5 Unusual Sydney Tours

Ok so you probably know you can take an Opera House Tour or even a free city tour, but if like me you prefer to see something a little different in your travels perhaps one of these more “unusual” tours will appeal.

Sydney Architecture Walks (SAW)

If you are looking for a Sydney Tour that is both entertaining and educational, you might like to try a SAW tour. All the guides have architecture degrees and a real passion for Sydney. They will show you the best of our city via its building and design with a dose of history thrown in.  There are four walking tours on offer, and they recently added a longer bicycle tour that will get you out into the inner suburbs.  Among the most popular tours is the Utzon tour which brings the story of how one of the most recognised buildings in the world came to be to life and will have you thinking about how this building fits into its environment. Tours are offered on Wednesdays and Sundays and run for 2 hours. They cost $35 for adults ($25 concession).

Walking Tour of Kings Cross

Kings Cross Walking Tour
This tour by Two Feet and a Heartbeat will entertain and educate you.  Learn more about Sydney’s “red light district or “underbelly.  This darker side of the city offers many fascinating stories of fame, fortune, crime, and passion.   These days Kings Cross is home to great restaurants, modern apartment buildings, and even a supermarket but its past is close to the surface, and this is an excellent way to experience it. These 1.5-hour tours run every afternoon and cost $40

To learn even more you might enjoy the pre-trip viewing of the Underbelly series The Golden Mile and Razor  

Taste Food Tours

Food tours Sydney

Taste food tours will take you out of the beautiful city centre to suburban Sydney’s west and south-west. Bankstown, Fairfield, and Lakemba are among the locations for these tours. These suburbs are home to a very diverse mix of immigrant groups particularly those from Vietnam, African and the Middle East.   Taste Food Tours are run by local community members and can take in one cuisine or a mixture depending on which tour you choose.

Tours are $80, and there seems to be a tour every week. You can check the event calendar on their website for upcoming tours.

Rocks Pub Tour

Hero of Waterloo

Learn about the history of Sydney’s first settlement and have a few beers along the way.  What a great way to pick up some fascinating history of Sydney and learn more about Aussie drinking culture at the same time.

The Rocks Ghost Tours

These tours focus on the spooky and scary side of the city.  They even boast Ghost sightings on recent visits! Tours include tales from the city’s earliest times including the story of the Butcher of Sussex Street and a visit to the haunted cellar in The Hero of Waterloo pub.

So if you want a Sydney tour that involves a little more than hopping on and off a bus try one of these tours and experience a bit more of our city.