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Our most recommended Circular Quay Tours

Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Join this tour for an immersive exploration of Sydney’s notorious heritage as you uncover the stories, sights and secrets of its hidden convict origins in The Rocks. As you navigate your way past the forgotten relics and ruins of this historic quarter, your guide will unpack the process of criminal transportation to Australia and its immediate effect on Sydney’s indigenous population at the turn of the 19th century. You'll discover the curious case of the convict architect and the ambitious Governor who wanted to decorate the prison settlement, and you’ll retrace the steps of the teenage girl who rose from chains to riches by conquering Sydney’s economy. Expect unique examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, hidden corridors, convict cut sandstone, abandoned slums and enormous cellars for spirits and stores. Get lost in charm of The Rocks as its past is brought back to life by your expert history guide, and develop a d great understanding about how early Sydney came to be. Crafted to suit both locals and visitors, this tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited.

Sydney Harbour: 2-Hour Morning Yacht Cruise with Morning Tea

2. Sydney Harbour: 2-Hour Morning Yacht Cruise with Morning Tea

After making your own way to Circular Quay, step on-board your 52-foot motorized yacht for your deluxe cruise. Begin your day with a sensational morning tea cruise and enjoy a unique, Sydney Harbour highlights cruise experience. Get great photo opportunities of iconic sights including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison and more. Enjoy ample time to discover the delights of the harbor and learn about its history from your informative captain.   Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, water and 5-star service.  

Sydney Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

3. 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: Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

4. Sydney: Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip to the most scenic part of Sydney on this fun-filled and unforgettable tour of the Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Relax on a scenic drive in an air-conditioned minivan to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. While there, bush walk to sacred rock engraving sites to learn about local Aboriginal culture. Enjoy stunning ocean views at Manly Beach, the Spit, West Head, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Long Reef, North Head Palm Beach, Summer Bay and Palm Beach Lighthouse. Then travel to Narrabeen Beach, one of the best surfing spots in Sydney. Take advantage of the superb photo opportunities from Long Reef Headland, where you may even be lucky enough to see a whale. Then, escape the crowds and stroll the cliffs along the Curl Curl coastal walk. Stop to admire the spectacular views of Freshwater Beach, where you can learn about the origins of surfing in Australia. Sail past Sydney Harbour’s entrance between North and South Heads on the Manly ferry before enjoying views of the mighty Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House at the end of your tour!

Sydney: Private Sightseeing Cruise of Sydney Harbour

5. Sydney: Private Sightseeing Cruise of Sydney Harbour

Sit back, relax and take in the views of Sydney Harbour from the water on a 90-minute sightseeing cruise. Enjoy a private tour aboard the catamaran for you and your group. Indulge in morning or afternoon tea as you cruise around the harbor, with snacks and drinks provided. Ask your expert local captain for further insights into the region.

Sydney: Secret Beaches Harbor Cruise with Local Guide

6. Sydney: Secret Beaches Harbor Cruise with Local Guide

This tour is about learning, having fun and exploring places off the beaten track. During the tour, your local guide will provide fascinating insights into the harbour’s history, culture and natural environment. Your boat tour begins in the bustling Circular Quay before heading under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and stopping in front of the famous Opera House for photographs. From here, your journey continues past Australia’s largest naval base to the multi-million dollar waterfront mansions of Point Piper, homes to politicians, movie stars and billionaires. After a one hour cruise past all the classic Sydney Harbour landmarks and some fascinating lesser-known sites, you will land on an idyllic National Park beach, where the boat lands right on the beach for you to have a stroll or swim - you may even spot a penguin because this is home to Sydney’s only resident colony of Fairy Penguins. Your next stop is the historic colonial settlement of Quarantine Station and museum, for home-made refreshments and a glimpse of Australian history. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a relaxing morning tea while enjoying the views of the harbour and national park. 

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What people are saying about Circular Quay

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 112 reviews

It was amazing to learn so much of our Australian history in such a short time. Max was incredibly knowledgeable, understandable and interesting in his presentation of the facts. The pace was excellent, and the timeframe perfect. It was refreshing to hear our history presented in such a way that opened our eyes to how things unfolded in this country. Max was friendly, helpful and very easy to understand. He welcomed questions and he went at a great pace. I would recommend this tour for all ages as the best value thing to do in Sydney for anyone who would like to know the history of our beginnings. Incredible value for money!

Max was an excellent and entertaining guide. He had an incredible depth of knowledge and passion for history. He led one of the best walking tours I have been on and I learnt so much more about the history of Sydney and it’s people. I think he is excellent value for money! Next time I am in Sydney I will be looking to go on another one of his tours. I would highly recommend this tour to friends and family.

It was incredible! We were lucky enough to be the only 2 on the boat and the captain still took us out! We got to go swimming in the harbour and we just could not recommend this company enough!! We had the best day!

Max the guide had a wealth of knowledge and was easily able to communicate this to us as the guests on his tour.

A great guide who used narrative so skillfully to accurately portray Sydney's early history.