WRITTEN BY: SUSAN FINCH
Essential Adventures in Sydney, Australia
Surrounded by a sparkling harbor and beaches, Sydney wows year-round visitors with its world-class attractions and access to unique and natural beauty. Fortunately, travelers looking for Sydney shore excursions have plenty to choose from. Attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Opera House are nearby, while Sydney day trips to the Hunter Valley unveils some of the world’s most popular wines. The best things to do in Sydney are an easy shore excursion away.
Take a Sydney City Tour
Kick-off your trip to Australia with an essential Sydney City Tour that delivers all the must-see highlights the city has to offer. Visitors see the best stops around the city including the Royal Botanical Gardens showcasing the local flowers, plants, and flourishing trees of Australia. Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair at the Royal Botanical Gardens proves a popular spot for photos and travel reflection while learning more about the history of the gardens. The chair isn’t actually a chair, but an exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench with a tantalizing history. Listen as your guide explains how it was meticulously hand-carved by convicts in 1810 for the wife of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of New South Wales.
Take a Sydney City Tour By Bike
It may be chilly when leaving North America in winter, but Australia’s reversed seasons makes it a delightfully warm time to hop on a bike and see all of Sydney’s most popular attractions and highlights. Try a Sydney by Bike tour and ride across 10.5 miles with stops at iconic sites like the Sydney Opera House to snag a few photos and enjoy the spectacular views.
This Sydney city tour glides through Circular Quay, Hyde Park, Darling Harbor, and Chinatown before a chance for a cold local beer at one of Sydney’s oldest pubs. Take the time to really soak up the lively streets of Sydney and ask questions about the local culture, dining, and entertainment options available. At the end of the day, travelers experience a panorama of Sydney and leave satisfied with a full day seeing the very best of what the city has to offer.
The Harbour Bridge dazzles visitors with a quick waterside photo op before venturing into the Rocks neighborhood. This fabulous and fun neighborhood is the perfect place to sample local fare and stroll past the lively markets.
Savor the Hunter Valley Wine Experience
Savvy travelers looking for the best things to do in Sydney should jump at the chance for a Private Hunter Valley Wine Tours from Sydney. This tour blends old-world Australia with exquisite wine tastings. The Hunter Valley is renowned around the world for its carefully crafted wine and boasts a history dating back to 1820. Situated in the state of New South Wales, over 130 wineries boast some of the world’s finest wines including the region’s popular dry white wine varieties.
Travelers who come with an appetite for new flavors and adventures are rewarded with a whole new appreciation for wine. The tour guides visitors through this renown wine region with the chance to meet skilled and passionate winemakers. Guests savor local wine at three to four boutique wineries. Lunch with wine, along with wine and cheese tastings are also highlights on this Australia shore excursion.
Explore Australia’s Natural Beauty
Travelers looking for a full-day adventure have their choice when it comes to private Sydney tours. But an adventure to Blue Mountains, Featherdale, and Aboriginal Center lives up to the hype and should be on your travel bucket list. Guests are whisked away from the bustle of Sydney to the Blue Mountains and Wentworth Falls for a three-tier waterfall that dazzles travelers. It’s easy to see why this national park earned a spot on the World Heritage Site list.
A major draw to the Blue Mountains in Australia focuses on the beauty and folklore of the Three Sisters. Guests may recognize this spectacular landmark rising 3,000 feet above sea level from the pages of travel magazines and films. But according to Aboriginal legend, these three rocks were once sisters who were turned to stone by their witchdoctor father to protect them from harm.
With aboriginal legends on your mind, this Sydney day trip also provides a history lesson at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and Show. Visitors learn more about original natives of Australia and their legendary folklore. And because no trip to Australia is complete without seeing a koala and kangaroo in person, the tour also includes a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Visitors also see local reptiles, birds, and mammals like the Australian dingo and echidna.
Go Wild on an Australian Adventure
Australia’s diverse cities and modern amenities attract tourists hoping to explore its cities, but there is also unparalleled access to exotic wildlife just a short ride away. Australian Wildlife Adventures explores the Southern Highlands to search for kangaroos, koalas, platypus, emus, and wombats. Spotting these “Big 5” animals just 90-minutes outside of Sydney is a tantalizing experience.
Seasoned and knowledgeable field guides give guests a thorough overview of Australian animals complete with binoculars, flashlights, and spotlights to help find them. Koalas line the trees while peering at curious travelers below, while emus can be found roaming in small groups. An elusive platypus can even be spotted around dusk getting ready for dinner near a river. After a day of looking for bouncing kangaroos, feeding wombats, and Australia’s other wild natives, happy travelers dine at a typical Australian Inn to reflect on their bucket list experience.
Go Private on a Customized Tour
Guided tours are a rewarding way to see Australia, but can also be customized to particular interests and specifications from culture to wildlife. Travelers who want to indulge their travel sensibilities can plan a private Sydney tour for half or full day adventure. These tours are run by deeply experienced locals who know the area inside and out and love sharing their knowledge of Sydney. Travelers who give their guides a heads up on their interests whether a culture lesson in front of the Opera House or a stop at Bondi Beach to sink your toes in the sand are rewarded with the perfect tour.
Private tour guides in Sydney can also share suggestions travelers may have never considered. Invite them to share their love of the Eastern waterfront suburbs and where to find the best oysters. Best of all, guides can be assigned based on the language of choice from French to Spanish to Japanese and beyond for a personalized experience.
Sydney frequently ranks on travel bucket lists, and for good reason. From spectacular landscape to culture and intriguing wildlife, everything you want to see in Australia is easily accessible. What’s on your Sydney, Australia essentials list?