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Sydney - From Observatory Hill to the Harbour (Sydney Bridge & Opera House)

From Observatory Hill to the Harbour (Sydney Bridge & Opera House)

(118 reviews)
The Rocks and Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia
45 mins

About the tour

Sydney Harbour Bridge? Tick. Sydney Opera House? Tick. We start with the sweeping views from Observatory Hill – the highest natural point in Sydney. We’ll stroll through the oldest neighbourhood in Australia, the Rocks, learning a bit about colonial and social history. Along the way we’ll pass two of the oldest pubs in the city before making our way to Circular Quay for postcard views of both the Bridge and the Opera House.

Meet your local guide


Elizabeth is an American by birth, Australian by choice. She is a happy immigrant and resident of Sydney for nearly 21 years. Having been fascinated with Australia since she was 12, Elizabeth found that when she arrived in Sydney in 2000, she already knew more about her new home than many of the Australians she met. She finally put all that knowledge to work as a tour guide in 2019 – just in time to really fall in love with it before Covid hit. From the iconic sights that always take her breath away no matter how many times she’s seen them, like the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to the little-known but beautiful corners of the city, Elizabeth loves exploring Sydney and showing it off to friends and guests. She lives in Manly, on Sydney’s northern beaches. She’s been very slowly blogging her way through all 84 of Sydney’s beaches and is working on a travel memoir about riding her bicycle around Europe.

Elizabeth has been guiding since Jun 2019

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Sydney with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Sydney. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Karen J.

15 April 2021

Excellent job Elizabeth.

Kasey C.

15 April 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth's walk from Observatory hill down to the view of the Sydney Opera House. She was very informative, her voice was pleasant and unrushed. She answered all questions that she could, and was very honest about not knowing answers to others (not many!). I will be sure to take more of her tours of the Sydney area.

margaret n.

15 April 2021

Unfortunately only caught few minutes near end. Looked so good and hope to catch your next one. Stay safe.

Elizabeth G.

15 April 2021

This was an interesting tour. I enjoyed looking at the housing and also the bridge. I loved seeing the opera house and the harbor with the ferries and other boats. It was a beautiful day for this type of tour. There does appear to be a problem with using the camera icon/postcard button. Nine times out of ten, when you've taken a postcard shot and then close the preview of your post card, the video is blurry. You then have to right click on the camera icon, go to reload and click on it, then reenter the tour.... missing a lot of the commentary/dialog and some of the scenery or buildings and items being shown. I have been doing virtualtrips/hego tours for weeks now, and this problem has only started this past few days, possibly part of the weekend. It really needs to be checked out, and hopefully corrected. I enjoyed Elizabeth as a tour guide, but because I am a "picture taker", I missed a significant amount of the tour.

Steven L.

15 April 2021

Nice job!

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