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The Sydney Opera House Tour

1. The Sydney Opera House Tour

More than 60 years ago, a young Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. It is a work of art that came in existence against impossible odds and went on to become one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world, putting Sydney on the map forever. On the Sydney Opera House tour, you will discover the stories, history, and magic of Sydney Opera House as you follow your friendly guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. The opera house is home to 1,000 rooms, 300 corridors, and hundreds of tales and secrets. Step inside the inspired theatres where more than 1800 performances come to life each year, and learn how Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s groundbreaking design and vision for a world-class performing arts came into existence. You might catch a rehearsal in action, or the crew working on a set.

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

2. 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.

Sydney: Sydney Opera House Guided Architectural Tour

3. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Guided Architectural Tour

Meet your guide directly at the Sydney Opera House, then begin your one hour architectural tour. Admire this stunning landmark, which is perhaps the city's most iconic sight, alongside the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Learn how the Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, and what inspired its unique design.  Hear how visionaries, architects, engineers, and artists came together to build this masterpiece, which was the cutting edge of what was possible at the time.

Sydney Museums Pass: 10 Museums in 1 Pass

4. Sydney Museums Pass: 10 Museums in 1 Pass

The Sydney Museums Pass gives you access to 10 museums and historic houses on just one pass, making great savings on regular admission fees. This pass includes access to the following historic museums and houses: • Museum of Sydney • Justice & Police Museum • Susannah Place Museum • Hyde Park Barracks  • Elizabeth Bay House • Vaucluse House • Rose Seidler House • Elizabeth Farm • Rouse Hill House & Farm and Meroogal Begin your journey with stories of Sydney's history, convicts, and criminals at Hyde Park Barracks, the Museum of Sydney, Justice and Police Museum, and Susannah Place. Go beyond the city to discover the treasures within stunning Elizabeth Bay House, Vaucluse House and Rose Seidler House, or experience country life during colonial times at Elizabeth Farm, Rouse Hill House and Farm and Meroogal.  

Canberra Day Tour from Sydney

5. Canberra Day Tour from Sydney

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: Smartphone Photography Course

6. Sydney: Smartphone Photography Course

Explore the back laneways of the historic Rocks area while you tell your travel story using your smartphone camera. You can learn to master composition as you discover the best spots in the best light. This is an educational adventure to give you the confidence you need to capture great memories of your visit to Sydney. Throughout your experience, your guide will help you make the most of the settings on your mobile. Your photographic guide will assist you with mastering composition, whilst also helping you with hands-on challenges to put theory into practice. You will also receive assistance with exposure control, and assistance with editing and enhancing your images.

Sydney: Sunset Secret Photo Hotspots with Wine & Cheese

7. Sydney: Sunset Secret Photo Hotspots with Wine & Cheese

After meeting at a quirky café in the Rocks, you will walk down to some of Sydney's best kept secret locations. You can appreciate some of the history and unique colonial structures away from the main streets, before discovering a parkland high above the harbor as the city workers retreat for the day. By now you will already have taken some amazing photos and learnt tips from your professional photographer guide about light and composition. From here you will board an executive 9-seater van for a short cross-city trip to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Once here you will walk to the edge of the Botanical Gardens to take photos from one of the best locations in Sydney as the sun begins to set. Afterwards, you will return to a few secret harbor foreshore spots, before driving across the bridge to enjoy a wide view of the harbor and gaze at the city lights against the night sky. Here you can relax, enjoy a drink and some nibbles, and embrace the beauty of Sydney by night.

Sydney: Complete City Walking Tour

8. Sydney: Complete City Walking Tour

Get a taste of everything in Sydney on this 3-hour walking tour with a local, English-speaking guide. Find out about the city's history, see its most prominent landmarks, and discover your guide's favorite cafes, pubs, museums, and walks to continue your exploration after. Look for your guide's blue umbrella at the meeting point, then get together for an introduction before beginning a journey town the Tank Stream, the river that started Sydney’s European settlement. Start by learning about Captain Cook and the First Fleet, then reach back further to learn the fascinating Aboriginal history of this place. After some brief introductions, your guide will take on board your group's particular interests and modify the tour route accordingly. Along the way, you'll stop at a cafe for a coffee break before finishing at a pub to enjoy a local beer. The exact schedule depends on the day and the guide, but you can expect to see and learn about a selection of the following: • Cadmans Cottage • Wollemi Pine • Jack Mundey art – “The Rocks” • The Tank Stream • Cenotaph • Angel Place Birdcages • Martin Place • Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge • Foundation Park • Argyle Cut • Customs House • Macquarie Place Park • Underwood St • Sydney’s Emerging Laneway Scene • General Post Office • Pitt Street Mall • Centrepoint Tower • The Strand

Sydney: 4-Hour Cruise with Lunch at a Fishing Village

9. Sydney: 4-Hour Cruise with Lunch at a Fishing Village

Discover the largest harbor in the world on this half-day sightseeing cruise. With a small group, enjoy a personalized harbor boat cruise on a small, sleek boat that ensures the best views of Sydney. After cruising up close to iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, see historic sites and naval dockyards as well as extravagant waterfront mansions belonging to Australia's rich and famous. Keep an eye out for resident penguins, seals, and dolphins. Break for lunch at a waterfront beach club and enjoy a delicious meal with wine, beer or a soft drink. Afterward, take a short stroll up to The Gap to admire magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and all the way back to Sydney. Your next stop is one of Sydney's lesser-known and most idyllic beaches, accessible only by boat, and described by locals as a hidden paradise. Take a stroll or swim in the beach's crystal-clear waters before hopping back on the boat. Finish your Aussie experience with a visit to the historic Quarantine Station and Museum and immerse yourself in Sydney's history. Here, enjoy afternoon tea including coffee and Aussie cakes.

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What people are saying about Sydney

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 440 reviews

The tour was very informative and the tour guide was very helpful. We really enjoyed it and if you are from another state or country then it is definable a must.

A great guide who used narrative so skillfully to accurately portray Sydney's early history.

Great experience and Valuble for everyone who loves to visit Sydney Opera House

Great tour on a iconic masterpiece the design the tech and the history

Knowledgeable guide, amazing building, great history.