Morning or Afternoon Highlights Tour in Sydney with a Local Guide

Morning or Afternoon Highlights Tour in Sydney with a Local Guide

4 hours Sydney, Australia

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This half day Sydney highlights tour is just perfect to kick-start or end your holiday. See all the city hot spots and tourist icons: Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Woolloomooloo, Harry Cafe de Wheels, Rushcutters Bay, Point Piper, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Shark Beach, The Gap, Bondi Beach, Paddington, Darlinghurst, China Town and Darling Harbour. En route, your expert tour guide will provide you with all the insight information you need to know as a first time visitor: where are the best beaches in town? Or the best walks, the finest restaurants or the most atmospheric Aussie pubs. In fact, this half-day Sydney tour will leave you with so many ideas and plans that you'll likely decide to extend your stay in the world's most beautiful city!
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Pass By: The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

The oldest part of (white) Australia. It is where Captain Arthur Philip started the first penal settlement on 26 January 1788. Now a lively & romantic area with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

Stop At: Observatory Hill, Watsons Road Millers Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

The highest point in the inner-city, where in 1858 the Observatory was built to keep the timer and observe the Southern Cross. Now a museum, a cafe and a favourite location for weddings.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Dawes Point Park, Hickson Road The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

Right by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From the Ivy Steps we marvel at this beautiful part of the harbour, with views on the bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales 2060 Australia

Opened in 1932, after 9 years of construction. Employed 16,000 people, and therefor called "Sydney's Iron Long". Also known as "The Coat-hanger". With 508 meters wide, for a long time the widest single span bridge. 134 meters high. 8 car lanes, 2 train-tracks, a pedestrian walkway, a cycle path and a ... commercial Bridge climbing operation.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mrs Macquarie's Chair, 1D Mrs Macquaries Rd The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

Spot where Elizabeth Macquarie, Lachlan's second wife, loved to wait for tall shops to come in from England with letters from home, furniture and clothes.

Her husband had a seat carved for her out of the sandstone: Mrs Macquarie's Chair is an attraction, and a good excuse to take in the views over this part of the harbour.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Fort Denison Island, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

Former prison island, military fort (during the Crimean War) and a posh restaurant.

Pass By: Woolloomooloo Wharf, 6 Cowper Wharf Rd Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia

AKA the Fingerwharf, the largest wooden construction in the world. Once a working waterfront, with a fish-market and a ferry-wharf. Now the home of Hollywood actors, a 5 star hotel and upmarket restaurants.

Stop At: Harry's Cafe de Wheels - Tempe, 886-896 Princes Hwy, Tempe, Sydney, New South Wales 2044 Australia

Not the one in Tempe, but the original one an Woolloomooloo!

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Potts Point Sunday Markets, Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia

Potts Point: an eclectic mix of Victorian, Colonial, Art-Deco and Manhattan-style architecture.

Pass By: Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011 Australia

Party-town, (former) red-light district, the Golden Mile, the Coca-Cola sign, Bohemian Sydney of the 30's.

Pass By: Rushcutters Bay Park, New South Head Rd Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2027 Australia

The Royal Yacht club of Australia - start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day.

First of as series of wealthy Harbour-side suburbs.

Pass By: Double Bay Farmers Markets, Guilfoyle Park, Bay Street, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

Double Bay, AKA Double Pay. The most expensive shops in Australia include Dior, Cartier, Louis Vuitton. Streets lined with Ferrari's, Bentley's, and all types of German cars.

Pass By: Woollahra Thai Therapeutic Massage, 17 Spicer St, Sydney, New South Wales 2025 Australia

No, we're not having a Thai massage. We're just seeing thje posh suburb of Woollahra. And Point Piper - the most expensive real estate in Australia, where properties cost an average of $12 million.

Stop At: Rose Bay Beach, Rose Bay, New South Wales Australia

The largest bay of the 66 bays of Sydney Harbour.

Location of the first international airport of Sydney. An airport for seaplanes, AKA the Flying Ships.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Nielsen Park, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse, Sydney, New South Wales 2030 Australia

Part of Sydney Harbour National Park.

Shark Beach!

Stop At: Rose Bay to Watsons Bay Walk, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

A short walk across Parsley Bay to absorbe the atmosphere in this magnificent part of Sydney. Plenty of Rainbow Lorikeets in the Banksia's.

In summer we can spot an Eastern Waterdragon.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Watsons Bay, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

And its hamlet of wooden cottages on a peninsula, between the Pacific and the harbour.

Stop At: Camp Cove, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

The first bay Capt Philip saw after he had entered Sydney Harbour, and where he first set foot on Australian soil on 21 January 1788 - 5 days before disembarking in Sydney Cove.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Gap Park, Watsons Bay, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

Walk part of the famous Gap Walk to enjoy views over Sydney Harbour and the Pacific,

In winter and late spring/early summer we can spot Humpbacks and Southern Right whales on their yearly migration to and from the tropics.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Macquarie Lighthouse, Old South Head Road, Vaucluse, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

Replica of the first lighthouse built in Australia, to a design of Frances Greenway - the convict-architect who helped Lachlan Macquarie built Sydney.

Duration: 3 minutes

Stop At: Bondi Beach, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Sydney, New South Wales 2026 Australia

Famous Bondi Beach. Birthplace of Australia's Beach Culture, location of first apartment buildings, first milkbar, first professional life saving club, Sydney's first tram terminal...

Starting point of the Bondi to Coogee Walk.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Tamarama Beach, Bondi, New South Wales 2026 Australia

AKA Glamourama.

Older generations know it also as 'Little Bondi' , where some of them may still remember the trips in a Hot Air Balloons and a visit to one of the many an ill-fated Aquariums and other entertainment venturers that dotted the Sydney beaches at the turn of last century.

Pass By: Bronte Beach, Bronte Road, Bronte, Waverley, New South Wales NSW 2024 Australia

Terminus of the Bondi to Bronte Backpacker Express - the rip that takes you on a free, yet dangerous trip between Sydney's best known beaches.

Pass By: Centennial Park, Oxford St. and Parkes Drive, Sydney, New South Wales 2021 Australia

In English "Centennial Park', Sydney's largest city park. Home of Lachlan Swamp - once source of Sydney's drinking water (the Tank Stream), now the home of thousands of fruitbats hanging in the paperbark ghost-tree forest.

Pass By: Paddington Markets, 395 Oxford St Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales 2021 Australia

Paddington, aka Sydney's Fashion District.

Where Australia's top-designers hold court in beautiful, heritage protected Victorian Terraces.

Pass By: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Oxford & Flinders Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia

Held every year in Darlinghurst.

Pass By: Aurora Rooftop Hotel, 324 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010 Australia

Passing though lively Crown Street.

Pass By: The Haymarket Hotel Syd, 661-663 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

Located in Sydney's China Town - small but old settlement.

Home of Paddy's Markets!

Pass By: Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

Formerly a busy working waterfront, now an entertainment district with national and international attractions, junk food, restaurants & bars, casino's, hotels etceteras.

Pass By: Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Road, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

The last chapter of Sydney.


  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all city hotels, and airbnb addresses within the CBD area.

We do not pick-up from airport hotels, or from hotels in North Sydney.

For private tour we pick up form anywhere.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


20 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Edmund R February 2020

Very knowledgeable and flexible. Driver took us to many different parts of Sydney. There was a good balance with driving and walking.

Mark B February 2020

Jelle gave a great tour of the city and surrounding areas. We’d booked as a group tour, but there were only the two of us. We got to do quite a bit of walking in several beach areas.

cutewei0624 October 2018

Good Tour Guide to lead us go the attraction , but the timing abit rushing.Total experience is good .

Susan G April 2018

Excellent tour guide...went with the flow. Although he had bus trouble, he made swift arrangements for another vehicle and we wound up having a semi-private tour with only one other couple. We saw all of the highlights, stopping occasionally for photo ops and little walks where he would meet us at the other end of the walk...nice touch. We got to see Sydney from many different vantage points, fun neighborhoods and the less touristy places we never would have known about or known where to park. Bondi beach was beautiful. If y0u really want to get a feel for Sydney, this is a great way to do it in a short time...highly recommend this early on your trip!

wendy.l.friedman February 2018

Great guide - he hit all the neighborhoods and sites of Sydney except the Opera House. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the city and sites. Time at Bondi beach was just right.

Chris C January 2018

Nice introduction to the city on our first day.

AJM May 2017

This was a GREAT tour! The guide was very knowledgeable on local lore and took us everywhere! He was very helpful and considerate as well. Highly recommend this tour!

Alfred N May 2017

Nice overview of Sydney with the drive starting from Circular Quay going east to Watson bay then south to Bondi beach and back up north west. Learned the history and current developments in Sydney with stops at view spots for pictures and an hour in Bondi beach to just relax for a bit in the morning. Overall very good tour!

bbrtd2 January 2017

EXCELLENT and driver Yellen superb

ridhi.saksena December 2016

This tour was amazing!

Kim B May 2016

Worthwhile small group tour, very interesting and scenery stunning. Visited Bondi beach, the rocks area, all the well known areas of Sydney and guide very knowledgeable. We got tips on what to try and definitely visit.

Kutbi M May 2016

A MUST do in Sydney.
Great tour Guide.

bax41 October 2019

My sister and I were the only ones on this tour so was very personal - enjoyable and informative at the same time

samstav July 2018

Guide was knowledgeable and took us to some point of interest that you wouldn't see with a tour bus.

Marquita J April 2018

Great tour to see all of the areas of Sydney! Was able to see the Opera House from Macquarie Park to Bondi beach as well as some of its affluent neighborhoods. I wish there was slightly more time to take pictures of some of the well known things in Sydney.

Kristofer A December 2017

Very fun tour and a good introduction to Sydney and its history.

Joan D November 2017

Tour was cancelled due to low attendance, but I was contacted and given the opportunity for a refund or put with another tour group. I chose the other tour group. It was taken care of for me and I was picked up at my hotel. The tour guide was knowledgable and kind. I was a bit under the weather and he checked on me regularly and provided me eucalyptus for my sore throat. Made the tour much more comfortable for me. The sights were interesting. It was a leasurely pace and not rushed.

bijou789 May 2017

Saw all the highlights of Sydney in a morning, perfect way to get acclimated to the city. The tour guide was incredibly nice and very informative. Had great suggestions for my trip. Never disappointed!

jeff February 2017

An excellent tour, covered the city and surrounding areas in a little over 4hrs. A great overview that gave us insight into areas we wanted to explore further. The only minor complaint is that being in the back of the van, when the AC was on it would have helped if our guide had use of a microphone system.

Mary d January 2017

It was a good tour. We ended up to be the only group, so it got to be more personalized. We opted to take a walk along the beach unescorted, only to try and meet up an hour or so later. We got to meet up with our guide after the walk with no problems. Overall it was very nice.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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