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Ten top Sydney walking tours

The Big Bus offers a great range of Sydney walking tours from the city's leading tour operators. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book with us, and if you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply*.

Visitors to the Harbour City are spoilt for choice for Sydney walking tours.

From visiting the oldest pubs or best small bars, to exploring the local street art scene or scaling the heights of the mighty Sydney Harbour Bridge, there’s a plethora of amazing tours to enjoy on foot. Here are ten top Sydney walking tours to choose from during your stay.

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1. Walking Tour of The Rocks

Explore The Rocks on one of Sydney’s most popular, longest running, and best value walking tours of the historic harbourside district. This leisurely guided stroll takes in all the precinct’s key highlights and reveals plenty of hidden surprises along the way. If you only have a short amount of time in the Harbour City, this tour will be 90 minutes well spent!

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Ten top Sydney walking tours: The Rocks

2. Sydney Highlights Walking Tour

Discover the stories behind historic and contemporary Sydney as you explore the CBD’s key harbourside precincts on this relaxed guided stroll. See The Rocks, Barangaroo Reserve, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the magnificent Opera House, Circular Quay and more. This is the ideal introduction to the Harbour City!

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Ten top Sydney walking tours: See the famous Sydney Opera House.

3. Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour

Catch a glimpse of the Harbour City’s supernatural side on this fabulous Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour. As you stroll the dark cobbled streets of The Rocks, you’ll hear tales of dastardly deeds of the past — including murder, mystery and the macabre. How many of those responsible still haunt the city? You be the judge!

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Tap into Sydney’s spooky side on a ghost tour.

4. Sydney Street Art Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant, creative buzz of Sydney’s inner-west neighbourhoods of Newtown and Enmore on this small group guided walk. You’ll explore the colourful, ever-changing street art scene with an expert guide, and finish with a refreshing craft beer at a local brewhouse.

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Ten top Sydney walking tours: Explore the local street art scene.

5. Crimes and Passion: Kings Cross Walking Tour

Join a fascinating guided stroll through the infamous Kings Cross precinct in Sydney’s inner-east. You’ll hear tales of crime and passion in the name of fame and fortune as you explore what was once Australia’s red light capital. This is a Sydney walking tour with a dark twist!

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Explore Kings Cross’ chequered history with a local guide.

6. Sydney Small Bar Walking Tour

Quirky themed bars, cool cocktail lounges and speakeasy-style boltholes are breathing new life into the Sydney CBD after dark. This friendly and relaxed guided walking tour reveals some of the most interesting options. Visit three unique CBD bars, sample delicious bar snacks and small plates, and learn some of the rich history of Sydney along the way.

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Ten top Sydney walking tours: Stitch Bar. Image: Ruby Boukabou

7. History and Pubs of The Rocks Walking Tour

The New South Wales Corps — also infamously known as the Rum Corps — was formed in 1789 to take over the policing of the fledgling colony of Sydney. It’s fair to say England didn’t exactly send its best men for the job and the Rum Corps was soon running amok. You can follow in the footsteps of those early renegades of The Rocks on this fabulous walking tour.

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8. Sydney Shopping Tour of Newtown

The inner-Sydney suburb of Newtown is the city’s capital of cool and a great place to shop! On this small group walking tour you’ll explore Newtown with a local guide and shop for one-of-a-kind pieces and artisanal products that you won’t find anywhere else. Along the way you’ll enjoy popping street art, craft beer, and some mouth-watering sweet treats.

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Ten top Sydney walking tours: Browse Newtown’s eclectic wares with a local guide.

9. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Cultural Walking Tour

Sydney is one of the most inclusive cities in the world and celebrates its gay and lesbian culture with gusto. On this walking tour you’ll explore local gay and lesbian heritage, visit cosmopolitan Oxford Street — home of the world-famous Mardi Gras parade, and enjoy a drink at an iconic gay bar.

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Ten top Sydney walking tours. Image courtesy of BridgeClimb Sydney

10. Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

This is the ultimate Sydney walking tour, and one that will take you to the top of the world! An estimated one million Sydneysiders turned out to witness the official opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. Three times that number have climbed to the top of the iconic steel arches with BridgeClimb Sydney. Don a onesie and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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