Sydney is Australia’s largest and flashiest city and the main 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.

Sydney Harbour

Home to both the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour tops most must-see lists. Travelers have many options for taking in the views including: 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.

Sydney Tour with Optional Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

This full-day experience takes in all the top sights, from the harbor to Manly Beach. This lunch cruise option provides the best views.

Sydney BridgeClimb

This tour is 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.

Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

This tour allows clients to get an insider’s perspective on the Sydney Opera House by visiting normally off-limits areas.

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

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.

Bondi Beach

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.

Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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.

Sydney, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross Tour

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.

Surfing Lessons on Sydney’s Bondi Beach

Clients can get a taste of Bondi beach culture by taking private or group surf lessons tailored to suit  various skill levels.

Read more about Bondi Beach tour options here.

Blue Mountains

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 in 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.

Blue Mountains Day Trip and River Cruise

Best 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.

Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour from Sydney

This tour covers the Blue Mountains’ highlights while allowing some flexibility with optional upgrades for lunch and rides at Scenic World.

2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip

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.

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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.

Local Customs

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.

Getting Around

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.

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.

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.

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