Australia’s largest, oldest and most famous city is Sydney, located on the east coast of the state of New South Wales. This world class city is home to some of Australia’s biggest icons and is a gateway to incredible natural landscapes.

The dramatic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House surrounded by the glorious harbour is an iconic image of Sydney and Australia. You’ll no doubt have seen countless images of this stunning city, but nothing quite compares to seeing it in real life. Wander around the foreshore or take a cruise on the water to see these two architectural feats from a whole new angle.

While relatively young compared to other cities around the world, Sydney still has a rich and colourful history. After more than 40,000 years of habitation by Aboriginal people, Sydney became the first European settlement in Australia when the First Fleet landed at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788 with thousands of convicts in tow. This European influence is visible in the colonial style architecture of buildings like the Queen Victoria Building and the convict-built Hyde Park Barracks. 

Take a stroll through the busy Circular Quay to absorb the vibrant harbour and continue on to The Rocks where you’ll find plenty of interesting boutique shops to take home the perfect souvenir. The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney, once inhabited by the indigenous Gadigal people before the first European settlers claimed the land. You’ll find quaint cafes, restaurants and boutique stores nestled in the heritage preserved sandstone buildings.

Sydney has some of the best beaches you’ll find in the world; beautiful stretches of sand and surf all within easy reach of the city’s centre. To the north of the city is Manly Beach, a great place to swim, stroll or enjoy an ice cream under the shady pine trees. The city’s eastern suburbs are known for their spectacular beaches – none more so than the famous Bondi Beach which is the most popular beach in Sydney with both locals and travellers.

Fantastic experiences await you just outside of Sydney. Taste award-winning wines and gourmet food in the picturesque Hunter Valley or explore World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park and admire the panoramic views of the Three Sisters.

Choose from a variety of AAT Kings tours in and around Sydney. Choose the most suitable trip for you – tours range from one day trips to a full experience of Southern Australia of up to 11 days.

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Sydney is a vibrant city absolutely packed with things to do. You can start with a visit to Circular Quay in the morning to take in views of the iconic Sydney Opera House while enjoying breakfast at a local café. Follow breakfast with the thrilling Harbour Bridge Climb or keep your feet on the ground and explore the historic Rocks district. There are plenty of options to take a harbour cruise, which will treat you to a new perspective of the city. The best Sydney tours will also make time for the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Royal Botanic gardens. Be sure to end your day with dinner at Darling Harbour or a show at the Opera House before exploring the city's nightlife at Kings Cross or Oxford Street.

There are transformative experiences waiting for you in every direction if you travel just 2 hours out of Sydney. To the north you can find the Hunter Valley, Australia's oldest wine region complete with rolling hills and cellar doors open for wine tasting accompanied by gourmet local produce. Heading east, you'll rise into the picturesque Blue Mountains to find tranquil rainforests and impressive Three Sisters rock formation. AAT Kings Blue Mountains tours, such as Blue Mountains your way, will ensure you see the best the one million acre mountains can give, with time at Scenic World and on the Blue Mountains Biking Adventures E-Bike Tour. To the south, walk through the grand gardens and emerald farms of Gold Creek Station at Berrima, where if you join a tour with AAT Kings you can be treated to a Be My Guest BBQ lunch and hear tales about life on the land. This is your entrée to the nation's capital city of Canberra, home to Parliament House.

The ideal duration for your stay in Sydney largely depends on your interests and the activities you wish to pursue. Most tours in Sydney will explore the area around Darling Harbour in a day trip, but with so many iconic sites, we recommend taking 3 to 5 days to fully explore Sydney and its cultural attractions.


Capital Blooms

3 Day Guided Holiday | Sydney Return | CBFT

You don’t have to be a horticulturalist to appreciate the explosion of colour at Canberra’s Floriade and Bowral’s Tulip Time, two celebrations of spri...

From $1120 NOW $1008 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-09-20, twin share per person

Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush

5 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Melbourne | ESBM

You can drive between Melbourne and Sydney in a day.

From $2199 NOW $1979 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-03-05, twin share per person

Tastes of Southern Australia

11 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Adelaide | ESMA

This trip fully deserves its name.

From $4730 NOW $4257 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-04-11, twin share per person


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