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See Sydney anew on a cultural tour

BridgeClimb, SydneyCredit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying the Burrawa Indigenous Experience at BridgeClimb, Sydney.

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See Sydney anew on a cultural tour

BridgeClimb, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying the Burrawa Indigenous Experience at BridgeClimb, Sydney.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

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Gain a fresh perspective on Sydney’s rich heritage on a guided cultural tour. From the Indigenous stories of Sydney Cove known as Warrane in the language of the Gadigal people to the hidden historic sites of Sydney Harbour, prepare to be surprised by how much there is to learn about New South Wales’ capital. Here are just a few memorable options to enrich your visit.

Go backstage at an icon

Venture beneath the soaring white sails of the Sydney Opera House on a range of tours bound to leave you with a new appreciation of this showstopping building. Uncover the magic of the Circular Quay-based icon on the recently relaunched Sydney Opera House Tour, hone in on its architectural legacy on the Architectural Tour, or journey through rehearsal spaces not open to the public on the Backstage Tour. Be mesmerised by a private opera recital as part of Cultural Attractions of Australia’s Taste of Opera tour, or wine and dine your way around the venue’s restaurants on the sumptuous Taste of the House guided experience on the last Sunday of the month. And this is just a sampling of the inspiring ways to experience this multi-layered cultural hub.

Connect with Sydney’s First Peoples

Be captivated by Sydney’s Aboriginal history and cultures on the city’s unique Aboriginal-led tours. Learn about the Gadigal peoples’ deep spiritual connection with Sydney Harbour on a walking tour of The Rocks with Dreamtime Southern X, and deepen your knowledge of bush foods and learn how these foods were used traditionally and adapted to the modern plate and palate on an Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour hosted in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. You can even climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a First Nations guide on the Burrawa Climb, taking in the stories of Aboriginal life in Sydney before and after colonisation along with the spectacular views. And learn the fascinating backstory of iconic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company Bangarra Dance Theatre on a behind-the-scenes tour.

Dreamtime Southern X, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Margret Campbell performing a smoking ceremony at Blues Point Reserve, Blues Point in Sydney as part of the Dreamtime Southern X experience.

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Dreamtime Southern X, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Margret Campbell performing a smoking ceremony at Blues Point Reserve, Blues Point in Sydney as part of the Dreamtime Southern X experience.

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Dive into Australia’s maritime history

Castaway to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour on the fringe of the city centre for an unforgettable guided experience onboard some of the world’s most storied vessels. Set sail across Sydney Harbour as a passenger on the Duyfken, a stunning replica of the first European ship to reach Australia in 1606. Or learn from the museum’s conservation and restoration team as you enjoy exclusive access to items in the 146,000-strong collection on the private Hidden Gems and Historic Artefacts behind-the-scenes tour.

Spend a thrilling evening immersed in art

Indulge your love of art, culture and food on two memorable evening experiences offered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Treat yourself to an exclusive, after-hours curator-led tour of the gallery and a decadent five-course meal with matched wines on the A Night at the Gallery Experience. Or immerse yourself in the gallery’s renowned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection with an Indigenous host on the Yiribana Experience, followed by a five-course meal featuring native ingredients and paired wines. With professional photography and a special gift to take home included on both experiences, these special art gallery tours offer memories for a lifetime.

Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour Credit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.

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Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour Credit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Take the pulse of a multicultural food scene

Get a taste of Sydney’s vibrant and ever-evolving culinary scene on a gourmet food tour. Sink your teeth into everything from a taste sensation Lebanese breakfast to an Afghan feast on a tour with Gourmet Safaris. Discover a love for authentic dishes of Iran, Korea, the Balkans and beyond with Taste Cultural Food Tours, an organisation that provides training for migrants and refugees. Experience Vietnam, China, Italy and Turkey in a mouthful with Mia Cucina. Or join Local Sauce Tours for a food-fuelled expedition to Chinatown or Newtown — and learn something new about Sydney’s food culture with every bite.

Explore Sydney’s lesser-known historic landmarks

Discover extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour that have played a central role in Australia’s First Nations, convict, defence and colonial narratives on a guided tour offered by the Harbour Trust. Journey to Cockatoo Island’s convict and maritime eras and dare to step into the supernatural realm of this storied harbour isle. Learn how the gun emplacements, tunnels and other military relics of Georges Heights at Mosman’s Headland Park once played a crucial role in the defence of Sydney, or explore the remnant military complex and historic cemetery set within the coastal bushland at North Head near Manly. Led by passionate guides, all tours offer insights into Sydney that will stay with you long after your tour wraps.

Al Shami, Merrylands Credit: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying food and drink at Al Shami, Syrian Restaurant, Merrylands. Al Shami is an included location for visitors booked on a Taste of Afghanistan and Syria tour with Taste Cultural Food Tours. For more details, visit: https://www.tastetours.com.au/

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Al Shami, Merrylands Credit: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying food and drink at Al Shami, Syrian Restaurant, Merrylands. Al Shami is an included location for visitors booked on a Taste of Afghanistan and Syria tour with Taste Cultural Food Tours. For more details, visit: https://www.tastetours.com.au/

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