Sydney is the largest city in Oceania and is said to be the centre of art, culture, entertainment and tourism. The classic photographs of the most famous building – the Opera building – don’t keep anyone guessing what city we are talking about. But what is the best way to get to know this Australian city? With a guide of course, one that will take you to the places where only a local could ever take you. Sydney really has to be experienced.  

Real Sydney Tours is a company that focuses on private tours around the city, specifically designed to suit your needs. Their biggest advantage is their emphasis on personal approach and the authenticity of experiences. You can travel both in a pair and in a larger group. Whether you’re interested in the landmarks and sights, nature or just shopping, the company will adapt to your needs.

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View of the suburbs Sydney, Watsons Bay

What makes Real Sydney Tours different

Their main goal is to ensure that you get Sydney under your skin, in order to do that the company will prepare a trip for you around the city or the surrounding area. The guides are always locals that love their city and know everything there is to know about it. Thanks to all these aspects, the company has absolutely stellar rating on TripAdvisor. That is one of the reasons why we decided to use their services and explore a somewhat overlooked part of Sydney.

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Our friendly guide, Darryl

Our trip with Real Sydney Tours

Everything began with an e-mail communication with Darryl, who was very helpful. Seeing as Tom used to live in Sydney several years ago, he and Darryl put together a trip to the east suburbs of Sydney that he hadn’t visited before. Our trip began right in Watson Bay and because it was Sunday afternoon, the local beach and nearby park was full of people from all parts of the city. However, Darryl explained that during the weekdays this neighborhood is actually very peaceful. Then we set out on foot towards South Head. On the way, we learned a lot of information about the history of Sydney and enjoyed gorgeous views of the whole bay.

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Beautiful cliffs lining Sydney from the Pacific Ocean

Then Darryl and us got in a car and went for a ride to Double Bay and Rose Bay, which are two of the most expensive addresses in Sydney. We admired the beautiful large houses and their unrepeatable views of the bay and the famous Opera building and bridge. It was very different view that you can see around Circular Quay. We saw how local people live, shop and have fun. Darryl showed us the magical corners of this part of the city that we would not be able to find ourselves. Except from that, Darryl also spiced up our tour with interesting information from the lives of famous people; she for example showed us the church where Elton John had his secret wedding.

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Darryl has a big car and so she could show us some interesting places

The difference between tourist attractions and a city to live in

As we already mentioned – one of the greatest assets of Real Sydney Tours is their passion to show people the real Sydney life. Which is why we were able to avoid the places filled with tourists quite well and could on the contrary enjoy the local residential neighborhoods, which are very calm and nice to live in. Overall, we actually felt like immediately moving there. After we arrived to Watson Bay, the difference could not be greater. The small pier was absolutely packed with people, but all that was needed was to walk 200 meters in any direction to find a peaceful spot.

That is one of the reasons why we decided to use their services and explore a somewhat overlooked part of Sydney because we have already done things to do in Circular Quay.

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Sydney – one of its typical suburbs

tom_profilWe enjoyed the whole trip very much and Darryl was an amazing guide. She took care of us the whole time and even provided us with chilled water. I have to say that even though I have lived in Sydney for quite some time, I have never gotten to know the city like this. It’s obvious that this company does what it set out to do and is truly showing people the non-tourist face of Sydney. Their reputation on TripAdvisor is more than deserved.


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View of the beautiful bay towards Sydney city center

Thanks to Real Sydney Tours for support during our visit to Sydney. All our views are based on our own experience.

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