Sydney Culture & history

Our most recommended Sydney Culture & history

Sydney Harbour: Thunder Thrill Ride

1. Sydney Harbour: Thunder Thrill Ride

Tackle one of the best experiences on Sydney Harbour. Experience an exhilarating jet boat ride, reaching speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour. Take in the iconic sights of Sydney Harbour during the Thunder Trill Ride. Choose a 30 or a 45-minute ride, then buckle up and get ready to get wet. Your skipper will ease you into this thrilling experience by gradually reaching high speeds and performing gentle maneuvers around the harbor. Watch out for the skipper’s signals as the ride is cranked up a gear with high-speed spins and breaks. Select a bundle to enjoy entrance to some of Sydney's top attractions along with your adrenalin-pumping ride.

Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

2. Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

Experience the glittering world of fame on a day out at Madame Tussauds. Interact with the world’s most famous figures – strike a pose for the paparazzi on the red carpet, challenge your favorite sports heroes, and sing along with your favorite music stars. Madame Tussauds opened in Sydney in 2012, giving Australian and international visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. A unique collection of amazingly lifelike wax figures allows you to get up close and personal to your favorite celebrity heroes. Madame Tussauds Sydney combines glitz and glamour with incredible history. With a whole host of constantly changing stars and legends as well as interactive experiences, Madame Tussauds is a place the whole family can enjoy. Interactive Experiences: • Raised catwalk: step onto the catwalk and trigger sensors which light up the runway as you walk down. Megan Gale’s figure is waiting at the end of the runway and Magic Memories can take a snap of you posing alongside her

From Sydney: Canberra Day Tour

3. From Sydney: Canberra Day Tour

Explore Australia's capital city from Sydney as you enter a new state, leaving New South Wales for the day. A morning tea stop (not included) en route will allow you to stretch your legs and visit a country town before arriving at the ultra-modern Capital. Join a guided tour of the New Parliament House and feel the might and privilege of Australian democracy through this architectural masterpiece costing $1.1 billion. From the inner halls of power to walking on the roof, this is an amazing building. Break for lunch (not included) before choosing where to spend your free time: The National Museum of Australia is controversial and popular, Australia's most modern museum has won national awards with its interactive mix of exhibits and displays highlighting Australia's diverse history and culture. This tour allows time at Floriade between September to October each year. Australia's biggest and most popular flower festival. Canberra's Commonwealth Park is transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom at this month-long festival. Rejoin the group for a time of reflection as you discover the legends of Gallipoli, the ANZACs, the sacrifices and losses suffered by Australians in past wars fought around the world at the Australian War Memorial. Drive past Yarralumla for a close look at the many national embassies, each one unique and designed to reflect aspects of the country's culture. Stop for 360 degree views over the capital city from Mount Ainslie and see how this city was well designed. Return to Sydney and enjoy a dinner stop (not included).

Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

4. Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Join this tour for an immersive exploration of Sydney’s notorious heritage as you uncover the stories, sights and secrets of its hidden convict origins in The Rocks. As you navigate your way past the forgotten relics and ruins of this historic quarter, your guide will unpack the process of criminal transportation to Australia and its immediate effect on Sydney’s indigenous population at the turn of the 19th century. You'll discover the curious case of the convict architect and the ambitious Governor who wanted to decorate the prison settlement, and you’ll retrace the steps of the teenage girl who rose from chains to riches by conquering Sydney’s economy. Expect unique examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, hidden corridors, convict cut sandstone, abandoned slums and enormous cellars for spirits and stores. Get lost in charm of The Rocks as its past is brought back to life by your expert history guide, and develop a d great understanding about how early Sydney came to be. Crafted to suit both locals and visitors, this tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited.

Australian National Maritime Museum: All-Inclusive Ticket

5. Australian National Maritime Museum: All-Inclusive Ticket

With this ticket, enjoy fast-track all-inclusive entry to the Australian National Maritime Museum. Climb the ship, discover the depths of the submarine, marvel at the exhibitions and learn about maritime history. Join a knowledgeable guide, who will share with you the fascinating stories behind the objects housed around the museum and on these spectacular vessels. The museum is home to one of the largest fleets of any museum in the world. Here, discover 6 permanent galleries displaying 13 historic vessels including warships and a replica of Captain Cook's tall ship. Enjoy a high-tech immersive journey that showcases the inner workings of the Royal Australian Navy with the Action Stations. Learn about maritime archaeology, science and history. Walk on-board the ex-Navy vessels HMAS Vampire and HMAS Onslow. After exploring the museum, enjoy a lunch at the onsite café for a waterfront lunch overlooking Darling Harbour.

Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine

6. Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine

If you ask a Sydneysider about Balmain, they think of 3 things: the Balmain Tigers footy team, Olympic swimming champion Dawn Fraser and pubs. Lots of pubs. In fact, Balmain has the highest pub-to-person ratio in Australia. This 3-hour walking tour of this peninsula on Sydney Harbour covers Balmain's sordid history of escaped convicts,dodgy gangsters and corrupt politicians. In between weaving the backstreets, you'll stop for a drink of craft beer, wine or cider in 4 of the area's most iconic and oldest pubs. You can enjoy a choice of craft beer or wine in each pub that you visit!  Tour highlights include:  Balmain's Oldest PubThe Balmain Watch House, and stories of Balmain gangstersThe Balmain Tigers' 'Team of the Penitentiary'Duelling colonistsThe murderous confectionerThe hidden treasure of Australia's most audacious robbery- and many more tales of murder, vice and intrigue

Sydney: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Smartphone Game

7. Sydney: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Smartphone Game

Turn your time in Sydney into a ghost quest with an interactive smartphone game. Stroll through the city as you solve spooky tasks at locations like Angel Place, the Russell Boutique Hotel, the Doss House Coroner’s Court and the Merchant’s House. Download your game app and start your walking adventure at Hyde Park Barracks. Discover the Central Business District at your own pace by pausing and resuming the game at any time. Solve challenges and obtain exact directions on your phone to guide you to the next location. Go beyond visiting the major tourist sights and interact with locations like the Robert Brough Memorial Fountain, Curtin Place, the Parbury Ruins, and the Hero of Waterloo. Unlock facts about Sydney's dark past as you go. Finish your game at the Bridge Stairs.

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What people are saying about Sydney

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,696 reviews

The guide and bus driver were very friendly to us. Especially the guide told us many things about Australian culture on the way to Canberra, as well as visiting period. I had a wonderful journey and will not hesitate to recommend this Canberra day tour to others.

Peter, our driver and guide explained a lot of things about the trip and the places we are visiting. He has enough knowledge about the places we are visiting, so he could well explaining about those places. Thank You, Peter, and Get Your Guide.

This was a truly outstanding experience. Max is extremely knowledgeable and presented Sydney history in a fun, but very understandable manner. We would very highly recommend him and this tour. Don’t miss it!!

This tour was awesome the guide we had was absolutely fantastic he knew his stuff inside out the best ever walking tour we've been. Thank you for a fantastic experience 10 out of 10 for this business

This was the best tour we took in Sydney. We learned how Australia was colonized and the timelines for the development of the nation. Our guide was fantastic!