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The Story of Sydney: Sights and Insights
- Local expert: Your GoBe guide reveals the city's unique culture, contemporary lifestyle, and fascinating past as you see iconic sights and uncover hidden gems.
- Small-group tour: Travel with an intimate group (up to 14 guests) in an air-conditioned vehicle that lets you see the city in comfort and style.
- Top sights: You'll cover the famous landmarks, diverse neighborhoods, trendy shopping and dining spots, beautiful beaches – and all the best spots for photos.
About This Sydney Tour
This is a city bursting with heritage, natural beauty, iconic sights, and buzzing cultural and dining scenes. Believe us, you'll need a Sydney-sider (a true local) by your side. Count on a friendly, in-the-know guide to zero in on the sights and insights that give Australia's largest city its energy and exuberant appeal.
Traveling with a local, you'll discover why residents are passionate about their gorgeous harbor. Back in 1788 when ships sailed in to drop off British convicts, the captain declared he'd found the "finest harbor in the world." And Sydney knew what to do with this treasure. This former penal colony is now a glittering stage, where the stunning Opera House and mighty Harbour Bridge play starring roles. And, yes, your guide shows you the absolute best places to capture photos of these quintessential sights.
While shiny skyscrapers crowd the skies, there are still plenty of laid-back spots to chill. Stroll a scenic coastal path with your Sydney-sider guide or dip your toes in the surf at sandy Bondi Beach. Discover the spirit of the city's diverse neighborhoods, its lively cultural scene, and the vibrant culinary repertoire – all sparked by a multicultural mingling that makes this the country's most cosmopolitan city.
As a bonus, you also get a peek behind the scenes as your guide shares fun facts about sights and tales of famous – and infamous – Sydney-siders. You may have joined this tour expecting an overview. But you'll leave with a connection to the soul of Sydney. An understanding of what drives this dazzling city. And stories only a local can tell.
When women ruled the underworld
You'd expect a city settled by convicts to have a colorful past. And Sydney doesn't disappoint. From the 1920s to 1940s, two women feuded furiously to control organized crime. Tilly Devine ran infamous brothels in Kings Cross, while her rival Kate Leigh ran bootleg outfits and brothels in Surry Hills. Although trendy spots have replaced houses of ill repute, you can still raise a glass from the past at the Absinthe Salon in Surry Hills.
Please exit the port terminal building to meet your guide. Please look for the displayed GoBe logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
A walk of about a half mile with slight inclines and steps is anticipated. Wheelchair users must be able to transfer from their chair in/out of bus. Bring a companion to offer any assistance. Venues are wheelchair accessible. Folding wheelchairs only.
Bus Tour, Family Friendly, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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