The best outdoor experiences in Sydney

By Jon Price

If you’re planning a trip to Sydney anytime soon, it only makes sense to take advantage of the beaming Australian sunshine by indulging in some adventurous outdoor activities. Here’s a handful of our favourite extra-active experiences from all across the city, from deep sea diving in search mysterious shipwrecks to climbing Harbour Bridge and exploring the glistening shores of Manly and the great peaks of North Head by bicycle.

See Sydney’s top sights on two wheels

Curious to see the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and all of Sydney’s main attractions from a different perspective? Our Easy Rider experience offers you the chance to pedal your way past world-class sights and discover fascinating facts about Sydney’s multi-layered history on two wheels.

You’ll ride through diverse parts of the city, like picturesque Darling Harbour and vibrant China Town, and even have a chance to stop by Sydney’s oldest pub for a beer along the way. You don’t even have to bring a helmet – we have plenty of cycle gear available.

Dive deeper

Many travellers and would-be diving enthusiasts head to Australia in search of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, but did you know that you barely have to venture outside of Sydney’s city boundaries for some of the country’s most unforgettable scuba diving experiences?

The eastern side of Bare Island is less than half an hour from the city and, during the warmer months, is well known for its sea turtles and grey nurse sharks – as well as fluorescent-coloured sea life such as nudibranchs, pygmy pipe and red Indian fish. Feeling even more adventurous? If so, why not dive a little deeper (specifically, 18-35 metres deeper) in search of the HMS Adelaide? Originally sinking in just 2011, Australia’s most recent underwater shipwreck can be found near Terrigal – little over an hour and a half’s drive from the city.

Explore shores anew with an amphibious tour

Sydney is a city on the water, so it only makes sense to discover it via boat, right? Our Full Works experience offers visitors the chance to explore secluded bays, scenic fishing villages and much more all-aboard a sea-hopping sports cruiser – but it doesn’t end there.

Back on land, this amphibious tour will also take you around the city’s top sights and most happening neighbourhoods in an air-conditioned mini coach, with opportunities aplenty to jump off and snap those all-important Instagram selfies.

Get lost in beautiful botanical gardens

Sydney’s stunning Royal Botanic Garden is perfect for those chilled evening strolls we all crave after a busy day’s sightseeing. From Australia’s fascinating and unique flora and fauna to the city’s Aboriginal roots and hunter-gathering history, the Royal Botanic Garden is packed full of gorgeous green wonders just waiting to be discovered.

We’d recommend taking advantage of one of the many free tours available from volunteer guides who can be found roaming around the gardens during all seasons. These green-fingered experts will point you in the direction of the best blossoms and most bountiful blooms depending on the time of year – and likely teach you a thing or two about Aboriginal foraging along the way.   

Pedal killer hills and discover stunning sunsets

Cycling along the beautiful shores of Manly Beach is bucket list stuff for sun-worshippers heading to Sydney, but more adventurous riders should head up the North Head cliffs to take in panoramic citywide views at sunset.

Our Beach & bikes tour gives you the chance to pedal leisurely past chilled-out surfers and white sand shores at Shelley Beach and Manly Wharf, before bracing yourself for a challenging climb up to some of Sydney’s very best vantage points. Interested in seeing the skyline during both day and night? We’ve got you covered, as our tour includes a return ferry trip via Circular Quay, sailing you straight through the very centre of the city at either end of the day.

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