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Darling Harbour Tours

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Darling Harbour
One of Sydney’s top attractions, Darling Harbour boasts fine-dining restaurants, a shopping center, one of the largest IMAX cinema screens in the world, and two entertainment staples for families: SEA LIFE® Sydney and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Extend your visit into the evening to view the city lights reflected on the water.

The Basics

Darling Harbour is a staple of both Sydney sightseeing cruises and hop-on hop-off bus tours, which typically also stop at city highlights such as Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. However, you easily can dedicate an entire day to Darling Harbour itself. Maximize your time by booking a skip-the-line admission ticket to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, which can get busy.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Darling Harbour offers an array of activities and is particularly suited to families.
  • All of the attractions are within walking distance of one another, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • There’s an abundance of restaurants, cafés, and nightlife options at Darling Harbour.
  • During the months of May through October, whale watching cruises depart from Darling Harbour.

How to Get There
Darling Harbour is an easy 10–20 minute walk from Sydney’s central business district. You also can reach the harbor by water taxi, public ferry, or harbor cruise, the majority of which depart from Circular Quay near Sydney Opera House.

When to Get There
Although there’s plenty to do at the harbor in the day, Darling Harbour itself is at its most magical at night, when waterfront skyscrapers illuminate and reflect into the still water below. For the best nighttime views, admire the harbor from Pyrmont Bridge.

Further Delights at Darling Harbour

In addition to an ever-changing program of cultural events, Darling Harbour boasts plenty of permanent attractions. Highlights include the Chinese Garden of Friendship, where pathways wind past waterfalls and exotic plants; the National Maritime Museum, home to a sailing ship and submarine; and the Darling Quarter Playground, which promises to keep kids entertained for hours.

 

Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Admission: Free
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Sydney Harbour Coffee CruiseDay Cruises

Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise

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Take in panoramic views of lovely Sydney on a Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise that lasts up to two hours. Choose from two options a morning or afternoon tour that takes you close to the majestic Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and other top sights. Listen to live commentary as you snack on tea, coffee and snacks and light refreshments during the 2-hour tour that includes all of the above plus sparkling wine, cakes and cheeses, with stories focused on Sydney's fascinating heritage.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Join a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by double-decker bus to discover the highlights of Sydney and Bondi Beach. Enjoy unobstructed views and recorded onboard commentary as you travel along two routes to top destinations like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach. Go in-depth at any given place by simply hopping off the bus to explore. You can experience Sydney and Bondi's most noteworthy attractions at your own pace with your choice of ticket, valid for either 24 or 48 hours.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour with Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains TripNature and Wildlife

2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour with Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Trip

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See the best of Sydney when you book this combination of best-selling tours at a great savings. that includes a full day of sightseeing in Sydney followed by a day trip to the Blue Mountains. In Sydney, get to know the city and Bondi Beach on a coach tour, then take a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise to get out on the water. Visit the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, including Scenic World, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Echo Point, Three Sisters, Katoomba and Leura, then return via a Parramatta River cruise.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with River CruiseDay Cruises

Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with River Cruise

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Enjoy a visit to the Blue Mountains while in Sydney. Your full-day tour of the World Heritage-listed park visits highlights including the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, and Jamison Valley. En route, stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park, and have your photo taken with cuddly koalas. Cruise back to Sydney on the Parramatta River and see the Sydney Olympic Park, before gliding through Sydney Harbour to wrap up your Blue Mountains tour. Travel with a small group, providing a more intimate experience.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours
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Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including LunchDay Cruises

Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

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Enjoy an exhilarating half-day sailing cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a luxury yacht with an experienced captain. Take in stunning views of Sydney's waterside landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Mrs. Macquaries Chair, Fort Denison, Watsons Bay, Sydney Heads and more. Anchor in a secluded bay in Sydney Harbour National Park with time for beach walks, swimming, snorkeling and a delicious lunch with Australian wine and beer. This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring a personalized experience with your knowledgeable captain.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in Sydney on a morning or afternoon sightseeing tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just a few hours. Snap photos of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge; visit the glamorous Bondi Beach; travel through The Rocks and Paddington; and take in the views from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Sydney Bike ToursMountain Bike Tours

Sydney Bike Tours

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Cycling around Sydney is the perfect way to sightsee in this gorgeous harborside city. Join your expert guide for a fun and fascinating look at up to 30 top sights, including the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, along with many others. As you pedal around the city, learn about the history, culture and favorite local spots on your choice of four cycling routes. Choose from various tour durations depending on your schedule.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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Small-Group Sydney City Tour with Unique Sydney Harbour CruiseDay Cruises

Small-Group Sydney City Tour with Unique Sydney Harbour Cruise

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Enjoy the ultimate small-group tour of Sydney, including a city sightseeing tour by minivan and a harbor cruise on Sydney Harbour. Travel with a small group limited to 16 participants and see highlights such as The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, and Bondi Beach. See the best of Sydney by land and water on this deluxe tour.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Unique Private Icons Cruise on Sydney Harbour for up to SixDay Cruises

Unique Private Icons Cruise on Sydney Harbour for up to Six

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Skip the crowded harbor tours and enjoy a personalized, luxurious experience. This private cruise takes you around Sydney Harbour to see such landmarks as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Take in the sights while enjoying sparkling wine and snacks.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Morning or Afternoon Sydney Highlights Tour with a Local GuideHalf-day Tours

Morning or Afternoon Sydney Highlights Tour with a Local Guide

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Cram all of Sydney’s most memorable landmarks into one tour! Enjoy a 4-hour sightseeing tour, jam-packed with photo opportunities and iconic sights, and pick up insider tips from your knowledgeable local guide. Take in the views from Mrs Macquarie's Chair and The Gap; marvel over Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera house; and visit bustling Chinatown. After strolling neighborhoods like The Rocks, Paddington and Woolloomooloo, head to the coast to discover Bondi Beach, Rose Bay and Shark Beach.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Icons and Highlights Cruise of Sydney HarbourDay Cruises

Private Icons and Highlights Cruise of Sydney Harbour

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Get out into the Sydney Harbour for a relaxing private cruise on a luxury vessel. Leave the planning to your guide, so you can relax and take in this picturesque city, no matter how limited your time. Learn about the iconic Harbour Bridge and famous Sydney Opera House as you enjoy the breeze and sip sparkling wine.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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Private Sunset Cruise for Families on Sydney HarbourDay Cruises

Private Sunset Cruise for Families on Sydney Harbour

Cruise from Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour into Sydney Harbour, the largest natural harbour in the world. Relax aboard one of the most luxurious timber vessels on Sydney Harbour, indulge in an Australian sourced cheese platter and bottle of sparkling wine as you soak up the sights.  Meet up with your skipper for the day at the dock and enter our Beautiful timber vessel, setting your sights on discovering in the bountiful sunshine. Watch your Captain toss off the mooring lines, settle into a comfy seat for the voyage ahead, and chat with your friendly and experienced Captain about what you might see during your cruise.  Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic sights of Sydney Harbour as you ride toward a Beautiful vantage point to see the colours of sunset wash over the city skyline - where your skipper will happily pour you another glass of sparkling wine.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group Blue Mountains Tour with Featherdale Wildlife Park and River CruiseDay Trips

Small-Group Blue Mountains Tour with Featherdale Wildlife Park and River Cruise

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See the highlights of Blue Mountains National Park, one of Australia’s most famous wilderness areas, on a day trip from Sydney. Your guide takes your small group to gorgeous locales including Echo Point a lookout with great views of the Three Sisters rock formation. Learn about Aboriginal culture, see the rainforest near Wentworth Falls, explore the Jamison Valley and observe native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Enjoy leisurely walks in nature with a knowledgeable guide and a maximum group size of 14 people.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Sydney and Bondi Beach Private 4 Hour Afternoon TourHalf-day Tours

Sydney and Bondi Beach Private 4 Hour Afternoon Tour

Benefit from a customized half-day tour of Sydney that shares the best of the city and its surroundings. Cover more ground in one afternoon with options such as viewing the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and The Rocks; exploring destinations like Woolloomooloo, Chinatown, Bondi Beach, and beyond; or focusing on interests such as Australian wildlife, food and drink destinations; beaches, historical landmarks, or shopping.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Must see Sydney with a local: private & personalizedDay Trips

Must see Sydney with a local: private & personalized

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If you’ve just arrived in the Harbour City, kickstart your time in Sydney on a private sightseeing tour that can be customized according to your interests. Rather than following a one-size-fits-all itinerary, you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to tailor your schedule using the expertise and insider knowledge of a guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sydney and Bondi Beach Private 4 Hour Morning TourHalf-day Tours

Sydney and Bondi Beach Private 4 Hour Morning Tour

SEE SPECTACULAR SYDNEY AND ITS FAMOUS SIGHTS ON A 4 HOUR MORNING TOUR FROM 8AM - 12PM. Pushed for time whilst you're in Sydney? Then this is the perfect tour to see what matters, plus a few local hidden secrets thrown in. Personalised Sydney Tours have flexible itineraries from a relaxed pace to one that packs in every sight. We can take a set route or customise your tour to any interests. We can visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden, Woolloomooloo, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Paddington, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach. Visit the Sydney Harbour National Park for local wildlife, stroll to Hornby Lighthouse at South Head or the Bondi to Coogee Walk. Try a weekend market, art gallery, city winery or micro brewery. Go shopping or try local produce at a beachside restaurant. There's options aplenty. We're a fun Australian business owned by Ben Barry - a tour guide since 2004. Immerse yourself into exciting Sydney.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Sydney City & Bondi Beach 8 Hour Private TourDay Trips

Sydney City & Bondi Beach 8 Hour Private Tour

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SEE SPECTACULAR SYDNEY - THE FAMOUS SIGHTS AND HIDDEN LOCAL SECRETS on a Private Tour of Sydney and the Bondi Beach area. The places we can visit are the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden, Woolloomooloo, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Paddington, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay. Visit the Sydney Harbour National Park for local wildlife, stroll to Hornby Lighthouse at South Head or parts of the Bondi to Coogee Walk. Try a weekend market, art gallery, city winery or micro brewery. Go gift shopping or try local produce at a beachside restaurant. There's options aplenty. We are a fun Australian business owned by Ben Barry - a tour guide of over 15 years. Personalised Sydney Tours have flexible itineraries and it's your choice whether you want a slower paced experience with a walk or two or one that quickly packs in every sight. Depending on where you have been and what you have seen, we can customise each tour to your interested areas and activities.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$260.67 
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Private Sydney City and Bondi Beach Half Day TourFull-day Tours

Private Sydney City and Bondi Beach Half Day Tour

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Benefit from the efficiency and flexibility of traveling with your own private guide on a half-day sightseeing tour of Sydney. See key places such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, the Rocks district, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Bondi Beach, Oxford Street, Darling Harbour, and more. You can even take a walk on the headlands of The Gap. Hotel pickup and drop-off is provided.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Water Limousines Sparking Wine Sunset Cruise Sydney Harbour Night Cruises

Water Limousines Sparking Wine Sunset Cruise Sydney Harbour

See Sydney Harbour at its most magical during a sunset cruise that reveals both Sydney Habour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House bathed in ambient evening light. Opting for a private cruise ensures that you receive the undivided attention of your captain and crew, while include antipasti and wine add a special touch.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sydney Harbour Catamaran Sightseeing / Transfer CruiseCity Packages

Private Sydney Harbour Catamaran Sightseeing / Transfer Cruise

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Kirralee and Nevaeh are spacious catamarans that can each accommodate for up to 30 guests. The 10.5 metre Seawind Resort 1050's are Australian designed and built vessels and can be used for sailing (upon request) or motoring across the harbour. The vessel has a great mix of indoor and external areas and allows for guests to sit comfortably or move with ease while cruising Sydney Harbour and taking in the iconic views. Sightseeing cruises on board Kirralee and Nevaeh are a great way to explore the sights across Sydney Harbour and you have the flexibility to customise your cruising path. The vessels are also great options for relaxing harbour transfers for corporate events or weddings. With pick up and drop off locations across the harbour according to customer convenience, why not get from A to B by boat. Generally most wharf locations can be reached within 60-90 minutes. This cruise allows for BYO of food and beverages. Alternatively catering can be organised for an additional fee.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$615.02 
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Discover SydneySelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Discover Sydney

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Trixity offers a series of trails which are not only sightseeing experiences around some of Australia’s most beautiful cities but we will also give your brain a work-out on the way round You will guide yourself on your ‘smart’ device along the trail solving clues as you go - get the answer correct and we send you the next clue – easy! There are ‘Help’ & ‘Hint’ options if you get stuck and of course you can use your device to look things up if required. We think this is an excellent way to spend 2-3 hours discovering the city you live in, work in, play in. See our website for more details www.trixity.com.au
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sydney City Customized TourDay Trips

Private Sydney City Customized Tour

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Explore Sydney with a local guide on a private full-day tour that efficiently covers the highlights. See top destinations including the historic Rocks district, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House, and learn about the Aboriginal heritage and colonial history of Australia. You’ll also take in attractions such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, stop at Bondi Beach for a walk and lunch, and more.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Tour: Half-Day Iconic SydneyHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Half-Day Iconic Sydney

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Enjoy the attention of a dedicated guide and a flexible itinerary on this half-day tour of Sydney's highlights. A great intro for first-time visitors, this Sydney tour hits all the hot spots and gives insider tips that you can use during the rest of your stay. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Luxury Tour of Sydney Harbour: The Hidden National Park Day Cruises

Private Luxury Tour of Sydney Harbour: The Hidden National Park

Cruise Sydney Harbour and one of its tributaries—the Lane Cove River—with ease on this private trip. Traveling by deluxe skippered vessel, sail into Lane Cove National Park—an oasis of eucalyptus and wetlands. Watch for flora, fauna, and ancient Aboriginal relics; and then take a sightseeing cruise around Sydney Harbour’s icons. An onboard bottle of Australian sparkling wine and gourmet cheese, fruit, and cracker hamper provide finishing touches.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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