Sydney Half Day Private Tour see the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

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From USD 240.11

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See Sydney’s top sights on a half-day private city tour that still leaves you with time to enjoy the rest of the day on your own. You’ll check off Sydney’s must-see attractions, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and Circular Quay. Hear about the city’s history and modern-day culture from a private guide-driver, and take in daily life around neighborhoods like Paddington and Darlinghurst.
  • Private Sydney sightseeing tour with hotel pickup
  • See top attractions like Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach
  • Catch a view of Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
  • Check out popular suburbs like Paddington
  • Learn about Sydney's history and culture from a private guide
  • Great way to orient yourself with the city at the start of your stay

What's Included

  • Expert Driver/Guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch cruise
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

You will be picked up from your Sydney Hotel or other central location within 5km of the city centre. We can also meet you at the Cruise Terminal, Sydney International or Domestic Airports. Or pick you and your luggage up at either airport and drop you at your cruise terminal or vice versa. For International Airport arrivals, we normally allow you 45 minutes to collect your luggage and get through Customs. For Domestic Airport arrivals, we normally allow you 20 minutes to collect your luggage. We will advise your meeting point at the time of booking. For groups of 11 people or more, there is an additional fee of AUD$10 per person to accommodate your luggage for Cruise Ship and Airport pickups or drop offs. This can be paid to your guide in cash on the day, or we can send you a payment link to prepay by credit card. You will need to load and unload your own luggage. Our guides are not professional porters and under Work, Health and Safety regulations are not permitted to lift heavy bags. When travelling between the 15 December to 6 January and between 23 January to 5 March, there is a AUD$100 fee (payable to your guide by cash or credit card on the day) if your pickup is outside the standard times of 8am and 1pm.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Must be able to lift your own luggge and mobiliy equipment, or have someone in your group who can help.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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37 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Very good tour
Connie_L, Mar 2023
The guide was very kind, I would recommend this tour, I learned a lot about Australian culture and about the first atrrivsl in Australia
Sydney City Tour
Glenda_B, Mar 2023
We enjoyed our Half Day tour and it met our expectations for the limited time we had to spend in Sydney!
Sensational Sydney Sightseeing
Wyone_O, Mar 2023
Our excursion with Chris was wonderful! He took us through rain and sun with safe driving, knowledgeable conversation, and opportunities to see top spots. After a long flight, this was the best way to catch up on Sydney.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Wyone Thank you for the great review about Chris and your private Sydney City Sights tour. It's always tough coming off a flight and then to have it rain as well! We're glad it worked out well for you and your family. Safe travels Steve Arnerich Runaway Tours
Great tour
Robin_B, Feb 2023
Our guide was great- enthusiastic about showing us everything he could in the time allotted. We did not visit the Opera House in this tour but we went on our own for a tour.
Bondi beach special ...
Garland_K, Feb 2023
Bondi beach special Tour much driving Good overview of city Expensive for data obtained Overall average
Fabulous Private Tour!
Renee_T, Feb 2023
Danny was outstanding. Full of knowledge and energy and excited to show us this beautiful place. He was wonderful in customizing the tour to our needs and preferences to get a good overview and visit some spots we had not seen on a prior trip. Highly recommend! And he takes great photos too!
Explore the Beautiful Coastline
Maribeth_S, Feb 2023
What a wonderful tour! Bianca is an excellent tour guide. She has a love for Australia and a strong knowledge of Australia’s history right up to the present day. Get out of the city and explore the beautiful beaches and quaint towns that are also part of Sydney. Bianca’s passion for the views is infectious!
Lovely afternoon
Patricia_G, Jan 2023
Jen was very informative and helpful. We learned a lot about Australia and we have a list of places we would like to visit. We really enjoyed the tour.
Sydney Sights
David_L, Jan 2023
Great introduction tour to the beautiful city of Sydney. Our guide was on time and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this tour for first time visitors!
The Harbor Bridge and...
Marcia_K, Jan 2023
The Harbor Bridge and Opera House. The guide was very knowledgeable and informative, he was also very accommodating to a friend that had long walking issues.
It was a great tour!!...
Cindy_D, Jan 2023
It was a great tour!! Our guide was so knowledgeable!! I highly recommend this tour! The city was beautiful!!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Cindy Thank you for taking the time to write a great review about your private Sydney City Sights tour. We're glad you had a beautiful day out with Rohan and he showed you a great time around this amazing city of ours. Happy travels. Steve Arnerich Owner, Runaway Tours Sydney, Australia
Great half day Sydney Tour
jenmcnally1, Jan 2023
We had a great day! From the stop at the oldest pub in Sydney (which my oldest kid was just talking about today) to the view of the harbour to the Bondi Beach visit to all the scenic points in-between, we had a great time. Our guide vic (I am sorry if I called you Rick once) was professional, knowledgable and patient with our jet lagged 10 year old. He has a wealth if local knowledge and answered my kids' questions with so much patience! Thank you for a great time!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Jen Thank you so much for taking the time to write a wonderful review about Vic and your private half day Sydney City Sights tour. Vic is a plethora of knowledge and has a great rapport with kids. Glad you had a great time and your oldest enjoyed the pub! (Hope he was old enough to get in...!) Safe travels Steve Arnerich Owner, Runaway Tours Sydney, Australia
Sydney Australia
abbyport, Dec 2022
Lovely City!! Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a half day tour of Sydney and showed us all the sights and history. I recommend Viator! They always come through for me wherever I am in the World!!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hi Abby Thank you so much for taking the time to send in a review. We're glad Jen showed you a great time on your private Sydney Day tour. She's just had an almost 3 year hiatus from Tourism because of COVID and studying so it's great she hasn't lost her expert touch! Safe travels! Steve Arnerich Owner Runaway Tours, Sydney
David_V, Dec 2022
Very detailed and personal service . Keegan was great ! We felt like like we got a real feel of Sydney
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hi David Thank you so much for taking the time to send in a review. We're glad Keegan showed you a great time on your private Sydney Day tour. Safe travels! Steve Arnerich Owner Runaway Tours, Sydney
Awesome highlights of Sydney
Regina_S, Nov 2022
Vik, our guide, was a lovely guy who was super knowledgeable and made our half day layover in Sydney a real delight. We especially appreciated his respect for Aboriginal history and rights.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Regina Lovely to hear you had a great day out on your private Half Day City Sights tour with Vic. He's just had a 2 year hiatus from the Tourism game, like most of us, so he is really excited to be taking visitors once more around the best city in the world, Sydney! Safe Travels Steve Arnerich Owner, Runaway Tours
Good Tour
Janice_F, Nov 2022
Our guide did a wonderful job of showing us Sydney and Bondi Beach. It was just the two of us, so the tour covered several places that we had not seen.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Janice Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review about your private Sydney City Sights day tour. Jeff is an excellent tour guide and knows all the secret spots around Sydney that other groups don't know about. Glad you had a great day out with him. Happy Travels Cheers, Steve Arnerich Owner and Operations Manager
Wonderful experience
Alexis_S, Nov 2022
This tour was a great way to see the sights of Syndey! You can see the sights on your own BUT knowing the background and fun facts about every area we saw just made our trip to syndey that much more meaningful! Our tour guide Danny was extremely knowledgeable and really made our experience so pleasant! Highly recommend this tour 😊
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Alexis Thank you for the most excellent review about your private Sydney City Sights day tour. Danny is our longest serving tour guide and knows a thing or two about Sydney, so you were lucky to catch him hard at work! Happy Travels Cheers, Steve Arnerich Owner and Operations Manager
Great tour, saw the best...
liz_b, Apr 2022
Great tour, saw the best of Sydney Andrew our guide was fantastic.! I recommend this tour for anyone visiting Sydney for the first time. It guides you to many parts of Sydney attractions you will want to visit and spend more time exploring & enjoy ing.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi Liz Thank you so much for the wonderful review of your private Sydney City Sights tour and guide extraordinaire, Andrew! He is extremely passionate about Sydney city, so we really appreciate you taking the time to write about your experience. Happy travels! Steve, Runaway Tours Sydney, Australia
Half day tour
Charlene_H, Jan 2020
Half day tour. Danny, our guide, was terrific. Very knowledgeable and accommodating. We saw everything and totally enjoyed his narrative. Would book him again for another tour!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Hi leeh0gan Thank you so much for your glowing review of Danny on your Private Half Day Sydney City tour. He's been with us for many years now and certainly knows how to impress a crowd! We look forward to seeing you again in Sydney soon. Happy Travels! Cheers, Steve Owner, Runaway Tours Sydney, Australia
Half day Sydney tour with 11 friends and relatives
BackPacker634876, Sept 2019
It was unfortunate that Sydney rained with strong wind when we arrived. We tried our best to enjoy the city. Unfortunately the defrost system did not work. So, the who bus was all fogged up. The lady driver/guide, Jen, tried without success. She called back the office many times and no one seemed to know how to solve the problem. But she still tried to show the city, and it was very dangerous because she could not see the road very well. I sat in front and kept wiping her side of the window for 2 hrs. After that she called the offi e again, this time she find the solution. Overall it was very bad experience. I am not blaming the weather, but the operator should have checked the condition of the mini van ahead
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Hi BackPa... Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your tour. We can understand your disappointment with the weather on the day of the tour and the windscreen demister not working correctly. We have never previously come across this problem, and are very sorry that it chose this moment to occur and impacted on your experience. Our minibus is less than 2 years old and was serviced only a few weeks prior to your tour, and this issue was not spotted by our mechanics then. We have since had the minibus looked at again and they have now rectified the demister issue. We will also install demister spray in each of our vehicles in case it ever happens again. Thank you for highlighting this important issue to us and improving our service to our guests. We hope this incident didn't affect the rest of your stay in Australia. Happy travels Steve Arnerich Owner, Runaway Tours, Australia