Tucked away in a corner of planet Earth, Australia is a truly beautiful country to travel to for a holiday. Each of her cities is blessed with rich cultures, stunning architecture and gorgeous surrounding nature. Without a doubt, Sydney is one of those cities. Located on the east coast, Sydney is home to the majority of Australian residents and is also probably the undisputed tourism capital, as millions of visitors flock to the metropolitan city every year. It is filled with iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Royal National Park. There is also the scenic Blue Mountain region to the west, where visitors can take a day trip to admire nature in all her glory. Here is a list of the best GetYourGuide tours you can find while holidaying in Sydney.
1. Hunter Valley tour with lunch and distillery visit (from USD 161.33)
Make time for a day trip to the Hunter Valley wine region, where you get to make new friends and relax on some food and wine! In this tour, you will enjoy a three-hour long educational wine tasting of both reds and whites with the local experts while tasting the finest cheese and chocolate. The Hunter Valley distillery is another highlight on the tour. It is here that you get to taste organic vodka, schnapps, gin and liqueur tastings in test tubes. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and plenty of water. We advise you to bring sunscreen lotion in the hotter months and a jacket during the cooler months.
From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch
Duration: 11.0 hour
2. Manly and Shelly Beach snorkeling tour (from USD 53.33)
Get close to the underwater fauna and flora in this snorkeling tour in the protected Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, just off the coast of Sydney. The local guide will show you a list of creatures to look out for while you explore the rocky reefs and seagrass meadows. There will also be a nature walk that has panoramic views of the Northern Beaches.
Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour
Duration: 2.0 hour
3. Sydneyand Bondi Big Bus open-top hop-on, hop-off tour (from USD 43.88)
Hop on this unmissable red double-decker ‘BIG BUS’ and explore the very best of Sydney and Bondi from the comforts of your seat. You can choose to board or alight from over 30 bus stops along two routes. You will be passing by iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach, as well as dining spots and shopping districts. For this tour, you can purchase either a single or two-day ticket but still enjoy unlimited rides for both.
Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Duration: 1.0 day
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4. The Sydney Opera House tour (from USD 29.16)
Every year, this UNESCO World Heritage architectural marvel hosts more than 1,600 performances of all kinds. Your local tour guide will bring you through its magical corridors and awe-inspiring theaters as you discover its rich library of history and stories. He or she will recount the tale of how the Dutch architect Jorn Utzon, who was responsible for the Opera House design, managed to see it into existence.
Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket
Duration: 1.0 hour
5. Sydney Harbour sunset dinner cruise (from USD 73.58)
There is nothing more romantic than a romantic dinner cruise with your partner as the both of you admire the warm sunset views of Sydney Harbor. Enjoy a fabulous three-course meal or a 6-course degustation that is accompanied with unlimited servings of drinks (wine, beer or soft drinks). The night does not have to end when the 2.5-hour cruise is over. This is tour is a perfect date night idea for anyone who’s wishing to up their dating game.
Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu
Duration: 2.0 hour
6. Sydney Harbour cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari (from USD 46.58)
Travel in style to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on the shores of Sydney Harbor via a rocket ferry from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay or Manly. We recommend spending a day here in this humongous zoo, for it is divided into 10 themed areas that house approximately 4,000 animals of 350 species. Be sure to catch the koala bears and platypuses, as these are native Australian animals. There are also tons of other majestic creatures to see, such as elephants, giraffes and lions. If you’re feeling hungry, do stop by the cafes at the zoo or settle for a picnic at a shady spot.
Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo
Duration: 1.0 day
7. Pittwater Discovery half-day kayaking tour (from USD 84.38)
Had enough of the urban jungle and want to experience an adventure in the outdoors? You don’t have to travel far from Sydney for this half-day kayaking tour on Pittwater’s islands, bays, and coves. The tour is professionally guided, so you can be assured that you will be well taken care of throughout the journey. After a safety briefing, you will be given some complimentary breakfast tea snacks before you paddle around Scotland Island for a couple of hours. You will then enter Lovett Bay, where you will disembark for a 30-minute leisure bushland walk and cap it off with a lovely morning tea picnic at a secluded beach.
Pittwater Discovery Half-Day Kayaking Tour
Duration: 4.0 hour
8. Sydney Tower buffet rotating restaurant (from USD 42.17)
Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of Sydney, about 95 stories above ground while you enjoy over 50 freshly prepared meals from a range of international cuisines. As the name suggests, the restaurant slowly rotates and allows you to see the city from all sides. To get to the restaurant, make sure you take the Level 4 lift at Sydney Tower, Westfield.
Sydney Tower Buffet Rotating Restaurant
Duration: 1.5 hour
9. Australian Museum entry ticket (from USD 18.0)
Come experience a ‘whale’ of a time at the Australian Museum, where a simple ticket purchase will grant you access to the wonderful Whales Tohorā exhibitions as well as other permanent ones. Learn more about these magnificent beasts as you wander through an extensive display of whale skeletons, including an 18-meter skeleton of a bull sperm whale. Then, walk through a life-sized heart of a blue whale and be serenaded by a symphony of whale noises in the sound chamber. There is much to discover, so we’ll leave it here and hope you can get to experience it for yourself.
Australian Museum: Whales Tohorā Exhibition Entry Ticket
Duration: Wheelchair accessible
10. Blue Mountains and Featherdale day tour (from USD 742.27)
Put on your trekking shoes and ensure that your camera has enough storage space. Then, get ready for a day with breathtaking views of Australian nature. You will start this tour with a morning trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can cuddle koala bears, feed the kangaroos and play with wombats. You can enjoy lunch at a Blue Mountains restaurant, but at an additional charge. A scenic drive is next on the cards. After passing through the Wentworth Falls area and the townships of Leura and Katoomba, you will witness spectacular views of Kings Tableland in the Blue Mountains. The trip continues on to Echo Point, where you will see the world-famous ‘Three Sisters’ rock formation. There is an option to pay a visit to Scenic World, a private tourist attraction located in Katoomba. If not, you will be brought back to Sydney Harbor to conclude the tour.
From Sydney: Blue Mountain Sightseeing Full-Day Trip
Duration: 1 day
Experience Sydney in all its splendor
It doesn’t matter whether you are a city dweller or an outdoor enthusiast, to put it simply, Sydney has got everything covered. There are so many things to do and discover, so we hope you find something worth enjoying to your heart’s content. Have fun planning!
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