Complete Sydney Walking Tour
- 5/5 Stars on TripAdvisor
Everything you need to know about Sydney in a jam-packed 3-hour walking tour.
Friendly local guide
Coffee & Beer included
Small group size
- Guaranteed small groups
- Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure for a full refund
- Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back
- Rated #1 on TripAdvisor
- Guaranteed small group (maximum group size of 12)
- Sip a coffee or tea from a Sydney cafe
- Learn the history of Sydney’s stunning Victorian architecture
- Earn your “Sydneysider” badge as you explore in and out of city-centre buildings
- “Bottoms up!” — we finish this tour with an (included) beer
Complete Sydney Tour Summary
“I have time for just ONE tour — which should it be?”
It’s with that question that we created the Complete Sydney Walking Tour.
Our expert local guide will lead you through Sydney’s history, architecture, and whimsy as you explore this fascinating city.
Complete Sydney Walking Tour Full Description
Meet your guide for the Complete Sydney Walking Tour at the front of the heritage-listed St James train station — the oldest underground railway station in Sydney. Take a moment to admire the historic neon Chateau Tanunda Brandy advertisement at the station entrance while you learn about the abandoned tunnels that lie below.
You will then wander through Sydney’s main shopping precinct and see the iconic store that single-handedly turned the area into a retail hub.
Somewhere around here your guide will stop with you for a coffee or tea at one of his or her favourite Syndeysider cafes.
A walk through the retail precinct can’t be complete without admiring Sydney’s grandest shopping centre. Stroll through the Queen Victoria Building, or QVB as it is known to locals. Hidden inside this beautiful old market hall is an unopened letter from Queen Elizabeth II to the people of Sydney- nobody but the Queen herself knows what the letter contains.
After the grandeur of the QVB, we visit the only shopping centre that can compete with its beauty, the Strand Arcade. It’s last remaining Victorian shopping arcade in the city. This was one of the first buildings in the city to be lit with electricity, and locals used to travel to visit the Strand and see the electric lights.
We will now start to see a different side of the city as we leave the retail precinct behind and head towards the business and finance centre of the CBD. Keep an eye out along the way for locations used in the filming of movies such as The Matrix and Superman.
Hear the fascinating story of the mystery “Eternity Man” and find out where his secret message is still hidden in one of Sydney’s largest sandstone buildings.
We venture underground for a quick trip back to the convict days of Sydney to glimpse remains of the city’s first water supply, the Tank Stream. See the route of this hidden stream that still flows silently beneath the city.
We will pause at one of Sydney’s most important war memorials; the Cenotaph, meaning “empty tomb.” Learn how Australians commemorate our veterans, find out who the ANZACS were and why ANZAC day has particular relevance to the Australian national identity. You will also learn about a unique Aussie tradition; the game of “two-up”, find out why it is only legal once a year, and where you can play it year-round.
Next up, you will discover some of Sydney’s hidden laneways, street art installations, and small bars as we meander our way through back alleys following the trail of the Tank Stream.
The best views of Sydney Harbour await you at Circular Quay, as we leave behind corporate Sydney, and step back in time to its early convict days.
As we discover The Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney, you will learn about the man who saved this important area from demolition. Once a thriving hot-bed of prostitution, street gangs, and drunkenness, these days the Rocks is a thriving hot spot for tourists. It still maintains its proud heritage of historic “watering holes” for the thirsty. We will dart down alleys and learn about the once crime-riddled streets while also getting tips for the best souvenirs to pick up from Australia.
We will stop at the base of a Wollemi Pine, one of the oldest species of trees in the world and learn about its miraculous discovery. Here you will learn about Australia’s ancient history, and the indigenous Australians who have inhabited the country for some 60,000 years.
Our tour will finish with views of Australia’s most iconic structures; the Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. There will be plenty of photo opportunities while your guide tells you their fascinating stories. Find out which famous actor used to work high up on the Harbour Bridge, where to go for the best views, and hear about how the opening ceremony was nearly hijacked! Learn the incredible story of the Opera House, how the design was chosen, what happened to the architect, and how it almost never came to completion.
Our final stop will be at a classic Aussie institution; a pub, for a well-deserved beer at the end of your Sydney walking tour.
Friendly, Experienced Guide
Small groups guaranteed
Your tour begins at St. James Station, in the heart of Sydney’s city centre.
What To Bring on Your Complete Sydney Tour
- Weather-Appropriate Clothing: This tour operates in all conditions, please dress appropriately
- Your Camera: If you’d like to take photos and make memories during your tour
- A Filled Tummy: There’s no meal break until the very end, so please arrive ready for a 3-hour walk
- Money: We’ll buy you a coffee/tea & beer/soda. Anything additional is at your expense
- Comfortable/Closed-Toe Shoes: Wear shoes comfortable enough for being on your feet for 3 hours
Complete Sydney Walking Tour Reviews
“Angus was a knowledgable guide who plotted a thoughtful course through Sydney. His knowledge of not only Australian history but world history helped color the tour.”Kalen L
“We had a terrific time on this tour, exceeded our high expectations. Our guide was absolute first rate -- knowledgeable, entertaining, personal, helpful.”M0sstr
“A brilliant and knowledgeable guide - Rebecca really knows and loves her history! Her passion and enthusiasm is totally contagious.”Laura M
“Helen was a font of knowledge and while touring with her, we were completely unaware of the jet lag from the 15 hour trip from LA!! Highly recommend doing her tour”hlscubfan
Complete Sydney Tour FAQs
Plan for three hours. We finish the walking part of the tour around 2.5 hours in, then settle in for a drink (included) at a local pub.
We finish this tour at a great historic pub in The Rocks. The pub changes based on the time of day, time of year, and what we think you’ll like best. We’ll make sure to leave you with clear directions back to your hotel or next destination. Reach out to us if you want a specific ending destination.
The Rocks is an area built before fully accessible areas were a consideration. By default, we’ll be taking some stairs, but please do book if stairs are not possible for you, and let us know in advance. We’ll make some slight modifications to the walking route, ensuring that this tour can be enjoyed by everybody.
Dress like you’re going to be outside at nighttime for 3 hours. Good walking shoes are going to make this a much better experience for you.
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We cap our group size at 12 people to ensure each person has the chance to have a personal experience with the tour guide and one another.
Of course! We are happy to host private functions on our personalised private tours. These are 3 hours tours we tailor specifically to your group’s requirements and interests. Book a private tour here!
Expect to walk about 3km during the tour.