Sydney Private Tours by Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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Must See Sydney with a Local Private and Personalized
  • 8 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


If you’ve just arrived in the Harbour City, kickstart your time in Sydney on a private sightseeing tour that can be customized according to your interests. Rather than following a one-size-fits-all itinerary, you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to tailor your schedule using the expertise and insider knowledge of a guide.
  • See the best of Sydney your way on a custom tour
  • Opt for a personalized introduction to Sydney
  • Choose between exploring on foot or by public transport
  • Benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide

What's Included

  • 100% private and personalized experience
  • 8 hours with a host
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs (can be arranged at an additional cost)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Sydney Town Hall
    483 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Upon booking your meeting point can be arranged (e.g. your hotel/accommodation), however this MUST be confirmed and agreed by the experience planners in advance.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Circular Quay (Pass By)

Sydney Opera House (Pass By)

Darling Harbour (Pass By)

Koala Park Sanctuary Sydney (Pass By)

Bondi Beach (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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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39 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-6 of 39 reviews
Waste of money, book the $49 tour instead!
Lee_L, Apr 2024
This was the biggest scam on this app! We had a guide that walked us over 6kms, despite being told the day before that there was an elderly smoker in our group! He couldn’t find us at a popular restaurant at Circular Quay! We had to find him! We found the toilets as he didn’t know where the public ones were. His first stop was the Opera House gift shop… he knew few facts about the Opera House. We walked kilometers around the Botanical gardens… he knew nothing about the sculptures or trees there. We paid $630 and he didn’t even have an itinerary set out (he told us that we wouldn’t be walking more than 300m at any one time) There were plaques on the walk around the gardens, no information about them. I asked if we could go to Mrs Macquaries Chair as I had seen it on other advertised tours and the signs said it was very close. Once there my elderly Auntie said she would get a drink at the next stop. Jon (the guide) started walking us back the way we had come, I saw a kiosk very close and bought some water. Then I set about finding toilets. Jon directed us to some that were closed. He then said he’d take us to the centre of town to show us a sculpture of fallen indigenous people and we were to catch the light rail. We said we had been there so he took us to the QVB building. I insisted he accompany my Aunty to buy shoes while I took Miss 13 to Mecca. We met up and headed by train to Bondi. After we had thrown our tickets in the bin he said we could have used them again!!! We went to a bar at Bondi. He wanted us to go upstairs to get a good photo, I noticed a lift and directed my Aunty to it. He stated he had never seen the lift. Once a few photos were taken there we headed back to town. He told us we could go all the way by bus, but the bus terminated at Bondi junction rail stn. This ‘guide’ knew nothing of the local surrounds or PT options. He knew very few facts and anecdotes. He could not answer any questions with specifics or interesting history. Instead he told us about his catholic upbringing, the reason he couldn’t ride a bike (his fathers fault), the reason he wasn’t a farmer (his father wouldn’t let him), the reason he was not ‘on the ball’… he stayed at his sisters last night and awoke at 2am and couldn’t get back to sleep! He asked for a schooner of beer when we stopped for a drink!!!! I was absolutely outraged that he didn’t even provide us with a bottle of water, much less tickets/info … There was more walking to dinner, Spice Alley- which was the single useful and interesting piece of information he gave us! And no, he didn’t buy us a drink or a meal, he saved our table while we bought our own! Useful info for others is that Spice Alley only accepts cards (no cash) this is information we could have used as we pay cash for everything!!! Another tip our guide Didn’t give us! But he did tell us that his daughter went to uni there and has switched courses etc etc. Avoid this tour at ALL costs!! It is a huge waste of money! Take a $49 tour if you really want to see Sydney’s famous sites!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Lee, I'm sorry to hear about your disappointing experience with our host. This falls far below the standard of service we aim to provide, and we deeply regret the inconvenience and frustration it caused you and your group. Your detailed feedback is incredibly valuable to us, and we will be investigating this matter thoroughly to ensure it is addressed appropriately. We've reached out via Viator chat to discuss a way forward, and we truly hope for another chance to impress you in the future. Warm regards, Ruslan and the City Unscripted Team.
Highly recommend!!
Erick_S, Feb 2024
Banrangaroo, Sydney history and architecture, Manly. Our tour guide Peter Sullivan is outstanding. .
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Great to hear you had a good time with Peter in Sydney ! Thank you for your positive review—it means a lot to us.
Great open tour
Dang_N, Feb 2024
John was an experience! Really down to earth and he told to write in the review that he's got a sarcastic sense of humor which he really does. He's really flexible with what you want and won't mind changing stuff on the fly. My niece and I wanted to go to the fish market and he hadn't been in some years so we went and had a blast! He originally had something else planned in the afternoon but the weather cleared and we ended up at Bondi Beach and just chilled out for a bit. He took us on a walk across the Sydney Habour Bridge and it's a bit of a walk about 2 miles but really worth it. Just take your time!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience with John! His down-to-earth demeanor and witty humor made the trip enjoyable. His flexibility and spontaneity added to the adventure, from exploring the fish market to relaxing at Bondi Beach. Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge was a highlight, definitely worth the journey!
Great day in Sydney
Dean_P, Jan 2024
Ross is awesome. Had a great day walking about Sydney and Manly Beach. Ross adjusted plans to match our wishes.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We're glad to hear you had a great day with Ross in Sydney and Manly Beach! His adaptability and commitment to matching your wishes made the experience even more enjoyable. Thank you for the positive feedback, and we hope to host you again soon!
great walking tour in the city
Nathan_W, Jun 2023
Peter was amazing! showed us the transit system and really personalized the tour, even taking our 7 year old on a double decker train! He was really knowledgeable about the city and it was a great day!
A very good option if you’re first time here
Fangyi_Z, Feb 2023
Our guide John Campo is very good and very knowledgeable about the area. The tour was customized and very flexible based on our desires

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