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.
While relatively young compared to other cities around the world, Sydney still has a rich and colourful history. After more than 40,000 years of habitation by Aboriginal people, Sydney became the first European settlement in Australia when the First Fleet landed at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788 with thousands of convicts in tow. This European influence is visible in the colonial style architecture of buildings like the Queen Victoria Building and the convict-built Hyde Park Barracks.
Take a stroll through the busy Circular Quay to absorb the vibrant harbour and continue on to The Rocks where you’ll find plenty of interesting boutique shops to take home the perfect souvenir. The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney, once inhabited by the indigenous Gadigal people before the first European settlers claimed the land. You’ll find quaint cafes, restaurants and boutique stores nestled in the heritage preserved sandstone buildings.
Sydney has some of the best beaches you’ll find in the world; beautiful stretches of sand and surf all within easy reach of the city’s centre. To the north of the city is Manly Beach, a great place to swim, stroll or enjoy an ice cream under the shady pine trees. The city’s eastern suburbs are known for their spectacular beaches – none more so than the famous Bondi Beach which is the most popular beach in Sydney with both locals and travellers.
Fantastic experiences await you just outside of Sydney. Taste award-winning wines and gourmet food in the picturesque Hunter Valley or explore World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park and admire the panoramic views of the Three Sisters.
Choose from a variety of AAT Kings tours in and around Sydney. Choose the most suitable trip for you – tours range from one day trips to a full experience of Southern Australia of up to 11 days.