Morning or Afternoon Sydney Highlights Tour with a Local Guide
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Morning or Afternoon Sydney Highlights Tour with a Local Guide

Morning or Afternoon Sydney Highlights Tour with a Local Guide

4 h
With guide
With local
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Pass By: The Rocks, New South Wales

The oldest part of (white) Australia. It is where Captain Arthur Philip started the first penal settlement on 26 January 1788. Now a lively & romantic area with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

Stop At: Observatory Hill, New South Wales

The highest point in the inner-city, where in 1858 the Observatory was built to keep the timer and observe the Southern Cross. Now a museum, a cafe and a favourite location for weddings.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Dawes Point Park, New South Wales

Right by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From the Ivy Steps we marvel at this beautiful part of the harbour, with views on the bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales

Opened in 1932, after 9 years of construction. Employed 16,000 people, and therefor called "Sydney's Iron Long". Also known as "The Coat-hanger". With 508 meters wide, for a long time the widest single span bridge. 134 meters high. 8 car lanes, 2 train-tracks, a pedestrian walkway, a cycle path and a ... commercial Bridge climbing operation.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mrs Macquarie's Chair, New South Wales

Spot where Elizabeth Macquarie, Lachlan's second wife, loved to wait for tall shops to come in from England with letters from home, furniture and clothes.
Her husband had a seat carved for her out of the sandstone: Mrs Macquarie's Chair is an attraction, and a good excuse to take in the views over this part of the harbour.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Fort Denison Island, New South Wales

Former prison island, military fort (during the Crimean War) and a posh restaurant.

Pass By: Woolloomooloo Wharf, New South Wales

AKA the Fingerwharf, the largest wooden construction in the world. Once a working waterfront, with a fish-market and a ferry-wharf. Now the home of Hollywood actors, a 5 star hotel and upmarket restaurants.

Stop At: Harry's Cafe de Wheels - Tempe, Tempe, New South Wales

Not the one in Tempe, but the original one an Woolloomooloo!

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Potts Point Sunday Markets, New South Wales

Potts Point: an eclectic mix of Victorian, Colonial, Art-Deco and Manhattan-style architecture.

Pass By: Kings Cross, New South Wales

Party-town, (former) red-light district, the Golden Mile, the Coca-Cola sign, Bohemian Sydney of the 30's.

Pass By: Rushcutters Bay Park, New South Wales

The Royal Yacht club of Australia - start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day.
First of as series of wealthy Harbour-side suburbs.

Pass By: Double Bay Farmers Markets, Woollahra, New South Wales

Double Bay, AKA Double Pay. The most expensive shops in Australia include Dior, Cartier, Louis Vuitton. Streets lined with Ferrari's, Bentley's, and all types of German cars.

Pass By: Woollahra Thai Therapeutic Massage, Woollahra, New South Wales

No, we're not having a Thai massage. We're just seeing thje posh suburb of Woollahra. And Point Piper - the most expensive real estate in Australia, where properties cost an average of $12 million.

Stop At: Rose Bay Beach, Rose Bay, Greater Sydney, New South Wales

The largest bay of the 66 bays of Sydney Harbour.
Location of the first international airport of Sydney. An airport for seaplanes, AKA the Flying Ships.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, Woollahra, New South Wales

Part of Sydney Harbour National Park.
Shark Beach!

Stop At: Rose Bay to Watsons Bay Walk, New South Wales

A short walk across Parsley Bay to absorbe the atmosphere in this magnificent part of Sydney. Plenty of Rainbow Lorikeets in the Banksia's.
In summer we can spot an Eastern Waterdragon.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Watson's Bay, New South Wales

And its hamlet of wooden cottages on a peninsula, between the Pacific and the harbour.

Stop At: Camp Cove, New South Wales

The first bay Capt Philip saw after he had entered Sydney Harbour, and where he first set foot on Australian soil on 21 January 1788 - 5 days before disembarking in Sydney Cove.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Gap Park, New South Wales

Walk part of the famous Gap Walk to enjoy views over Sydney Harbour and the Pacific,
In winter and late spring/early summer we can spot Humpbacks and Southern Right whales on their yearly migration to and from the tropics.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Macquarie Lighthouse, Vaucluse, Woollahra, New South Wales

Replica of the first lighthouse built in Australia, to a design of Frances Greenway - the convict-architect who helped Lachlan Macquarie built Sydney.

Duration: 3 minutes

Stop At: Bondi Beach, New South Wales

Famous Bondi Beach. Birthplace of Australia's Beach Culture, location of first apartment buildings, first milkbar, first professional life saving club, Sydney's first tram terminal...
Starting point of the Bondi to Coogee Walk.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Tamarama Beach, Bondi, Greater Sydney, New South Wales

AKA Glamourama.
Older generations know it also as 'Little Bondi' , where some of them may still remember the trips in a Hot Air Balloons and a visit to one of the many an ill-fated Aquariums and other entertainment venturers that dotted the Sydney beaches at the turn of last century.

Pass By: Bronte Beach, Bronte, Waverley, Greater Sydney, New South Wales

Terminus of the Bondi to Bronte Backpacker Express - the rip that takes you on a free, yet dangerous trip between Sydney's best known beaches.

Pass By: Parque do Centenario, New South Wales

In English "Centennial Park', Sydney's largest city park. Home of Lachlan Swamp - once source of Sydney's drinking water (the Tank Stream), now the home of thousands of fruitbats hanging in the paperbark ghost-tree forest.

Pass By: Paddington Markets, New South Wales

Paddington, aka Sydney's Fashion District.
Where Australia's top-designers hold court in beautiful, heritage protected Victorian Terraces.

Pass By: Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, New South Wales

Held every year in Darlinghurst.

Pass By: Aurora Hotel Surry Hills, New South Wales

Passing though lively Crown Street.

Pass By: The Haymarket Hotel Syd, New South Wales

Located in Sydney's China Town - small but old settlement.
Home of Paddy's Markets!

Pass By: Darling Harbour, New South Wales

Formerly a busy working waterfront, now an entertainment district with national and international attractions, junk food, restaurants & bars, casino's, hotels etceteras.

Pass By: Barangaroo Reserve, New South Wales

The last chapter of Sydney.

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  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
95% Cultural
5 | 2018-10-30

Good Tour Guide to lead us go the attraction , but the timing abit rushing.Total experience is good .

4 | 2018-07-11

Guide was knowledgeable and took us to some point of interest that you wouldn't see with a tour bus.

Susan G
5 | 2018-04-22

Excellent tour guide...went with the flow. Although he had bus trouble, he made swift arrangements for another vehicle and we wound up having a semi-private tour with only one other couple. We saw all of the highlights, stopping occasionally for photo ops and little walks where he would meet us at the other end of the walk...nice touch. We got to see Sydney from many different vantage points, fun neighborhoods and the less touristy places we never would have known about or known where to park. Bondi beach was beautiful. If y0u really want to get a feel for Sydney, this is a great way to do it in a short time...highly recommend this early on your trip!

Marquita J
4 | 2018-04-18

Great tour to see all of the areas of Sydney! Was able to see the Opera House from Macquarie Park to Bondi beach as well as some of its affluent neighborhoods. I wish there was slightly more time to take pictures of some of the well known things in Sydney.

5 | 2018-02-14

Great guide - he hit all the neighborhoods and sites of Sydney except the Opera House. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the city and sites. Time at Bondi beach was just right.

Chris C
5 | 2018-01-20

Nice introduction to the city on our first day.

Kristofer A
4 | 2017-12-07

Very fun tour and a good introduction to Sydney and its history.

Joan D
4 | 2017-11-08

Tour was cancelled due to low attendance, but I was contacted and given the opportunity for a refund or put with another tour group. I chose the other tour group. It was taken care of for me and I was picked up at my hotel. The tour guide was knowledgable and kind. I was a bit under the weather and he checked on me regularly and provided me eucalyptus for my sore throat. Made the tour much more comfortable for me. The sights were interesting. It was a leasurely pace and not rushed.

5 | 2017-05-31

This was a GREAT tour! The guide was very knowledgeable on local lore and took us everywhere! He was very helpful and considerate as well. Highly recommend this tour!

Alfred N
5 | 2017-05-21

Nice overview of Sydney with the drive starting from Circular Quay going east to Watson bay then south to Bondi beach and back up north west. Learned the history and current developments in Sydney with stops at view spots for pictures and an hour in Bondi beach to just relax for a bit in the morning. Overall very good tour!

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