Sydney tours and excursions
For aerial views of Sydney, Australia By Air offers a one-hour ‘Sydney Scenic Flight' in a twin-engine aircraft. Flights depart Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and include a complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off. The 90-minute ‘Sydney and Mountains Scenic Flight' includes all of the above plus a flight over the Blue Mountains.Tel: +61 2 9982 9666.
There is a plethora of harbour cruises available from a number of operators, many of them based at Circular Quay. Captain Cook Cruises offers the luxury 'MV Sydney 2000 Dinner Cruise', departing every evening and including an à la carte three-course meal.
And, if you’re looking to hire a boat between you and your friends, then Sydney Harbour Escapes offers a variety of different boats and packages to choose from.
Tel: +61 2 9206 1111; +61 2 9328 4748
A 90-minute drive west from the city, along the Great Western Freeway, the dramatic scenery of the Blue Mountains National Park is a major attraction for nature-lovers. The cool eucalyptus (gum tree) forests harbour numerous bush walks and radiate a blue haze that gives the area its name. The most famous attraction in this UNESCO World Heritage site is the Three Sisters - a rock formation named after an Aboriginal legend.
The easiest way for visitors to see the Blue Mountains is by car, although there are hourly trains to Katoomba, the main gateway for the mountains, from Central Station.
Tel: +61 1300 653 408
One of Australia's premier wine-producing districts, beginning approximately 100km (62 miles) north of Sydney, ‘The Hunter' has more than 70 vineyards and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although busiest during the harvest months of March and April, most vineyards remain open to the public on a daily basis and offer a range of tours, restaurants and accommodation. Two of the more popular vineyards are Lindemans and Rothbury Estate. The latter is famous for its concerts throughout the Harvest Festival.
The Hunter Valley is a two-hour drive from Sydney. Alternatively, trains from Sydney run to the neighbouring city of Newcastle (journey time: approximately 3 hours).
Tel: +61 2 4990 0900.