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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.

Historic Tours

The original inhabitants of what is now Sydney have lived there for more than 50,000 years, and in 1788, Sydney was the first town in Australia to be settled by European settlers. Discovering Sydney’s history and heritage is one of the best ways to get to know the Harbour city, and is a great starting point for a visit to Sydney.

Take a historic tour of Sydney and discover the story of the harbour and beyond. Whether you want to know more about Australia’s convict and colonial past, its Aboriginal history and culture, or about a specific aspect of Sydney’s heritage, like its architectural features or maritime heritage, Sydney’s many heritage tours are well worth signing up for. Sydney's city centre plays host to some of the biggest annual arts and culture events each year and is home to some of the country's best museums and galleries.

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  1. BridgeClimb


    Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on the original Climb experience.Latching on in the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, you will walk on catwalks unti...

  2. Wharf Wander

    Wharf Wander

    This tour is for those who don't have much time to spare (45 minutes). Join a guide and grab a brief overview of the history of the Quarantine Station and find out what's behind the closed doo...

  3. Essential Sydney

    Essential Sydney

    Discover the city and famous beaches. Learn about the first settlement, see the busy districts and exclusive suburbs situated on the most magnificent harbour, stroll along the famous beaches and enjoy...

  4. Rocks at 6pm Free Tour

    Rocks at 6pm Free Tour

    Join I'm Free Tours and delve into the history of The Rocks, the site of Australia's first European settlement. You'll explore its laneways, pubs and historical buildings as your guide tells you s...

  5. Jenolan Caves

    Jenolan Caves

    Discover the World Heritage treasures of Blue Mountains National Park and the breathtaking natural wonders of the Jenolan Caves. Nestled on the western side of the Blue Mountains, this extensive netwo...

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