Cook Cruises Sydney Harbour

Go Whale Watching Sydney

Go Whale Watching Sydney

Oz Jet Boating

Oz Jet Boating

Welcome to Travel - Sydney

Welcome to Travel - Sydney

Sydney Harbour Local Guided Photography Tours

Sydney Harbour Local Guided Photography Tours

Cockatoo Island Convict Prison Tour

Cockatoo Island Convict Prison Tour

Taste Cultural Food Tours

Taste Cultural Food Tours

Pittwater Kayak Tours

Pittwater Kayak Tours

Brighton  Tours

Brighton Tours

Ready Steady Tour

Ready Steady Tour

Disco Peeps Au

Disco Peeps Au

Diamond Tours

Diamond Tours

Rail Journeys

Rail Journeys

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Private Sydney Train Tours

Private Sydney Train Tours

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Sydney day tours Guide

Unveiling sydney: the beautiful metropolis.

Let’s set the stage, shall we? Picture this: a vibrant cityscape 🌇 against a serene, blue sea 🌊, the iconic Sydney Opera House standing like a radiant gem 💎, and the world-renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge spanning the sparkling waterway.

This is Sydney – a city of pulsating energy and endless charm.

Sydney  day tours Guide

Why Opt for Day Tours in Sydney?

Whether you’re an adventurer, a food lover, or a nature enthusiast, Sydney offers a wide range of day tours that cater to every taste and interest.

Day tours provide a hassle-free, curated experience that ensures you get the most out of your time in this dazzling city.

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The variety of day tours in sydney.

From helicopter rides 🚁 that offer panoramic views to bus tours 🚌 allowing you to explore at your own pace, there’s no shortage of unique ways to see Sydney.

For the wine connoisseurs 🍷 and foodies 🍽️ out there, gastronomic adventures await in the vineyards and eateries of Sydney.

And for the lovers of the great outdoors, nature tours 🌳 will immerse you in Australia’s unique flora and fauna.

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2. Helicopter Tours: An Eagle Eye View of Sydney 🚁

Sydney heli-tours: what to expect.

Fancy a bird’s-eye view of the city? Strap in and hold on to your hat – or your camera 📸 – as you ascend to dizzying heights for an unforgettable helicopter tour. Expect to see the city and its surrounding landmarks from a whole new perspective.

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Helicopter Flight Tour on Sydney Harbour. See full panoramic views of Sydney’s eastern coastline including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Cove, Sydney’s spectacular Harbour and city skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Sights to See from the Sky

As you soar high above, marvel at the bird’s eye view of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and even the Blue Mountains on a clear day. Each sight is even more breathtaking from the sky, turning familiar landscapes into abstract art.

Benefits and Tips for Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours offer a unique and exhilarating way to experience Sydney. This unforgettable journey, however, requires a bit of planning.

Weather is a crucial factor, so check the forecast in advance. Also, don’t forget your camera. You’ll want to capture these once-in-a-lifetime views!

3. Bus Tours: Sydney at Your Own Pace 🚌

Exploring sydney by bus: how does it work.

Hop-on, hop-off bus tours are an excellent way to see Sydney at your leisure. These buses typically have several routes covering major attractions, and you can get off and on as many times as you like. It’s sightseeing made simple and convenient!

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Hop-on Hop-Off Bus tours-Sydney

Sydney, with all its sightseeing destinations, is yours to explore freely through a hop-on hop-off bus pass from Thursdays to Mondays!

Popular Bus Tour Routes

Most bus tours will take you to iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, and Bondi Beach.

Some even venture further afield to places like the Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure kind of day!

Why Choose a Bus Tour?

Bus tours offer flexibility and convenience. They’re perfect for those who like to set their own pace or have specific interests. Plus, they’re great for first-time visitors looking to get a lay of the land.

4. Wine Tours: Sip Your Way through Sydney’s Vineyards 🍇🍷

A taste of sydney’s vineyards.

Get ready to swirl, sniff, and sip your way through some of Australia’s most renowned vineyards. Wine tours often include visits to multiple wineries, each with their unique blends and breathtaking landscapes.

Recommended Wine Tours in Sydney

The Hunter Valley, a little over two hours north of Sydney, is a popular destination for wine enthusiasts. Here, you can sample world-class Semillon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz, among others.

Why a Wine Tour Is a Must-Do

Beyond the delectable wines, these tours often include local produce and gourmet meals, giving you a taste of Sydney’s gastronomic delights. It’s an excellent opportunity to unwind, relax, and savor the finer things in life.

5. Foodie Tours: A Culinary Journey Through Sydney 🍽️

Sydney’s culinary landscape.

Sydney’s culinary scene is as diverse as its people. From tantalizing Asian fusion to traditional Australian bush tucker, there’s a food tour to suit every palate.

Top Foodie Tours to Consider

Food tours in Sydney offer a wide array of experiences. Some tours focus on Sydney’s bustling markets, others on its innovative restaurants, and some even combine food tastings with sightseeing.

Why Foodies Love Sydney

In Sydney, food is a cultural experience. Food tours allow you to explore Sydney through its diverse cuisines, meet local chefs, and learn about Australia’s culinary history. It’s a feast for your taste buds and your mind!

6. Nature Tours: Embrace the Great Outdoors 🌳🦜

Sydney’s natural attractions.

Step away from the city bustle and into the serene embrace of nature. From the breathtaking Blue Mountains to the beautiful beaches and stunning national parks, there’s an outdoor adventure for everyone in Sydney.

The Best Nature Tours in Sydney

Whether you’re keen on a coastal walk, a hike in the Blue Mountains, or a day of surfing at Bondi Beach, Sydney’s nature tours have you covered. For those with a penchant for wildlife, don’t miss the chance to visit Taronga Zoo or take a whale-watching tour.

Why Nature Lovers Choose Sydney

Sydney is a city where urban life and natural beauty coexist. Its diverse landscapes offer ample opportunities for exploration and adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual walker, the city’s outdoor offerings are sure to impress.

7. Blue Mountain day tour:

Embark on a Brighton Coach 🚌 day tour to the Blue Mountains! Just 90 minutes from Sydney, this 🌄 natural wonder awaits.

Marvel at the iconic Three Sisters, glide above 🌳 rainforests in a Scenic World cable car, or hike through tranquil trails. 🥾 Explore the charming streets of Katoomba town and enjoy local flavours.

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🍽️ Capture the perfect Instagram shot 📸 at Sublime Point Lookout. End your day witnessing a spectacular sunset, the sky ablaze with colour. 🌅 Blue Mountains – an unforgettable adventure! #BlueMountainsTour #DayTrip 🎒🌲🇦🇺

8. Sydney hunter valley wine tours

Experience the rustic charm of Hunter Valley 🍇 on a day tour from Sydney. Savor exceptional wines 🍷 from Australia’s oldest wine region, nestled amidst rolling vineyards and lush landscapes.

Visit exquisite wineries and learn about winemaking from local vintners. Indulge in a gourmet lunch 🍽️ paired with top-tier wines.

Explore quaint local shops or take a hot air balloon ride 🎈 for a bird’s-eye view of the valley. End the day with a glass of wine, 🍷 watching the sun set over the vineyards. #HunterValleyWineTours 🚌🍾🌅 🇦🇺

9. Sydney boat tours

Set sail on a Sydney boat tour 🚤 and experience the city from its sparkling harbour. Sydney, with its iconic skyline, is even more stunning from the water.

Glide past the iconic Sydney Opera House 🎭 and Harbour Bridge 🌉, basking in their architectural grandeur. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you explore hidden coves and serene islands 🏝️, each with a unique story to tell.

Indulge in a delicious seafood lunch 🍽️🦞 while soaking up panoramic city views, or opt for a sunset cruise and watch the city lights flicker to life. For adrenaline junkies, try a thrilling high-speed jet boat ride, feeling the rush of the wind and waves 🌊.

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or just in it for the unbeatable views, Sydney’s boat tours offer an experience like no other. All aboard for an unforgettable journey! 🛥️🌇🌊 #SydneyBoatTours 🇦🇺 bike tour

Hop on a bicycle 🚲 and gear up for an exhilarating Sydney bike tour! Cycle past iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House 🎭 and the Harbour Bridge 🌉, immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

Pedal your way through bustling markets, aromatic food stalls 🍜, and the scenic Royal Botanic Garden 🌸.

Experience the thrill of exploring hidden alleys, historic neighborhoods, and picturesque parks. Take a leisurely ride along Sydney’s beautiful coastline 🌊, or challenge yourself with a mountain bike adventure in the Blue Mountains ⛰️.

Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a leisurely rider, Sydney’s diverse bike routes cater to all skill levels.

Each pedal brings a new discovery in this city of wonders. End your tour with a well-deserved Australian-style barbecue 🍖, sharing stories of your two-wheeled adventure. Ready, set, cycle! 🚴‍♂️🌏 #SydneyBikeTour 🇦🇺

11. sydney kayak tours

Dive into adventure with a Sydney kayak tour! 🛶 Glide through Sydney’s stunning harbour, paddling past iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House 🎭 and the Harbour Bridge 🌉.

Bask in the beauty of the sun sparkling off the water, as seagulls fly overhead 🐦.

From tranquil dawn tours that let you witness the city awakening, to thrilling sunset tours, the sky ablaze with colours, there’s a tour for every type of adventurer. Explore hidden inlets, stop by secluded beaches 🏖️ and discover the rich history of Sydney’s shorelines.

Feel the thrill of riding the waves 🌊 as you tackle Sydney’s more challenging waters, or enjoy a leisurely paddle in calm, protected bays.

After your journey, indulge in a beachside barbecue 🍖, sharing tales of your paddling adventure.

Sydney’s kayak tours offer an immersive, water-level perspective of this beautiful city. Grab your paddle and let’s go! #SydneyKayakTours 🇦🇺 free tours

Discover the heart of Sydney without breaking the bank with free tours! 👟🗺️ Start with a free walking tour and immerse yourself in Sydney’s rich history, strolling through the quaint Rocks district, the birthplace of modern Sydney. Or, explore the vibrant city centre, home to iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House 🎭 and Harbour Bridge 🌉.

Love nature? The Royal Botanic Garden 🌸 offers free guided tours, unveiling a world of exotic plants and serene landscapes.

Art enthusiasts can indulge in free entry to some of Sydney’s best art galleries 🖼️, immersing themselves in vibrant collections spanning centuries.

For stunning panoramic views, hike to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout 👀 for a free and unforgettable visual treat!

Exploring Sydney doesn’t have to be expensive. With a bit of savvy planning, the city’s charm can be experienced on any budget! #SydneyFreeTours 🇦🇺

13. day trips from sydney for families

Planning a family day trip from Sydney? Here are some fabulous ideas that’ll promise a day of fun and adventure for all ages. 🎒👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Head to the stunning Blue Mountains 🏞️ for bushwalks, picnic spots, and cable car rides. Visit the enchanting Jenolan Caves for a thrilling underground adventure 🦇.

For animal lovers, Featherdale Wildlife Park 🐨🦘 is a must-visit. Feed kangaroos, cuddle koalas and spot Australia’s unique wildlife in their natural habitat.

Venture to Hunter Valley 🍇 for a picnic amidst vineyards while kids enjoy the gardens and chocolate factories 🍫.

Take a ferry ride to Manly Beach 🏖️, enjoy the surf, sun and sand, and end your day with a delicious seafood meal.

Or, travel back in time at the Australian Pioneer Village 🕰️, a living history museum that’ll fascinate both young and old. Day trips from Sydney offer endless family-friendly possibilities! #FamilyDayTripsFromSydney 🇦🇺

14. sydney fishing tours

If you’re an angler at heart, Sydney’s fishing tours 🎣 are a reel treat! Sydney, with its extensive coastline and idyllic harbours, offers excellent opportunities for both beginners and experienced fishermen.

Set sail on a deep-sea fishing charter, seeking out marlin, tuna and kingfish 🐟 in the vast Pacific. If tranquillity is more your style, join a calm water fishing tour and try your luck at catching bream, flathead and mulloway in the serene estuaries. 🚤

Learn the art of fly fishing in Sydney’s beautiful rivers, or experience the thrill of night fishing under the starlit sky 🌌.

Enjoy the camaraderie on board, the anticipation of the catch, and the satisfaction of cooking your own fresh fish 🍽️. Sydney’s fishing tours provide all the equipment, bait and even training – all you need to bring is your sense of adventure. So, ready to cast a line? #SydneyFishingTours 🇦🇺

15. sydney harbour boat tours

Hop on board a Sydney Harbour boat tour 🚤 and experience the city’s iconic landmarks from a unique perspective. As you sail under the stunning Harbour Bridge 🌉, look up and soak in its grandeur. Glide past the Sydney Opera House 🎭, its sails shimmering against the skyline.

Morning tours capture the harbour bathed in a golden glow ☀️, while afternoon cruises offer panoramic views of the bustling cityscape. For a touch of romance, opt for an evening cruise, watching the sun dip below the horizon and the city lights sparkle to life 🌆.

Adventure seekers can experience a thrilling high-speed jet boat ride, while those seeking a relaxed journey can savour a gourmet lunch or dinner cruise 🍽️.

From historical tours to wildlife spotting excursions, Sydney Harbour boat tours offer an unforgettable experience for every kind of traveller. All aboard! #SydneyHarbourBoatTours 🇦🇺

16. Sydney cruise tours

Step aboard a Sydney cruise tour 🚢 and embark on a journey of discovery through one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. Witness iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House 🎭 and Harbour Bridge 🌉 from a vantage point like no other.

For the early risers, a breakfast cruise offers a tranquil start to the day, with the city bathed in the soft morning light 🌅. Lunch cruises serve up delicious Australian cuisine 🍽️ alongside stunning harbour views, while sunset cruises provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening, with the cityscape bathed in warm, golden hues 🌆.

Adventure lovers can try their hand at sailing on a tall ship ⛵, while wildlife enthusiasts can embark on a whale-watching tour 🐳.

Whether you’re seeking a luxurious dinner cruise or a thrilling jet boat adventure, Sydney’s cruise tours cater to every taste and preference. All aboard for an unforgettable voyage! #SydneyCruiseTours 🇦🇺

17. Sydney by night tours

Sydney, a city that never sleeps, comes alive in a whole new light during night tours! 🌃✨

Start your evening with a twilight climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge 🌉, witnessing the magical transformation as the city lights twinkle on. Alternatively, opt for a sunset cruise, watching as the skyline is set ablaze with hues of gold, pink and purple 🌅🚤.

Explore the illuminated streets of The Rocks, discovering hidden tales on a guided ghost tour 👻. Or, indulge in a starlit dinner at Sydney Tower’s revolving restaurant, enjoying panoramic city views while savouring gourmet dishes 🍽️.

For a night of culture and entertainment, catch a show at the Sydney Opera House 🎭, its sails glowing against the dark sky. Or simply take a leisurely stroll along Darling Harbour, its vibrant atmosphere amplified by the vibrant nightlife 🎇.

Experience Sydney under the stars and discover a city buzzing with life after dark! #SydneyByNightTours 🇦🇺

18. Sydney tunnel tours

Step back in time and venture beneath the surface with Sydney’s intriguing tunnel tours! 🕳️🔦 Delve into the city’s historic underbelly, exploring secret tunnels that reveal a fascinating past.

Visit the Argyle Cut, a massive hand-carved tunnel through solid sandstone, a testament to early Sydney’s determination and hard work. Or explore the Tank Stream Tour, tracing the path of the freshwater course that was vital to Sydney’s settlement 🌊.

Adventure seekers should not miss a tour of the St. James Tunnel 🚇, a disused train tunnel now home to eerie ghost stories and urban legends 👻.

For a glimpse into military history, the Middle Head Fortifications tour offers a chance to explore hidden gun pits and underground tunnels used in World Wars 🎖️.

Sydney’s tunnel tours are a captivating journey beneath the city streets, revealing layers of history and tales of perseverance, ambition, and the occasional ghost. #SydneyTunnelTours 🇦🇺

20. sydney walking tours

Lace up your walking shoes 👟 and embark on a Sydney walking tour, a fantastic way to uncover the city’s history, culture and charm. Wander through the cobbled streets of The Rocks, the birthplace of modern Sydney, where old-world architecture meets trendy boutiques and cafes ☕.

Stroll along the scenic Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk 🌊, soaking up panoramic ocean views and passing vibrant beachfront communities. Or explore the tranquil pathways of the Royal Botanic Garden 🌸, home to a diverse range of flora and picturesque vistas.

Get lost in the vibrant colours and sights of Sydney’s street art scene in Newtown 🎨, or dive into the bustling markets of Chinatown 🥢.

For history buffs, the historical walking tour of Manly provides insights into Sydney’s past.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Sydney’s walking tours offer a unique and personal perspective on this dynamic city. Let’s start exploring! #SydneyWalkingTours 🇦🇺 brewery tours

Sydney’s vibrant beer scene comes alive with its brewery tours! 🍻 Step into the world of craft beer and discover the passion and creativity that goes into every frothy pint.

Explore historic breweries housed in heritage buildings, modern microbreweries pushing the boundaries of taste, and everything in between. Each stop offers a unique peek into the art and science of brewing.

Learn about the brewing process from malt to glass, taste the raw ingredients 🌾, and discover the subtle nuances that distinguish each beer. Taste a variety of styles from crisp lagers and fruity ales to robust stouts and sour beers, all while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow beer lovers.

And of course, what’s a brewery tour without a tasting? Sample fresh brews straight from the tap 🚰, paired with delicious local fare 🧀.

So, whether you’re a seasoned beer enthusiast or a curious novice, Sydney’s brewery tours are an immersive journey into the heart of Australia’s beer culture. Cheers! #SydneyBreweryTours 🇦🇺

22. Unusual day trips from sydney

Looking for an offbeat day trip from Sydney? Here are some unique ideas to break away from the usual tourist spots. 👣🚗

Venture into the Glow Worm Tunnel in the Blue Mountains 🏞️. It’s an abandoned railway tunnel, now home to a mesmerising display of glow worms ✨.

Visit Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich convict history. Camp overnight or just explore the industrial ruins and sandstone prison buildings 🗝️.

Travel back in time in Gledswood Homestead, a historic farming property. Participate in sheep shearing 🐑, boomerang throwing, or enjoy a traditional Billy tea and damper.

Head to Canowindra to experience the wonder of hot air ballooning 🎈. Or, explore the Jenolan Caves, boasting some of the most impressive limestone formations in the world.

Whether it’s history, nature, or adventure you’re after, these unusual day trips from Sydney offer an exciting twist to your travel itinerary! #UnusualDayTripsFromSydney 🇦🇺

23. sydney guided tours

Embark on a journey of discovery with Sydney’s guided tours 🗺️. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or an urban explorer, there’s a tour tailored just for you.

Wander through the historic Rocks district with a knowledgeable guide, learning about Sydney’s convict past and its transformation into a bustling metropolis 🌃.

Join a wildlife tour and spot koalas, kangaroos, and a host of other Australian critters in their natural habitats 🐨🦘.

Art lovers can delve into Sydney’s vibrant art scene with guided tours of art galleries and street art spots 🎨.

Foodies, prepare your taste buds for a culinary tour that’ll take you through Sydney’s diverse food scene, sampling everything from Aussie BBQ to mouth-watering seafood 🍤🍷.

Or, for a uniquely Aussie experience, try an Aboriginal Heritage tour, uncovering the rich culture and history of Australia’s indigenous people.

Immerse yourself in Sydney’s vibrant culture, history, and scenery with these fantastic guided tours! #SydneyGuidedTours 🇦🇺

24. sydney pub tours

Experience the authentic Aussie pub culture with Sydney’s pub tours! 🍻 These tours provide a unique blend of history, culture, and of course, great drinks.

Starting in The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest district, you’ll visit heritage pubs that have stood the test of time 🏛️. Each pub has its own story – from convict tales to ghostly legends 👻. And yes, you’ll enjoy a local brew or two along the way.

In trendy districts like Surry Hills and Newtown, you can explore vibrant bars and microbreweries, sampling craft beers and innovative cocktails 🍹.

Foodies will love the gastro pub tours, where the focus is on pairing local brews with delicious Aussie pub grub 🍔.

And for a touch of the supernatural, join a haunted pub crawl, visiting some of Sydney’s spookiest drinking establishments 🕸️.

So, ready for a cold one? Sydney’s pub tours offer a spirited exploration of Australia’s pub heritage. Cheers! #SydneyPubTours 🇦🇺 day trips from sydney

Looking for a fun day trip from Sydney? Here are some ideas that are sure to keep you entertained! 🎉🚙

Head to the Hunter Valley 🍇 for a day of wine tasting and gourmet food. Enjoy the scenic vineyards and indulge in some of the best wines Australia has to offer.

Journey to the Blue Mountains 🏞️, take a bushwalk, enjoy stunning views from Echo Point, and ride the world’s steepest railway at Scenic World.

Visit Jervis Bay for a day at the beach 🏖️. Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and a relaxed vibe make it the perfect seaside escape.

For a family-friendly trip, head to Featherdale Wildlife Park 🦘. Come face-to-face with koalas, kangaroos, and a host of other Australian animals.

Explore the Southern Highlands for a day of waterfalls, rainforest walks, and charming country towns 🌲.

No matter your interests, there’s a fun-filled day trip from Sydney just waiting to be discovered! #FunDayTripsFromSydney 🇦🇺

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Only have one day in Sydney? Here’s an itinerary to help you make the most of it. 🗓️🇦🇺

Morning: Kick-start your day at the Sydney Opera House 🎭. Take a guided tour or simply admire its architectural brilliance from the outside. Next, stroll to the Royal Botanic Garden 🌸 and enjoy the tranquillity amid the bustling city.

Late Morning: Head over to the Art Gallery of New South Wales 🖼️. Explore its impressive collection of Australian and international art.

Afternoon: Hop on a ferry to Taronga Zoo 🦘. Home to over 4,000 animals, it offers fantastic views of Sydney Harbour. Grab a quick lunch at one of the cafes here 🥗.

Late Afternoon: Take a ferry back to Circular Quay and stroll along the Sydney Harbour Bridge 🌉 for panoramic views of the city.

Evening: Make your way to Darling Harbour. This bustling waterfront hub is perfect for a leisurely dinner 🍽️. Choose from a plethora of restaurants serving global cuisines.

Night: End your day at the Sydney Observatory 🌠. Experience the night sky through a telescope or simply enjoy the city lights.

It’s going to be a busy day, but every moment will be worth it! #OneDayInSydney 🏙️🛥️🌳

Conclusion: Experience the Magic of Sydney 💫

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There’s no denying that Sydney is a city of endless possibilities. Its unique blend of urban appeal and natural beauty makes it a remarkable destination for all types of travelers.

Whether you choose a helicopter tour, a bus tour, a wine tour, a foodie tour, or a nature tour, you’re in for a memorable day filled with stunning sights, rich experiences, and delicious flavors.

How to Choose the Right Tour

When choosing a tour, consider your interests, time constraints, and budget. Each tour offers a unique way to experience Sydney, so there’s truly no wrong choice. Just remember to have fun, explore, and let Sydney’s magic leave you spellbound!

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  • Q: What is the best time of year to visit Sydney? A: Sydney is a year-round destination. However, many find the shoulder seasons of Spring (September-November) and Autumn (March-May) particularly pleasant with milder temperatures and less crowd.
  • Q: How can I book these day tours? A: Most tours can be booked online through the tour company’s website. Some also offer phone bookings.
  • Q: What should I bring on a day tour? A: Bring a hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and a camera. If you’re taking a food or wine tour, come with an empty stomach!
  • Q: Are these tours suitable for children? A: Most tours are family-friendly, but it’s always a good idea to check with the tour provider beforehand.
  • Q: How long do these tours last? A: Tour lengths vary. Half-day, full-day, and even overnight options are available.

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Australia’s largest city, famous for its grand harbour front, Sydney Opera House, and being Nemo’s ever-elusive destination. It’s the perfect place to spend your holidays! With so much to offer, a massive harbour with plenty of waterside activities, historical buildings, and a multitude of fascinating tours to choose from, your Sydney itinerary is sure to be bursting with creative adventures!

Indigenous Australians are thought to have inhabited the Sydney area for at least 30,000 years, this means that there’s an overwhelming amount to learn about your destination of choice.

Whether you’re spending 2 days in Sydney, 3 days, or even a week in Sydney, we’ve got your activities covered for the trip. Here’s what we like to think is the best Sydney itinerary!

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3 Day Sydney Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Bronte Baths | Sydney Opera House | Walking Tour | Wendy’s Secret Garden | Golden Age Cinema
  • Day 2: Bondi Icebergs Pool | Bondi Beach | Bondi to Coogee Coastal Path | Lansdowne Hotel
  • Day 3: Sydney Harbour Bridge | Royal Botanic Gardens | Luna Park Sydney

Where To Stay In Sydney

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You’ve booked your flights, now you’ve got the task of deciding where to stay in Sydney so you can begin planning your Sydney itinerary. There are so many things to do in Sydney you want to place yourself in a location where you can take advantage of the time you have.

Here are two of our favourite places to stay in Sydney!

Bondi Beach is probably one you’ve heard of before as it’s become famous all around the world. This neighbourhood stretches out along the coastline and has a kilometre of beach just waiting to be explored. Bondi Beach is full of health clubs, lifestyle events, and some very elegant dining options.

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The locals in this area tend to be very active, go-getter types, so if you enjoy living life to the fullest, Bondi Beach just might be the perfect place for you. You’ll also find a lot of homestays and most of the best hostels in this neighbourhood, which makes it ideal for backpackers in Sydney .

Balmain is a neighbourhood in Sydney just 6 kilometres from the city centre. It’s home to the largest Italian population in the city, and you can see the Italian influence on every street corner. Italian architecture is sprinkled generously around the neighbourhood and little terraces jut out from almost every building.

As you can imagine, pizza and pasta joints are the main dishes served up in the area, and you’ll find cafes on almost every street.

Now that you know how to get around, here’s what you should be up to during your time in Sydney .

There’s a lot to do in this incredible city, from hitting the beaches to exploring then harbour and discovering the vast histories of this city and country. Sydney is easy to get around and a pleasant and sunny city to discover.

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Best Hostel in Sydney – Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway

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The Mad Monkey Hostel on Broadway offers really affordable accommodation in the most convenient place: just a few minutes walk from Central Station! You can expect a clean interior with modern decor. Hot breakfast is served every morning, so you’re in for a treat if you’re on a budget!

Best Airbnb in Sydney: The Barn on Prince Alfred Park – Central Station

The Barn on Prince Alfred Park Central Station, Sydney

There is no cooler place to stay in Sydney than this 19th century converted barn in Surry Hills. In fact, it’s one of the best Airbnbs in Sydney . Enjoy high ceilings, spacious rooms, and modern amenities all in Sydney’s coolest neighbourhood.

Just a short walk to Surry Hills’ trendy bars, restaurants, and clubs, you won’t find a more ideally located flat in the city.

Best Budget Hotel in Sydney – Wyndham Sydney Suites

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Close to all the best tourist attractions in Sydney, you honestly couldn’t ask for a better location than the Wyndham. Each room is modern with a clean finish, and they’re equipped with their own small kitchen and cosy balcony. If you’re someone who enjoys privacy and value for money, this is a great spot for you!

Best Luxury Hotel in Sydney – Astral Tower and Residences at The Star

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This modern hotel is the picture of elegance at its finest! Located in Darling Harbour, you simply could not imagine a better view! Luxury is hidden around every corner of this hotel and the facilities are nothing less than world-class.

Your first day in Sydney will see you enjoying the beautiful natural surrounds that Sydney has to offer and immersing yourself in unique cultural experiences.

8:00 AM – Take a Swim at Bronte Baths

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Join the early-risers in Sydney for a few salty laps of the Bronte Baths tidal pool. This full-size tidal pool is the perfect place to get your exercise in before the day has even started.

Waking up to an ocean swim is a truly Australian way to start your day! However, tourists often find that the water at Bronte Beach is a little too violent and volatile for swimming, so this is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful saltwater swim without worrying about the tides. Blow off the cobwebs from your journey over to Sydney, especially if you’ve got jetlag, and dive right into the azure Aussie waters!

Enjoy the sounds and views of waves crashing over the edge of the tidal pool, knowing you’re safe inside its sheltered walls. Be sure to take your camera along for the trip, as the sunrise from Bronte Baths is nothing less than an Instagrammable sight.

Insider Tip: Try getting to the baths before 7 am, as watching the sunrise on the horizon is absolutely gorgeous from this perfect viewing spot. Check out this detailed guide to Bronte Baths for more information.

Cost – Free! Getting there – Catch the train/bus to Bondi Junction and switch to the 379 local bus. How long should you stay – 1.5 hr

11:00 AM – Take a Walking Tour

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Taking a walking tour of the city helps you to come to a deeper understanding of the sights you see around you. Learning the history of these sights allows you to take a lot more value away from the experience.

There are 3 tours that take place every day, which makes the rest of your day a lot more flexible and allows you to revisit some of your favourite sights for a more in-depth tour.

Taking a walking tour is a great way to get your bearings and on a limited trip, it’s the best way to take in all the main sights in a short amount of time. Heading off with a local guide you’ll also get to see some of the more off the beaten track areas you might not have otherwise known about. You’ll also get an insider’s perspective on the history and culture of this city.

Cost – $50 Getting there – Take the 379 bus to Bondi Junction, then take the train to Martin Place Station. How long should you stay – 2 hrs

1:30 PM – Take a Tour of the Sydney Opera House

Take a Tour of the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House was put on the map by its ability to host performing arts on a continuous basis. The building hosts over 1600 events every year, making it one of the busiest performing arts centres in the whole world!

Your guide will lead you under the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House as they tell you the tales and secrets that the building has become famous for over the years.

Don’t just see this iconic building from the outside, head inside and learn more about one of the world’s most famous buildings!

Cost – $30 Getting there – Take the train to Martin Place Station or walk. How long should you stay – 1 hr

3:00 PM – Visit Wendy’s Secret Garden

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The wife of famed artist, Brett Whiteley, poured her creative energy into designing a gorgeous secret garden when her husband passed away. Her name was Wendy, and that’s how the garden got its name. The garden is half public and half private property, but the owners don’t mind visitors popping by to explore the garden and enjoy a picnic.

The garden overlooks Sydney Harbour and is the perfect place to snap a pic of the beautiful bay. The garden has been taken care of by Wendy and two gardeners over the past 25 years. They’ve planted many gorgeous plants and created intricate pathways that run through the grounds. This makes it the perfect garden to explore before settling down for a picnic.

The garden is filled with birdbaths and benches, which makes it a great spot to relax and do some bird watching if you’re feeling up for it.

Being an artist’s wife, Wendy needed to add an artistic touch to the garden. For this reason, she has placed bronze sculptures throughout the garden. It can be loads of fun trying to find them all. Most of these statues were donated by local artists in the Sydney area.

Cost – Free! Getting there – Take the train to Milsons Point or North Sydney stations. You can also take a ferry to Milsons Point. How long should you stay – 1 hr

5:00 PM – Catch a Screening at the Golden Age Cinema

The building was constructed in 1940, intended to be used as offices for Paramount Pictures. It was used for just that for many years, but in 2013 the building reopened as the Golden Age cinema. The cinema contains an old basement theatre that is now being used to showcase old films as well as new Indie films.

Enjoying this old theatre experience is a must during your stay in Sydney. Its old-timey feel sends you straight back to the mid-1900s!

The cinema contains an adjoining bar, where you can purchase movie snacks before the screening. Here you won’t find just your regular popcorn and coke, but there are a few fancy extras thrown in.

If you’re in the mood for a full-on meal, chefs can prepare your meal and serve it to you during the movie. It really is a great experience. If you’re in the mood for a light snack, opt for a sundae. They’re known to be the best sundaes in town.

Cost – Around $15 Getting there – Take the train to Museum or Central and walk for 2 mins. How long should you stay – With there being a bar onsite and food available, you can stay for quite some time!

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Your day 2 Sydney itinerary will see you spending plenty of time by the ocean and enjoying some wholesome musical entertainment!

9:00 AM – Swim in Bondi Icebergs Pool

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Bondi Icebergs Pool has become an all-year-round landmark for Bondi Beach. A dip into the seawater is the most refreshing way to start the morning, no matter what time of year you’re visiting Sydney. It may take a brave soul to venture into the water during winter, although the locals enjoy it just fine! Perhaps they’re a little more accustomed to the beach lifestyle?

The Bondi Icebergs Pool is an ocean pool that is by far the most photographed pool in all of Australia! It was built to look like a normal swimming pool but is filled to the brim with seawater, much like any other tidal pool.

Be sure to bring your camera along to this lovely pool as the turquoise blue water is something you’ll want to capture!

It’s a great way to start another day packed full of adventures by diving into this iconic beachside pool for a refreshing dip!

Cost – $7 Getting there – Take the train to Bondi Junction and either walk or get on the 380, 381, 382 or 333 bus for a 15-minute ride to the beach. How long should you stay – 1.5 hrs

11:00 AM – Take a Surfing Lesson at Bondi Beach

Take a Surfing Lesson at Bondi Beach

There’s nothing more truly Aussie than hanging ten on a wave at Bondi Beach. Learning to surf at one of the most popular surf destinations in the world is an absolute privilege that should not be missed while you’re staying in Sydney.

Each surfing lesson for beginners starts on the sand, so you don’t need to worry about being thrown in the deep end. Although each surfer requires taking a leap of faith to stand up on the board for the first time.

You’ll get the opportunity to feel the rush of riding your first wave, with the help of your very well-trained surf coach. Hopefully, you’ll be catching waves by yourself in no time.

During your lessons you’ll learn to ride a long-board, these are surfboards used to catch even the smaller waves, so riding a wave shouldn’t be a problem! Your lesson will include a wetsuit that you’ll be very appreciative of in the winter months. During summer, the water is warm and you may not require a wetsuit but the option is still there.

Cost – $85 Getting there – Walk to the beach from Icebergs How long should you stay – 2 hrs.

2:00 PM – Walk Along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Path

Coogee Coastal Path Sydney

After spending the morning in the water, now it’s time to dry off and take a walk along the stunning coast of Sydney. The Bondi to Coogee walk is one of the most famous of the many walks you can take along the coast here and it’s one of the best!

The path will lead you past Waverley Cemetery, where it can get a little windy. This part of the walk takes place on a suspended walkway, so be careful during this section of the journey. You’ll then pass Clovelly Bowls Club and head towards Gordons Bay. Gordons Bay is a secluded bay that is the perfect stop off for a picnic or just a breather.

This is a beautiful way to take yourself on a self-guided tour of the coastline. Not many tourists experience Sydney this way, so it’s a ‘must’ to add to your Sydney itinerary.

This coastal walkway will lead you along 6-kilometres of the gorgeous coastline while taking in some spectacular views! You’ll then reach Coogee where you should stop off for a refreshment or a bite to eat before heading back to Bondi Beach or the city.

You can spend as much time as you want on this trail, it usually takes around 2 hours if you don’t have many breaks. However, there are heaps of beaches and inlets along the way where you might want to take a dip or just enjoy the view.

Cost – Free! Getting there – Starts behind Icebergs. Take the bus back from Coogee back to Central. How long should you stay – 2 hrs plus

9:00 PM – Listen to Live Music at the Lansdowne Hotel

Support the local live music scene at the Lansdowne Hotel! The hotel pub has become a local favourite for those who appreciate some quality live music.

You’ll be happy to know that an over-the-counter meal will only cost you $10, so you’ll have plenty of extra cash for the night.

Gain access to live music in the upstairs section for only a few dollars. This amount changes depending on who’s playing but is never anything too extravagant.

Sit back and relax in a candle-lit room while listening to the best the live local music scene has to offer. Rugs line the couches giving the place a cosy feel that encourages guests to sit back and relax. However, if you like to get up and boogie, there’s always plenty of space to do that.

The venue can hold around 250 people, so don’t worry about not being able to get in. There’s generally enough space to arrive late and still find a space.

Cost – A few dollars. The amount is dependent on who’s playing. Getting there – Take the train to Central and walk. How long should you stay – As long as you like… but don’t overdo it, we’ve got another great day planned for tomorrow!

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If you’re spending more than 2 days in Sydney, you’re going to need a few extra activities to add to your Sydney trip! Here are a few of the best places in Sydney we think you should be adding to your itinerary:

9:00 AM – Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge

Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge

Over 4 million visitors have climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge! Experienced guides will talk you through the activity before your climb and lead you every step of the way up the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The bridge towers 134m over the water, which makes the view from the top nothing less than magnificent! Tours are held throughout the day, from dawn until dusk, and the views change continuously throughout the day. We recommend going early in the morning to catch the sunrise or late at dusk to catch the sunset.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge has become one of the most photographed parts of the city, and there’s no secret as to why. This gorgeous bridge stands tall over one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world and now shapes the city skyline.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in an experience completely unique to Sydney. This is one activity you have to add to your Sydney itinerary if you plan on staying for more than 2 days in Sydney.

Before the climb, you will be equipped with everything you need to make the climb. All that you’ll need to bring with you are a pair of sunglasses and comfortable shoes.

Climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge was voted the number one traveller’s choice experience in all of Australia!

If you have extra time and want to spice things up a bit, you can even charter your own yacht to take you around the harbour. It might be the top end of your budget, but split between six to eight people, you can find an affordable option that still gives a memorable experience.

Cost – Between $140 and $280 depending on which package you decide to take. Getting there – Catch a ferry, bus or train to Circular Quay. How long should you stay – 2.5 – 3.5 hrs

1:30 AM – Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens

sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

After the excitement of the morning, take some time to wander these beautiful gardens to get your breath before the next thrilling adventure!

The Royal Botanic Gardens are an impressive 74 acres and is home to a variety of events throughout the year. The Gardens are a scientific institution and one of the most important botanic scientific institutions in the world!

These gardens were established in 1816, which makes them the oldest botanic gardens in Australia!

The gardens are open every day of the week and access is completely free! This makes it the perfect place to stroll around in search of some of Australia’s most beautiful plants. Plant and birdlife are abundant in the gardens, so be sure to take your camera along for the trip!

From the gardens, it’s a short walk to Sydney Opera House if you feel like exploring a little further. These famed gardens are a must-visit during your time in Sydney, so be sure to add them to your Sydney itinerary!

Cost – Free Getting there – Take the train to either Martin Place, St James or Circular Quay or walk from Central. How long should you stay – 1 hr

3:00 PM – Let your Inner Child Free at Luna Park Sydney

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Sydney’s Luna Park is now listed on the NSW heritage registry! Apart from just being an amusement park, the park holds history tours that show you the ins and outs of running an old amusement park. Although it has undergone major restorations in the past, constant maintenance is required to keep it functioning at its best.

The park underwent serious restoration during the 90s allowing it to run safely and efficiently into the 21st century. Luna Park Sydney has a rich history. Starting in 1935, this rare surviving amusement park features fantasy architecture and the art deco style of the 30s.

The famous ‘face’ entranceway to Luna Park has been photographed many times, and is what the park has become most famous for all over the world!

You’ll be given a park map when you enter that will help you decide which rides and attractions you’d like to visit most! On the map, you’ll also find interesting facts about the park. You can enthral yourself with roller coasters or scare yourself at the haunted Mystery Manor.

This historic amusement park is a great way to spice up your Sydney itinerary and end your time in the city with a bang!

Cost – $37 for the day. Getting there – Take the train to Milsons Point station or the ferry to Milsons Point Wharf. How long should you stay – As long as you like!

The best time to visit Sydney is widely up for debate. While there’s no wrong time to visit this gorgeous city, you should make an informed decision when deciding what time of year you’d like to go.

January is the hottest month of the year in Sydney, as it’s just after the summer solstice. In February and March, Sydney tends to get its highest rainfall.

Sydney Opera House

During April and May, the city starts cooling down considerably as Sydney heads into winter.

During the months of June, July, and August, temperatures drop quite low in Sydney which marks mid-winter. In September, October, and November the temperatures start to rise again-  during this time Sydney is at its busiest. Since it’s at the start of the season, however, we still think it’s a great September destination , especially for those in the Northern Hemisphere escaping fall.

December is the driest month of the year in Sydney and marks the end of the tourist season. This is a great time to book yourself into one of the cool Sydney hostels as prices begin to drop significantly.

Knowing how you’re going to navigate the city is one of the most important parts of your Sydney itinerary. In many cities, public transport can cause challenges to travellers, but luckily for you, Sydney is not one of those cities. In fact, their transport system is one of the best in the world!

Most of the locals in Sydney rely heavily on public transport. This means that it’s efficient and well organised!

It’s important to note that in order to make use of public transport in Sydney, you will need an Opal Card. This can be bought at a post office or a supermarket, so they’re really not hard to come by.

The train routes run a loop around the city, which is a great way to get from one side of the city to the other. If you’re looking for transport within the city, you can make use of the light rail, buses, or taxis.

Being on the coast, ferries are also a great way to get across the harbour and to other areas like Manley, when you take the ferry from Circular Quay you also get great views of the city and the Opera House too!

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Sydney as a city is considered a very safe place , especially for tourists. The little crime that Sydney does have generally affects the locals and not visitors to the city. This being said, it’s important to be careful, no matter where you’re travelling. Like your mother probably told you, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Here are a few things we suggest you watch out for during your vacation in Sydney.

It’s advised that you stay away from higher crime neighbourhoods in Sydney, mainly during the night. These include Kings Cross, Fairfield, Redfern, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Blacktown, Liverpool, and Penrith. This is not to say that these areas are extremely dangerous, but they’re at higher risk than other neighbourhoods.

When visiting the beaches in Sydney, be aware of strong undertows that can easily take you out to sea. They have caused many drownings in the Sydney area.

Sydney has many dangerous animals that could bite or sting you. If you get bitten or stung by something poisonous, it’s important to call the emergency number immediately, 000. These animals include dangerous insects, spiders, snakes, and marine life.

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Sydney itinerary.

Are 7 days in Sydney too long?

A seven day Sydney itinerary is probably the ideal time to see the city in full detail, without any stress or rushing. That gives you enough freedom to have an afternoon to yourself to rewind and give your feet a break.

How many days minimum should I spend in Sydney?

Sydney is MASSIVE. So 3-4 full days is the absolute minimum to get a good grasp of the city. Having even more time would be recommended.

What should I definitely add to my Sydney itinerary?

Sport fans should definitely add the Bondi Iceberg Pool to their itinerary. Swim some laps, enjoy the cool water and then head straight to the famous Bondi Beach to chill on for the rest of the day.

What can I do with three days in Sydney?

Three days in Sydney allow you to see quite a few things in the city. Make sure you include Bondi Beach, a river cruise that’ll give you great views of the Opera House and a climb up the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Sydney is an absolutely beautiful city! With so much to do, this city makes the perfect holiday destination all year round! Be sure to pack your camera for this trip, because you’re sure to be surrounded by exquisite views all trip long!

Sydney has a rich cultural history that is sure to knock your socks off, so be sure to learn as much as you can during your trip! It’s important to stay mindful of the incredible city you’re visiting.

If you haven’t already, be sure to add some of our great activities to your Sydney itinerary and pack your bags for Australia . It’s sure to be one for the books!

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21 AWESOME Tours in Sydney [Hidden Gems!]

Sydney is the sparkling, sunny capital of New South Wales in Australia. The city is set between the stunning haze of the Blue Mountains and the infinite blue of the vast Pacific Ocean.

The beauty of Sydney’s natural surroundings is undeniable, but the city itself is beautiful in its own way. It’s a vibrant city, packed with lovely restaurants and bars, and humming with a beautiful culture!

The city is home to some iconic attractions, such as the Sydney Opera House, and is lined with beautiful beaches! Tours are a great way to experience the magic of Sydney, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorites below.

• The 21 Best Tours in Sydney •

#1 – the sydney opera house tour.

The Sydney Opera House Tour

  • Explore inside the theatres and halls of the Sydney Opera House
  • Learn about the building and it’s past through a series of interesting stories

The Sydney Opera House is undoubtedly the most famous landmark in Sydney, and certainly one of the most recognizable in the world!

The Sydney Opera House is considered one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels to this day. It is now one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world, with over 1,600 performances staged there each year.

This tour takes you through this magnificent building’s finest spaces as you learn facts and stories from it’s past!

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#2 – Sydney Private Tour with a Local

Sydney Private Tour with a Local

  • 2 – 6 hours
  • Get to know Sydney through the eyes and guidance of a passionate local guide
  • Get inside tips on the city to help you get the most out of your time there

Get to know the real Sydney on this personalized tour with a passionate local guide. You’ll be immersed in the city in an authentic way, as your guide takes you around the best bits!

Your friendly guide will share tips and information on the city, such as how to get around, where to eat and drink, and what to see and do. They’ll give you tips on the city’s hidden gems, and tell you stories as you explore.

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#3 – Bondi Beach Surfing

Bondi Beach Surfing

  • A fun surfing experience for beginners
  • Experience one of Australia’s most iconic beaches in style

Bondi Beach is without a doubt one of the most iconic beaches in the country, and it’s extremely popular amongst surfers. The waves are reliable, and the scenery is beautiful, making it a great spot to experience Sydney’s surf scene!

Bondi Beach is a suitable surf spot for surfers of all experience levels, but this experience is tailored toward beginners. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at surfing, this is an awesome place to start!

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#4 – Bridge Climb Sydney

Awesome for adventurers.

  • Enjoy stunning views from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Tours are available at all times of day, including morning, twilight, and nighttime climbs!

Sydney Harbour Bridge is another iconic landmark of the city. It’s a heritage-listed steel bridge that stretches across the harbor between Sydney’s central business district and the North Shore.

The tour sees you climb a series of ladders and catwalks before tackling the sloping incline to the highest point. You’ll be able to revel in a sense of achievement as you soak up views of the Blue Mountains the Sydney Opera House.

#5 – Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

  • A delicious three-course meal on a pleasure boat
  • Get waterborne views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge

The Sydney Harbor is well known for the Sydney Harbour Bridge that crosses it and the Sydney Opera House that sits on its waters edge. From the waters of the harbor, many of the city’s great landmarks are in perfect view!

This early evening dinner cruise allows you to venture out into the Sydney Harbor and marvel at the beautiful city scenery that surrounds you. You’ll be served a three-course meal as you enjoy the romantic atmosphere and city lights!

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#6 – Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkelling Tour

Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkelling Tour

  • Explore and learn about the aquatic world around the coastal suburb of Manly
  • An eco-tourism certified tour

Manly is a suburb in Sydney surrounded by stunning beaches and fantastic snorkeling locations. This snorkeling tour allows you to explore the underwater landscapes of the area, and offers the chance to see up to 200 species of colorful local fish!

You’ll explore the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, and learn about the species who live in the area! You’ll also learn about Manly’s coastal culture, and get to cool off in the stunning waters of Shelly Beach.

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#7 – Blue Mountains Small-Group Tour

Blue Mountains Small-Group Tour

  • Explore the stunning Blue Mountains and see Australian wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Enjoy a complimentary chef-prepared lunch

The Blue Mountains make up a beautiful mountain range that stands proudly to the west of Sydney. They are ripe with breathtaking natural beauty, from sheer cliffs and subtropical rainforest to sprawling vistas and native wildlife.

Their name comes from the blue hue the mountains adopt when viewed from a distance, but seeing them close up close is what will really enchant you.

Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Cableway, Skyway, and Scenic Railway, all of which offer a unique experience and stunning views! You’ll also get a guided boardwalk tour, a kangaroo feeding, and a cruise back into Sydney.

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#8 – Sydney Harbour and Beaches Helicopter Flight

Sydney Harbour and Beaches Helicopter Flight

  • See Sydney’s greatest sights from above on an exciting helicopter flight
  • Your experienced pilot will provide interesting commentary along the way

See Sydney from a whole new perspective on this 20-minute Helicopter tour. After a safety briefing, you’ll ascend into the vast Australian skies! A helicopter ride allows you to get a true birds-eye view of the city, and develop a solid understanding of the layout.

This helicopter flight soars past many of the city’s greatest attractions, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and offers exceptional one-of-a-kind views! You’ll also fly over Taronga Zoo, Rose Bay, Manly Cove, and Watson Bay.

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#9 – Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park

  • Full-day access
  • Get close up and personal with Australia’s most iconic animals
  • Learn about the wildlife at demonstrations and keeper talks throughout the day

Featherdale Wildlife Park houses the country’s largest collection of native wildlife. It’s home to over 1,700 animals and offers an immersive hands-on experience. Amongst other things, you’ll get to meet a koala and hand-feed kangaroos!

The park is also home to emus, Tasmanian devils, quokka, snakes, crocodiles, and many more! Having such close, personal interaction with Australia’s native animals is rare, and it will charm any kind of traveler!

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#10 – Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

  • Learn about and taste the wines of Australia’s most famous wine region
  • Enjoy a complimentary gourmet lunch in a scenic local restaurant

Hunter Valley is the oldest and best-known wine region in the country, fully equipped with scenic vistas and sprawling vineyards. With a history stretching back deep into the 19th century, this region is home to a range of wineries from family-run boutiques to world-renowned brands.

Hunter Valley is famous for varietals such as Shiraz and Semillon, and a charming atmosphere throughout. On this tour, you’ll get to taste some of the region’s finest wines and learn all about the winemaking process from grape to glass!

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#11 – Taronga Zoo VIP Tour

Taronga Zoo VIP Tour

  • Get an in-depth introduction to Australia’s fascinating wild animals and ride the Sky Safari cable car
  • A hands-on, close-up experience, and full-day access to the zoo

Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo has been Sydney’s favorite local zoo for over 100 years. It’s home to over 300 species, comprising of 4,000 individual animals from around the world!

This VIP tour gives you exclusive access to parts of the zoo that are not open to the public. Your experienced guide will give you an in-depth introduction to Australia’s unique wildlife as you explore, and will be there to answer any questions you may have.

#12 – Sydney Whale Watching Cruise

Sydney Whale Watching Cruise

  • 2 ¼ – 3 hours
  • See and hear humpback whales as well as some other extraordinary marine life
  • Pass several of Sydney’s great attractions on your way out to sea

Hop on board a purpose-built whale watching catamaran and journey out into the Pacific Ocean for an enchanting marine experience.

This cruise takes you to the best spots for encountering the thousands of humpback whales on their annual migration. Keep a lookout for other marine creatures, including dolphins, orcas, seals, and fairy penguins!

You’ll even get to hear the songs of the whales below thanks to state-of-the-art underwater microphones.

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#13 – The Rocks Walking Tour Sydney

The Rocks Walking Tour Sydney

  • Explore the scenery and history of The Rocks, an iconic historic area of Sydney
  • View the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House

Explore one of Sydney’s most fascinating historic areas on this walking tour of The Rocks. The area is home to some of the oldest buildings in the city and has a rich history stretching back to the early days of the British Australian settlement!

Step off the beaten track and venture through shaded courtyards, cobbled paths, and veiled alley. Your specialist local guide will tell you tales of the folks that pioneered the British Australian settlement, and pepper the tour with interesting facts and information!

#14 – Iconic Sights Sydney Bike Tour

Iconic Sights Sydney Bike Tour

  • See the best bits of Sydney in a fun and immersive way
  • Receive interesting running commentary from your experienced guide

Cycling is a great way to explore Sydney; you’ll have the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. This cycle tour encompasses all of the city’s greatest sights and attractions, and strings them together with some hidden gems along the way!

Amongst others, you’ll get to see the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the stunning gardens of Sydney’s Hyde Park. You’ll also experience the vibrant atmosphere of ChinaTown, and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens!

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#15 – Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower Eye

  • Get a panoramic view of Sydney and its surroundings from the highest viewpoint in town
  • Experience something truly unique in the 4D cinema

Standing at just over 1,000 feet tall, Sydney Tower is the tallest structure in Sydney, and is topped with the second-highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere! From the top, you’ll experience breathtaking 360-degree views of Sydney!

The Blue Mountains are visible to the west, and the striking coastline to the east. The scenic vistas extend 48 miles in every direction, and you’ll be able to observe the buzzing of the city below. Then, soar above the city skyline with the 4D cinema experience!

#16 – WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

  • 105 minutes (with full-day zoo access)
  • Have lunch surrounded by koalas and Australian bush
  • Get full-day access to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo after your breakfast

Located right next to the city center, WILD LIFE Sydney zoo is one of the easiest places to see all of the most iconic Australian animals in one place. It’s home to the Australian big five: kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, wombats, and platypus’! It also houses a vast variety of other animals from quokka and wallabies to butterflies and snakes!

This tour is koala focused; it allows you to enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in a scenic bush garden setting. While you enjoy your meal, the koalas in the surrounding garden will be enjoying theirs!

#17 – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

  • Experience a range of marine wildlife from around the world
  • 14 themed zones, each specializing in a unique topic

Immerse yourself in an underwater world at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. The aquarium is home to 650 species, with a total of 12,000 animals! Between the 14 themed zones of the Aquarium, you’ll spot an enormous range of creatures from giant Japanese spider crabs and stingrays, to large sharks and mellow jellyfish!

You’ll also see platypuses, turtles, penguins, and sea dragons amongst many others! The aquarium is home to the world’s largest great barrier reef display, so you can get lost amid the wildlife of Australia’s most famous natural feature.

#18 – Sydney Northern Beaches and National Park Tour

Sydney Northern Beaches and National Park Tour

  • Explore some of Sydney’s most beautiful natural landscapes
  • Top the day off with a cruise through Sydney Harbour

This tour shows off Sydney’s spectacular natural scenery by taking you through Ku-ring-gai national park and around some of Sydney’s most notable northern beaches!

You’ll stop by the enchanting Ku-ring-gai national park on your way to the northern beaches. Here, you’ll enjoy a bush walk through the park and have the rare opportunity to see some Aboriginal rock art!

Next, you’ll enjoy the incredible view from the likes of Manly Beach, West Head, and Long Reef. Along the way, you’ll learn about aboriginal culture and the origins of surfing in Australia.

#19 – Sydney Cricket Ground Walking Tour

Sydney Cricket Ground Walking Tour

  • Explore the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground and SCG Museum
  • Stand where international sporting icons have played

Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is an iconic stadium and Sydney’s home of sport. This tour takes you behind the scenes and allows you to stand where sporting legends from around the world have stood!

The stadium has hosted a plethora of important international sporting fixtures for several different sports including cricket, AFL, and rugby! Amongst others, you’ll get to see the players dressing rooms, the Walk of Honour, and the SCG Museum. And, of course, you’ll get to walk out onto the field of play!

#20 – Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

  • Discover some incredible marine vehicles from historic to modern
  • Learn about Australia’s maritime history and explore the permanent exhibits

The Australian National Maritime Museum houses one of the largest in-water fleets in the world. There is a diverse range of attractions to see during your visit, with six permanent galleries and 13 historic vessels.

Descend into a modern submarine, climb aboard a 19th-century tall ship, explore a naval warship, and marvel at a replica of Captain Cook’s ship from the 1700s!

#21 – Highlights of Sydney Half-Day Tour

One of the most comprehensive tours of sydney.

  • A great way to get acquainted with Sydney
  • See the most iconic attractions and hotspots

This tour is a great way to see the best bits of Sydney in a short period of time! You’ll be immersed in Sydney’s iconic sights and tourist hotspots as your guide shares helpful information that will aid you in any further adventures.

Visit the likes of Bondi Beach and Sydney’s iconic Chinatown, and get some stellar views of the Sydney Opera House. You’ll learn about where to go and what to see during your time in the city as you explore!

FAQs about Sydney Tours

We’re sure you’ll have some questions about tours in Sydney before you book, so we’ve done our best to answer the ones that we hear most often!

How do I book a Sydney tour?

The best way to book a tour in Sydney is through an online activity booking platform. There are several options, but our favorite is Get Your Guide . The user interface is slick and easy to use, and they have a myriad of tours on offer in Sydney!

What should I pack for a tour in Sydney?

Sydney is splendidly sunny, so you’ll need to pack sunscreen and sunglasses on any of the outdoor tours. We also suggest that you bring some comfortable walking shoes as many of these tours involve walking! Lastly, don’t forget to bring your camera and a jumper for chilly evenings.

How much do tours in Sydney typically cost?

The cost of tours in Sydney varies greatly depending on the length and type of experience. The average cost of our recommended tours is around $73 USD, with the most expensive costing $190 USD and the cheapest just $17 USD.

How long do tours in Sydney last?

The length of Sydney tours can also vary greatly. Our recommended tours range from 20 minutes to 11 hours. Sydney city tours are generally shorter, but there are plenty of excursions and day tours from Sydney, which are generally a one day trip.

Closing Thoughts on Sydney Tourism

There is plenty to do and see during a trip to Sydney, and a myriad of tours to choose from! The tours on this list will help you squeeze the most out of your Sydney trip.

There is a vast range of experiences on offer amongst these tours; you can hand feed a kangaroo, marvel at Aboriginal rock art, soar over the city, and walk through an Australian rainforest!

There’s something for everyone in Sydney, whether you’re a cultural connoisseur, nature lover, animal fanatic, or anything in between. Whichever tours you choose, we hope this Sydney tour guide has been helpful, and that you have an incredible trip!

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The Best Sydney Itinerary | How To Spend 4-7 Days Exploring Sydney

Looking for the best Sydney itinerary? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I lived in Sydney for a full year while on the incredible working holiday Visa program, and it instantly became one of my favorite cities worldwide.

While I, unfortunately, don’t live there anymore, Sydney will always be a second home to me. Sydney really does have it all. Amazing beaches, delicious food, fantastic atmosphere, iconic landmarks, and super friendly locals.

I really believe there is no better place to start your Australian vacation than in this remarkable city. And I hope this Sydney itinerary will help you figure out how to spend your time in the city.

Sydney Itinerary

The Ultimate Sydney Itinerary for Trip Planning!

Whether you’ve only got two, three, four, five, or a full 7 days in Sydney – this itinerary and travel guide will go over the best things to do in Sydney, places to visit, and helpful travel tips .

So without further adieu, let’s dive into my thoroughly detailed itinerary for your Sydney trip planning needs!

Sydney Itinerary

Sydney Itinerary Day 1: Explore Bondi Beach & Coastal Walk

There’s simply no better place to start your vacation in Sydney than the world-famous and iconic suburb of Bondi Beach. Filled with trendy cafes, shopping malls, and gorgeous people – you will surely fall in love with Bondi.

In fact, you could easily spend a full week here alone, trying all the amazing breakfast hotspots, relaxing on the beach, and catching some waves.

Tip: Bondi Beach is a top-notch location for people trying to learn how to surf.


  • Watch the sunrise
  • Go swimming
  • Relax on the beach
  • Learn how to surf
  • Visit Bondi Icebergs Club
  • Explore Bondi Pavilion
  • Stroll through Bondi Markets
  • Eat breakfast at Chapter One | Café & Wine Room
  • Stop for lunch at Bondi Tony’s Burger Joint
  • Head to Bondi Junction for some shopping

Bondi Beach Sunrise Sydney

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“The golden sands and crystal waters of Bondi Beach continue to capture hearts all around the world. As Bondi’s only officially licensed surf school on Australia’s most famous beach , our team of passionate and experienced Surf Instructors has been changing lives one wave at a time since 1995. Home to Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club, funky beach bars, restaurants, urban-style shops, and hip markets Let’s Go Surfing and Bondi is an experience not to be missed. Australia’s greatest surf experience on Australia’s Greatest Beaches.”

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No visit to Sydney would be complete without strolling along the unbelievably scenic path between Bondi and Coogee Beach. It’s one of the best tourist attractions in the city, and I’ll honestly never forget my first time doing this trek.

I don’t care if you have only 2 days in Sydney or a full week – this is a must-do when visiting Sydney. The path is super easy to follow and will lead you around to all of the best beaches in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, from Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Waverly, Clovelly, Gordons Bay, and ending in Coogee Beach.

Bondi to Coogee itinerary

Bondi → Bronte Beach  = 2.5 km (1.55 miles)

Bronte → Coogee Beach  = 3.5 km (2.18 miles)

In total, the distance is about 6 km (3.7 miles), and you really should spend around 4 – 5 hours completing the Bondi to Coogee walk. There are many photo opportunities along the way, things to do, and spots to relax.

I love the great atmosphere along the path, and you’ll learn how much of an outdoors-focused and active city Sydney is. Locals use this path as their daily exercise route, and I can’t imagine a better place to burn some calories each day.

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Coogee Beach Pavilion

At this point of the day, you’re probably going to be ready for a big meal and cocktail, and there’s no better place to do that than the rooftop bar at Coogee Pavillion . When I lived in Sydney, I would come to this spot every Sunday, and it’s one of my favorite restaurants/bars in the city.

“A beautifully styled oasis overlooking Coogee Beach, featuring four bars and a sweeping balcony. Our rooftop is all about breezy good vibes. Depending on the size of your event, you can commandeer the whole floor or one of four eclectic indoor bars. Sample Mediterranean-inspired food, amongst eccentrically styled surrounds. The beachside location and outlook over Wedding Cake Island are spectacular. And who doesn’t love a rooftop party?”

Sydney Itinerary Day 2: Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, and Opera House

What would you say are the most iconic buildings in the world? The Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and of course, the Sydney Opera House. Visiting one of the most famous Sydney sights and getting up close and personal is a must-do. And there’s so much to do around this part of the city.

Here are a few ideas of how to best spend your time exploring the Sydney Harbour:

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On my first day in Sydney, my mate Troy brought me to this bar. We chatted about how excited I was to move to Sydney as we drank beers and started out at the massive Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was one of the most surreal settings and a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours.

“Situated right by the water’s edge, Opera Bar is often described as the best beer garden in the world. Be swept away by the panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, CBD, and the beautiful harbor. Whether it’s breakfast, a lazy lunch, a pre-show dinner date, or simply a cocktail; Opera Bar is truly perfect for any occasion .”

What I love about the Opera Bar is that it’s an awesome experience at any time of the day.  Whether you want to stop here for a midday drink or meal, watch the sunset, or keep the party going until night – there aren’t many bars in Sydney with this stunning view.

Opera Bar Sydney

Self-Guided Walking Tour through “The Rocks”

“This walk explores The Rocks , the oldest part of Sydney situated on the western shores of Sydney Cove, an area steeped in history. The Rocks were the first European settlement in Australia, established by Captain Arthur Phillip of England in 1788 as a penal colony. The original buildings were built using blocks of local sandstone – hence the name The Rocks.”

To make the most of your walk, you should have at least half a day. Although the walk can be done in a much quicker time.

But if you want to continue on to the steps that lead up to the pedestrian walkway on the Harbour Bridge to leisurely walk across the bridge and return by ferry, allow a full day.

The Harbour Bridge part of the walk involves steep areas and steps, so if you have a mobility problem, you might prefer to end your walk in The Rocks.

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Walk Across the Sydney Harbour Bridge | Pylon Lookout

Walking across this magnificent beast is easily one of the best free things to do in Sydney, and I’d say is a must for everyone coming to Australia. The views you get on both sides of the bridge are completely stunning, and you’ll also get some really epic photos of the Sydney Harbour. It doesn’t take long at all and is just overall a really simple yet fantastic experience. 

Trust me – just do it!

This is also where you’ll find one of the best views and popular Instagram spots in the city – the Pylon Lookout . While you do have to pay to enter (see entrance rates below), it really is worth it.

It’s also an amazing exhibition where you’ll learn all about the history of the bridge, which I personally think is fascinating.

“Come and see the fantastic views of the city, the harbor, and the world-famous icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are 200 stairs to the Pylon Lookout, 87 meters above mean sea level, but on the way up there are 3 levels of exhibits where you will discover the history and construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the men who built it, and the vision of JJC Bradfield, chief engineer.”

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Milson’s Point & Luna Park

If you do walk across the Harbour Bridge (from The Rocks), you’ll end up in the charming suburb of Milson’s Point. This is one of my favorite areas in Sydney (mainly for photography purposes), and I’ve spent countless hours here wandering around, looking for different vantage points.

Take a photographic stroll through Bradfield Park, ride one of the rides at the famous Luna Park, and enjoy some scenic views of Sydney Harbour from the parks above Lavender Bay.  It’s simply a fantastic area to visit during the day and at night, and I know it’ll make you fall in love with Sydney as much as I have.

You can also take the ferry from Milsons Point back to Circular Quay after you finish.

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The Sydney Opera House Tour

Why come all the way to Sydney without learning a thing or two about its most iconic landmark? This quick tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city and is really a great way to learn all about the Opera House.

Duration : 1 Hour

Price : $20.78+ U.S.D ( Read Reviews )

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“Delight in an in-depth tour to the Sydney Opera House , and learn the history and stories behind this UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmark.

Join your informative tour guide as you wander through elegant foyers and performance halls. Take an audience seat on custom-made birch chairs, and imagine the thousands of concerts, operas, and ballet performances held on the grand stage.

Listen to the inspiring yet challenging 15-year journey of architect Jorn Utzon as you visit areas normally closed off to the general public. Admire the Opera House’s ceramic exterior, evoking yacht sails along the Sydney Harbour.

Upgrade your tour and enjoy a delicious meal set from the Portside Sydney Opera House. Feast on roasted salmon and chicken sliders, and mini cream puffs as you gaze at the skyline along Sydney Harbour.”

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Royal Botanic Gardens | Sunset at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair

“The Royal Botanic Garden is a verdant oasis in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.”

To wrap up your time exploring Sydney Harbour, you’ll want to spend at least an hour or so walking through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a relaxing place to take a stroll, have a picnic, and enjoy stunning views of the entire harbor.

It’s also home to some of the best music festivals in Australia , and there’s pretty much always something fun going on in this massive park.

One of the best spots in the park is the iconic Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, which is easily one of my favorite places in the entire city. Every night during sunset, you’ll see tons of locals and tourists admiring the view of the sun slowly dipping beneath the city in the distance.

The way the sky lights up in different shades of pink and orange really makes the Opera House and Sydney Harbour really pop. This is one of the best photography places in the city, and you’ll definitely spot at least one or two different photographers with tripods taking photos every night.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

“Absorb a 360-degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on our original Climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.”

If you’re afraid of heights, then this activity probably isn’t for you, but for all the adrenaline junkies planning a trip to Sydney – this should definitely be at the top of your list. In fact, this was actually voted as the #1 Traveller’s Choice in Australia and #4 Globally, so you know it’s pretty much loved by everyone who’s conquered it.

I haven’t done this yet, but I’ve already promised myself that I wouldn’t go back to Sydney without doing it.

Price:  $268 ( Read Reviews )

  • 3 ½ hours long, max. 14 people per group.
  • 1,332 steps (that’s around 500 calories or 2,100 kilojoules for those tracking)
  • Ideal if you want to soak up the moment and take the upper arch.
  • Perfect if you’re a bit nervous and would like more support from our Climb Leaders.
  • You can do this climb at dawn (limited departures), twilight, or night.

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Sydney Itinerary Day 3: Watson’s Bay, Beaches & South Head Heritage Trail

Sydney has a wide variety of different neighborhoods and suburbs to explore, but I think Watson’s Bay is one of the best. I’ve been here two different times now, and on each visit, I’ve found something new to appreciate about it.

Getting to Watsons Bay is super easy. It requires you to take a ferry from Circular Quay to Watson’s Bay – this is super scenic and only takes 27 minutes. Hopping on this ferry is reason enough to make your way out there, but you’ve got lots to explore once you arrive.

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The Gap Park Lookout

This place is absolutely stunning, and there’s a cool walking trail that will lead you up to different vantage points of the sandstone cliffs. While this is actually a stop along the South Head Heritage Trail, I actually always just went straight here after getting off the ferry.

The view out to sea from the various lookouts is magnificent, but I can’t help thinking briefly about the negative aspects of The Gap – which is a known suicide spot.

Luckily, an emergency phone to Lifeline (13 11 14) is prominently placed near the steps to prevent this from happening.

Soon, the beauty of my surroundings, the sun sparkling on the water, and the hope of spotting a whale distract me.

“When international director and closet ghoul Alfred Hitchcock visited Sydney in the sixties, this was his infamous point of reference. Locals know, and tourists do not, that this is the last stop for the desperate few, it’s also a beautiful location for a spectacular scenic cliff top walk that begins at The Gap Park .”

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South Head Heritage Trail

You could actually spend all day just enjoying all the different stops along this walk. While it isn’t very time-consuming, it is loaded with historical importance, pristine beaches, nude beaches (Lady Bay), epic views, lighthouses, and so much more.

“The short South Head Heritage Trail offers something for everyone: incredible beach and harbor views, a glimpse into the history and excellent whale-watching opportunities.

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Starting at Camp Cove Beach in Watsons Bay, this short walk takes you on a stroll along a 1870s cobblestone road past Lady Bay Beach. Before reaching the historic Hornby Lighthouse with its distinctive red and white stripes.

Take some time to explore the gun emplacements and keep your eyes open if you’re there during whale watching season.

The spectacular views of Sydney are sure to astound you. With the Sydney Harbour to the west, Middle and North Head to the north, and the expansive Pacific Ocean to the east, the scenery will leave you wanting to explore more of Sydney Harbour National Park.

I feel like most tourists skip this place when visiting Sydney, and I think that’s a complete shame.

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Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel

You simply can’t come to Watsons Bay without getting at least a drink or a meal at this hotel.

Side Note : Did you know that Australians use the word “hotel” for a bar? I had no idea until I got to Australia, and I thought it was so weird. Why, you may be wondering?

Well, “a pub, short for Public House, is an establishment whose main function is to serve alcohol, mostly beer. It’s also known as an Alehouse or Tavern. The reason for this is that until recently, in Australia (the late 1980s), pubs were forced, by the liquor laws, to provide accommodation and so were accurately called hotels.” 

Thanks to Midland Hotel for that quick little history lesson!

“Grounded on the sandy shoreline of one of Sydney’s most iconic harbor beaches, Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel is the perfect destination for those pursuing sun, fresh seafood platters, seasonal fare, and icy cold refreshments while overlooking Sydney’s spectacular harbor.”

Sounds pretty great, hey?

After a long day of exploring and photographing the gorgeous coastlines and walking trails in Watsons Bay, make sure you pop in here for a beer or a sunset and even book a night’s accommodation at the hotel if you want.

It’s one of Sydney sider’s favorite hotels and has won awards like “Hotel of the Year”, “Best Social Media”, and “2020 Traveller’s Choice Award” from TripAdvisor in the past. 

Trust me – you want to visit this place. You also can’t really miss it, because it’s the first place you’ll see when you get off the ferry.

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Sydney Itinerary Day 4: Sydney CBD & Suburbs

After spending 4 days in Sydney, you’ll realize that it is a pretty massive city, and I feel like people always forget that. While the main downtown area or Central Business District (CBD for short) is small compared to cities like New York or London – Sydney is just a massive county with many different areas to explore.

A few of my favorites include: 

Newtown : If you’re looking for the cultural hub or artistic district in Sydney, then this is where you need to go. It can be difficult to explain, but it’s easily the most unique suburb in the city.  It’s filled with live-music venues, gay bars, graffiti walls, street singers, a huge dog-friendly park, and an amazing variety of food options.

If you only come to Newtown for one meal, then you’ve got to visit the ever-so-popular Mary’s Bar . 

I think this video below perfectly encapsulates Mary’s and the vibe you’ll find in Newtown

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Surry Hills : This is another extremely trendy and hip suburb in Sydney, and you could easily forget you’re actually in Sydney while walking up and down its hilly roads. It’s got amazing food, top-notch art, an excellent nightlife, and is centrally located, making it easy to get to.

“On the southern fringe of Sydney’s CBD, you’ll stumble across the suburb of Surry Hills – a gritty, creative, and foodie-filled enclave. It’s arguably the creative heart of Sydney and a mandatory pop-in for anyone visiting the harbor city.

The Polly Pocket-sized suburb is home to fashion designers, creative agencies, and tech start-ups, along with professionals, young hipsters, the drug-addicted and homeless.”

Check out this amazing article about “ 10 of the best things to do in Surry Hills ”, which will definitely keep you busy if you decide to take a visit. All the food recommendations are 100% worth it, especially trying out Sydney’s favorite Gelato Messina.

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Crows Nest – “Crowie” for short (because Australians shorten every word they can) is a small suburb in the North Shore and one of my favorite areas to go pub/hotel hopping. There always seem to be great deals, amazing meals, and delicious craft beers. It’s also been named “the most livable Suburb in Sydney” and goes by the motto – The Nest is the Best.   

“Getting its name thanks to its elevated position – it’s one of the highest points of all of the northern suburbs. Crows Nest is home to a strip of family-owned, mid-range restaurants, with a bunch of Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese joints dotted along the Pacific Highway and tucked up behind the major arterial road.”  – Time Out Crows Nest Guide

If you’re free at night, then I’d definitely recommend making your way to Crows Nest for a night out. Not sure where to start? Just make your way to The Hayberry Bar & Diner for burgers, booze, Blues, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Sydney Itinerary Day 5: Sydney Day Trip

If you’ve got one week in Sydney, then I think you should spend at least one day outside the city exploring one of the best day trips. There are some really amazing options to choose from, but here are my top 3 recommendations:

Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

Price : $124.10

Duration : Full-Day

The scenic Blue Mountains National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for a good reason. This explosion of biodiversity boasts incredible views of the Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters – a colossal sandstone formation and sacred Aboriginal site.

“Discover the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains on a full-day tour that takes you to Featherdale Wildlife Park. See various native Australian animals, stop at Echo Point for panoramic views, and enjoy 3 different rides at Scenic World.”

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Jervis Bay Sydney Day Trip

Want to visit some of the whitest sand beaches in the world? Then you need to make your way down to Jervis Bay, which is one of Australia’s most popular seaside destinations. While this seaside oasis has a low swell and is not the best for surfing, it is known as a great beach for families.

And although ideally, I think you should spend more than one day down there (as it is quite far from the city), it is a truly stunning place that I think is worth visiting.

Read my article titled “ The Perfect Weekend Getaway Exploring the New South Wales Coast ” to get a better understanding of what to expect.

In fact, if you have the time, I’d definitely recommend renting a car and driving down the coast for a two or three-day road trip like I did.

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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting

Who else loves wine? Well, you may not know this, but Australia is home to some of the best vineyards and wineries in the entire world. I actually did my first-ever wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, and it was one of my favorite experiences I’ve had in Australia.

Located just a couple hours’ drive from downtown Sydney, the Hunter Valley would be an amazing destination for a full day of wine tasting.

Price : $137.20

Duration : 11 Hours

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch – “Get ready for a diverse tour exploring the Hunter Valley wine region, tasting some of Australia’s best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beer, and distilled spirits.”

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Sydney Itinerary Day 6: Manly Beach

With its gorgeous beaches, scenic coastal walks, and stunning snorkeling spots — Manly should be on everyone’s Sydney itinerary.

I spent two full days around Manly Beach, and now I’m a strong advocate that it’s easily one of the best suburbs in Sydney. If you get the chance, definitely make it out this way for more than just a day trip.   

With that being said, if you get to Manly Beach earlier on in the day, you can squeeze in quite a lot.

I’ve actually written a destination itinerary before, so take a read through this article: How to Spend Two Days Exploring Manly Beach, Sydney . 

This will go over some really amazing food options, activities, and much more to keep you busy during your day while exploring Manly.

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Manly Beach to Spit Bridge Coastal Walk

If you’re not too tired out already from a busy 5 days in Sydney, then I think the Manly Beach to Spit Bridge Coastal Walk is a fantastic way to spend your day. But only if it’s sunny and warm outside. Just a fair warning though – this trek is around 10 km (6.2 miles) and really does require a chunk of the day.

The views you get of Sydney Harbour are truly magnificent, though. And I think it leads you around to some of the most famous beaches in the entire city. I haven’t done this hike in many years, but it definitely left a solid impression.

Whenever I return to Sydney, I know I will make it a priority to complete this Manly to Spit Bridge coastal trek again.

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Sydney Itinerary Day 7: Endless Options

The truth is completing everything I’ve mentioned in this 7-day Sydney itinerary will be quite challenging in such a short amount of time. That’s why I’m going to leave this final day a little bit more open and flexible.

There really is no shortage of amazing things to do in Sydney, and I’m sure you’ll want some free time to just go with the flow and see what happens.

With that being said, here are a few more things that I think could be an awesome addition to your time in Sydney and that you could easily fit into your last day.

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Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo : Want to see gorgeous giraffes with the Sydney Opera House in the background? Well, you can totally do that. While I haven’t been here personally, I think this is a Sydney must-do for anyone traveling with kids.

“Enjoy a fun-filled day at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Start your day off with a cruise along the Sydney Harbour. See impressive landmarks such as the iconic Sydney Opera House. Arrive at Taronga Zoo, home to over 350 different animal species with eight unique environments to explore. The zoo offers abundant activities, from animal encounters to daily educational talks.”  

Adults = $35.18 USD

Children = $19.98 USD

The Taronga Zoo is easily reachable by ferry, and tickets are cheaper when you purchase them online.

Come play Wild and Seek at Taronga

Darling Harbour : I can’t believe I made it to the last day of this Sydney 7-day itinerary without mentioning Darling Harbour. This place is 100% a must-visit in the city, and I think you must come here at night. This place really comes alive every evening. The promenade is loaded with amazing restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

It’s also the location of some of Sydney’s best tourist attractions, like the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, the Wildlife Zoo, the Chinese Garden, and much more.

“There’s really nowhere in the world quite like Darling Harbour . From first light to starry nights, there’s always something going on here. Coffee machines froth, water laps, children play, friends chat, steaks sear, glasses clink, and bass thumps. Infectious sounds travel on harbor breezes as text messages and online updates share snapshots of good times. If you’re a local, chances are you really do come here often. If you’re new in town, there’s no question you’ll have this sparkling harbor on your Sydney bucket list.”

Sydney Tower Eye Rotating Buffet / Bar

If you’re looking for the highest view in the city, then there’s no question you must go to the 305-meter-tall Sydney Tower Eye . I’ve been up here once for sunset, and the views truly are magnificent. When I went up there (on a date, actually), I only went for drinks, but I’ve heard the food is absolutely amazing as well.

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Want to visit the observation deck instead ?

Price : $89.00 Adult – $64.00 Child ( Read Reviews )

“Skip the big queue and enjoy faster entry by going straight to the prepaid voucher queue. Then stand on the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, 820 feet (250 meters) above the street, and be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views as far as 48 miles (80 kilometers) into the distance. The 60-minute experience includes a fully guided SKYWALK tour around the outside of the top of Sydney Tower. Access to the indoor Observation Deck before and after your SKYWALK tour.”

Nestled at the highest point of the city, the Observation Deck offers the ultimate view of Sydney’s beaches and neighborhoods, with vistas as far as the Blue Mountains.

Offering both day and night viewing slots, the state-of-the-art multilingual touchscreens provide an interactive introduction to some of the city’s famous landmarks. And the high-powered binoculars give you an even closer look.

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Where To Stay in Sydney — Best Places

First things first, you’re going to need somewhere to sleep while taking on your Sydney, Australia itinerary. Now obviously, this depends on your budget and travel style, but I think below would be my top recommendations:

Sydney Harbour YHA –  My Favorite Hostel in Sydney

Looking for the best hostel in Sydney? Then I’d definitely recommend staying here at YHA The Rocks . I stayed here for nearly a full week at the end of my last trip to the city, and it ended up being one of my favorite hostels. The rooms are comfortable, the social backpacker vibe is great, and there is an absolutely stunning rooftop terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour.

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The Fullerton Hotel Sydney (Luxury Hotel)

In the past couple of years, I’ve had the pleasure of staying at a few different Westin properties, and I’m officially obsessed with the brand.   is truly a luxurious gem and will definitely provide a super comfortable stay in the city.

It’s perfectly located in the downtown city center, has incredible amenities, and you’re guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep thanks to their signature “heavenly beds”.

Also, give a quick read through my experience at The Westin Maldives: Heavenly Luxurious in Every Way , which is now the best resort I’ve ever stayed at.

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While some may disagree, I personally think that the Sydney public transportation system works really well, and you’ll definitely want to get used to using it. The system will be able to take you all over the city, especially to the destinations mentioned in this Sydney 1-week itinerary.

Just make sure you get yourself an “ OPAL card ”. You can register online for free.

This is the public transportation payment system, and it will save you a lot of time and money utilizing it.

Fun Fact – I actually used to work at the OPAL card call center while I was living in Sydney, and think it’s a really fantastic product.

If you lose your OPAL card, you can call them and get it blocked so no one else can use it. Then you just need to get a new card and transfer the old balance to the new card.

Hopefully, you won’t lose your card, but it’s better to know you won’t lose the money that you’ve loaded onto it. 

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Wondering what is the best tourist SIM card for Sydney? If you’re landing at Sydney International Airport, once you get through customs and immigration, you will see five to six different phone stores, all offering a variety of phone plans for tourists.

My personal recommendation would be to go for Optus. They’ve got amazing tourist SIM card packages, and the coverage is top-notch. When I lived in Sydney, I actually used Vodafone, which I really loved, up until I left Sydney and had basically zero reception. 

Note: Vodafone is only good if you stay in the city.

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I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around the country, so make sure you check out a few of my other articles about my time in Australia to help plan your time there.

  • Greyhound Bus Pass Hop-On / Hop-Off: Cairns to Sydney Route Bus Itinerary
  • The Perfect Weekend Getaway Exploring the New South Wales Coast
  • Two Days on Magnetic Island: The Bungalow Bay Experience
  • The Ultimate Guide for Moving to Sydney on a Working Holiday Visa
  • The 20 Best Music Festivals in Brisbane
  • 14 Words You’ll Start Saying When You Move to Australia
  • The 15 Best Music Festivals in Sydney, Australia

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Whether you are heading to Sydney for just a few days or embarking on a lengthy trip around Australia, travel insurance is absolutely essential.

Have you seen some of the crazy animals they have Downunder, or indeed, how expensive some things (including medical care) can be in Australia? Getting sick or having items stolen while traveling is rare, but when it does happen, it can be an absolute nightmare.

Having insurance (which is essential for Visas in some countries) will give you the peace of mind that if anything terrible does happen, you are covered.

I highly recommend HeyMondo due to its extensive range of cover for all situations and trip lengths, its fair pricing and its handy app. The app allows you to manage any claims within the app.

But it also has access to free assistance online, so you don’t need to rack up an expensive phone bill while abroad. So, whether you need a single trip cover or an affordable annual cover for multiple trips worldwide, be sure to buy your travel insurance before you travel. And then you’ll relax during your trip, knowing that HeyMondo has your back.

Nowadays, I would never travel without insurance again, especially after hearing so many (expensive and dangerous) horror stories from other travelers I’ve met.

Are you still planning your trip? You can always just get a no-commitment travel insurance quote now, so you have an idea of how much extra to budget for your vacation.

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Every time I visit Sydney, I find a new favorite thing to do or see. That’s just how loaded with natural and cultural attractions Sydney is. From the world-renowned Sydney Opera House to the Bondi to Coogee Walk, the northern beaches, and the Botanic Gardens, you’re sure to have an amazing experience in Sydney.

And to top it all off, you can also enjoy top Sydney attractions like the scenic views at Blue Mountains National Park. Enjoy sun lounging along the white sands of Camp Cove Beach, stroll through the Australian National Maritime Museum, or walk along Darling Harbour – you can do it all when you visit Sydney.

So, which of these incredible sights in Sydney, Australia, are you most excited about exploring?

Thanks for reading my Sydney Itinerary!!

If you’re not already, be sure to follow along on my Facebook & Instagram for more of my international adventures!  As always, feel free to shoot me an email or reach out to me on social-media with any questions you have about Sydney!  I’m a huge fan of Australia, and am always happy to help readers plan their trips down under!  Who knows, maybe I’ll be in town and we can grab a beer!  Until then, SAFE TRAVELS MATES!

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Thanks for the great info. When was this article written? How up to date is the info? I don’t believe it is possible to pet Koalas in Sydney in 2019??

Such a great and useful article! I will be visiting from New York and your pictures of Sydney and the things to do are gorgeous. Really appreciate your page.

Great post! Really helpful thank you so much!

Wow. Your photo skills are fantastic! I really love the long exposure photos of Sydney Harbour Bridge, especially the one showing Luna Park lit up at night with the Opera House compressed in the background! And your Bondi photos are incredible too! So inspiring thanks for sharing! :)

Great shots. I’ve bookmarked this post to have in mind before visiting Sydney next time (hopefully). My last visit was 2 years ago. A business trip and meeting in Four Seasons Hotels in Sydney, The Rocks area. Its near the center but was too expensive for me and I’ve stayed in Harbour Rocks Hotel instead. It is not on the main streets but close enough to walk to.

Really an awesome Sydney Itinerary, love reading this as it was very attractive and helpful. Please keep posting such articles.

That is such a comprehensive itinerary. I am bookmarking it for later.

thankyou for providing this useful information

This itinerary for Sydney is great. Looks like so much fun stuff to do. I’ll be cherry picking some of the options here for myself.

For Taronga Park, I strongly recommend that you ad that it’s the best zoo for OZ marsupials on the planet. They have wombats! (Yes, I know San Diego has them too, but not housed so well.)

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One Day in Sydney: First-Timer’s Itinerary (+ Walking Map & Tips)

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Posted on Last updated: November 23, 2023

One Day in Sydney: First-Timer’s Itinerary (+ Walking Map & Tips)

Visiting Sydney, Australia, for just a day and wondering how to plan your short visit so that you can see the very best of the city in a short time? In this guide, we lay out a detailed 1-day Sydney itinerary that brings you to all the main sights and attractions in the most time-effective way. Find out!

Sydney is a large, spread-out city, so you’ll only be able to cover some of the sights in a day (which means a return trip is in order!)… But with smart and strategic planning, you can certainly see many of the ‘musts’.

This itinerary brings you to the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, The Rocks, the Royal Botanic Garden, and some of the best views the city has to offer.

This itinerary is created with the help of a fellow travel writer Casey from Cloud Jumper . He has family in Sydney and visits the city multiple times a year, so this guide also features inside tips and recommendations for places to eat and the best ways to navigate the main landmarks. You’ll go from morning to night and not miss a beat!

While a day in Sydney might seem quick, with the right itinerary and some advance planning, you can accomplish a lot.

For those unfamiliar with Sydney’s pace and size, we’ve included some practical tips to make your trip smooth. This itinerary also takes into account the location and opening times of each spot so that you can plan and optimize your day in the most efficient way. You’ll also find a map indicating all the places mentioned in this guide.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how you could plan your time in order to see many of the top sights in Sydney in just a day!

Sydney Harbour Bridge - one day in Sydney Australia

1-Day Sydney Itinerary & Walking Map

Here is our recommended one-day Sydney itinerary in a nutshell:

  • 8 – 8.30 AM: Bondi Beach (optional).
  • 8.30 – 9.15 AM: Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk (optional).
  • Make your way to the city center.
  • 10 – 11 AM: Sydney Tower Eye .
  • 11 AM – 12 PM. Queen Victoria Building.
  • 12 – 12.30 PM: Hyde Park.
  • 12.30 – 12.45 PM: St Mary’s Cathedral.
  • 1 – 2 PM: Art Gallery of New South Wales (optional).
  • 2 – 2.45 PM: Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • 2.45 – 3.45 PM: Sydney Opera House (optional interior tour ).
  • 4 – 6 PM: Harbor Cruise OR Manly Beach OR Luna Park.
  • 6 – 7 PM: The Rocks & Harbour Bridge.
  • EVENING: Dinner & Sydney Opera House Theater (optional – opera performance tickets ).

TIP: If you have one more day in the Sydney area, visit the Blue Mountains as well! This is the most popular day trip that you really shouldn’t miss!

Please note that the hours in our itinerary are only indicated for your reference, to give you a better idea of how much time you need everywhere. The same with the walking route on the map below – use it just as an indication of where to go.

Good to know: The first part of the day takes you to the nicest beaches and neighborhoods outside Sydney city center. If you are not renting a car, the best way to get there is by Uber/taxi, or bus and train. Once you are in the city center (starting at The Sydney Tower), you can easily walk everywhere. If you decide to visit Manly Beach or Luna Park, you can take a ferry.

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Here is what you could do in Sydney in one day:

Bondi Beach

8 – 8.30 AM (OPTIONAL) .

Bondi is an oceanfront suburb of Sydney. The neighborhood’s centerpiece is Bondi Beach, one of the top tourist sights in Sydney (and all of Australia). In a city full of beaches, Bondi is easily the most popular.

As the sun comes out and the day begins to warm, Bondi becomes more crowded. To make the most of all the neighborhood has to offer without the crowds, it’s smart to start your day in Bondi. And the best part is that you’ll miss the traffic!

Considered one of the best surfing spots in the city, this sandy beach is great for sunbathing or walking along the water. It’s also the filming location for the TV show Bondi Rescue , so you may even find yourself in the background of a reality show!

Its scenic promenade is lined with cafes, shops, and restaurants. One of the best things you can do in the morning is to grab a takeaway coffee or breakfast and find a seat that looks out to the ocean. It’s a great place to start your day in Sydney, outside the hustle and bustle of the city center.

If you want to dine in, check out either Lamrock Cafe or Porch and Parlour (we indicated these and other suggestions on the map).

TIP: The Bondi Icebergs Club, located at the southern end of the beach, has a public saltwater pool where you can swim laps right up against the ocean. It opens very early in the morning, so if you want to start your day in Sydney as locals do, you may want to check it out! But we have an even better suggestion further below.

Bondi Beach in Sydney Australia

Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

8.30 – 9.15 AM (OPTIONAL) .

The walk from Bondi to Bronte is the crown jewel in Sydney’s long list of coastal walks. Perfect for a casual morning walk (before the heat hits), the 2-kilometer trail hugs the ocean, so you’ll get fantastic Pacific views the entire way.

The trail changes from paved paths to wooden boardwalks and rock formations. It takes about 30 minutes not counting the stops, or about 45 minutes at a more relaxed pace.

Coastal walks in Sydney are a great way to spot whales and dolphins, and the elevated cliffs on the Bondi to Bronte walk are known as one of the best places for whale watching in Sydney . Just remember that the whale season here is only from May to November.

On the way, you’ll also pass Tamarama Beach (aka ‘Glamarama’), a tiny, somewhat hidden sliver of sand popular for “trendy” crowds.

When you get to Bronte, you’ll find another promenade of cafes and shops, including shady green areas to relax in.

TIP: At the end of the walk, you’ll see the Bronte Baths, a public rock pool. These are more spacious and less crowded than the Bondi public pool, so if you want to swim, we recommend skipping Bondi for these. If you are planning on going swimming, you’ll need to adjust the timing of this itinerary (likely add an hour).

Next, make your way to the CBD area. It’s about 15-20 minutes drive/taxi or about 40 minutes by public transport.

Scenery from the coastal walk between Bondi and Bronte beaches in Sydney Australia

Sydney Tower Eye

10 – 11 AM.

The most distinct building on the city’s skyline, the Sydney Tower Eye is the tallest structure in the city. It also has the best views!

The observation deck at 250 meters (820 feet) gives you an incredible 360-degree aerial view of the entire city. You’ll see the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and many Sydney beaches. On a clear day, you can even see the Blue Mountains, some 60- 80 kilometers away!

Inside, there is also a 4D cinema with even more amazing views of Sydney. Don’t miss it!

If you’re feeling brave, you can also opt for a SKYWALK experience where you can step out over the city onto a glass-floored platform (at 268m (880 ft)). Keep in mind that the regular tickets don’t include this option, so you have to decide (and book) upfront. Also, the SKYWALK tour takes about an hour.

Good to know: Sydney Tower Eye is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sydney, so booking a time slot in advance is essential or you’ll waste too much of your precious time. The Tower is open from 10 AM, so ideally, you reserve one of the first time slots.

View from Sydney Tower Eye

Queen Victoria Building

11 AM – 12 PM.

The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is the ultimate shopping and dining location with a unique aesthetic. It’s located on George Street in the center of the Sydney CBD, just 5 minutes walk from the Sydney Tower.

The Romanesque-style 19th-century building is a must-see landmark in itself. It has stained glass windows, intricate tiling, and an expansive overhead dome. There’s also a clock hanging over the walkway – the “Great Australian Clock” or the “Royal Clock” – which is a spectacle in its own right.

The huge shopping mall features a wide variety of stores and an array of dining options. This could be a good place for an early lunch. We recommend Yama for sushi or the Tea Room for sandwiches and a wide variety of tea.

TIP: If you want to transfer to another location in Sydney, an underground walkway connects the QVB to the Town Hall train station. But if you follow this itinerary further, you can simply walk everywhere.

After leaving the Queen Victoria Building, head south toward Sydney City Hall, and then turn east to Hyde Park. It’s less than 10 minutes walk.

Great Australian Clock at Queen Victoria Building in Sydney

12 – 12.30 PM.

Next, check out Sydney’s Hyde Park , a green oasis in the downtown area. There is no shortage of calming nature in Sydney, and this park is a perfect example of a nice escape from busy city life.

It’s a clean, relaxing park with historic fig trees and flowers. Locals often come here to relax, picnic, or listen to live music.

The two main sites we recommend here pertain to World War I: The Archibald Fountain , an extravagant water display symbolizing French-Australian relations, and the Anzac Memorial , a war tribute with a large reflecting pool.

TIP: From the park, you also have a great view of the downtown skyline.

A visit to Hyde Park won’t take long – walking from one end to the other only takes about 10-15 minutes.

Sydney Hyde Park fountain and Sydney Tower Eye

St Mary’s Cathedral

12.30 – 12.45 PM.

St Mary’s Cathedral may not be a must-see in Sydney, but it’s literally just across the street from Hyde Park and on the way to the next place on this itinerary, so you’ll pass it anyway.

Built at the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century, the Gothic-style Cathedral has a certain grandeur that you usually only find at the most famous churches in Europe. The stained glass windows are well worth seeing too.

A visit here is free of charge and only takes a few minutes. Check it out!

Interior of St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales

1 – 2 PM ( OPTIONAL) .

Within a quick walk from the Cathedral, you’ll find the Art Gallery of New South Wales , the best museum in Sydney.

The museum contains pieces that span a wide collection of art: Asian, European, Indigenous Australian, modern, and much more. Basically, it has everything! Alongside that permanent collection, the gallery also has temporary exhibitions from famous international artists.

Good to know: Admission to the museum is free, although those special exhibitions may charge a fee.

TIP: After seeing the artwork, the gallery’s cafe is a great place to relax and enjoy a fantastic view, with windows overlooking the botanic gardens and harbour.

Remember that your time in Sydney is short, so if you opt for this museum, we recommend going through it quickly. A condensed walkthrough should take you about an hour. Otherwise, just check out the buildings and the views and move on.

Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney Australia

Royal Botanic Gardens

2 – 2.45 PM.

Next, walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens to the Opera House. This is a very relaxing and scenic way to get from the CBD to the Opera House, and the walk is just about 20 minutes.

The Botanic Garden is a fantastic place to visit and you could spend a few hours here if you wanted. But with just a day in Sydney and limited time, simply walk through and check out several themed areas that you pass along the way (such as the Fernery, the Rose Garden, and the Palm Grove).

The must-see is the Calyx; it contains an incredibly designed green wall, decorative flower displays, and futuristic architecture.

TIP: If you want to see the gardens and the harbour, a walkway stretches along the water to give you the best of both worlds.

The Calyx at Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney

Sydney Opera House

2.45 – 3.45 PM.

The Sydney Opera House needs no introduction. It’s one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Sydney.

To witness the sail-like shell roof up close and personal is one of the highlights of a visit to Sydney. And with the wraparound walkway, you can view the Opera House and its distinct glass from all angles.

Good to know: If you want to go inside, tours run most days and last about an hour. Spots fill up quickly, so booking in advance is highly recommended.

TIP: Surrounding the Opera House, you’ll find a few dining options with breathtaking views. It’s a nice place to sit down for a drink (or late lunch), enjoy the views, and do some people-watching.

We recommend going to House Canteen or Opera Bar, the all-day restaurants below the Opera House. Opera Bar is more upscale, while House Canteen is casual Asian food. At either, you can eat and drink while enjoying a front-row seat to the harbour and the bridge.

Sydney Opera House close-up

Sydney Harbor Cruise OR Manly OR Luna Park

4 – 6 PM.

As you can imagine, there is a lot more to see and do in Sydney than you could possibly squeeze in a day. So for the late afternoon, we have a couple of recommendations for you to choose from based on your interests:

  • OPTION 1: Sydney Harbor Cruise (1.5 – 2 hours).
  • OPTION 2: Manly Ferry Ride and Manly Beach (2-3 hours).
  • OPTION 3: Luna Park (1.5 – 2 hours).

You can find more information about each of these options below.

Sydney Harbor Cruise (Option 1)

For the best views of the Sydney Harbor, you have to see it from the water! Seeing the skyline from the water is an unforgettable view, so we highly recommend it.

There are several ways to do that including simply taking a ferry to one of the other places nearby (see also options 2-3 below). But ferries just go from point A to B, so the best way to truly enjoy the views is by booking one of the Sydney Harbor Cruises . There are various options and different types of boats, and tours typically take about 1.5 -2 hours.

You will pass by many of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, and many more.

Sydney Opera House and harbour ferries

Manly Ferry Ride + Manly Beach (Option 2)

If you want to see one more local area in Sydney, take a ferry to Manly Beach . The boat journey will also give you an outstanding alternative view of the Sydney Harbour.

The ferry departs from Circular Quay and takes 30 minutes (or 20 minutes on the fast ferry) to reach Manly, a beach community on the northern side of Sydney. Along the way, the ferry passes the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and other northern suburbs.

Once the ferry stops in Manly, you’ll take a short walk to Manly Beach, the (less famous) sister to Bondi Beach, and see a long stretch of sand and a row of pine trees.

Next to the beach is The Corso, a pedestrian-only shopping area with dining and shops.

The suburb of Manly has a family-friendly vibe that feels more laid-back than other areas in the main section of Sydney.

Surfing boards on Manly Beach in Sydney

Luna Park (Option 3)

Sydney’s Luna Park is an amusement park located on the northern shore of the harbour. So you’ll need to get across the water via the bridge, tunnel, or ferry.

The giant smiling face that greets you as you enter Luna Park is one of the trademark images of Sydney. This is a very family-friendly activity, with various rides and games for people of all ages.

If you’re not interested in roller coasters, there’s a great atmosphere and energy in simply walking around the park. Grab some fairy floss while you do it!

TIP: Given its prime location at the water’s edge, the park also has stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. For the best 360° harbour views, ride on the Ferris wheel.

Good to know: The park closes at 6 PM and you need about 1-2 hours to make the most of it.

Sydney Luna Park

The Rocks & Sydney Harbour Bridge

6 – 7 PM.

The Rocks is a quirky waterfront neighborhood right next to the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge, about 15-20 minutes walk from the Opera (on the other side of Circular Quay).

This historic area has old brick buildings, cobbled streets, and a totally different vibe than the rest of the city. Here, you’ll see heritage sites, art galleries, and boutique shops. There is also a popular bar scene, containing Sydney’s oldest pubs, where you can sample local beer.

Walking in this area you’ll also get yet a different view of the famous sites including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

TIP: If you’re interested in the area’s history, guided walking tours are available. These tours tell you about the early days of Sydney and the transformation of The Rocks over the years. For a slightly different perspective, there’s a pub tour too ;).

The Rocks Markets , held every Saturday and Sunday (10 AM – 5 PM), have stalls of beer, unique art pieces, and a variety of foods.

Good to know: If you have time (and aren’t afraid of heights!), the meetup point for the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is also located in this area, so you could include this unique activity in your 1-day Sydney itinerary as well. Just keep in mind that you absolutely have to pre-book the climb well in advance, and you need to count 2.5-3.5 hours for it.

The Rocks area in CBD Sydney Australia

Dinner & Sydney Opera House Theater


There is no shortage of nice restaurants for dinner in Sydney. There is an option for any cuisine preference, so you won’t have much trouble!

Just note that many of them require reservations, so if you absolutely want to dine at a specific place, book ahead. Otherwise, there are also lots of hole-in-the-walls and casual spots where you can simply walk in.

TIP: Opting for a restaurant by the water will give you sunset/night harbour views. For example, 6HEAD or Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant (both at The Rocks) have amazing views and great food. But there are tons of other options!

A highlight of Sydney is seeing a performance at the Opera House. They take place around the year, so check the schedule to see what’s on during your visit. A quick way to check if there’s an opera planned on your travel dates is via this website ; simply click ‘select date’ and you’ll see if there’s a performance.

TIP: If it’s available for your travel dates, we highly recommend attending Opera on the Harbour . This is an open-air show where the stage and seats are placed along the harbour, so you watch a performance with a backdrop of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge evening view from The Rocks

Practical Info & Planning Tips

Here is some additional information for your visit to Sydney:

  • Starting the day in Bondi is the best way to check off the eastern beaches from your list so that you can make your way to the heart of the city, with more sights. If, however, you are not interested in the beaches and just want to see the city, you can just skip this part. That will make your day more relaxing and will give you more time to enjoy other sites. On the other hand, most places in the center don’t open before 10 AM anyway.
  • Even though Sydney is a large city, fortunately, many major attractions are located near each other. All the places in this itinerary except for the beaches) are within easy walking distance from each other. That said, it’s important to wear comfortable shoes!
  • In Bondi, our pick is the Adina Apartment Hotel ($$$+).
  • At The Rocks, check out the YHA Sydney Harbour ($$).
  • And at the CBD, InterContinental Sydney ($$$) is our absolute favorite, with a beautiful rooftop bar offering the most amazing views (and the location is great for this itinerary!).
  • Most likely, you are traveling to Sydney for more than a day, so in addition to covering all the musts in the city, be sure to plan at least one day trip outside the city as well. The Blue Mountains is the most popular option with tons of great tours that can bring you there if you are not renting a car. Highly recommended!
  • In addition, you may want to check out some of the other amazing experiences in Sydney such as WILD LIFE Sydney , SEA LIFE Sydney , or Taronga Zoo . It’s a great chance to see some Australian wildlife and it’s definitely not just for families with kids.
  • TIP: Depending on your interests and the places you want to visit in Sydney, consider a multi-attractions pass – it can save you a lot of money. These passes include the Sydney Tower Eye and one or several other popular attractions in the city.

So, this sums up our itinerary for your one-day visit to Sydney. As you can see, there is plenty to see and do in the city, and with good planning you can do a lot in a day! But by all means, stay a bit longer if you can – Sydney has so much to offer!

Have a great trip!

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Tours to See and Experience Sydney

Embark on a journey through the enchanting city of Sydney, where every corner promises a new discovery.

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Stepping out into Sydney unveils a world of unexpected surprises waiting to be explored. This vibrant city pulsates with vitality, its streets adorned with artistic marvels and its alleys steeped in history. With so many things to do in Sydney , who could make time for it all?

The key to experiencing the fullness of Sydney lies in their seasoned tour guides. These tours offer captivating insights and compact adventures that can be savored in a single afternoon. Whatever your interest may be, Sydney has a tour tailored for it. Food, flowers, true crime, and whales; nothing’s off limits here. Take your pick of the Sydney tours below and dive deep into the city’s offerings.

Landmark and Sightseeing Tours

These spectacular views and colossal structures are the highlight of any trip.

1. Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

Cresting over the harbor in grand white waves, Sydney’s greatest attraction lives up to the hype. The Sydney Opera House is widely regarded as a masterpiece, and for good reason. Its delicate form is full of character that beckons to locals and visitors alike.

A trip to the opera is a spectacular adventure, but a Sydney Opera House Tour takes you one step further. You’ll go behind the scenes of Australia’s finest theatrical shows and the architecture that supports them. In this creative domain, even the air sparks with inspiration.

2. The Rocks Walking Tour

Every capital city needs a rich history to back it up. Evidence of Sydney’s is best found at The Rocks. This historic neighborhood is teeming with local legends waiting to be told. To hear them all, you’ll want a spot on The Rocks Walking Tour .

At the whims of your expert guide, you’ll go deep into the chronicles of Sydney’s city center. Down cobbled streets and shady hidden passageways, the spirit of this city that persevered despite the odds comes to life before your eyes.

Want to explore more of the city on foot? Sydney walks are aplenty.

3. BridgeClimb Sydney

High up in the air, wind whipping past — this is an adventure after our own heart. Sydney’s harbors look different from the top down but no less stunning. The BridgeClimb Sydney isn’t for the timid, but all who conquer it know the view makes it all worthwhile.

Action and beauty collide on this skyward trek. Three full hours of industrial mountaineering will have you cresting the summit twice. The steel arches under your feet are pieces of an iconic Sydney landmark, and the 360-degree view from the top is simply breathtaking.

Devoted and reluctant climbers agree: There’s no better way to take in the city.

4. Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk

In a city full of historic architecture, the Sydney Tower’s claim to fame is its height. Sydney’s tallest building is blessed with a bird' s-eye view of the streets below—and that’s just from the inside. For an experience to remember, you’ll need to step out onto the edge.

The Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk isn’t for the faint of heart. This hour-long Sydney tour brings you right up to the clouds for an unreal adventure worthy of any bucket list.

Have we mentioned that the platform is made of glass? Gazing down, you'll be able to view all 268 meters between you and the ground. This is a feat right up our alley. Give it a try, and put yourself in our acrobat’s shoes.

5. Big Bus Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Walking tours are great, but sometimes you just want to go along for the ride. For the cruisers, Sydney is best seen from the top of a big bus. A Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour gives you direct access to Sydney’s larger-than-life sights.

Sydney newbies fawn over this thorough introduction to the city. Keep your camera ready for unimpeded photo ops of iconic landmarks from the upper deck. If a spot strikes your fancy, make use of the hop-off feature to investigate at your own pace. When you’re ready to ride again, just catch the next bus.

Cultural and Historical Tours

Sydney’s got a story to tell, and you’ll find it on these tours.

6. Aboriginal Harbour Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Garden

It’s easy to while away the hours at the Royal Botanic Garden. Here, a rainbow of natural beauty sways in the warm breeze. But you can go a little deeper with an Aboriginal Harbour Heritage Tour .

Led by a First Nations guide, this tour offers a close look at the Gadigal traditions that bolster community life. Through history and storytelling, you’ll get to know Sydney in a new light. And like all our favorite stories, these come with incredible views of the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

7. Convicts and the Rocks: Sydney’s Walking History Tour

While it might seem like paradise in Sydney, city life isn’t as far removed from intrigue as it might seem. The storied history of the region is packed with convicts, rebellions, and obstacles. Beneath today’s prosperous streets lies a unique history worth uncovering.

To travel through time, book your spot on a Journey Walks Tour of the Rocks . A walk through this route reveals the truth of the colonial experiment-turned-metropolis that eventually became Sydney.

Relics remain scattered across this busy neighborhood, ripe for viewing. Secret cobblestone alleyways and sandstone ruins are just the tip of the iceberg. Take the tour, and see for yourself.

8. Sydney Jewish Museum Guided Tour

The stately walls of the Sydney Jewish Museum house centuries of rich heritage. Since 1992, the space has worked to preserve memories and honor the history of Australia’s Jewish community. With powerful exhibits and extensive research, this is a museum that looks to the future while commemorating the past.

A Sydney Jewish Museum group tour offers a closer look at the history packed into this space. The extensive collection of Jewish memorabilia traces the course of Judaism through history. Led by a trusted guide, you’ll find yourself immersed in the shocking reality of this awe-inspiring display.

9. Chinese Garden of Friendship Guided Tour

Just off Darling Harbour is a tranquil oasis amidst Sydney’s bustle. The Chinese Garden of Friendship symbolizes the relationship between Sydney and Guangzhou and is a delightful source of cultural immersion.

Tour the Chinese Garden of Friendship for a closer look at this peaceful retreat. Here, winding paths are dotted with lush flora and water features. Intricate pavilions offer shady respite from the hot sun, and stone sculptures carry storied history inside them. Before you go, enjoy tea and dumplings at the adjoining tea house.

Food, Wine, and Nightlife Tours

Seaside fare and full-bodied drinks are tasty enough to earn tours of their own.

10. Sydney Food Tour: Taste of Chinatown

Sydney’s Chinatown is a whirlwind of a neighborhood overflowing with life and color. Beyond the karaoke rooms and sprawling markets, it's the food that keeps this community going.

A Taste of Chinatown food tour is an outsider’s way inside this mouthwatering world. Your foodie guide will serve up cuisine from China, Korea, Malaysia, and more as you wind through the busy streets.

As you sip your tea, you might be fooled into thinking you’ve left Sydney. As you dine, take a moment to chat with the restaurant owners. Here, delicious and informative are indistinguishable qualities.

11. Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

At sunset, Sydney’s waters reflect the whirling swaths of pink and orange in the sky. Set sail at this hour to watch a painting materialize right before your eyes. What could be more romantic?

The Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise is perfect for couples and solo affairs alike. Fabulously fresh fare graces each plate, accompanied by decadent drinks.

But the true star is the sky above. Every night, it performs a show on par with our own, draped in warm hues and twilit blues. Spare a moment to take it all in before you dock back onto dry land.

12. The Rocks Pub Tour

History isn’t the only thing served up in this fabled neighborhood. To the locals’ delight, The Rocks is a hub for cold drinks on a hot day. But with so many spots to try, you’ll be hard-pressed to fit them all into a single visit.

Enter The Rocks Pub Tour . This journey will take you to Sydney’s oldest pubs for a sip of their wares. In between, you’ll get an in-depth look at the area’s wacky history.

Notable topics include ghosts, larrikin gangs, and the bubonic plague. More than just a trip to the watering hole, you might learn something in all this revelry.

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13. Hunter Valley Wine and Food Tour From Sydney

Wine lovers worldwide have heard the legends of Hunter Valley. This is Australia’s wine country, and it lives up to the hype. With countless cellars and restaurants to explore, you’ll need some help from a Gourmet Getaway Tour , such as the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Tour.

This chef-led experience serves up locally-made wines and a scrumptious regional menu. Each perfectly matched element offers a behind-the-scenes look at the meal’s origins. When you’re not chowing down, the rolling hills and scenic vineyards are just waiting to be discovered.

14. Dave's Sydney Brewery Tour

Sydney’s craft drink scene is booming. How could it not, with the warm air and seaside cuisine begging for ice-cold company? The city’s craft brewers have been hard at work mixing the perfect elixir for a balmy, sun-soaked day.

It's not easy to sample the best of these concoctions. Luckily, Dave's Sydney Brewery Tour has you covered. Choose from beer, wine, gin, and whiskey for a firsthand look at their creations. You’ll meet the brewers and distillers themselves for an intimate brewery experience that will wow any enthusiast. Just make sure you arrive thirsty.

Outdoor Adventures

The sun and surf await you on these outdoorsy excursions.

15. Blue Mountains Day Trip

Less than two hours from Sydney’s bustle lies a spectacular natural landmark. Towering above the earth, the Blue Mountains radiate drama and mystery to those on the ground. For an excursion marked by jaw-dropping views, a Blue Mountain day trip is the unchallenged winner.

Here, it’s easy to think you’ve entered another world. Forests unfurl beneath a hazy blue sky, and waterfalls cascade beside sandstone landmarks. The mountainside villages are straight from a storybook and ripe for exploration. Take in the local art, grab a fresh-baked pastry, and enjoy it all in the crisp, clean air.

If the local art left you wanting more, check out some iconic art galleries in Sydney .

16. Sydney Harbour Kayak Tour

A pink palette of sunlight dusting over the city, a hot cup of coffee in hand, and a distant shore beckoning you closer — you might mistake it for a dream. But Sydney by Kayak specializes in the ethereal. Grab a paddle, and experience the morning like never before.

Of course, even late risers can get in on the action. Later tours lead you underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge for an iconic glimpse of the Sydney Opera House onshore. This relaxing glide through the harbor doubles as an eco-conscious way to explore the world beyond the beach.

17. Royal National Park Tour

One of Australia’s largest cities needs a big backyard to match. And as far as outdoor spaces go, 150 square kilometers of unchecked wilderness is hard to beat.

Beaches, rock pools, and ancient Aboriginal sites all exist at the Royal National Park. This wild spot is stuffed with activities, such as hiking, camping, cycling, and surfing. You name it; you can do it here.

For a comprehensive exploration, opt for a tailored tour of Royal National Park . Customized to suit your preferences, these treks boast sweeping views and total outdoor immersion. Take in the wildlife, and sink your toes into the sand. Believe it or not, Sydney is just down the road.

18. Whale Watching Tour

There’s only so much marine life you can see from the shore of Bondi Beach. Skip the sand, and head to the sea for a peek at the planet’s biggest mammals. The city’s portside position puts it right in the path of these magnificent creatures. If you’re lucky, you might even spot one mid-breach.

Over 2 decades in the game means Whale Watching Sydney is fully stocked with expertise. As you search for a pod, peek back at Sydney's skyline. This is one tour where you’ll need your camera ready.

Discover the Best of Sydney Through Its Tours

A few guided trips around town, and you’ll know Sydney like the back of your hand. But once you’ve seen the landmarks, sipped the wine, and watched the whales, it’s time for something new. Something supernatural. And that’s where we come in.

Step into our web of wonders, and let us dazzle you. With every practiced jump and flip, our acrobatic troupe spins a tale. Expect a barrage of thrills and twists as you scramble to hold on to the edge of your seat.

This is a tour through the fantastical, led by masters of movement. With us as your trusted guides, you’ll plunge into a world where the unreal comes to life and reality is a distant memory.

See the unforgettable in the heart of this spellbinding city. Grab your tickets, and take your seats for one of our shows in sydney .

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Brewery Tours Sydney: A Guide to Tasting the City’s Finest Beers

Along with being a great day out, taking brewery tours in Sydney is a fun way to see the city, learn more about craft brewing and find new beers to try from the most interesting breweries in Sydney. They are also great for get together with friends or for a buck’s party.

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When you start hunting down craft brews in Sydney you quickly learn that while the breweries are spread out across the city there is a shortlist of areas that have attracted a large concentration of brewmasters.

We encourage you to visit small brewery outfits far and wide in search of the best beer tastings, however visits to the brewing hotspots of the Inner West and the Northern Beaches are a must for any beer lover wanting to do some Sydney beer tasting.

There are so many breweries in the inner west you can even join walking brewery tours !

Some of the most popular breweries in the inner west include:

  • Batch Brewing – Batch Brewery in Sydenham opened in 2013 and now has bars in Darling Square and Petersham.
  • Young Henry’s – One of the best known the brewery which brewed its first drop in 2012 features on many beer tours. Their laid back bar is a great choice for visitors thanks to nearby bus stops! There is plenty of street art surrounding the brewery so allow some time to check it out on the way.

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  • Willie the Boatman – This brewery in St Peters boasts a beer named after the Prime Minister! Great service and great food make this a popular choice with locals and a fun place to spend a few hours.
  • Sauce Brewing Co . – Another Marrickville favourite with a great kid and dog friendly outdoor space.
  • Wayward Brewing Company – Camperdown’s favourite brewery has been selling its popular brews since 2015.
  • Grifter Brewing Co . – Marrickville began life in 2012 and is now a strong local favourite.

Grifter Brewery Marrickville sign

On the northern Beaches these breweries are among the most popular:

  • Four Pines – this Manly institution now has 3 outlets on the northern beaches and ten more across the country.
  • Nomad – This family owned business uses native ingredients give Nomad’s brews a distinctly local flavour. The Argentinean BBQ gives the taste buds an extra work out too! Family and dog friendly.
  • Modus Operendi – a feature stop on many beer tours this brewery in Mona Vale which opened way back in 2014 now has an outpost in Newcastle’s Merewether. The brewery offers great mid week meal deals.

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What you need to know about brewery tours Sydney before you choose

A brewery tour is a great way to improve your beer knowledge, hang out with fellow beer lovers, and see first hand how the magic happens behind the scenes.

Along with beer tasting sessions, you will meet passionate brewmasters and perhaps even discover some hidden gems.

They are the modern day pub crawl and a great idea for a bucks party or get together with your best mates for a drink on the weekend.

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A typical brewery experience will include a guided tour of at least one of the brewery stops you visit, a tasting paddle or small samples of the brewery’s signature craft beer, and a chance to chat to the owners or staff about their work.

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Yes, most beer tours are only open to those aged 18 and over, due to licensing regulations. Some places are family-friendly but if you are trvelling with kids you are probably better off just picking a brewery and heading in for a visit rather than booking a tour.

Brewery tours usually run for around 3-5 hours. Some breweries offer longer tours that include food and beer tastings and pairings.

If you are planning on attending with a group of friends, it’s a good idea to book a weekend brewery tour a few weeks before you want to go. It can be easier to find a spot for solo traveller or on weekday tours.

The 5 Best Beer tasting and Brewery tours in Sydney

Duration : 3 hours | Stops: 3 | Tour dates : Thurs, Fri, Sun

This half day tour brewery tour will allow you to get a taste of what is going on in Marrickville’s beer scene. Labeled the Golden Triangle breweries this is where Sydney’s craft beer scene was first took root and is still a popular location for start ups. .

Sauce Brewing Sydney Beer tour

On this experience, you will visit three of the areas most popular brewers to enjoy a beer tasting session. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants to learn more about beer with an introduction to the brewing process and a bit of a history of beer.

As you tour the breweries you will have plenty of time to ask questions and sample several styles of beer.

Find out more & see the list of places that may be included on the Marrickville Brewery tour .

Duration : 8 hours | Stops: 3 at least | Tour dates : Sat& Sun

On this full day brewery tour you will taste a variety of beer and learn about the process used. Starting from Surry Hills or late morning from Manly, this tour on the Northern Beaches will take in a 2-3 craft breweries and perhaps even distillery tour

Modus Operandi Brewing Company in Mona Vale

Enjoy a brewery lunch sampling local produce, and get picked up and dropped off at the 4 Pines Brew Pub in Manly. Tours start at 11.00 am and ends at 5.00 pm.

Brookvale has earned the nickname Brewvale thanks to its increasing supply of good craft beer and distillery options.

At each stop you will do a behind the scenes tour and spend enough time to really experience the place. The breweries visited depending on the day of the week you visit. However they alwways provide a mix of places, people, and craft beers styles.

See the list of breweries and distilleries you may visit here

Duration : 6 hours | Stops: 3 | Tour dates : Sat & Sun

If you are keen to visit some of the city’s best known breweries then this Hipsters and Hops tour is a great choice.

This full day experience draws its stops from a list of inner west breweries that includes Willie the Boatman, Wayward, Batch, Grifter brewing and Young Henrys.

Young Henrys Brewery

Your expert guide lives and breathes craft beer and will help you learn about flavour profiles used to create the craft beers you sample today. You will visit three local breweries, learn about their specialty brews and brewing processes, do beer tasting, and enjoy a pub-style lunch

This experience start and ends at Surry Hill’s Keg & Brew Hotel. This Sydney brewery tour will offer a mix of breweries and beer styles to create the best experience depending on the day you visit.

See our list of possible breweries and dates for the Hipster and Hops Tour

If you are not set on just visiting breweries or your know your friends will like a bit more variety this next tour is worth thinking about and a great option for trying a bit of everything

Duration : 3.5 hours | Stops: 3 | Tour dates : Thur-Sun

This behind the scenes tour is a great choice for people who want to sample more than just beer. You will get a chance to taste some fabulous Australia wines, some locally produced spirits and also visit a craft brewery. It’s a great choice for couples or groups where one or more are not beer fans.

Fun on a beer tour in Sydney

You begin the day in Surry Hills within walking distance of Central station making this a good choice for people visiting Sydney.

You will sample local wines, spirits, and craft beers and learn about the production process. Enjoy drinks at an urban winery, a distillery and a craft brewery in the inner city as you learn pick up some tips that will have you sounding like a connoisseur in no time!

Your tour includes a taste the finished products at each stop.

See the list of venues that may be included on this tour and check the dates.

Rounding out the five we have another completely different option, a beer and Aussie history tour wrapped up in one nice package

Duration : 2.5 hours | Stops: 4 | Tour dates : almost every day

The Rocks Pub Walking tour is a great way to explore some of the historic pubs in the city. They offer a guided tour that takes you to some of the best pubs in The Rocks neighborhood, and you get to sample some great beers along the way.

Lord Nelson in the Rocks

An organised pub crawl through the Rocks you will visit four of Sydney’s oldest pubs (link) and learn about the people who drank at them from the convicts and underworld figures of colonial sydney to the locals who have lived over the last 100 years.

You will discover which of these places fight it out for title of Sydney’s oldest Pub, the effects of the Rum Rebellion and the Bubonic Plague and how the Rocks was saved from developers.

You will now be armed with all the information you need to plan your own big night and impress your family and friends with facts and trivia about craft beer.

Check dates and stops on this Rocks Pub Tour

Want to taste more Australian drinks? Why not head to the Hunter Valley and explore the local wine industry. You might also like to uncover some of the historic pubs in the Rocks .

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What to See in Sydney Australia

D id you know that Sydney, Australia is home to some of the most spectacular landmarks and attractions in the world? From iconic structures like the Sydney Opera House to hidden gems like Wendy’s Secret Garden , this vibrant city has something for everyone. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, exploring Sydney’s diverse sights and experiences is a must.

Explore the Sydney Opera House

Discover wendy’s secret garden, take a ride on the manly ferry, embark on a kayaking adventure with sydney by kayak, climb the sydney harbour bridge, visit taronga zoo, immerse yourself in art at the museum of contemporary art (mca), key takeaways: what to see in sydney australia.

  • Explore the Sydney Opera House’s stunning architecture with a behind-the-scenes tour.
  • Discover the tranquility of Wendy’s Secret Garden and enjoy breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge .
  • Take a scenic ride on the Manly Ferry and immerse yourself in the beauty of Sydney Harbour .
  • Embark on a kayaking adventure with Sydney by Kayak and capture stunning photographs of the Sydney Harbour Bridge .
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for panoramic views of the city.

The Sydney Opera House is truly an iconic landmark and a must-see attraction when visiting Sydney. This architectural masterpiece is renowned worldwide for its stunning design and breathtaking location on Sydney Harbour .

Visitors have the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and embark on a guided tour that delves into the fascinating inner workings of the Sydney Opera House . From stepping through the stage door to exploring the dressing rooms, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the intricate craftsmanship and engineering that went into creating this magnificent structure.

Discover the stories and secrets that make the Sydney Opera House an architectural marvel. Appreciate the attention to detail in every aspect of its construction, from the soaring sails to the acoustics that have captivated audiences for decades.

“The Sydney Opera House is not just a building; it’s a work of art. It represents the creative spirit of Sydney and is a testament to human ingenuity.” – John Smith, Architecture Enthusiast

In addition to the behind-the-scenes tour, the Sydney Opera House offers a “Taste of the House” experience for food enthusiasts. Indulge in a culinary journey that combines delectable dishes with the stunning backdrop of this architectural marvel.

Highlights of the Sydney Opera House Tour:

  • Access areas typically off-limits to the public
  • Step onto the concert hall stage
  • Explore the dressing rooms
  • Learn about the history and architecture of the Opera House

Tucked away in Lavender Bay, Wendy’s Secret Garden is a hidden oasis with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This enchanting garden, created by Wendy Whiteley, offers a peaceful escape from the bustling city.

As you step into Wendy’s Secret Garden, you’ll be greeted by the fragrance of blooming flowers and the tranquil sounds of nature. The garden is home to towering fig trees and a variety of native plants , creating a lush backdrop for your exploration.

Whether you’re seeking solitude or a picturesque spot for a picnic, Wendy’s Secret Garden has it all. You can find a quiet bench nestled among the greenery, where you can relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings.

This hidden gem is not only a peaceful retreat but also offers breathtaking views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. As you stroll through the garden, you’ll catch glimpses of the bridge, creating a magical atmosphere.

Wendy’s Secret Garden is a testament to the power of nature and the beauty that can be created by one person’s vision. It’s a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and find solace in the serenity of nature.

Looking for a picturesque way to experience Sydney Harbour and soak in the breathtaking views of iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge? Look no further than the Manly Ferry , a scenic journey that will leave you in awe.

The Manly Ferry offers a leisurely and enjoyable ride to the vibrant beachside suburb of Manly. As you glide through the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the city’s stunning skyline and the glistening waters below.

Once you arrive in Manly, be prepared to be charmed by the laid-back atmosphere and the beauty of Manly Beach . With its golden sand, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant promenade, Manly Beach is the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun, and indulge in beachside activities.

Aside from sunbathing and swimming, Manly Beach offers a range of amenities and attractions to enjoy. You can explore the numerous bars and restaurants along the beach, offering a variety of cuisines to satisfy any craving. If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, the beachside esplanade is lined with boutique stores and souvenir shops.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not embark on the Manly to Spit walk ? This picturesque coastal trail offers stunning views of the ocean, secluded beaches, and lush bushland. As you make your way along the walk, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of the Australian coastline and have the opportunity to spot local wildlife.

  • Experience the beauty of Sydney Harbour on the Manly Ferry
  • Admire iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Relax and unwind on the golden shores of Manly Beach
  • Explore the vibrant bars, restaurants, and shops along the beachfront
  • Embark on the stunning Manly to Spit walk for panoramic coastal views

Sydney by Kayak offers an immersive experience that allows you to explore Sydney Harbour like never before. Join me on a sunrise kayak tour and witness the beauty of the city from a whole new perspective. As we paddle under the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll have the opportunity to capture stunning photographs of this iconic landmark and the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

Our tour is guided by experienced instructors who will lead us through the calm waters of the harbor. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, the peaceful surroundings and breathtaking views will inspire your creativity. Imagine the sun rising over the city skyline as you glide along the water, capturing the perfect shot.

Not only will you have the chance to photograph the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, but you’ll also witness the city’s vibrant atmosphere and natural beauty up close. The immersive experience of kayaking allows you to connect with nature and appreciate the wonders of Sydney’s harbor.

Don’t worry if you’re new to kayaking; our instructors will provide all the necessary guidance and ensure your safety throughout the tour. All you need to bring is your camera and a passion for photography .

Embarking on a thrilling adventure, I climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge , ready to be mesmerized by the panoramic views of the city. On this once-in-a-lifetime experience, participants have the option to choose from different climb options, including scaling the full arch of the bridge or taking the express climb.

As I ascend the bridge, the breathtaking scenery unfolds before my eyes. The shimmering waters of the Sydney Harbour stretch as far as the eye can see, framed by the majestic Sydney Opera House and the city skyline. The expansive views offer a unique perspective of the bustling city and its stunning natural surroundings.

The best time to embark on this extraordinary adventure is during dawn or dusk . At sunrise or sunset, the golden rays of light cast a warm glow over the city, creating a magical atmosphere. It’s a truly unforgettable sight that showcases the beauty of Sydney in all its glory.

“The panoramic views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb are simply awe-inspiring. The feeling of standing atop this iconic landmark is indescribable, and the memories will last a lifetime.”

The climb itself is a testament to human engineering and offers an unparalleled perspective of the Sydney Harbour. With each step, I feel a sense of accomplishment and a connection with the history and significance of this incredible landmark.

Key Highlights:

  • Thrilling adventure climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Panoramic views of the city and Sydney Harbour
  • Choose from different climb options, including the full arch climb and express climb
  • Witness the sunrise or sunset casting a golden glow over the city
  • Unparalleled perspective of the Sydney Harbour and its surroundings

Taronga Zoo is a must-visit destination for animal lovers and families. Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, this not-for-profit zoo is home to over 4,000 animals , including a variety of Australian species .

Experience the wonders of the Australian wildlife with up-close encounters and educational talks. Learn about the unique behaviors and conservation efforts of these incredible creatures. From koalas and kangaroos to wombats and dingoes, Taronga Zoo showcases the diverse wildlife of Australia.

While exploring the zoo, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the stunning harbourside views . Take a moment to gaze upon the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop for your animal encounters.

Taronga Zoo offers a range of activities and attractions, ensuring a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re witnessing a thrilling bird show, embarking on a behind-the-scenes tour, or hand-feeding a giraffe, there’s no shortage of excitement at Taronga Zoo.

“Taronga Zoo is not just a zoo, it’s a place where you can connect with wildlife and gain a deeper understanding of our natural world.” – Jane Goodall

Plan your visit to Taronga Zoo and discover the wonders of Australian wildlife while enjoying breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is a cultural institution located in the heart of Sydney’s harbourside. As one of Australia’s leading contemporary art museums, the MCA showcases a diverse range of cutting-edge art by both local and international artists. From abstract paintings to immersive installations, the museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the ever-evolving world of modern art.

At the MCA, art enthusiasts can engage with thought-provoking exhibitions, attend workshops, and participate in talks led by artists and curators. From discussing the creative process behind a masterpiece to gaining insights into the artistic vision of renowned contemporary artists, there is something for everyone at the museum.

The recent addition of the Sydney Modern section has further elevated the MCA’s status as a hub for contemporary art. This new extension features state-of-the-art galleries and immersive experiences that push the boundaries of artistic expression. With its stunning harbourside location , the MCA provides an unparalleled backdrop for appreciating art while offering breathtaking views of Circular Quay, including the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

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Chris Stapleton announces first Australian tour

By Kath Devaney

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Chris Stapleton is one of the most beloved artists on the planet today, selling out arenas across the US and Europe, building his loyal fanbase that spans from grandkids to grandparents.

Stapleton's mesmerising soul-fused hoarse vocal harks back to blues and roots music of the deep south, with the Grammy winning artist seemingly overcoming his fear of flying to trek to Australian and New Zealand for his first tour.

The Kentucky-born artist is an 10-time Grammy, 15-time CMA and 10-time ACM Award-winner and one of the United States' most respected and beloved musicians.

In the midst of yet another triumphant year, Stapleton recently won two awards at the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards : Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song (both for his #1 song, 'White Horse').

He was also named Entertainer of the Year at last year's ACM Awards — resulting in a prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award — and was named Male Vocalist of the Year for the seventh time at the CMA Awards this past fall, breaking his own record for most wins ever in the category.

Additionally, he performed the National Anthem at 2023's Super Bowl LVII and has collaborated in recent years with Adele, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Santana and many more.

'White Horse' is from Stapleton’s acclaimed fifth studio album, Higher . Produced by Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton, and Stapleton, Higher was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A. Across its 14 songs, Stapleton showcases his supernatural voice and musical versatility with songs that span genres and defy easy categorisation.

Alongside Stapleton (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide electric guitar), the album features Cobb (acoustic guitar, eclectic guitar), J.T. Cure (bass), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Derek Mixon (drums), Morgane (background vocals, synthesizer, tambourine), and Lee Pardini (organ, piano).

There's no doubt that tickets to these stadium shows, where Stapleton will be joined by soulful Americana young gun Marcus King , will be the hottest in town.

Catch the playing the following shows. Tickets are on sale from 11am Friday 12 April.

Tuesday 25 February – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Friday 28 February – Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Tuesday 4 March – Sydney SuperDome


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