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Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

1. Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale watching vessel, Fantasea Catalina, and take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean. Spend less time in the harbor and more time watching whales. Enjoy unobstructed views from spacious, wrap-around decks over 3 levels. Check out the open top sun deck, providing 360 degrees of viewing. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by an experienced crew. Know exactly what to look out for with onboard multimedia presentations. Don't worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos, as an onboard professional photographer has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard. Tea, coffee, and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, & Food Tastings Tour

2. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, & Food Tastings Tour

Travel from Sydney and visit a combination of three boutique wineries and distilleries in Hunter Valley. Enjoy guided spirit wine tastings matched with cheese and chocolates and a delicious lunch. Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup from central Sydney and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive in Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside some of the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how spirits and wine are made. During guided tastings, try chocolates and local cheeses to match the wines and keep your tastebuds exploring the flavor combinations. Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted spirits, and refreshing beers and ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch

3. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch

Discover the Hunter Valley on this tasting trip from Sydney, lunch included. Travel over Sydney Harbor Bridge through Sydney's leafy north shore, over the beautiful Hawkesbury River, and onto Australia's oldest wine production region, the Hunter Valley. The day starts at a locally owned winery and winner of Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year. Staff will guide you through the tastings of their wine and answer your questions. Head to another cellar for more wine tastings, followed by a 1-course restaurant lunch with a wide choice of meals including options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or craft beer with your meal and take in the beautiful views overlooking the vineyards. Three's also the option of buying a craft beer tasting paddle. After lunch, give your taste buds a jolt with a visit to a local distillery for tastings of locally produced spirits including vodka, gin, and schnapps. The third cellar door is next for final wine tastings and a chance to relax, buy a glass of wine, and take in the serenity. Throughout the day, you'll also get to enjoy tastings of cheese and chocolate to get the most from your flavorful day and to help support local businesses. Keep an eye out for wild kangaroos and get the chance to take photos. This tour is also carbon-neutral, with all vehicle emissions offset, so when you travel you can make a choice to take positive action to help address climate change.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

4. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Can you picture yourself exploring the stunning Hunter Valley wine region, tasting some of Australia’s best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beer, and distilled spirits? Small groups, a great music playlist, a relaxed style, and inside knowledge make this experience feel like you are with a group of friends heading out for a fun day. Participate in three relaxed, educational wine tastings of reds and whites with local gurus and enjoy some free time to unwind over lunch with a glass of wine. Learn about the process of winemaking and see it firsthand on an exclusive behind-the-scenes wine production tour. Sample delicious cheeses and chocolate throughout the day and visit the Hunter Distillery, where organic vodka, schnapps, gin, and liqueur tastings are served in test tubes. Try the mango, choc mint, or chili (if you’re brave enough), plus lots more. See why this stop has become a highlight of the tour for some.

Sydney: Wild Wombats and Kangaroo Experience

5. Sydney: Wild Wombats and Kangaroo Experience

Get up and close to wild Wombats and Kangaroo's in their natural habitat. We take you you on a true Aussie outdoor tour around Sydney. You will discover some of Sydney's best waterfalls and stop in at an award-winning natural rainforest. Experience an Ozzie food fest as you get try a typical Ozzie barbecue. An absolute *highlight*, you will find yourself finishing the day having a relaxing twilight dinner before meeting wild bare-nosed Wombats and Kangaroos! At the conclusion of your unique experience, your estimated time of arrival back in Sydney will be 2 hours after sunset.

Sydney, Wollongong: 15,000-Foot Tandem Beach Skydive

6. Sydney, Wollongong: 15,000-Foot Tandem Beach Skydive

Take the plunge with a 15,000-foot skydive over Wollongong! Tandem skydive with a professional instructor, just 1 hour south of Sydney Central Business District. As you jump from Australia's highest jump, at an altitude of 15,000 feet, you will experience amazing coastal views down the Jervis Bay, and all the way up to North Sydney. Once you exit the plane you will experience the thrill of freefall! Traveling at speeds of over 120 mph (200 km/h), you will freefall for up to 60 seconds. Your instructor will pull your chute and you will soar like a bird for around 5 minutes over beautiful North Wollongong beach. The beach side landing zone is located at Stuart Park, North Wollongong.

Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

7. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

Sydney: Ocean Whale Watching Experience

8. Sydney: Ocean Whale Watching Experience

Daily whale watching trips offering personal and up close experiences with migrating humpback whales in the open ocean. Our whale watching trips depart from Darling Harbour and have you back again in under 3 hours. You will get to view the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and world famous Opera House before heading out of the harbour to get up close and personal with the migrating humpback whales. Our custom built Whale Watching boat is designed to get you as close as possible to the amazing whales, we also only take small groups in order to make the experience as close to nature as possible. We provide a commentary throughout the trip including the history of Sydney Harbour's whaling days and facts about the majestic humpback whale and their annual migration journey to warmers waters to calve. Our trips are family friendly and we welcome all ages. Our friendly crew will help with all aspects of the trip. We offer a 'Whale Sighting Guarantee' if you don't see whales you can come again free of charge!

Bondi Beach: 2-Hour Surf Lesson Experience for Any Level

9. Bondi Beach: 2-Hour Surf Lesson Experience for Any Level

If you've always wanted to try surfing but never have, there is perhaps no better setting than the famous Bondi Beach. This popular 2-hour beginners surf lesson will give you an authentic taste of the world of surfing, important safety information about waves and the beach, and bragging rights about having conquered this cool and amazing sport! You will be taught how to safely go out and catch your first wave in a small group setting of 5 students or less. This personalized attention is the best way to build your surf knowledge and confidence while cultivating your surf technique. You will really be amazed at how easy, safe, and enjoyable it is to learn to surf. This 2-hour lesson is great for first-time surfers and also those who wish to refresh or refine their basic surf technique. Your instructors are fully-qualified and very friendly. Photo packages are available after your lesson!

Sydney: Guided Harbour E-Bike Tour

10. Sydney: Guided Harbour E-Bike Tour

Your ride commences at Darlinghurst and will begin by first taking you to Woolloomooloo, where you will see the largest finger wharf in the world. You will then progress on to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, riding through the Domain. From there you will discover the Opera House and Walsh Bay, before riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a visit to the historic village of Pyrmont and a short stop for coffee! Your tour guide will point out areas of interest, local flora and fauna, and historic sites throughout your ride. You will returning through the city using bike lanes, progressing onward to Surry Hills  and back to Darlinghurst in a 24-kilometer loop that provides travelers with a unique and complete view of Sydney.

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Greg was a great, very personable guide, gave us all the background information and answered every question. The stations and tours selected were spot on. All in all, an all-round successful trip that we can warmly recommend to everyone.

Extremely well organised great choice of wineries and an amazing lunch Col the driver was so informative and ensured everybody had a great time Totally surpassed my expectations Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Was a great day to get outside stretch our legs and get over a bit of jet lag. Our guide Antoine was excellent and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this tour.

Amazing experience and the girl that was the guide was lovely! I just didn't imagine I would feel seasick as many others did.

Despite the rain showers, we made a wonderful trip in a small group and 2 super enthusiastic guides.