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The Best Walking Tours in Sydney (Updated 2023)

Skyscrapers along the waterfront in Sydney, Australia on a bright and sunny day

Posted: 3/10/2023 | March 10th, 2023

Sydney is the most popular and largest city in Ausrtralia. If you visit the country, you’re going to visit here. Home to five million inhabitants (about 20% of the entire population), it has a ton of things to see and do, from the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge to its stunning beaches and plentiful museums (many of which are free).

As the country’s biggest city and most popular destination for tourists, there is a lot to do here. Beyond the typical sites, museums, and activities, there are also a lot of incredible walking tours that give you a sense of the people and culture of the city.

I love walking tours for this reason. Led by a local, they give you information you wouldn’t find by just wandering around on your own. You get someone who can answer your questions and share their insider tips.

There are a lot of walking tours in Sydney to choose from. To help you avoid some of the less than great ones, here’s my list of the best walking tours in Sydney:


Bonza Bike Tours

Bonza Bike Tours takes pedalers on a four-hour, two-wheeled adventure, hitting all the sites — the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Observatory Hill, the Rocks, Barangaroo Park, and much more — all while being regaled with quirky historical tales and facts about the city. Halfway through the ride, the group stops for a rest and a quick beer.

Tours start at 149 AUD.

Best Free Tour

Free Walking Tour Sydney

Meet your guide at Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park at 10:30am and get ready for an info-packed 2.5 hours. Free Walking Tour Sydney offers an excellent primer on Sydney — which means, if you’re a first-time visitor, consider doing this walking tour at the beginning of your stay. The tour delves into everything from Aboriginal history to the Opera House to the country’s infamous sharks and snakes. (Note: While the tour is free, tips are strongly encouraged.)


While those may be the best free and paid tours in town, Sydney has a lot more to offer, no matter your interests. Here are nine other fun, insightful, and educational tours!

1. Sydney True Crime Tour

If you’re looking for a tour that explores the grittier side of the city beyond the standard tourist sites, this is the one for you. Over 90 minutes, you’ll wander historic areas around The Rocks neighborhood and learn about nefarious criminals and infamous crimes (after the country was colonized by criminals). The tour takes you…

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