Australia’s largest and flashiest city (though not its capital), Sydney is point of entry for most arrivals Down Under. Home to icons such as Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and in close proximity to beautiful beaches, Sydney offers plenty to fill any itinerary. Time-pressed travelers can hit the top sights on half- or full-day tours by foot, bus, or boat. While those with more time to spare can take a backstage tour of Sydney Opera House, try a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, and venture into the nearby Blue Mountains on a day trip.
Boasting both the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour tops most must-see lists. Travelers have options for taking in the views: on a walking tour, on a sightseeing cruise, and from the top of the bridge. If views of the Opera House are not enough, travelers can step inside for a closer look.
This full-day experience takes in all the top sights, from the harbor to Manly Beach. The lunch cruise option provides the best views.
A must for more adventurous clients, the best-selling Sydney BridgeClimb experience makes it possible to climb the Harbour Bridge for unbeatable harbor views. Booking options include dawn, twilight, and express climbs.
This tour allows clients to get an insider’s perspective on the Sydney Opera House by visiting normally off-limits areas.
Clients who want a fun evening on Sydney Harbor should book this cruise, which includes a 2-course dinner with unlimited drinks and sunset photo ops.
Read more about Sydney Harbour tour options here.
Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach delivers with its crescent of golden sand, crashing waves, and bustling bars and restaurants. Just minutes from downtown Sydney, Bondi is a common stop on many sightseeing tours, including hop-on hop-off bus tours. It’s also a destination in its own right for sunseekers, surfers, and locals.
Perfect for first-time visitors getting their bearings, this hop-on hop-off bus tour allows clients to spend as much time as they wish at each stop, including Bondi Beach.
This afternoon bus tour—ideal for those with limited time—hits all of Sydney’s top sights and includes time for a stroll along Bondi Beach.
Clients can get a taste of Bondi beach culture by taking private or group surf lessons tailored to suit varied skill levels.
Read more about Bondi Beach tour options here.
Located less than two hours from the city, the Blue Mountains region is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Sydney. The rugged natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site draws visitors with a taste for the outdoors and offers plentiful photo opportunities. Excursions typically cover the main attractions, such as the famed Three Sisters rock formations and Jenolan Caves, and offer add-on activities such as rides at the Scenic World attraction.
Suited for clients who want a comprehensive Blue Mountains day trip, this tour offers a return journey by boat—a rare offering. Bonus: Rides at Scenic World.
This tour covers the Blue Mountains’ highlights while allowing some flexibility with optional upgrades for lunch and rides at Scenic World.
Clients interested in both a harbor cruise and a day trip to the Blue Mountains will like this combo.
Read more about Blue Mountains tour options here.
Things to Know
When to Visit
Peak season in Sydney (Christmas through late January) coincides with the highest temperatures and largest crowds. March through May skirts the busiest times but still promises warm weather.
Buses, trams, and trains will get travelers wherever they need to go—Opal Cards are valid on all. Traveling by ferry is the prettiest way to see the sights, particularly the journey from Circular Quay to Manly.
Tipping is not expected, but appreciated. Restaurant bills include tax and service, so in a case of exceptional service, travelers can simply round up to the nearest $5 or $10.
Things to Bring
Casual clothing, including “thongs” (flip-flops), is standard, but travelers should bring something dressier if they want to hit the bars or dine at nice restaurants. High SPF sunscreen and UV sunglasses are essential as Australia’s sun is punishing.
What the Locals Know
Balmoral Beach is one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Sydney, and a quieter alternative to Bondi and Manly.