Sydney, the postcard of the Australian dream. Boasting a majestic harbour, irresistible beaches and the very apex of Australian trendy style, Sydney should be high up on the list of destinations for your Australian odyssey. From sky-high buildings and lush parks (making the city more of an actual jungle than a concrete one), to world-renowned beach-bronzing spots and unparalleled nightlife, Sydney tours are eternally cool and endlessly fun.
With so much to do, see and of course taste, you’ll want to jump right in with the sightseeing - and the possibilities are endless. You could spend your days getting an alternative view of the harbour on a ferry, grab a flat white in Surry Hills or maybe even refuel with a classic Sydney brunch at Bills in Darlinghurst. Craving a little more physical action? We like the way you think. Get your surf on and hit the waves at Bondi Beach, hike across Jamison Valley or even get to grips with the great Aussie outdoors with a day trip to the glorious Blue Mountains. All that exploring will likely work up an appetite, which gives you an excuse (not that you need one) to go big on a traditional Australian BBQ dinner, prepared lovingly with your own two hands. Mmmm.
Sydney is a city that doesn’t do things by halves; it’s exciting, brash and distinctly bold - part of the reason why many of Australia’s creative types flock here for a slice of its glory. It’s no secret that Sydney knows how to put on a show, and it’s gained worldwide status for its commitment to ensuring its good vibes all the way, no matter the occasion. A new year’s eve in Sydney will have you live your best life on a boozy harbour cruise, complete with drinks and canapes as you sing your collective ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ at the surrounding fireworks. Venturing to Sydney in September will see you catch the much hyped Sydney Fringe Festival, which showcases some of the city’s best performers. No matter what time of year, you’ll always find mind-blowing entertainment on your Sydney tour package.
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Planted amid the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Mountains is the stunning landscape of the sprawling Jamison Valley. Covered in bush and brimming with wildlife, the Jamison Valley has been home to the Aboriginal Gundungurra people for 50,000 years. You might not be a fan of voluntary walking (we get it) but trust us - the beauty of Jamison Valley can only be truly appreciated on two feet. Get your hiking boots on, we’ll embark on the walk of a lifetime, giving you epic panoramas and an opportunity to soak up the valleys scenic beauty from above, because some views are simply worth hiking for.
Okay, so you’ve arrived in Sydney. Time to get the low-down on the iconic sights, hidden gems and hottest hip hangouts in the city where the lines between land and sea are blurred. From your first encounter with the golden, celebrity-clad sands of Bondi Beach, to your reaction when you learn that New South Wales was originally a convict colony, today will be a day of firsts. You’ll delve deep into the fascinating history behind the city’s most prolific structures, as well as learning more about the Gadigal aboriginal people who once called the land home. A wiser traveller is a better traveller.
Is it any real wonder the party-goers flock from far and wide to ring in the new year in this unique city? Not to us. While the Northern Hemisphere wraps up warm and prepares themselves for a snowy end to the year, Sydney dials up the heat for a non-stop flurry of activity. We hope you’re geared up for a sleepless night as we’ll don our glad-rags and kick off the festivities with a cruise around the harbour, watching the night sky light up in technicolour with fireworks. Munching on canapés and making good use of our included champagne, this is how to guarantee you’ll have an amazing year.
The ultimate foodie’s playground, the Taste of Sydney Festival is the gateway to Sydney’s culinary scene. Pop-ups, small plates, market stalls and feasts; if it’s edible, you’ll find it here. Top tip: bring multiple bags and a notebook - some food combinations are so genius you’ll need to write them down.
Techno heads, unite! We may be pretty far from Berlin, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a good tech-fest out here. Exhibit A: Electric Gardens, Australia’s biggest techno festival. Don your glitter, pick out your glad-rags and get pumped for the best house and techno Australia has to offer.
This is the centre of culture in New South Wales; the place to come if you want to know more about Sydney, but don’t know where to start. Here, you can see the permanent display of the ‘first fleet ships’ and learn more about the colonies that make up New South Wales as we know it today.
This is the oldest university museum in Australia and hosts the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, the museum has over 30,000 artefacts and archaeological things. And the best part? Admission is free, so you can wise up on Australia’s history without breaking (or even touching) the bank.
If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of an art buff (and let’s face it, who hasn’t) this is your chance to brush up on your analytical skills as you peruse the halls and comment on the artistry. With an impressive collection of international art, this is the epitome of Australia’s thriving art scene.