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Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

1. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Brighten up your day with a complete Sydney Harbour cruising experience departing from the iconic Circular Quay. Enjoy a buffet lunch and live commentary while passing by famous landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and more. Once onboard you will savor a delicious buffet lunch with 13 different food options. Hear live commentary whilst soaking in the beautiful panoramic views of the coastline. You will see the Sydney Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour, and other highlights of the city. Discover the secrets of one of the world's most famous and spectacular natural harbors. Spend some relaxing time in a perfect way to see Sydney from a unique vantage point with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Sydney: West Side Story on Sydney Harbour Ticket

2. Sydney: West Side Story on Sydney Harbour Ticket

Immerse yourself in the colorful world of West Side Story, the fascinating Broadway phenomenon. Watch the show live at Handa Opera in Sydney and admire a sensational storm of exuberant dance and wistful romance. Secure your ticket to the production's limited 4-week run. Arrive early to enjoy the sun setting over Sydney Harbour as you raise a glass and drink in the view at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants on-site. Then, take your place in the grandstand by the water to enjoy the enthralling show, complete with a live orchestra hidden beneath the dramatic stage and fireworks in the balmy night air. Enjoy this world-famous musical back on Sydney Harbour in an electrifying, larger-than-life staging. Experience Leonard Bernstein’s great score punctuated with hits such as ‘America’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Maria’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, and the enduring ‘Somewhere’. Witness dynamic dance numbers that soar through the open air, and a love story for the ages. Travel to New York’s Upper West Side and experience the story of the Jets and the Sharks, locked in a fierce turf battle. As the two teen gangs hurtle down a dangerous path, watch Tony and Maria cross enemy lines, dreaming of a time and place where they can love freely. Enjoy a production directed by opera and musical theater mastermind Francesca Zambello, with designers Brian Thomson and Jennifer Irwin transforming Sydney into a slice of New York.

Sydney: City Highlights Guided Bus Tour with Bondi Beach

3. Sydney: City Highlights Guided Bus Tour with Bondi Beach

Discover Sydney's most popular areas in a time-effective way by joining a panoramic bus tour with a live guide. Visit places like Mrs. Macquarie's Point, Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Ruchcutters Bay, Rose Bay, The Gap at Watsons Bay, and Bondi Beach. Enjoy fun stops to explore and snap photos. Meet your guide at the iconic Hyde Park, right in the heart of the city. As you begin your journey, receive meaningful insights into Sydney's history and culture, as well as information on how to best spend your time. Feel welcome to ask questions while you navigate the city. Hop off the bus at multiple different locations, including the world-famous Bondi Beach. Admire the scenery, take pictures, or buy a coffee. Enjoy the chance to explore and find the bus waiting for you once you make your way back.

Sydney: Iconic Sights 4-Hour Bike Tour

4. Sydney: Iconic Sights 4-Hour Bike Tour

Experience Sydney at its finest on this dynamic and entertaining Sydney Classic tour. Marvel at the different facets of Sydney, as you take in the iconic sights which make Sydney famous, and other hidden treasures that this beautiful city has to offer. Our knowledgeable guides will give you all the information you need to understand and enjoy Sydney to the fullest. Relax whilst we transport you to your different destinations and give you a complete picture of Sydney. We'll take you to see the iconic multi-purpose performing arts centre, Sydney Opera House. You’ll also enjoy the dazzling scenery at Sydney Harbour, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the popular Darling Harbour and through the Royal Botanic Gardens where you will get to see Australia’s own unique Flying Foxes. You can also enjoy the picturesque gardens in Sydney’s own Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, and have the chance to experience the urban locality and cultural gem that is Sydney’s Chinatown. Following this you will also see Sydney’s tallest free-standing structure, the Sydney Tower, Parliament House, and the historic Queen Victoria Building. You can also indulge your artistic side at Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW. In addition to this there are over 30 more great attractions you can experience and explore on this exciting journey. You even get the chance to stop for a moment at a warm friendly pub as a half way point on the tour.

Sydney: City & The Rocks 3.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

5. Sydney: City & The Rocks 3.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Discover the story of Sydney on this expert-led walking tour, while hitting all of the city’s main attractions. Perfect for those who have just arrived, as well as locals and those who want to go deeper in learning about Australian history, culture, society & First Nations people. Starting from Customs House, you’ll hear about Sydney’s colonisation by the British – and how their arrival impacted the original inhabitants, the Cadigal people of the Eora nation. Your guide will provide you with a range of perspectives on Sydney’s development, introducing Aboriginal people, British governors, convicts & entrepreneurs, and other multicultural migrants, as you weave your way through the city centre. You’ll also walk through part of The Rocks and finish at a popular brewery with harbour views of both the Bridge and the Opera House. At the end of the tour, your host will give you a custom-made map with heaps of recommendations to make the most of your time in Sydney: food, nightlife, art and much more – stuff you won’t find in any guidebook! With a maximum of 12 guests, you’ll be able to walk the streets in a small group so you’re not fighting to see, hear your guide or stay on the footpath. Note: This tour is not recommended for children under 12 as it involves 3 hours of stories about Sydney’s history and walking approx 4km.

Sydney Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

6. Sydney Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

Whether you are visiting Sydney for the first time, have friends coming to town, or are setting up a group activity, Bonza Bikes is ready to show you a good time! Sit back on one of our super-comfortable bikes, while our expert Bonza guides show you the way. This 2.5-hour tour is perfect for those short on time, or who want to see the highlights only. We have carefully planned routes that ride in the streets for a minimal amount of time. Instead, we take you through parks, harbor fronts, and sidewalks. Our guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on and where, and where are the best places to eat. Hop on the Sydney Highlights tour to experience the essentials of Sydney. We will take you on a super easy ride featuring stunning harbor views as we pedal past Circular Quay, the piers at Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There is no better way to get a quick feel for the city. An all-round entertaining and informative experience, you will meet other travellers from around the world for an experience to remember forever!

Sydney: Louise Bourgeois Exhibition - Art Gallery of NSW

7. Sydney: Louise Bourgeois Exhibition - Art Gallery of NSW

Enter a world of emotional extremes in this exhibition of the art of Louise Bourgeois, one of the most influential artists of the past century. Feel the juxtaposition between day and night, love and rage, calm and chaos, conscious and unconscious embedded within her work. Born in Paris in 1911 and living and working in New York until her death in 2010, Bourgeois is renowned for her fearless exploration of human relationships across a relentlessly inventive seven-decade career. Come discover insights about her creative life and work flow. Louise Bourgeois: Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day? reveals the extraordinary reach and intensity of her art, from her haunting Personage sculptures of the 1940s to her tough yet tender textile works of the 1990s and 2000s. It also reveals, as never before, the psychological tensions that powered her search, through a dramatic presentation in two contrasting exhibition spaces. Enjoy a walk through the Botanical Gardens and Domain to reach Sydney’s most exciting new architectural landmark – the Art Gallery’s SANAA-designed North Building, located on Gadigal Country. Enjoy exclusive access to the underground Tank exhibition space. Image copyright: Louise Bourgeois 'Crouching Spider' 2003 (detail), Collection The Easton Foundation, New York © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS/Copyright Agency 2023, photo: Ron Amstutz Louise Bourgeois 'Clouds and Caverns' 1982–89, Collection The Easton Foundation, New York, courtesy Kunstmuseum Den Haag © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS/Copyright Agency 2023, photo: Christopher Burke Visitors attending Art After Hours, Volume Festival 2023 at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday the 27 September 2023. Photo ©Art Gallery of NSW, James Horan. Exterior view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new SANAA-designed building, 2022, photo © Iwan Baan

Sydney: VIVID Cruise

8. Sydney: VIVID Cruise

Join the fun at the largest festival of light, music, and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. Vivid attracted over 2.3 million visitors last year, with 2020 set to be bigger and better than ever. Beat the crowds and view the Vivid show from the water of Sydney Harbour. Sit back, relax, and take in the transformed city while enjoying a welcome drink and a buffet dinner. With dining rooms and multiple viewing platforms on the boat, you won’t miss a thing or a great photo opportunity.  Cruise past the spectacular Sydney Opera House Sails, the visual feast of Customs House in The Rocks, and National Maritime Museums' enormous light display on its roof. These are just some of the amazing sights you will experience during Vivid Sydney. Pickup and drop-off will be from King St Wharf in Darling Harbour. Wharf numbers will be advised closer to departure date. Full scheduled wharf departure numbers can also be found on the local partner's website.

Sydney: Royal Botanic Gardens Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

9. Sydney: Royal Botanic Gardens Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

Step into the blooming Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney to get lost in its winding paths. Bring your friends along to take part in a scavenger hunt by simply following directions on your smartphone. Get in touch with nature and admire incredible views of Sydney Harbour. After booking, you will receive your link to play via email or SMS. Head over to the starting location and begin your adventure. Receive clues along the way and solve each mystery to unlock your next location, coming across the park's hidden gems and ultimate viewpoints. Unwind from the stress of city life as you run all around the lush gardens. Start the game at any time and even play against other teams if you wish to. Just stagger your start time by 5 minutes. Finish near The Art Gallery of New South Wales, with a great garden café nearby.

Sydney: Botanic Garden Self-Guided Adventure Hunt for Kids

10. Sydney: Botanic Garden Self-Guided Adventure Hunt for Kids

Are you ready for your next Adventure? Recommended for families with kids (ages 4-10) After booking, you will receive your play links via email or SMS. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (Morshead Fountain Gates). Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure and you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. This is a great trail for a family day out in a beautiful interactive environment. Kids will learn interesting facts and parents will enjoy a scenic adventure through the Botanical Gardens. The Mad Botanist trail is perfect if you are looking for an activity that will spark imagination and challenge young minds. The Mad Botanist has just escaped from his secret laboratory nearby. He is in the final stages of mixing his dangerous potion and needs one final ingredient to create a deadly plant species never seen before on Earth. Very special and rare plants are at risk from his deadly experimentations and time is running out! Professor Whiz needs your help to find the last ingredient and stop the Mad Botanist from succeeding with his evil plans. It won’t be easy; the gardens are tricky to navigate and clues need to be solved. Quick!! What are you waiting for? Your first clue is waiting… Start Location - Morshead Fountain Gates - Cahill Expressway, Sydney NSW 2000 Finish Location – You finish in the centre of The Botanic Gardens. There is a great garden café nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterward then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 1-2 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option.

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This is a stunning exhibition covering the extensive work of a sensational artist. Acclaimed for her emotionally charged and psychoanalytically inspired work Louise Bourgeois captivates and absorbs the viewer. She exposes the complexities of humanity through androgynous sculptures. profound installations-filled with emotional turbulence. Psychologically reflective and uncompromising works tell her personal stories. Powerful provocative passionate-her art reveals who and what we are!

We loved this bike tour! We were able to pay extra for an ebike. We were able to see so much of the beautiful city of Sydney on this tour. For us it was much better than just going on the on off city bus. Jay waa a super bike guide and we really enjoyed this tour!

Our driver Martin, was fantastic. Quick witted and always ready with helpful info about the district we travelled through. Very informative and helpful to the passengers with information on where to find something to eat and drink at the best price.

It was a good experience. Food is quite impressive for a buffet on a boat. Since you probably would end up spending money for lunch anyways, it is great to be able to see the harbor too from a different angle. Good value!

Wonderfull! Brilliant performances, particularly from the leads.