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Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain

Historic, picturesque, and relaxing, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens cover 74 acres (30 hectares) running along the harbor from the Sydney Opera House to Woolloomooloo. A true inner-city oasis, the gardens combine exotic plantings from Europe, ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

There is nothing like incorporating a little activity while exploring a new city! Our group took the 5-hour Sydney Harbor Bridge tour we got lucky and were the only three on the tour. Our tour guide was a new addition to the Bonza Bike Tour tour staff - and she did a marvelous job. She was well trained, quite knowledgeable about the history of the city, and had an engaging and enjoyable personality.

The bikes and equipment were in good condition and were comfortable to ride. The bike ride was gentle for the most part, however, there were three to four short, steep hills that can be considered challenging by some. Don't worry if you can't make it all the way - it is encouraged to get off your bike and walk it up the hill if you can't peddle it. There are frequent stops along the way to linger and talk about the sites. We also stopped for a picnic lunch for 30 to 45 minutes - a tasty sandwich and a bottle of water were provided by the tour operator.

The tour started in The Rocks area of Sydney. The ride over the Sydney Harbor Bridge was stunning! We spent some time riding through the North Shore of Sydney and the Kirribilli area, Luna Park and Lavendar Bay. We crossed the bridge a second time for more spectacular views, and navigated a meandering shoreline to Darling Harbor. We visited the Botanical Gardens, the ANSAC Memorial, and many other sites way too many to mention. There were plenty of photo and Q and A opportunities along the way.

It was such an enjoyable day and the absolute best way to see Sydney! Do it on a bike!

Doing what: Sydney Bike Tours

Glenda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

This was a great experience. My husband and I took our three grandchildren (who live on the central coast) along with our son's partner. I was born and bred in Sydney yet saw sights I had not seen before. The staff were friendly and helpful and we broke our journey up by visiting Botanical Gardens. Hardly had to wait anytime before our next bus came along and we jumped on. I guess my only advice to others is duck when you see tress and the bus is pulling up cause without a roof they tend to swipe you sometimes, but all added to the laughs, fun and enjoyment.

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Rebecca-lee W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2008

The tour was the easiest way to get around the city. We were taking friends who had never visited Sydney so we thought it would be the best way to see Sydney. I previously lived in Sydney for the first 22 years of my life and funny enough, I learnt and discovered things that I never knew. Being an ex local, my favourite stop was the Botanic Gardens. When you walk inside you feel a sense of peace, as if you were miles away from the city.

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2006

You truly have not experienced Sydney unless you have gone on a cycling tour (7 hours worth in fact). Our guide was fantastic. His knowledge of the past, present and future of Sydney gets a gold star in my book. Areas covered included Manly Beach, North Head, The Rocks, Observatory Hill, Cockle Bay, Piers, Harbour Bridge, Hyde Park, Financial District, Botanical Gardens, you name it we saw it. The views throughout the entire tour were amazing! Bicycles and helmets were in great shape. The Manly Beach Wharf restaurant was chic and trendy, a nice place for a champagne and lunch. We even got souvenir hats at the end of the trip. We definitely would not have gotten the lay of the land if we hadn't booked this tour.

Doing what: Sydney Bike Tours


4 star rating: Recommended
December 2016

Good option to get around Sydney and Bondi for a day or two. If you are staying downtown and mainly just want to see the Botanical gardens, bridge, opera house, etc it's not really necessary I found it easier to walk around that area as it's not that far. But if you plan to go out to Bondi beach or just want to ride around and see the sights it works great.

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Lorna M

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2014

We caught the bus at the Botanical gardens. The bus took us around Sydney for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The commentary was a bit cheesey but fun! It gave us enough information for us to decide which parts we wanted to revisit. As far as I'm aware we saw the main attractions expected while on a whistle stop tour of Sydney. When you arrive in Sydney I would recommend doing this immediately to allow you to plan the rest of your visit.

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Joseph G

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

The hop on hop off tour is a good way to get an overview of Sydney and the Bondi areas; however, two days isn't enough time to really stop and spend time and any of the recommended stops, you end up going back later to visit things such as the ANZAC memorial, St Paul's Cathederal, the Chinese Gardens, and the Queen Victoria Building

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Elizabeth R

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2014

It's an interesting trip. And a good way to see the sites of Sydney in 90 minutes. If you get the 24 hour pass - you can go on the ride and hear things and then use your pass the next day as a "taxi" more or less. Sydney is a walkable city but it was nice to have this option as a way to go from the aquarium to the Royal Gardens without getting a taxi ( and paying the extra).

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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