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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours in Sydney

At first glance, it may seem like Sydney's all style and no substance. But scratch the surface, and you'll find a multicultural melting pot rich in history, culture and Aboriginal heritage. To find out more, take a tour; you're sure to find one to suit.

Half a century ago, a young Danish architect put Sydney on the map with his design of The Sydney Opera House, and a backstage tour (offered in a range of languages) is essential for the inside scoop on this iconic landmark. There are also architect-led walking tours of one of the city's beautiful gardens, and art critics guide groups around Sydney's galleries, artist-run spaces and studios.

Food and wine buffs will easily be satisfied on walking tours around Sydney's multicultural eat streets and coffee precincts. And if you love the water, hop on a half-day tour of Bondi Beach – or buy a day pass and discover the city by ferry; Balmain, Taronga Zoo in Mosman and Manly are all must-see spots.

It's hard to beat the history lessons offered on walking tours around the city, or the Aboriginal heritage tours held around Sydney Harbour and in the Blue Mountains. And for real, albeit spooky, insight into Sydney's colonial past, join a historic or ghost tour at the Q Station in Manly, one of the most haunted sites in Australia.

Explore more Sydney tours

  1. Manly Bars Tour

    Manly Bars Tour

    Manly - only 30 minutes from Circular Quay by ferry yet often seems a world away. This once idyllic sea side settlement, however, now boasts a bustling bar scene that holds its own with the very best ...

  2. CBD Speakeasy Tour

    CBD Speakeasy Tour

    Want to discover Sydney's best modern-speakeasies? Or perhaps you just want to find the city's best hidden bars? Well this tour from Ketel One Bar Tours - the CBD Speakeasy Tour - will take yo...

  3. Walsh Bay Theatre Walk

    Walsh Bay Theatre Walk

    The Sydney Theatre Walk honours 21 legends of Australian stage and screen in the form of individual plaques set into the paving stone. The theatre legends were chosen by Arts NSW, an independent panel...

  4. Canberra Explorer

    Canberra Explorer

    Take in all of the highlights of Canberra, with its contemporary architecture set among beautifully maintained gardens and parks. Join a private guided tour of the National Museum of Australia and a p...

  5. Mid-Century Pop Tour

    Mid-Century Pop Tour

    Throw on your party frock and stir up a Manhattan - it's time for some good ol' mid-20th century cocktail culture. For too many years bartenders have been getting away with mixing rum and Coke...

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