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Parliament House, Sydney: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Sydney: Canberra Day Tour

1. From Sydney: Canberra Day Tour

Explore Australia's capital city from Sydney as you enter a new state, leaving New South Wales for the day. A morning tea stop (not included) en route will allow you to stretch your legs and visit a country town before arriving at the ultra-modern Capital. Join a guided tour of the New Parliament House and feel the might and privilege of Australian democracy through this architectural masterpiece costing $1.1 billion. From the inner halls of power to walking on the roof, this is an amazing building. Break for lunch (not included) before choosing where to spend your free time: The National Museum of Australia is controversial and popular, Australia's most modern museum has won national awards with its interactive mix of exhibits and displays highlighting Australia's diverse history and culture. This tour allows time at Floriade between September to October each year. Australia's biggest and most popular flower festival. Canberra's Commonwealth Park is transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom at this month-long festival. Rejoin the group for a time of reflection as you discover the legends of Gallipoli, the ANZACs, the sacrifices and losses suffered by Australians in past wars fought around the world at the Australian War Memorial. Drive past Yarralumla for a close look at the many national embassies, each one unique and designed to reflect aspects of the country's culture. Stop for 360 degree views over the capital city from Mount Ainslie and see how this city was well designed. Return to Sydney and enjoy a dinner stop (not included).

Sydney: Iconic Sights 4-Hour Bike Tour

2. Sydney: Iconic Sights 4-Hour Bike Tour

Experience Sydney at its finest on this dynamic and entertaining Sydney Classic tour. Marvel at the different facets of Sydney, as you take in the iconic sights which make Sydney famous, and other hidden treasures that this beautiful city has to offer. Our knowledgeable guides will give you all the information you need to understand and enjoy Sydney to the fullest. Relax whilst we transport you to your different destinations and give you a complete picture of Sydney. We'll take you to see the iconic multi-purpose performing arts centre, Sydney Opera House. You’ll also enjoy the dazzling scenery at Sydney Harbour, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the popular Darling Harbour and through the Royal Botanic Gardens where you will get to see Australia’s own unique Flying Foxes. You can also enjoy the picturesque gardens in Sydney’s own Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, and have the chance to experience the urban locality and cultural gem that is Sydney’s Chinatown. Following this you will also see Sydney’s tallest free-standing structure, the Sydney Tower, Parliament House, and the historic Queen Victoria Building. You can also indulge your artistic side at Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW. In addition to this there are over 30 more great attractions you can experience and explore on this exciting journey. You even get the chance to stop for a moment at a warm friendly pub as a half way point on the tour.

Sydney: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

3. Sydney: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the beauty of Sydney on a self-guided audio tour. Walk at your own pace and admire the stunning architecture of one of Australia’s largest cities. Download the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area and start your adventure with your audio device as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to fascinating facts and stories of the city. Visit the famous Sydney Opera House, one of the most recognized modern structures in the world. It is also declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continue to see the other architectural heritages such as St James’ Church, the Archibald Fountain, and the Museum of Sydney. Admire the iconic beauty of the Rocks, the Customs House, the General Post Office, Sydney Hospital, the Parliament, and the Government House.  Take a stroll through the city and see the breathtaking views at the Harbour Bridge viewpoint. Enjoy a hassle-free audio tour to one of the most charming cities in Australia.

Sydney: Private Bondi Beach and The Rocks City Tour

4. Sydney: Private Bondi Beach and The Rocks City Tour

Discover the real Sydney on a tour of the city's most iconic neighborhoods with a private tour guide. Take in breathtaking views of the coast in Bondi Beach, explore some of Sydney's oldest streets in The Rocks, and sample a traditional Aussie snack in Rose Bay. After getting picked up from your hotel in the CBD, head to your first stop of the day, The Rocks neighborhood. Here, explore some of Sydney's oldest pubs and convict-built cottages before heading east, past the stunning Botanical Gardens in the heart of Sydney. Drive through Mr. Macquarie Street, where you can see Australia’s first Parliament House, Hyde Park Barracks, and St Mary’s Cathedral. Your second stop is at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, situated on the water’s edge. Here, take in magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Continue through Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross, where you can see the El Alamein Fountains, into Rose Bay where you will stop to enjoy an Aussie snack. Stop in Watson's Bay before journeying along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach, for lunch (not included in the tour cost). Enjoy some free time to explore Bondi Esplanade as the locals do before getting dropped off back at your hotel in the afternoon.

Sydney: City & The Rocks 3.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

5. Sydney: City & The Rocks 3.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Discover the story of Sydney on this expert-led walking tour, while hitting all of the city’s main attractions. Perfect for those who have just arrived, as well as locals and those who want to go deeper in learning about Australian history, culture, society & First Nations people. Starting from Customs House, you’ll hear about Sydney’s colonisation by the British – and how their arrival impacted the original inhabitants, the Cadigal people of the Eora nation. Your guide will provide you with a range of perspectives on Sydney’s development, introducing Aboriginal people, British governors, convicts & entrepreneurs, and other multicultural migrants, as you weave your way through the city centre. You’ll also walk through part of The Rocks and finish at a popular brewery with harbour views of both the Bridge and the Opera House. At the end of the tour, your host will give you a custom-made map with heaps of recommendations to make the most of your time in Sydney: food, nightlife, art and much more – stuff you won’t find in any guidebook! With a maximum of 12 guests, you’ll be able to walk the streets in a small group so you’re not fighting to see, hear your guide or stay on the footpath.

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What people are saying about Parliament House, Sydney

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 100 reviews

Our tour guide Ivy was very friendly and informative. We stopped on the way at a pie shop to quickly grab some food for on the way/lunch. Would definitely recommend getting something as it is a long journey. We enjoyed all of the stops. The War memorial and National museum were our favourites. Would definitely recommend this tour.

The guide and bus driver were very friendly to us. Especially the guide told us many things about Australian culture on the way to Canberra, as well as visiting period. I had a wonderful journey and will not hesitate to recommend this Canberra day tour to others.

An amazing ride. Our guide Stuart was very knowledgeable. He was very helpful an friendly. I was initially disappointed as I thought I had booked an ebike but I had no regrets. Loved every minute of it. Look forward to doing another tour next year.

It was really worth it! Ronald was a great tour guide. I would recommend this tour for anyone of all ages.

Very well run, very professional. Good care of us as we travelled through Sydney CBD area.