Sydney - Australia’s most famous city needs little introduction. From the majestic expanse of Sydney Harbour to such iconic landmarks as the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, images of this world-famous destination will be familiar to you, even if you have never visited the country. And, if you want to experience them first hand during a trip to the city, then you’re in luck, as a host of very popular tours are available. From memorable walking experiences onto the very top of the Harbour Bridge to romantic harbour dinner cruises and trips into the majestic Blue Mountains - there’s something for everyone. Read on for just some of the best Viator tours available in Sydney, Australia.
Not just a great way to see Sydney’s myriad sights, this hop-on-hop-off, open-top, double-decker bus tour also serves as a popular way to get about the city. Tickets are valid for between 24 or 48 hours - depending on the one you choose - and the regular buses visit no fewer than 34 different stops around the city. As well as the renowned sands of Bondi Beach, it also stops by such iconic, world-famous landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. What’s more, there’s onboard commentary to enjoy during your journey - giving you the low-down on the history and culture of the sights you’re passing by. Little wonder then that it has proven an incredibly popular tour choice for visitors to the city.
Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Nature lovers will likely want to pay a visit to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo during their city trip. Situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour, the picturesque location is home to literally thousands of different animals - from iconic Australian species, such as the living fossil that is the platypus, to the cuddly koala, alongside species from other corners of the world, like giraffes. Not only that, but this general admission ticket includes passage on the Sky Safari cable car, which provides an aerial vantage of the enclosures and mesmerising views out across the harbour to the city skyline and the Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
The waters around Sydney make up one of the world’s biggest natural harbours. This natural wonder provides a huge expanse of sheltered water to enjoy and many of the city’s most iconic landmarks are inextricably linked to it - from the Harbour Bridge to the iconic Opera House, whose design deliberately mirrors the sails of the yachts that ply the waters. Little wonder then that you’ll likely want to take a tour of its picturesque waters during your stay. And this 90-minute sunset cruise will let you enjoy it at a particularly beautiful time of day (weather allowing of course). Ideal as a romantic cruise, the trip includes a two-course dinner with wine and the option of booking a window seat from which to enjoy the cityscape in the evening light.
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
Duration: 2 hours
If you like the sound of a romantic evening dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour, but 90 minutes just isn’t enough time, then you may wish to opt for this tour instead. Extending to two-and-a-half hours, it features a three-course dinner, featuring a selection of international cuisine. There’s also live entertainment on board to enjoy when not gazing at the majestic floodlit landmarks dotted around the harbour’s shores. And, as with the previous entry, there’s the option of upgrading to a window seat to guarantee the best vantage point from which to enjoy the Opera House and other memorable sights.
Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
Duration: 2 hours
If views of the distant Blue Mountains from atop the Harbour Bridge whetted the appetite, then you may wish to give this day-long tour a whirl. The mountains, which form a World Heritage-listed national park, feature a host of natural charms, from fascinating rock formations to picturesque eucalyptus forests. The 9.5-hour tour includes beautiful panoramas, visits to a number of mountain villages - such as Katoomba and Leura - and even a trip to a wildlife park, with kangaroos, koalas and other species. During your trip, you’ll learn about the fascinating Aboriginal culture and legends associated with the landscape. And, depending on the tour option you choose, make sure you have the camera handy during your cableway or railway journey at Scenic World, which provide stunning vistas of the Jamison Valley, the iconic Three Sisters rock formation and beautiful Katoomba Falls.
Sydney to Blue Mountains Wildlife Day Tour with Lunch Option
Duration: 10 hours
6. Sydney attractions pass: Sea Life Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye, Wild Life Zoo and Madame Tussauds (from USD 51.0)
An option for wildlife and sightseeing fans looking to enjoy a number of Sydney’s popular attractions, this ‘Sydney Attractions Pass’ offers entry to two, three or even four of the city’s popular sites. Options include wildlife attractions, such as the Sydney Zoo or Sea Life aquarium, as well as Sydney Tower Eye and its vantage point looking across the city. Celebrity fans may also wish to check out the famous life-like waxworks of A-list stars at Madame Tussauds. What’s more, the pass lasts for one month, enabling you to visit the locations at your own pace during your stay.
Sydney Pass: Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye, Zoo, Madame Tussauds
Duration: 30 days
Up until now, many of the tours we’ve listed have enjoyed views of the Sydney Opera House, but, if you want to truly experience this majestic UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder, then you’ll need to get up close and this hour-long guided walking tour is the perfect chance to do just that. Participants on this very popular tour will be taken behind the scenes at the opera house to areas which would normally be off-limits to the public. During your trip, you’ll learn about the building’s history and the string of famous faces who have performed there. What’s more, if you upgrade your ticket, you can cap your visit with a tasting plate within Portside Sydney, or even opt to dine at the Opera Bar. And, with tours leaving every 30 minutes, you’re sure to find a slot to suit your own travel itinerary.
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
Duration: 1 hour
And, speaking of Sydney Tower, what better way to experience views across the city than from a table within the highest revolving restaurant in the entire southern hemisphere. This buffet ticket will enable you to tuck into a tasty lunch or dinner while enjoying the revolving 360-degree panorama that spreads out before you as the restaurant slowly revolves - completing one full revolution every 70 minutes. What’s more, the buffet features a range of different dishes from which to choose, from traditional offerings that should appeal to most palates to more exotic Australian fare, such as crocodile or kangaroo meat.
Skyfeast at Sydney Tower
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Australia’s wineries have won international acclaim down the years and, if you’re a fan of the aqua vitae, you will no doubt want to sample some of the local tipples produced in the wineries around Sydney during your stay. Well, this day-long tour provides the perfect opportunity to broaden your palate - as it visits no fewer than four wineries and gourmet food producers in the Hunter Valley. Your 11-hour tour, which can begin in Sydney or Hunter Valley depending on your accommodation choice, will also visit cheese and chocolate producers during the day. And, when visiting each winery, you’ll enjoy some tasting experiences, alongside detailed notes about each vintage you’re sampling.
Hunter Valley Wine-Tasting Day Tour from Sydney
Duration: 11 hours
So far, many of the tours have provided plenty of opportunities to enjoy views of the Sydney Harbour bridge - but, if you are hankering after a truly unique way to experience this iconic structure, then you’ll probably want to give this tour some consideration. The BridgeClimb is precisely that, a tour up the superstructure itself to the very top of the 134-metre (440-ft) high bridge - where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the harbour, Blue Mountains and more. What’s more, there’s plenty of tour options available, depending on your own wishes - from longer 3.5-hour climbs at various timeslots, extending from dawn to twilight and on into the night, to shorter options that only take you halfway up if time is tight or you don’t have a head for heights.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Wide choice for a great city visit
Whether you come for the iconic landmarks, stunning Blue Mountain vistas, wildlife encounters or a little cultural wining and dining, there’s a Viator tour in Sydney for you to enjoy.
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