21 unique tours for a day out in Sydney

Savour delicious food, absorb fascinating info, meet new friends and make the most of the city.

Whether you’re looking to try new foods, meet new friends or simply enjoy a memorable day out, going on a tour around Sydney promises to give you something new to love about your area.

Plus, now domestic and international borders are open, these are the perfect day out if you would like to show guests around or are visiting from out of town.

You can use NSW Dine and Discover or parents vouchers for all tours featured in this guide.

Best for trying new foods

Darlinghurst dining walk for locals

Dining tours for locals

The Sydney Connection hosts weekly inner-city dining tours of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Potts Point. Accompanied by a well-connected guide, these tours are aimed at visitors and Sydneysiders who want to go ‘where the locals go’. You’ll get to experience 3 different restaurants in one night!

Cost: $140

Tour operator: The Sydney Connection

Vouchers: Dine or Discover

Newtown food and street art tour

Newtown food and street art

See and taste the diversity of Newtown. From Egyptian to Pakistani, Turkish, Thai and Japanese cuisines, this tour is as tasty as it is unique. Your guide guarantees that you’ll discover new places – even if you’ve lived in Sydney your whole life.

Cost: $60

Tour operator: Local Sauce Tours

Vouchers: Discover

Seeking Sydney’s small bars

Take an evening journey through Sydney’s emerging small bar scene and discover the spots that are popping up around the city in heritage buildings and laneways. You’ll find 22 small bars within 2 blocks.

Cost: $37

Tour operator: 24 Hours in Sydney

Vouchers: Discover

Bush food experience

Join an Aboriginal guide from Shared Knowledge and discover how to identify and collect the bounty of foods available from the surrounding country - all whilst in the stunning and peaceful surrounds of the Royal Botanic Garden.

Cost: $49

Tour operator: Shared Knowledge

Vouchers: Discover

Best for meeting new people

Surry Hills and Darlinghurst secret bar crawl

Surry Hills secret bar crawl

This tour is all about good food, great bars and new friends. With a maximum of 12 guests, it’s not your standard pub crawl.

Cost: $50

Tour operator: Local Sauce Tours

Vouchers: Discover

Learn more about the National Maritime Museum's heritage fleet on the Hidden Sydney tour.

Hidden Sydney walking tour

Join a fun and relaxed walk through the inner-city suburbs of Pyrmont, Ultimo and Glebe. Learn why there are so many pubs in this part of Sydney and the Aboriginal history of the area. You’ll even meet a talking pet cockatoo!

Cost: adult $45, child $40

Tour operator: Local Sauce Tours

Vouchers: Discover

Best for fitness

Harbour sights running tour

Harbour sights running tour

Lace up your trainers and get ready to run around the harbour. This tour sets off every day at 9am. Explore everywhere from Mrs Macquaries Chair to Kiribilli, the Opera House, Cadman’s Cottage and Lavender Bay. You’ll run approximately 10km.

Cost: $89

Tour company: Fit City Tours

Vouchers: Discover

Watsons Bay walking tour

Watsons Bay walking tour

Kicking off with a ferry ride from Circular Quay, this 3-hour adventure takes you along the stunning Watsons Bay coastline. You’ll hike approximately 8km.

Cost: $89

Tour company: Fit City Tours

Vouchers: Discover

Sydney Harbour discovery tour

Sydney harbour ebike tour

Discover Sydney Harbour by ebike and visit iconic locations like the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour.

Cost: $98

Tour operator: Sydney Harbour Bike Tours

Vouchers: Discover

Discover hidden beaches in the eastern suburbs

Top ten hidden harbour beaches

Specialising in intimate tours for up to 4, this experience promises to take you off the beaten track. You'll explore Sydney’s hidden beauty, stunning beaches and be immersed in rich indigenous history.

Cost: From $70

Tour operator: Exclusive East

Vouchers: Discover or Parents

Best for history

Dreamtime Southern X tours led by Aunty Margaret

The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour (Illi Langi)

Discover how to experience contemporary Aboriginal society right in the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney. This leisurely walkabout around The Rocks uncovers the authentic history of the Aboriginal people’s saltwater heritage within Sydney Harbour, their land and water use and their spiritual connection to the adjoining waterways and foreshores.

Cost: $59 for adults, $33 for children

Tour operator: Dreamtime Southern X

Vouchers: Discover

Kings Cross - Golden age true crime tour

Crime tours around the city

Journey Walks offer multiple tours that will help you dig deeper into Sydney's criminal past. Uncover the true tales behind The Rock's notorious history of convicts. Learn how Kings Cross & Potts Point became an international playground for (adult) entertainment, crime & bohemia. Or, discover the rags that became the riches in Paddington.

Cost: $36 to $52

Tour operator: Journey Walks

Vouchers: Discover

Sights and sounds walking tour

Sights and sounds walking tour

Uncover all there is to learn about Sydney on this 2-and-a-half-hour comprehensive historical walking tour. Learn everything from Australia's convict past in The Rocks to the stories behind Macquarie Street.

Cost: $49

Tour company: Fit City Tours

Vouchers: Discover

Sightseeing bus tour

Hailed as the most affordable bus tour in Sydney, this is the perfect way to comfortably explore famous city sights. The final stop is Bondi where you can choose to get off the bus and make the most of the beach.

Cost: $22.50

Tour company: Locl Tour Sydney

Vouchers: Discover

Sydney and The Rocks free walking tour

Find artwork you’ve never seen before and hear new facts about your city on this walking tour.

Cost: Free

Tour company: Locl tour

Vouchers: Discover

Sequinned steps LGBTIQ Sydney tour

Sequinned steps LGBTIQ tour

Hear the hidden tales of key gay and lesbian figures who have shaped Sydney. Check out Oxford Street, the traditional heart of Sydney’s gay and lesbian scene and learn about the world-famous Mardi Gras.

Cost: $31

Tour company: 24 Hours in Sydney

Vouchers: Discover

Explore Sydney's infamous King's Cross district

Slygrog, Saints and Smack – Sydney’s seedy underbelly

Learn about the notorious figures and big-time pimps who made Kings Cross what it is today. You’ll visit the site of the city’s greatest unsolved mystery and immerse yourself in Sydney’s fascinating crime history.

Cost: $31

Tour operator: 24 Hours in Sydney

Vouchers: Discover

Best for families

Discover Newtown's street art with kids

Ice cream and street art

See some of Newtown’s best street art while treating the family to delicious ice cream samples from local businesses.

Cost: $40 for children, $50 for adults

Tour operator: Local Sauce Tours

Vouchers: Discover or Parents

Chinatown stories, snacks and secrets walking tour

Chinatown stories, snacks and secrets

Sample the snacks and uncover the secrets of Chinatown. The interactive experience includes trivia games and all the facts about Sydney’s long connection with China.

Cost: $45 for children, $60 for adults

Tour operator: Local Sauce Tours

Vouchers: Discover

Best for alone time

Yeah the girls: Female street art self-guided walk

Yeah the Girls female street art self-guided walk

Take a self-guided street art walk through Newtown and Darlington as you discover street art by some of Sydney's best female street artists, as well as works that celebrate important women.

Cost: Free

Tour operator: Local Sauce Tours

Scottie Marsh street art

On this self-guided walk through Chippendale and Redfern, you'll discover pieces by Scottie Marsh about famous local celebrities such as Kid Laroi, giant walls paying respect to the mighty bin chicken, as well as a few pieces with a slightly more political angle.

Cost: Free

Tour operator: Local Sauce Tours

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