Whether you’re a first time visitor or have always lived here, there’s a whole lot to Sydney you’ve probably never seen (or heard of). It’s time to get out of your bubble and explore the streets.
From the food and the history, to the views and the booze, here are our must do day tours in and around Sydney.
Gourmet Getaway Hunter Valley Tour
Even if you don’t consider yourself a foodie, Gourmet Getaway Hunter Valley will blow your god damn mind (and taste buds). Famous for its wineries and (you guessed it) food, the Hunter Valley is located two hours from Sydney. Explore three of the best vineyards at a leisurely pace and drink and eat until your belly is content—minus the judgey eyes. The best part? Your guide is also your cook (and a qualified chef with alllllll the delicious skills) so you better believe your food will perfectly complement your wine.
Less a tour and more the number one Sydney must do, the BridgeClimb offer a 360-degree view of the harbour city. Over 3.5 hours, you can expect to climb the arches of the bridge to the summit, listen to gripping stories about its construction and conquer your fear of heights. Our advice: book yourself into the twilight sesh to soak up an unforgettable sunset over the Blue Mountains (yes, you can see THAT far).
I’m Free Sydney Sights Tour
Everyone knows the best way to see any city is by foot, so sign yourself up for an I’m Free Sydney Sights Tour, which costs next to nothing (you pay what you think). Pound the pavement and check out all the famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, underground tunnels and Customs House, with the help of super knowledgeable local guides. They are just the right amount of entertaining and will even help you uncover Sydney CBD’s best shopping spots and hidden bars to boot.
Blue Mountains Eco Adventure & Hike
Barefoot Downunder run a number of tours for the all adventurers out there but their Blue Mountains tour is our fave. Chase waterfalls (like Empress and Wentworth Falls), get up close and personal with kangaroos, get your Insta at the famous Three Sisters and fall in love with the charming town of Leura. This tour includes a three-hour round trip hike (you’ll need to be relatively fit) so it’s probs best you leave your thongs at home.
Flamin’ Galah Tour
Whether you’re a fan of Home & Away or not, the Flamin' Galah Tours, AKA the official "Home and Away Tour to Summer Bay”, is a must (yes, really). Not only will you get a behind the scenes peek at the sets, you’ll have the chance to snap selfies with some of the stars and check out Palm Beach (read: Summer Bay). Bonus points if you hike up to the lighthouse for one of the best views in Sydney. The tour ends at Manly so be sure to catch the famous ferry back to Circular Quay.
Sydney Historic Pub Crawl Walking Tour
In case you missed the memo, we’re all about walking tours. So it’ll be no surprise that a pub crawl walking tour is right up our street. Lucky for us (and you), Go Local Tours do a daily crawl around The Rocks where you can soak up the history while sinking an ice cold frothy. Pop by four of the most famous pubs and breweries and get to know allllll about colonial Sydney while you’re at it.
Jenolan Caves Tour
The Jenolan Caves are the world’s oldest known caves and something to defs put at the top of your Sydney bucket list. Think kilometres and kilometres of spectacular caves, underground rivers and crystal formations like you’ve never seen. Whether you want to take it easy with an DIY audio tour or try your luck at extreme adventure caving, there’s something for everyone.
Port Stephens Day Tour
Port Stephens is hands down one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Australia. Jump on the super social Coast Warriors bus (popular with backpackers), which stops at Anna Bay for stand up paddle boarding, Nelson Bay for a classic BBQ lunch (and dolphin watching), before heading to Shoal Bay for crystal clear waters and white sand (hellllllllo #bulklikes). The highlight of the day, however, is the steep trek to the top of Mount Tomaree.
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