Sydney Day Tours
The vibrant surrounds of Sydney feature must-see destinations packed with things to do.
Whether you are local to Australia or visiting from afar, working out how to fit in as much adventure as possible when exploring the Sydney region is at the top of everyone’s list.
Add these amazing day trips to your Sydney itinerary.
Blue Mountains – Head to the mountains and fill your camera roll or social media feed with exquisite shots of rolling hills, waterfalls and classic rural vibes. Fill up on tasty country treats on a day trip or have your own escape to the country and settle in for a night or two at a cosy heritage cottage.
Hunter Valley – Australian wine may very well be the top reason for your visit and the Hunter Valley will deliver. If you are not looking to savour the grapes on a cellar door tour, the local food alone will grab your attention. Cap off a gastronomic adventure by savouring the surrounds with hot air ballooning and horse riding through the vineyards.
Palm Beach – The locals call it ‘Palmy’, but you might just end up knowing it as paradise. Swim, surf, or take the walk to Barrenjoey Lighthouse for spectacular views. Break up the hour drive north of Sydney by stopping at The Boathouse cottage right on the water for coffee, scones and strawberries.
Royal National Park – Head south of Sydney for quintessential Aussie bush, secluded swimming spots, stunning cliffs and spot whales during whale watching season. Also, keep an eye out for ancient engravings by ancestors of traditional owners.
Southern Highlands – Rolling hills and forests south of Sydney form the Southern HIghlands, an idyllic escape from the city with classic Australian sights and flavours on offer. Along the trail of antiques shopping, markets and historic buildings you will find the biggest drawcard for many visitors, the Bradman Centre, a museum honouring Sir Donald Bradman, the Australian cricket legend.
South Coast – South of Sydney, the Grand Pacific Drive leads you out over the water on the Sea Cliff Bridge and into picturesque seaside towns including Wollongong and Kiama. If time permits, cycle or walk your way through stunning coastal walks and cycleways in the region, or stop for a round of golf, where you will most probably be joined some famous Australians – kangaroos!
Shoalhaven Region – A bit further south of Sydney gets you to the Shoalhaven region, a hub of cosy country towns, classic heritage pubs, and delicious local produce. After winding your way on a food tour, head to the white sandy beaches to relax and take a dip in the clear waters.
Byron Bay – Kick back and chill in ‘Byron’, Australia’s most famous beach town. A dream blend of natural luxury, wellness, and village-style chilled vibes, Byron is the destination of choice for travellers seeking a true Australian holiday. In the idyllic beach town, take to the water to surf or swim with dolphins, discover the hinterlands, and remember to act cool if you spot a world-famous celebrity.
Hop on Hop off Bus
The Big Bus Sydney is the perfect way to take in all the major sites of Sydney. Get an introduction to the best of Sydney on day one of your visit or take a grand circuit to see the sites one final time before your holiday ends. Also, a perfect way to give your feet a rest, or to save time getting from one attraction to another. Gaze at all the impressive iconic buildings and monuments, and of course spectacular views of the harbour, from the comfort of open-top double decker buses. Choose from several routes – or make time for all – and hop on board for door-to-door service to the best sights, along with on-board commentary in 8 languages.
Sydney Opera House Tour
It looks amazing on the outside but wait till you see what’s inside! Step beneath the ‘sails’ of this iconic building on your visit to Sydney. Take a tour, venture backstage, have a memorable dining experience in one of several restaurants, bars and cafes, or take in a show of music, theatre, dance, or opera. https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/visit-us/tours-and-experiences.htm
Sydney Harbour Bridge Tour
Get a 360-degree view of dazzling Sydney and the sky at your fingertips as you climb 134 metres above the ground on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Rise early to climb at dawn to catch an amazing sunrise, during the day to see Sydney in full swing, at sunset or at night to see the city lights sparkle. If you are a little unsure, the Sampler tour will get you halfway to the top, or you can accelerate your climb with an Express option. For something unique, join a weekend sunset session complete with live acoustic music, join the Karaoke Climb (Mandarin) at Chinese New Year, or declare or renew your vows with the Wedding package. https://www.bridgeclimb.com/