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Sydney, Australia
Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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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.
  • Half-day small group sightseeing tour of Sydney
  • See Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach
  • Explore districts like The Rocks, Paddington, and Kings Cross
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up
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Depart from your hotel for a half day exclusive and unforgettable panoramic Sydney small-group experience. On tour with our experienced driver-guides, you will enjoy magnificent views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

We start in the Sydney Old Town and CBD heading east along the shores of Sydney Harbour for breath-taking views over one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world.

Journeying through some of the most exclusive harbourside suburbs of the Eastern Suburbs region we take a break at Watsons Bay and The Gap at the entrance of Sydney Harbour—one of the most captivating panoramic Views in Sydney.

Then it’s on to the famous Bondi Beach where guests can enjoy a stroll along the beachfront promenade, enjoy a tea or coffee (at own expense), and see bronzed Aussie lifesavers.

Returning to the city via Bondi Junction, Centennial Park, Paddington, and Chinatown we pause at Darling Harbour where guests can join our optional harbor lunch cruises. Then driving directly underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, we finish the tour back in the old town of The Rocks near Circular Quay.
Pass By:  
The Rocks
Travel through The Rocks and learn fascinating history and stories of early European settlement and its convict beginnings
Stop At:  
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Enjoy Sydney's best vantage point to view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge up close. Learn about Mrs Macquarie and get a photo in her historic chair. Time for a short walk along the edge of Sydney's glistening harbour and Fort Denison and Garden Island
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rose Bay
We continue our tour of Sydney, travelling through the affluent Eastern Suburbs of Double Bay, Rose Bay, Point Piper and Watsons Bay, viewing grand houses with dazzling harbour views. We make several stops for photo opportunities, including a panoramic view of the city skyline. There is time a short walk at Watsons Bay to see the entrance to the harbour from the Pacific Ocean, before heading south to Bondi Beach
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bondi Beach
Dig your toes into the soft sand of Australia's most famous beach, or stroll the beach promenade and watch Aussie surfers riding waves. You will have 30 minutes at leisure here.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Centennial Park
We take a drive through one of Sydney's most popular public parks, where Sydney-siders gather and meet socially or for recreational sport, and exercise. Learn about the creation of this park and its importance.
Pass By:  
On our return to the city center we drive through the glitz and glam of Paddington, full of boutique shops and latest fashion. streets are lined with quaint terrace houses over a century old, full of character that is typical of the Victorian era.
Stop At:  
Darling Harbour
On our drive to Darling Harbour, we pass through China Town and Sydney's early market district. We stop at Darling Harbour, and learn of its early purpose, and how it has been transformed into an entertainment district, with many nice restaurants perched on the edge of the water. Time for a short walk before boarding your vehicle and concluding back at The Rocks. Those who wish to disembark at Darling Harbour may also do so.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
  • OPERATED BY AEA Luxury Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travellers
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour.

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Traveller Tips

  • "If you just want an orientation to the city layout, Big Bus can provide it cheaper with more flexibility to stop where you want." See review
  • "This is an ideal option for most new visitors to Sydney who are on a limited timeframe and desire a quick view of this interesting city." See review
  • "It is fine to get a quick sense of the city if the stay is not long enough for in-depth followups." See review


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Senior tourist from philly
, Apr. 2022
Excellent city tour was fun and watching happy people felt no more COVID!guide was polite&informative &friendly.specially our couple private tour! Sydney want to more tourists.
1 traveller found this review helpful
Fantastic Sydney Tour by Scott
, Mar. 2020
Scott (Lastname), the World traveler gave us a very nice and personable tour Sydney and surroundings. Thank you Scott. We hope to hear from you soon. Sudhakar Neti +16105976885
1 traveller found this review helpful
An excellent way to learn about Sydney's history on a beautiful day
, Feb. 2020
Tyler gave an excellent tour of Sydney. He was quit pleasant and informative. However, he never provided a bottle of water as was addressed in the tour information. In addition, he was not planning to drop us off at our hotels as was also part of the program. However, Tyler did make an exception and drop a few of us off at our hotels. Otherwise it was a wonderful experience.
Brilliant way to see the city
, Feb. 2020
I really enjoyed the morning tour of Sydney - we visited lots of differing sights - many were iconic Australian sights - such as Bondi beach. Scott the driver and guide was extremely knowledgeable giving us both historical background and up to date information - the trip was very relaxing and help set the context of Sydney for me - thank you Scott
Good Intro to Sydney
, Feb. 2020
With only 2 days in Sydney this tour was a great way to get an overview of the city and and surrounding beaches, bays, and neighborhoods. Our driver/guide was knowledgeable and shared interesting info about the area and Australia. Bus held about 20 people, however we only had 9 on our tour.
Overview of Sydney
, Jan. 2020
The driver/tour guide provided a very good of overview of Sydney. We saw the different sections of Sydney and also saw the beaches. Would recommend for your first day in Sydney.
Half day city tour of Sydney
, Dec. 2019
Viator did not cancel even though there was only the 2 of us! Tyler was knowledgable and personable!
Informative City Tour
, Dec. 2019
I found the tour rather informative. It was not my first time in Sydney, so I have visited many iconic locations such as the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. But having a good guide helped, as he gave us a lot more information I would not have known if I visited then myself.
, Nov. 2019
This is an ideal option for most new visitors to Sydney who are on a limited timeframe and desire a quick view of this interesting city. Tour guide was very good and presented highlights of interest to a new visitor in a small group setting. Highly recommend!
Wonderful tour while recouping from a long flight!
Diane S
, Oct. 2019
Small van, just 6 passengers, and we got all over Sidney, to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Did this the afternoon of arrival after a 14 hour flight and it was perfect. Tour driver/facilitator was very knowledgeable and friendly.
So much fun
Michelle L
, Oct. 2019
This was one of our highlights of seeing Sydney. Graeme our driver was very helpful and full of so much knowledge about Sydney. I would do this trip again.
Afternoon Sydney tour with Paul B
, Sep. 2019
We took an afternoon tour of Sydney with Paul B. He is an excellent tour guide; very knowledgeable of the history of the area and quite a personable easy going fellow. The was the perfect tour to do on our first afternoon in Sydney after a long flight from the states. We made a few stops where we could get out, explore a bit, and take a few pictures. Well worth the time. We’d highly recommend this tour as a great overview of the area.
Highly recommended experience
, Aug. 2019
I traveled to Australia on business and had the opportunity to swing through Sydney for a partial day. Not knowing anything about attractions in Sydney apart from the famous Sydney Opera House, I looked for a tour on viator/tripadvisor that offered an experience which would fit within my time limitations. I found AEA Luxury tours. Prior to the tour, the company was in touch with me to ensure my needs were met. The day of, I went to the wrong side of the hotel for pickup. Paul went out of his way to find me, the person looking lost outside. Paul was very friendly, patient, and didn't give me any trouble for getting lost. The tour itself was one of the best tour experiences I've had. Paul's knowledge about not just Sydney, but all of Australia, was impressive, and I learned so many interesting historical and current facts. We went all over Sydney; I captured many cool pictures to remember my experience; Paul even offered to take some for me, so I could be in the picture. I highly recommend AEA Luxury tours!
Great Tour!
, May 2019
The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area and would immediately fact check if there were issues he was unsure of. We all had a great time.
Awesome Sydney sightseeing
, May 2019
Great tour of the city, Bondi beach...If you find yourself in Sydney for one day, this is the trip to take. Good tour of city highlights with fantastic views.
Great afternoon
, May 2019
Lovely afternoon sightseeing in Sydney. Our driver-guide was Paul, who looked after us really well and made sure we had enough time everywhere to take photos without being rushed. We got to see so many neighborhoods in Sydney and enjoyed free time in Bondi Beach. Perfect for anyone who wants to see a lot of Sydney in a relaxed way without too much walking.
Quick Overview
, May 2019
It is fine to get a quick sense of the city if the stay is not long enough for in-depth followups. It is recommended that one calls to nail down where and when the pickup is.
Great Trip
, Apr. 2019
The half day trip was very comprehensive and a great way to see the city and get orientated . Guide was very knowledgeable and very pleasant ! All in all a super 4 hours :)
Best tour for an introduction to Sydney
Mandy H
, Mar. 2019
Mario was an amazing Guide. He was funny, was very versed in Australia history and was all around entertaining. I was only in Sydney for 24 hours and found this tour. It was the right length, price and got to see what I wanted. If you only are in Sydney for a short time, this tour will truly give you the highlights. If you are going to be in Sydney for a few days, this tour will give you directions as to what to do next. Mario gave great suggestions as for places to eat and things to do. Take this tour as it was everything I wanted and more.
Afternoon tour
, Mar. 2019
Our tour guide Scott went over and beyond to make this tour enjoyable and exciting. So much information he provided! His tour was so much fun that I would do another tour of the blue mountains if I knew he would be our tour guide...

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