Sunday, October 2, 2011

5 Great Sydney Sightseeing Tours

Sydney is one of the world’s greatest cities. Year after year it ranks in the top ten most livable cities in the world and every day hundreds of tourists from all walks of life grab their travel insurance, book their plane tickets and head for Sydney’s picturesque shores. If you’re one of those tourists, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 sightseeing tours you can do in the Harbour City. Enjoy!

Sydney Underwater
Photo: doug.deep

Hop-On/Hop-Off City Tour
More and more major cities have these handy hop-on/hop-off tours, and they’re the perfect way to get your bearings in a new city. The Sydney version has two arms, one that takes visitors in and around the city centre and all the historic sites, and another that is dedicated specifically to the city’s eastern suburbs such as Bondi, Vaucluse, Rose Bay and more. The two buses both fall under the same ticket, which lasts an entire 24 hours. This means you can get around to all the sights in one go, and then decide which ones are worth coming back to at your own leisure.

Sydney Tank Stream Tour
For something very different, book yourself in for a Sydney Tank Stream Tour. The old tanks stream is a series of underground passageways running underneath the city. Once upon a time they served as the main water supply for the city, but they now provide a quirky and unique tourist opportunity for visitors (and locals) to find out about the city from a very different perspective.

Sydney Harbour Cruise
Beautiful Sydney Harbour draws the crowds from far and wide, and what better way to experience the gorgeous body of water than from atop it, on your very own Sydney Harbour cruise! OK, it might not be your very own—we’re sure there’ll be a few others to share the views with—but you’ll get to experience the sights of the harbour with uninterrupted vistas in every direction.

The Rocks Ghost Tour
The Rocks is the oldest suburb in Sydney and was the first location for settlement when Europeans arrive. As such, it’s got a lot of historical swagger and, rumour has it, a fair few spirits hanging around between this world and the next. A Rocks Ghost Tour will take you to all the supposedly haunted sites and give you a good history on the area while you’re at it! If you don’t come back with the socks scared off you then you’re a tougher cookie than most…

Sydney Bike Tour
Photo: yewenyi

Sydney Bike Tour
For those who like a slightly more active take on traditional tourism, a Sydney Bike tour is perfect for you! Get together with like-minded bicycle enthusiasts and traverse the roads and pathways of Sydney as you take it all in on two wheels.

Sydney is a city with delights to offer everyone. To get a proper grip on what the city has to show you, we’d recommend taking advantage of any one of these sightseeing tours and letting the Harbour City reveal itself to you in style.

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