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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Sydney Day Tour with Optional Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

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

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This trip was well worth it. Our tour guide Julius was professional and very helpful. We got to see all the sites of Sydney along with history about the city. The option lunch tour was a nice tour of the harbor along with a very nice lunch.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour, Dave our driver was very knowledgable and fun. Saw lots of places without feeling rushed. Would definately recommend .

Richard Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Nice day spent

garry s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

terrific day with a very knowledgeable guide

Claes-Goran N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent! To be recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Was a great way to see the city we only had a short stay but Ralph our guide really made it worth the day very knowledgeable ang great sense of humour. Certainly gives a real understanding of the history and what makes the Sydney of today
Mike and Trish United Kingdom

Petronio A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It's amazing

William G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

First time in Sydney and was thoroughly impressed with the tour.

D G G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Superb. Ben our guide was fantastic. Highly recommended for a first day in Sydney

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