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Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

1. Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Benefit from access to 2 different routes with 30 stops on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See all the sights of Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace. Learn about the local culture with audio commentary and unlimited rides while driving past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.  Savor the culinary delights of cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants, explore the city's maritime history at the Maritime Museum, take a stroll in the Chinese Gardens or shop for unique gifts in some of Sydney's finest shopping districts. Create your own itinerary around the city. The Classic Ticket allows you to experience Sydney aboard the double-decker buses for 1 day. Choose the Premium Ticket to extend to 2 days. Choose the Deluxe Ticket, to see the Sydney Harbour Hopper, hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, botanic gardens, and islands that are made for exploring. Explore highlights of the city including Circular Quay, Hyde Park, and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium on the Red Route. Discover the Bondi Beach tour as a perfect introduction to Australia’s beach culture. Let Big Bus take you to the best shopping and dining precincts, plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. Explore stops like Central Station, Sydney Tower Eye, and Bondi Beach.

Sydney: Half-Day City Tour

2. Sydney: Half-Day City Tour

Explore the highlights of Sydney on a 4-hour tour that can be the perfect kick-start to your time in the city. See the hot spots and tourist icons with an expert guide who will provide you with all the information you need as a first time visitor. Learn where the best beaches are located and how to discover the nicest walks in the city and surrounding area. Hear about some of Sydney’s finest restaurants and atmospheric pubs, and get updates on cultural happenings at venues such as The Basement and Sydney Opera House. Discover where to shop for authentic and/or cheap souvenirs. Get so many ideas that you'll want to extend your stay in the world's most beautiful city! Choose from a morning (08:00) or afternoon (13:00) departure and get ready to see the following attractions: • The Rocks (the oldest part of Sydney where the First Fleet landed) • Millers Point (the oldest pubs and hotels in the city) • Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (best look-out onto Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge) • Woolloomooloo (site of the iconic pie cart of Harry's Cafe de Wheels and the longest timber-piled wharf in the world at Finger Wharf) • Potts Point (eclectic architecture galore) • Kings Cross (the infamous Red Light District) • Rushcutters Bay (start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race) • Darling Point (first of a series of posh harborside suburbs) • Double Bay (site of an exclusive shopping center) • Point Piper (home to the most expensive real estate in the world) • Rose Bay (site of Australia’s first international airport for ‘flying ships”) • Vaucluse (early 19th-century mansions) • Shark Beach (a hotspot for local swimmers and bull sharks) • Watson’s Bay (heritage trails and nudie beaches) • Camp Cove (the location of Captain Philip’s first footprint) • The Gap (where the harbor spills out into the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean) • Dover Heights (for spectacular views of the city and ocean) • North Bondi (golf, whales and sea-eagles) • Bondi Beach (birthplace of free-style swimming and professional lifesaving) • Tamarama Beach (also known as "Glamarama") • Bronte Beach (home of the Bronte Gully and popular for barbecues and dog walking) • Centennial Park (Sydney's largest city park) • Woollahra (home to consulates, mansions and art traders) • Paddington (full of Victorian terraces, boutiques and fashion stores) • Darlinghurst (popular as the gay and lesbian entertainment district) • Surry Hills (trendy and multicultural) • China Town (home to the large and popular Paddy’s Markets) • Darling Harbour (a modern, purpose-built entertainment center)

Sydney: Jet Boat Adventure Ride from Circular Quay

3. Sydney: Jet Boat Adventure Ride from Circular Quay

Experience beautiful Sydney Harbour at full throttle, with sea spray in your face and the sweet sound of a 700 horsepower engine in your ears. This 30-minute jet boat ride on Sydney Harbour includes massive sideways slides, fish tails, wave riding, and spins. The adventure begins at Circular Quay with a comprehensive safety briefing and a rundown of the trip ahead. The crew will distribute waterproof gear before boarding, to help you stay as dry as possible as you ride. Once on board, the jet boat's power is finally unleashed; whiz past ferries and fly over the waves thanks to the expert maneuvers of your jet boat pilot. As you cruise, enjoy views of the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Rose Bay, Goat Island, Taronga Zoo, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and more.

Sydney: Private Bondi Beach and The Rocks City Tour

4. Sydney: Private Bondi Beach and The Rocks City Tour

Discover the real Sydney on a tour of the city's most iconic neighborhoods with a private tour guide. Take in breathtaking views of the coast in Bondi Beach, explore some of Sydney's oldest streets in The Rocks, and sample a traditional Aussie snack in Rose Bay. After getting picked up from your hotel in the CBD, head to your first stop of the day, The Rocks neighborhood. Here, explore some of Sydney's oldest pubs and convict-built cottages before heading east, past the stunning Botanical Gardens in the heart of Sydney. Drive through Mr. Macquarie Street, where you can see Australia’s first Parliament House, Hyde Park Barracks, and St Mary’s Cathedral. Your second stop is at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, situated on the water’s edge. Here, take in magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Continue through Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross, where you can see the El Alamein Fountains, into Rose Bay where you will stop to enjoy an Aussie snack. Stop in Watson's Bay before journeying along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach, for lunch (not included in the tour cost). Enjoy some free time to explore Bondi Esplanade as the locals do before getting dropped off back at your hotel in the afternoon.

Sydney Harbour: Luxury Multi-Stop Progressive Lunch Cruise

5. Sydney Harbour: Luxury Multi-Stop Progressive Lunch Cruise

Your cruise will begin with a welcome from your crew as you board your luxury cruiser and depart for the harbor. Soft drinks, sparkling wine, beer, still wine, tea, and coffee will be available from the time you step on board. Whilst cruising past the world famous landmarks of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, your crew will be on hand to tell you about the past and modern day history of the harbor. You will see Woolloomoolloo Bay — home to the Australian Navy’s Sydney Base Garden Island — then venture further down the harbor cruising past Double Bay and Point Piper where some of the most expensive homes in Sydney are to be found.   You’ll then head past Clarke and Shark Islands — two national parks in the middle of the harbor — with Rose Bay on your right. Shortly after you will arrive at Watsons Bay, the destination for your starter course at the renowned Doyles on the Beach where you will have a choice of starters and a selection of beverages. Back on board, you will cruise past the opening of Sydney Heads with Manly off to your right and around Middle Head into Middle Harbour. Your cruise will stop at the Balmoral Jetty where you will disembark for your main course at the Balmoral Public Dining Room. You will choose your main course and have a selection of beverages to choose from.   After you have finished your sumptuous lunch it will be time to return to the boat where you will head to Spit Bridge to see some amazing landscapes while enjoying your dessert and cheese platter. Your return will be back through Middle Harbour and then re-enter the main harbor where you will see the northern shores of Sydney Harbour, cruise past Taronga Zoo, and the prime minister’s house. There is even an opportunity to stop for a swim if there is time before retuning back to shore.

Sydney: Small Group City Tour by Bus with Hotel Pickup

6. Sydney: Small Group City Tour by Bus with Hotel Pickup

Join our PM Afternoon (1:30pm-5:30pm) Small Group Half Day Sydney tour, and discover of Sydney, Australia. See the highlights of Sydney in this half day tour. We take care of the stress of planning where to go. Just kick back and relax, and enjoy the experience. Pick up from your Sydney CBD Hotel Drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour along the way. Learn about the first fleet and why early Europeans visited Australia. Walk along the bay in front of Luna Park, a historical theme park, originally based in Long Island, New York (USA). We do not have time to enter the theme park. Visit Mrs Macquarie's Chair (spectacular Sydney Harbour views) Pass by Australia's first hospital, Sydney Barracks and Hyde Park. Pass through some of Sydneys most exclusive suburbs, traveling through suburban streets. Visit St Marys Cathedral, the longest church in Australia. Visit Kings Cross, and see the giant Coca Cola sign up close. Visit the original Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Woolloomoolloo, a Sydney icon for over 80 years. Renowned for their 'tiger' meat pies and shakes. Visit 'The Gap' in Watsons Bay. Visit Bondi Beach Visit Barangaroo, a popular harbourside area for tourists and locals with restaurants, shops, hotels and even a 271m high skyscraper, Crown Sydney. Driver / Guide Child (1-15 years old). Adult (16 years+ old). No strollers allowed. Buses are not wheelchair accessible Minimum number of people required for tour to operate

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What people are saying about Rose Bay

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 717 reviews

Excellent tour. The starting point is at the Rocks by the pier and very convenient. The two lines - red and blue intersect at a couple of spots. The bus has free wifi, which was great, but in one bus it was quite weak, but no big deal. The commentary was excellent. The staff were very pleasant. Covers all important tourist spots.

Jelle did show us a lot of interesting places with fun back stories and was always friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. The tour was very personalized and a lot of fun.

Driver very punctual & knowledgeable. Plenty of photo opportunities & covered most of the Sydney highlights

excellent tour very informative in a short time, showcases much of the Sydney sights

Everything was great!! But the waiting times at the stops were tooooo long!!