Must do's in Sydney
Blue Mountain Tour with Featherdale Wildlife Sydney
This World Heritage Listed National Park is recognised internationally for its incredible geographic, botanic and cultural values and boasts a stunning landscape of dense eucalypt forest, grand escarpments, waterfalls and cave systems.
The area is home to 90 different species of eucalyptus trees and the greatest and most diverse concentration of eucalyptus trees in the world. Ever wonder why the Blue Mountains are called blue? The air is filled with several finely dispersed droplets of eucalyptus oil. These oil droplets not only delightfully perfume the air, but combined with dust and water vapour; they scatter rays of brilliant blue light earning this spectacular mountain range its name.
The local indigenous people hold this land and many sites within the national park as culturally sacred including a number of ancient rock art sites depicting stories from the past. You can immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre with dance and didgeridoo performances, authentic artworks and souvenirs from the local Darug and Gundungurra tribes.
One of the most striking landmarks of the Blue Mountains is the amazing rock formation known as the Three Sisters. Each pinnacle stands at 922, 918 and 906 metres tall respectively. The best place to view of the Three Sisters is from Echo Point, a lookout perched on the edge of a 170 metre cliff face. Here you can learn about the Aboriginal dreamtime legend of the Three Sisters.
Travel further along the scenic Cliff Drive through the Blue Mountains and you’ll come to Jenolan Caves, one of the oldest known open cave systems in the world. Known to the local Aboriginal people as ‘Binoomea’ (meaning Dark Places), the Jenolan Cave system stretches over an enormous 40 kilometres of multi-level passages, many still undergoing explorations. There are nine caves open to visitors, all featuring amazing lighting, underground rivers and limestone formations.
Travelling through the Blue Mountains you’ll come across a number of quaint villages and towns such as the picturesque village of Leura. You’ll notice many of the region’s villages and landmarks are named after the European explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson who first crossed the rugged mountain terrain in 1813.
Sydney Tower Eye
Located 250 metres above the Sydney streets, you can enjoy unrivalled 360-degree views of the city and beyond. Spot iconic landmarks and hidden gems of this beautiful harbour city, plus on a clear day, you can even see the Blue Mountains, located 80km away!
This is so much to see from Sydney Tower Eye!
Sydney Sea Life Aquarium
Along the way you'll encounter some of the world's most incredible animals, including the beautiful dugongs, huge sharks, massive sawfish, mysterious stingrays, jellyfish, penguins, seahorses, thousands of tropical fish and much, much more.Experience the iconic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s brand new exhibit. Set entirely on the reef as it transitions through night and day, life on the reef is recreated for guests to encounter & experience, across 24 hours of the day. This new exhibit uses state of the art technology to deliver a totally unique, interactive experience & is the largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world!
Sydney City Tour
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.
Madame Tussauds Sydney
Get up-close and personal with your favourite celebrities! Step into the spotlight and accept your MTV best newcomer award presented by superstar Adele, kick goals with soccer legend Tim Cahill or get your selfie with two of Australia's hottest stars - Chris and Liam Hemsworth.
Wildlife Sydney Zoo
WILD LIFE Sydney showcases Australia's unique and bizarre flora and fauna, right in the heart of Sydney's Darling Harbour. Experience a real Australian adventure without having to travel all around Australia. See over 6,000 animals living in their natural habitats and ecosystems. See the huge 5 metre crocodile in Kakadu Gorge, kangaroos and emus in The Outback, cuddly koalas in Gum Tree Valley and more. More than just a zoo, WILD LIFE Sydney features interactive displays, inspiring and entertaining daily shows, captivating daily feeding sessions and enhanced walk-through habitats including Koala Encounters, The Outback and Butterfly Tropics. WILD LIFE Sydney is a unique wildlife park conveniently located right in the heart of Sydney.
Taronga Zoo is a Sydney experience not to be missed. From Australia's unique wildlife to exotic animals from around the world, Taronga has it all. Enjoy the amazing Free Flight Bird Show held in the Zoo's amphitheatre overlooking Sydney Harbour. The inclusive Sky Safari ride which offers panoramic views of Sydney Harbour as well as Taronga's animals. Special photo sessions with our Koalas. Keeper talks, animal shows and feedings throughout the day. Over 2000 rare and endangered animals including Western Lowland Gorillas, Sumatran Tigers, Kodiak Bears, Giraffes, Chimpanzees and many more. Wild Asia is a complete Asian Rainforest with 10 different exhibits.Take the jungle path that appears out of the mists as you meet all manner of forest creatures from the sleepy Binturong to the agile Fishing Cat. Gaze under water into the stream that is home to the magnificently monochromatic Malayan Tapir and the busy oriental Small-Clawed Otter. Wander through Wild Asia's towering aviaries where colourful rainforest birds soar and glide. See the rare Silvery Gibbons swing hand over hand through the trees and glimpse timid Spotted Deer in the dappled shadows of magnificent, historic fig trees. Wild Asia is a 2.4ha rainforest with over 27,000 plants.
Opera House Tour
Meet at the Welcome Centre, located on the Lower Concourse of the Opera House for the start of your Sydney Opera House Tour. Step beneath the sails and discover what makes the Opera House so inspiring. Discover insider secrets and stories of the Opera House artists and performances, and step inside the iconic theatres and foyers that bring to life over 1800 performances each year. Explore the building with our knowledgeable guides, learn about how Jorn Utzon's vision came into existence against impossible odds, and capture photographs from rare vantage points, off limits to the general public. Low impact/approx 200 steps.
Sydney Harbour Highlight Cruise
Board your Captain Cook Cruises vessel at Jetty 6 Circular Quay to commence an afternoon Harbour Highlights cruise. Travel aboard a motorised vessel and enjoy magnificent views of Sydney Harbour including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, exclusive suburbs and Darling Harbour. Cruise concludes approximately 75 minutes after commencement, at Circular Quay.
Sydney Bridge Climb
Join your Bridge Climb at No 3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. Please arrange to check in 15 minutes prior to your climb. An alcohol breathalizer test will be done prior to climbing. This is the opportunity to climb the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. A comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration is conducted as well as being provided with a bridge-suit, communications equipment and a bridge harness that is linked to a static line throughout the climb. You will be led by one of BridgeClimb's professional Climb Leaders, on a 3.5 hour guided journey (including preparation and briefing), to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Climb takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the surroundings, with the opportunity to witness 360 degree views of Sydney including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a photograph of your climb group, a personalised commemorative climber certificate and climber cap. Tour concludes at the Bridge Climb office.
Sydney Showboat Dinner Cruise
3-hour Sydney Harbour Showboat Dinner cruise. 3-course menu with multiple choices. 1-hour show ‘Voyage of Love’. Fully licensed bar. Restaurant-style seated & served dining with wait staff. Fully air-conditioned, theatre-style vessel.
30 Minutes Jet Thrill Ride
Join Oz Jet Boating at the Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay for an amazing 30 minute jet boat adventure around Sydney Harbour. Each lap of Sydney Harbour is filled with spins, slides and stunts. Rides take in Sydney's famous sights including The Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Fort Denison and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Whale Watching Tour
Whale watching at its very best. Cruise aboard a great vessel with full commentary and whale guarantee - see a whale or cruise
again for free. Sydney's coastline is a playground for Humpbacks between May and October. Their antics include breaches, tail
slapping and even a close-up wink when they are feeling extra curious. You may also see Southern Rights, Orcas and Minke
whales, playful dolphins, seals, fairy penguins, albatross and more.
Hunter Valley Wine Tour
This unique exploration of the Hunter Valley region provides a variety of food and wine experiences to showcase the best of the regions local produce - there is something for everyone! And let's not forget the wine! In this picturesque hinterland famous for its Semillon, but the region also produces more than 20 varieties of wine including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho. You will sample a range of wines from your favourite Boutique cellar doors, selected for their commitment to excellent customer experience and quality wine - with two tastings before lunch and one in the afternoon. At lunchtime, you enjoy a delicious cafe lunch in the picturesque Hunter Valley Garden Village. Alternating between the lovely "The Winner is Oscars" and beautiful "Cypress Lakes Country Club" allowing plenty of time to relax and get to know your fellow travellers. After eating you can browse the bespoke collection of boutique shops, galleries and sample more of the local produce. Checkout the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, The British Lolly Shop, Kissofire Hunter Valley Liqueurs or The Garden Cellars, additional tastings at guests' expense. After a relaxed paced day of sipping, sampling and slurping your way around.
Big Bus Sydney Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Join a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by double-decker bus to discover the highlights of Sydney and Bondi Beach. Enjoy unobstructed views and recorded onboard commentary as you travel along two routes to top destinations like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach. Go in-depth at any given place by simply hopping off the bus to explore. You can experience Sydney and Bondi's most noteworthy attractions at your own pace with your choice of ticket, valid for either 24 or 48 hours.
Top Deck Lunch Cruise
Board your Captain Cook Cruises vessel at Jetty 6 Circular Quay or Jetty 1 King Street Wharf to commence a Top Deck Lunch cruise. Travel aboard MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman 2, and enjoy views of Sydney Harbour from the upper deck whilst enjoying a 2 course a la carte lunch on board. Cruise concludes at Circular Quay at 2:20pm or 3:45pm, or King Street Wharf at 1:45pm or 3:30pm. You may disembark at either location.