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Urban comforts mix with sprawling mountains and beaches on one of the world’s most stunning harbors.

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Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

1. Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

Join a walking tour to explore the halls and foyer spaces of the Sydney Opera House with your entrance ticket. Learn what makes this building a World Heritage-listed masterpiece from your guide. You might catch a rehearsal in action or the crew working on a set. The story of the Opera House rivals any dramatic opera for plot twists and jaw dropping cliff-hangers. Step inside and explore beyond the magnificent sails to hear the stories behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s remarkable design. On this one-hour guided tour you’ll discover the intricate workings of a living, breathing icon.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip

2. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip

Enjoy an excursion from Sydney into the Blue Mountains. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and experience the amazing variety of Australian wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, see Koalas, and wombats, as well as many more native Australian birds and wildlife. Enjoy a visit to Leura Village, where you can buy your own lunch at a cafe or bakery. Your tour includes the 3 rides at Scenic World, Cableway, Skyway, and Railway. Stop at Echo Point to enjoy splendid views of the Jamison Valley and the 3 Sisters, a towering rock formation from the Dreamtime.  Bypass Sydney’s peak traffic on a Ferry cruise along Parramatta River into Circular Quay. From there you will make your own way back to your accommodation.

Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

3. Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the sights of Sydney Harbour on this sightseeing cruise. See the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens and learn about the history of the city with informative live commentary. Along the way, help yourself to hot drinks and fresh fruits and cookies. Set sail from Eastern Pontoon in Circular Quay and choose from either a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise. Pass by Sydney's most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, and all the sights in between. Refresh with a tea or coffee from the drinks station and help yourself to cookies and fruit. Along the way, enjoy live commentary from a knowledgeable skipper and make sure to bring your camera as there will be countless photo opportunities along the way.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains, Scenic World All Inclusive Tour

4. From Sydney: Blue Mountains, Scenic World All Inclusive Tour

Join a small group on this all-inclusive day trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains with a local guide. Gaze at the rainforest on a guided walk in Scenic World, see the iconic Three Sisters from Echo Point, and meet endemic animals at the Featherdale Wildlife Park or Western Sydney Zoo. Begin your tour early at one of the meeting points, then set off on your adventure ahead of large groups. Arrive at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains and experience all the rides with your local guide. Ride the Scenic Railway into the rainforest, take the Skyway across the valley see magnificent views of the waterfall, and enjoy the Cableway. Skip some of the general queues and head straight to the rides. Take a stroll on a boardwalk through the rainforest and hear all about its ecosystem. Then, follow your guide to a cliff lookout and soak in panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its pink sandstone cliffs and eucalyptus-bound forests. Next, walk down the road to Echo Point and admire sweeping views of the Three Sisters rock formation from the lookout. Learn about its cultural significance from your guide. Then, time permitting, enjoy some time on your own to wander around and take photos. After working up an appetite, tuck into lunch in the Blue Mountains. After your meal, continue to Featherdale Wildlife Park or Western Sydney Zoo to spend some time close to some of Australia's natives. Get a hands-on experience with native animals, including hand-feeding a kangaroo. After spending the day connecting with nature in the World Heritage-listed area of the Blue Mountains, Take a ferry back to Sydney along the Parramatta River. See landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and end the trip at Circular Quay Wharf. 

Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

5. Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Benefit from access to 2 different routes with 30 stops on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See all the sights of Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace. Learn about the local culture with audio commentary and unlimited rides while driving past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.  Savor the culinary delights of cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants, explore the city's maritime history at the Maritime Museum, take a stroll in the Chinese Gardens or shop for unique gifts in some of Sydney's finest shopping districts. Create your own itinerary around the city. Experience Sydney aboard the double-decker buses and see the Sydney Harbour, hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, botanic gardens, and islands to explore. Explore highlights of the city including Circular Quay, Hyde Park, and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium on the Red Route. Discover the Bondi Beach tour as a perfect introduction to Australia’s beach culture. Let Big Bus take you to the best shopping and dining precincts, plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. Explore stops like Central Station, Sydney Tower Eye, and Bondi Beach.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry

6. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry

Pre-book your entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo and meet hundreds of remarkable species of animals from around the world. Enjoy the benefit of a ferry return ticket from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Nestled on the shores of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and is home to over 5,000 animals. Explore the Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. See tigers, elephants, exotic birds, and many other species of animals. Spend a fun-filled day out with your family in one of the most famous attractions of Sydney. 

Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

7. Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a choice of over 30 freshly-prepared dishes from a range of cuisines at Sydney Tower's famous rotating restaurant. Enjoy the spectacular rotating 360-degree views of the city that make Sydney Tower Buffet a unique dining experience for locals and visitors alike. Choose from a huge range of menu items, including the following: • A variety of dips, cheeses and condiments • A selection of hot and cold seafood • A large selection of salads, e.g. Greek salad, seafood salad, Asian salad, watermelon salad, and many more Sample menu: Seafood  Sydney rock oysters, fresh lemon (gf, df) Tiger prawns, cocktail sauce (gf, df) Black mussels, harissa & capsicum (gf, df) Antipasto Shaved plain mortadella (gf, df) Grilled zucchini, lemon olive oil (v, gf, df) Eggplant caponata (v, gf, df) Hommus (v, gf, df) Rosemary focaccia (v, df) Salads Dutch cream potato (v, gf, df) Chickpea & tomato (v, gf, df) Watermelon, feta, mint dressing (v, gf) Mains Baked barramundi, fennel, pink pepper slaw (gf, df) Tempura fish bites, tartare sauce Steak cut chips Lemon & thyme roast potatoes (v, gf) Stir-fried seafood Hokkien noodles (df) Truffled cauliflower, tarragon pangrattato (v) Grilled kangaroo, native thyme & red bean salsa (gf, df) Greek-style grilled chicken thigh, lemon & oregano (gf, df) Casarecce pasta, Italian sausage & rocket (df) Tofu & eggplant basil stir fry (v, df) Marrakesh-style lamb korma osso buco, raisin (gf) Cumin steamed rice (v, gf, df) Desserts Salted caramel & chocolate tart Khanom chan, thai steamed coconut & pandan slice (v, gf, df) Persian love cake, lemon icing, pistachio Black forest gateau Red velvet cake, raspberry glaze Mango panna cotta (v, gf, df) Cheese selection (v, gf) Lavosh (v) Apple & raisin chutney (v, gf, df) Dry fruit (v, gf, df) v = vegetarian, gf = gluten-free, df = dairy-free. Menu subject to change. This is a sample menu only and may be subject to change due to food seasonality and availability.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

8. Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Tour with Waterfall Walk & Lunch

9. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Tour with Waterfall Walk & Lunch

Join a small group tour from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and see the Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls. Your Blue Mountains day trip includes a fresh, locally made picnic lunch, and a walk to the bottom of Wentworth Falls waterfall. Head two hours west of Sydney to the Blue Mountains National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed area. Explore numerous lookouts with breathtaking views over valleys, mountains, and numerous waterfalls. Your tour includes a 90-minute waterfall walk in the town of Wentworth Falls, taking in several waterfalls including the 187m Wentworth Falls waterfall. At this time, this is the only tour that does the walk going to the bottom of the waterfall. Visit Echo Point to see the Three Sisters rock formations in Katoomba and hear the indigenous dream time story behind the ladies. Another awesome lookout you can explore is Lincoln Rock, also known as Flat Rock. This is a big day in the Blue Mountains with local, passionate guides that love their jobs Your Blue Mountains itinerary has been curated by a local who has lived in the area their whole life. Discover areas off the beaten track, as well as the most famous sites the Blue Mountains have to offer. This is that less touristic Blue Mountains tour that you are seeking

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

10. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Savannah, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes keeper talks and presentations. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

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This is a stunning exhibition covering the extensive work of a sensational artist. Acclaimed for her emotionally charged and psychoanalytically inspired work Louise Bourgeois captivates and absorbs the viewer. She exposes the complexities of humanity through androgynous sculptures. profound installations-filled with emotional turbulence. Psychologically reflective and uncompromising works tell her personal stories. Powerful provocative passionate-her art reveals who and what we are!

It was a great one day trip to the scenic Blue Mountains including the attendance of the Wildlife Park where we could feed and pat kangaroos and get a picture of us and a koala taken. Our first day to Sydney couldn’t go any better. We would also like to thank the guide who was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and gave us good tips regarding what to see in Sydney from his perspective, and we used his suggestions. Thank you!

JADE WAS UNREAL!!! We had the best time ever on this tour, this facts were spooky and were delivered fantastically from Jade. She spoke clearly, directly and was a fantastic host. It is so great to have a walking tour around the back streets of Sydney around the harbour. Highly recommend to those in to Crime and gore! Thanks again!

Visited beautiful places. The guide had a lot of interesting and cool information. The day trip was overall just smooth and lovely. A bit expensive tho, taking into account that you don't get any food included.

Christina was a very friendly guide. Had a great time and learned to identify lots of interesting fish. Highly recommend!