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Tour code: 2230S17
Spend a day exploring Sydney with an expert guide to take in iconic highlights around the harborside city. Admire the swoop of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Tickle your toes in the sands of Manly Beach when you tour Manly in the morning, then compare it to Bondi Beach later that day. You’ll take in downtown Sydney in the afternoon, after an optional lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour, then wrap up with a scenic drive to The Gap and Watson’s Bay.


  • Full-day tour of Sydney with optional luncheon cruise
  • Visit picturesque Manly and see its famous beach
  • Enjoy great photo ops at Milson's Point, Arabanoo Lookout, the Rocks, Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Gap
  • See Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House from several vantage points
  • Take in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, and Parliament House
  • Get spectacular views of the coast at The Gap and Bondi Beach

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a super introduction to Sydney for first-time visitors. The harbour lunch cruise gives visitors a great feel for this vibrant coastal city.

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Day Tour with Optional Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Bondi Beach Sydney

Your air-conditioned coach meets you at select hotels (details under Itinerary) to begin the morning portion of your Sydney day tour.

Motor from Sydney CBD to the suburb of Manly, listening as your driver shares informative commentary about the city’s history and landmarks. Pass Darling Harbour and disembark at Milson’s Point and the Arabanoo Lookout for a new perspective on the engineering of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Disembark in Manly to meander on a pedestrian walkway known as The Corso, ending up at Manly Beach. After marveling at the majestic Pacific Ocean, hop back in your coach to drive back to central Sydney.

For lunch, you have two options. You can upgrade to include a luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour. The luncheon cruise provides full commentary about the sights from your captain, along with a delicious buffet. Or take two hours on your own before rejoining the coach for the afternoon portion of your Sydney tour.

See where the city of Sydney began when you discover The Rocks district in the afternoon. Your guide then points out highlights downtown such as Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral and Parliament House. You’ll stop at the Royal Botanic Gardens and take in panoramic vistas of Sydney Harbour from a landmark known as Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Convict laborers carved sandstone to make this bench in 1810.

Keep your camera handy as your coach travels out of town to the dramatic seaside cliffs called The Gap. Get great photo ops of Watson’s Bay, then continue to Bondi Beach where you can catch up with local surf culture.

Your return journey to Sydney takes you through desirable areas such as Paddington and Rushcutters Bay where you can spot waterfront homes with million-dollar views.


Hotel Pickups:

7:00am Crescent on Bayswater
8:10am Four Seasons (Harrington Street entrance)
8:10am Four Points Sheraton
8:00am Hilton Hotel (Pitt St entrance)
7:35am Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
7:45am Novotel Darling Harbour
7:50am Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7:55am Rydges World Square (Pitt St entrance)
7:15am Sofitel Wentworth
7:25am Vibe Hotel Sydney
7:30am YHA Sydney Central

Customer Reviews

Mollie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great way to see the city and learn about it. Would definitely recommend taking a smaller tour. Our guide, John S., was lively, interesting and humorous!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

very good tour lots to see.we found places we did not no were out there a great way of finding out about Sydney


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A brilliant day tour. Our driver was Brad and he was superb especially by adding lots of detailed information concerning property prices and the like. We look the Sydney Harbour lunch cruise which again was great value. A trip to sider when only faced with a few days in Sydney.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This turned out to be two tours...a morning...lunch break...and then afternoon tour. This gave me time to visit George St. and the Queen Victoria Market and Strand Arcade. Very good overview of Sydney and the key areas. Great to visit both Manly and Bondi beaches and to drive over the Harbour Bridge!
It took a long time to pick up guests at the hotels due to heavy traffic about 1 hour before we got started.

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our tour guide was great and obviously enjoyed his job. We did the lunch cruise as well which was excellent. Great value for money.

Charles H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Absolutely delightful and informative trip. The harbor cruise and excellent lunch is a must do in Sydney.

Martin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

great tour

Sapna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was quite exciting and the sites shown were pretty much unique from what i would see. The driver-cum-guide Mike was terrrific with a great sense of humour...

George C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a very good tour and the guy who drove and commentated was excellent.
There was nothing on the tour I would change as it did exactly as it said it would on the packet!!
Best thing to do to understand the history and background to Sydney.Brilliant!!

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Good value if you want to get oriented with Sydney within a day. Decent lunch buffet saves your time too.

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