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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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.