Story of Sydney Tour

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Story of Sydney Tour

From $103.49

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This comprehensive tour of Sydney is perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time. Spend a half-day immersed in the history and culture of Sydney, learning through stops at landmarks such as Chinatown, Darling Harbour, and Australia’s largest urban development, Barangaroo. Your guide will follow a curated itinerary centered on the history of Sydney from 1788 to modern day, adding commentary to illuminate the details.
  • Travel in a luxury Mercedes tour vehicle
  • Illuminating commentary on Sydney's history from 1788 to today
  • Cover must-see landmarks such as landmarks like The Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
  • Walking portions of the tour let you get to know the city from the ground up

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Relaxed short walks along stunning harbour and coastal paths at The Gap, Watsons Bay and Bondi Beach
  • Plenty of photo opportunities of iconic Sydney architecture and famous landmarks
  • Listening devices available if required
  • Fully escorted with entertaining commentary throughout
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
    199 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

    Please meet your guide at the back entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel, The Rocks on Harrington Street at 8:30am.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

The exact pick up location is the back entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel, Harrington Street, The Rocks

What To Expect

The Rocks

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Sydney Opera House

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Mrs Macquarie's Chair

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Woolloomooloo Wharf (Pass By)

Double Bay (Pass By)

Watsons Bay

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Bondi Beach

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Paddington (Pass By)

Queen Victoria Building (QVB) (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pick up and drop off from your CBD city hotel (or convenient CBD city location)
  • Wear comfortable shoes for other optional short walks
  • Remember your camera
  • Near public transportation
  • Sunhat / warm jacket as per weather conditions
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat. Passengers to supply infant seats.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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85 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Laughing around Sydney
Anilene(?) Was great! Lots of knowledge about everything Sydney. Very flexible to our requests and very fun. A great way to spend 4 hours touring the environs around town. Very entertaining and Iinteresting at the same time. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for your fantastic review. Yes, Annaleen is an absolute gem, a real pleasure to be around.
Great day out
Megan_G, Apr 2024
Fantastic experience. Our tour guide, Tim was full of local knowledge and made the day very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for your terrific review. You have given Tim a huge smile. He's much appreciated here at UltSyd
Super Sydney Tour
Nanette_M, Apr 2024
Loved the different views of the harbor with the bridge and opera house. Also, Luke, our guide was super. Very informative and fun to be with.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for your great review. Yes, we are very lucky to have Luke on our team.
Sydney story tour
CHARLES_C, Mar 2024
Seeing most of the Sidney highlights gave us a great overview and history. Jen was a great and very knowledgeable guide.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for your review. Jen is very happy you enjoyed her tour :)
Mrs MacQuiries park, the...
Steve, Mar 2024
Mrs MacQuiries park, the Opera House, Jen’s knowledge of the city and sights and her conversation style of storytelling!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for your review and letting us know your favourite highlights. Jen is very happy you enjoyed her tour.
Story of Sydney
Ofelia_M, Mar 2024
Our tour guide was excellent, she’s very thorough and knowledgeable of the history behind Sydney. We enjoyed the city and the areas she took us to which we will not able to see if we ride the Hop on Hop off.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the tour and experienced Sydney with US. We are blessed to have a passionate team of guides. Thank you again for your comments, we very much appreciate it :)
Great overview of Sydney
Kerry_R, Mar 2024
It was a great tour. We got to put our feet in the sand at Bondi Beach, take photos of the skyline, sit in Mrs Mcquires chair.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for your review and letting us know your highlights. You made our day :)
Sunny day around Sydney
Helene_G, Feb 2024
The tour guide gave us a lot of information on the history of Sydney. Good drive around the most important areas and sites.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your review. Please join US again
Very good tour
Cynthia_L, Feb 2024
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The minivan was air-conditioned and comfortable and the Soundsystem was excellent. He took us to memorable and beautiful sites always explaining the significance
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed the tour.
Jeff was a fantastic tour guide!
Cheryl_F, Feb 2024
Today my husband I had the pleasure of having Jeff as our tour guide. We traveled from California and spent 3 days in Sydney ahead of a cruise. I booked this tour based on reading reviews. Jeff really knew his history and gave us a great tour full of history that we both found interesting. I highly recommend the Story of Sydney Tour!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your lovely review, we are so happy you enjoyed the experience. Yes, we are very lucky to have Geoff on our team :)
Sydney tour
Jill_L, Feb 2024
Ben was a great tour guide! Saw a lot and had great tour. Small group very nice and van was great. February weather was hot and humid. Enjoyed Ben’s commentary. We had been on a hop on bus the day before. Enjoyed this tour much more.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the tour. Yes, Ben is greatly valued :) Thank you again.
Ben with Ultimate Sydney Tours
RGregory_J, Feb 2024
Ben was a great guide. Born and raised in Sydney and an excellent communicator, he kept us interested and entertained the entire 4 hours. Fellow guests who liked talking more than listening was the only drawback.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your review. Ben has a smile from ear to ear :)
Highly recommended for new visitors to this great city
Stuart_M, Feb 2024
Our guide Jeff was a great host. Very friendly and gave us a wealth of information about the history and geography of the city of Sydney. Communication from the tour company was excellent from start to finish.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your terrific review. Yes, Geoff is an outstanding tour guide who absolutely loves showing off his city :)
Fantastic tour
Kathleen_T, Feb 2024
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Guide Ellen and driver Tim navigated is to all the sites in Sydney, weaving in the history, buildings, and characters that were there at the city’s start. We were able to walk about in a few places and take photos. Time enough at Bondi Beach to grab a quick beer. They were very flexible about drop off and pickup points as well. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your great review. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your time with US. A relaxed easy going pace is the essence of life in Australia and you hit the nail on the head with a beer at Bondi. You know how to travel :)
Excellent tour
Alisa_C, Feb 2024
Spent a lovely morning seeing Sydney from the learned and passionate eyes of our guide Helen who in her dynamic and personable way gave us a comprehensive and thought provoking introduction to this vibrant city. Recommended!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your warm and wonderful review. Helen is very happy your enjoyed her tour :)
Knowledgeable tour guide
Catherine_C, Feb 2024
Very nice tour with just our group of three. Got to see many areas of Sydney and learn much about its history
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your review. We very much appreciate it.
First Tour of Sydney you should take!!
Geoffrey_M, Jan 2024
We had Ben as the travel director. In every area of the tour we visited he provided us with it's historical and present day history. He spoke clear with allowing time for many questions! I would recommend this tour to anyone that wanted to see Sydney "in a nutshell" and decide in future days of their stay in Sydney where to visit! This should be your first tour to take!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for your awesome review. Yes, Bens passion for Sydney and extensive experience makes him a much valued guide on our team.
Fabulous Sydney Overview
Linda_B, Jan 2024
Seeing picturesque Sydney with Ben was such a memorable adventure! Ben’s a personable, knowledgeable local who shared numerous fun facts and stories…
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your terrific review. Ben is very happy you enjoyed his tour. Please visit again.
Guide was very...
Debra_P, Dec 2023
Guide was very accommodating and informative. He was outgoing and friendly and really knew his information.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your review. Yes, our guides are very passionate and love to share their knowledge. We very much appreciate your words :)
Excellent Tour
carollunden, Dec 2023
I felt the tour covered all of downtown Sydney and its neighboring suburbs in the allotted time. The guide asked if there were specific areas we would like covered. The guide was very knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you for your review, we are all very passionate about Sydney and it's short history and love to share the stories. We are so thrilled you enjoyed the experience.s

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