Fly to lunch at a hatted waterside restaurant, blend your own gin, take a private surf lesson with a legend or enjoy a sunset picnic on an island on Sydney Harbour. These luxe experiences showcase the best the Harbour City has to offer.
Have the bridge all to yourself
Book a private ascent of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and take in the harbour city atop one of the nation's most iconic landmarks. Your personal Bridge Climb guide will lead you exclusively to the top of Sydney’s famous “coat hanger”. Post-climb, dine at celebrated Sydney restaurant Quay on a signature six- or eight-course meal prepared by three-hatted executive chef Peter Gilmore. A table with bridge views is guaranteed as part of the Bridge Pinnacle experience.
Learn to surf with a legend
Wake up to a magical sunrise over Newport Beach with Tom Carroll, Australia’s world-famous surfing legend and mediation master. Ease into the morning with a Vedic mediation lesson followed by a private surfing lesson with the legendary surfer through Our Travel Curator.
Blend your own gin
Join a hands-on gin blending class at Sydney’s renowned Archie Rose. Delve into gin’s fascinating history, learn how Archie Rose make their gin before blending a selection of pure botanical distillates. Participants create two 200ml bottles of their own signature gin to take home.
Private picnic on a secret island
Enjoy a picnic with decadent food and wine on Clark Island in Sydney Harbour. Diminutive in size, this storied island off the tip of prestigious Darling Point near Double Bay is named after Lieutenant Ralph Clark who founded a vegetable garden on the one-hectare island in 1789. Take in superb vistas of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as the sun sets over the twinkling harbour city with Ultimate Sydney’s bespoke tour. For more luxe picnic options, Graze & Gaze can set you up with an indulgent spread at iconic spots like Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Observatory Hill or Centennial Park. They can even arrange a private photographer if you want to capture the moment.
Come fly with me
Fly to lunch at one of Sydney’s most lauded waterfront restaurants that are accessible only by boat or seaplane, like Berowra Waters Inn, Cottage Point Inn or Peats Bite. Soar over rugged gorges and Sydney’s sparkling waterways before pulling up at the restaurant’s private jetty for an indulgent lunch paired with sommelier-matched wines or cocktails. Then take in unforgettable views over the Sydney Harbour bridge and iconic Opera House on the return flight with Sydney Seaplanes.
If you’d prefer to stay a little longer, have your private seaplane deliver you to Sydney’s newest luxury lodge. Marramarra Lodge opened in mid-2020 and sits on a secluded stretch of the Hawkesbury River. It’s accessible only by river or air and accommodation is in sleek bungalows or open plan tents perched on the hillside. Expect exceptional dining, a lush day spa, oyster tours, bushwalks, watersports, boating and more.
Exclusive viewing of rare pearls
Go behind-the-scenes for a private viewing of Paspaley Pearls at their flagship Sydney boutique with The Tailor. Be escorted to the inner sanctum of Paspaley’s headquarters via a highly secure elevator where skilled pearl connoisseurs’ sort, grade and hand-match the finest Australian South Sea pearls to create some of the world’s most exquisite strands. Sample pearl meat - one of the world’s most exclusive seafoods – and there’s a chance you may get to view the Paspaley family’s private pearl collections.
Sail Pittwater and enjoy a Champagne lunch
Explore Sydney’s magical Pittwater, glass of Bollinger in hand aboard a private French yacht. Hoist the sails or cruise by motor under the guidance of an experienced skipper from Taylor Made Escapes. Swim from the deck of the luxury Beneteau Oceanis yacht, explore the area’s many secluded beaches and enjoy a chef prepared picnic hamper with a bottle of chilled Bollinger Champagne. After disembarking, you’ll be whisked up to the luxurious clifftop retreat, Jonah’s overlooking Whale Beach as part of their ‘stay and play’ package.
Explore Sydney’s gritty cultural heart
Get beyond Sydney’s touristy side on a private tour with Culture Scouts as they explore the rise of Chippendale from a slum characterised by abattoirs, breweries and gangsters to a booming precinct known for its striking architecture, heritage buildings, internationally recognised contemporary art galleries, artist studios, cafes and flourishing culinary scene. This bespoke Creatives Guide to Sydney tour explores Chippendale remarkable urban transformation.
Take a luxe private tour
Not sure where to start on your luxury exploration of Sydney? These private tour operators can organise an exclusive experience just for you.
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