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Hunter Valley: Wine Tour with 3 Tastings and Garden Lunch

1. Hunter Valley: Wine Tour with 3 Tastings and Garden Lunch

Experience a full day in the stunning Hunter Valley region, enjoying great food and amazing wines, enough to excite all your taste buds. Your small group tours cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, travel through Kuring-gai National Park and the Hawkesbury River, before arriving in the picturesque landscape of the Hunter Valley. Sample great Australian wines set amongst the country’s oldest wine region, with locally made cheese, chocolate, wine and liqueurs from boutique wineries and distilleries followed by a delicious cafe lunch at the bespoke Hunter Valley Gardens Village. Unwind and relax in an afternoon of boutique wineries and entertainment for a fun filled day. Your small group Hunter Valley Winery tour allows you to visit boutique wineries for an intimate tasting experience. Enjoy the finest Australian wines set amongst the country’s oldest wine region. Itinerary and wineries may change depending on availability.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, & Food Tastings Tour

2. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, & Food Tastings Tour

Travel from Sydney and visit a combination of three boutique wineries and distilleries in Hunter Valley. Enjoy guided spirit wine tastings matched with cheese and chocolates and a delicious lunch. Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup from central Sydney and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive in Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside some of the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how spirits and wine are made. During guided tastings, try chocolates and local cheeses to match the wines and keep your tastebuds exploring the flavor combinations. Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted spirits, and refreshing beers and ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

Sydney: 3-Hour Craft Beer and Breweries Tour

3. Sydney: 3-Hour Craft Beer and Breweries Tour

Meet your guide at the Keg & Brew Hotel and discover a haven for bourbon, beer and bites before you set off on a beer and cider tasting tour. Go behind the scenes of the local beer community, and take a look inside some working breweries in the heart of Sydney. The precise locations you will visit can change each day, based on brewery operations and bar hours. Your guide will keep their ears to the ground to learn what’s going on to ensure you experience some working breweries and taste the local beer in the best independent pubs. Visit 3 independent breweries and a top craft beer bar to fully immerse yourself in the Sydney beer scene. Learn all about the art of brewing craft beers through all your senses, and get to taste, touch and smell every part of the brewing process.   After learning all about the beers, you have the option of ending your tour at the Royal Albert Hotel or get drop off at the nearby Central Station.

Sydney: Bondi Beach Guided Walking Tour

4. Sydney: Bondi Beach Guided Walking Tour

Discover why Bondi Beach is such an important part of Sydney’s beach and coastal lifestyle, the home of surf lifesaving and the famous Bondi lifesaver. Fun, interactive and informative. this relaxed guided walking tour allows you to spend time with a true blue Bondi lifesaver and learn all about the colorful history of Bondi and how surf lifesaving began. Take an exclusive tour inside Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving clubs and have your photo taken with a Bondi Lifesaver on Bondi’s golden sand. Finish up with a guided walk along Bondi’s famous coastal headland and discover aboriginal rock carvings, spot marine life, and the best viewing points of Bondi and surrounding beaches.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

5. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

Travel from Sydney and go on guided tours of popular breweries and award-winning wineries in Hunter Valley. Enjoy beer and wine tastings, a full lunch, and the comfort of traveling in a small group. Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup from central Sydney and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive in Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how beer and wine are made. Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted beers, and refreshing ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine

6. Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine

If you ask a Sydneysider about Balmain, they think of 3 things: the Balmain Tigers footy team, Olympic swimming champion Dawn Fraser and pubs. Lots of pubs. In fact, Balmain has the highest pub-to-person ratio in Australia. This 3-hour walking tour of this peninsula on Sydney Harbour covers Balmain's sordid history of escaped convicts,dodgy gangsters and corrupt politicians. In between weaving the backstreets, you'll stop for a drink of craft beer, wine or cider in 4 of the area's most iconic and oldest pubs. You can enjoy a choice of craft beer or wine in each pub that you visit!  Tour highlights include:  Balmain's Oldest PubThe Balmain Watch House, and stories of Balmain gangstersThe Balmain Tigers' 'Team of the Penitentiary'Duelling colonistsThe murderous confectionerThe hidden treasure of Australia's most audacious robbery- and many more tales of murder, vice and intrigue

Sydney: Marrickville Breweries Walking Tour

7. Sydney: Marrickville Breweries Walking Tour

Travel inside the world of breweries on this insightful walking tour. Learn how they started, their brewing process, the brewing ethos of the brand, and of course try the beer. With your expert local guide hear about the history of beer and what it's made from. Make your way to 3 around Marrickville's special venues and take a technical tour of each brewery you visit.  Breweries you may explore: Batch Brewing Co: Started by 2 Americans, this brewery always offers something new. Taste from a core range of 4 beers, and a further rotating 6 taps in the brewery, Batch puts out a new beer every 10 days.  Grifter Brewing Company: Based in an old commercial laundry, it has  12 taps and a pool table. Try the Fresh and Clean IPL named after the previous tenants. Stockade Brew Co Barrel Room: Stockade Brew Co began life in October 2015. The Marrickville based venue features a 10-meter long bar made from reclaimed oak barrel staves, a 14-seat analysis room, and working microbrewery. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Barrels are scattered throughout the space, with a total of 200 oak barrels housing the liquid. Sauce Brewing Co: Sauce Brewing Co promotes the diversity of craft beer and creates flavoursome beers that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you’re a hop-head, a sour-freak, or you just like good quality, drinkable ales, they have a beer for you.

Sydney: The Rocks Pub Tour with Meal

8. Sydney: The Rocks Pub Tour with Meal

This 2.5-hour walking tour visits the great historic pubs of Sydney's beautiful 'The Rocks'. Retrace the footsteps of famous convicts, larrikin gangs, and local celebrities as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney's oldest pubs. Learn the secret behind which of the 4 claims to be Sydney's oldest pub, and enjoy a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink in each. Continue the fascinating tour with a walk through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks, and learn the captivating stories of Australia's first European settlement. Savor a delicious pre or post-tour meal and drink at an iconic Aussie Pub. Choose from a selection of gourmet pizzas, burgers or salads plus any tap beer, cider, house wine, or soft drink. Present your order confirmation to the Duty Manager at the bar. If choosing to have your meal before the tour, do not order food with less than 1 hour before the tour starts.

Sydney: Taste of the Highlands - Fine Dining & Wine Tour

9. Sydney: Taste of the Highlands - Fine Dining & Wine Tour

This leisurely day of wining and dining in the country begins with a scenic drive from Sydney Harbour to the Southern Highlands. On arrival at Cuttaway Hill Wines, owner and winemaker Mark Bourne will demonstrate the traditional méthode champenoise used to make champagne. You'll have a glass in hand ready to sample the final product before sitting down to a tasting of Mark's estate grown wines including some available exclusively at the cellar door. The wine is complemented by a vignerons platter that includes a selection of local produce. Continuing the focus on local produce you'll experience fine dining Southern Highlands style at Eschalot. Owner and head chef Matty Roberts will lead you through the garden surrounding the restaurant where he will pick the freshest of fresh ingredients to prepare the meal you are about to savour with matching local wines. To round out the day it's back to school with a Pinot masterclass showcasing the premier grape variety of this cool-climate region. You'll learn about the various Pinot mutations used to make sparkling, white, rosé and red wines. The class includes tasting flights of estate grown wines accompanied by matching morsels!

Sydney: See Sydney Your Way

10. Sydney: See Sydney Your Way

Book this tour and the local supplier team will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with a like-minded Local Sydneysider. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together a itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss changes to the itinerary with you. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Sydney that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by Locals! The day revolves around your wishes so enjoy your private meet-up and itinerary and let your Local show you the Sydney you will love.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 183 reviews

Great selection of wineries - 3 different wineries had different specialties and experience (there was 1 very young i.e. 8-year old estate), distillery was very average and lunch was well catered at a brewery. Driver was fantastic - personality + driving responsibly (i.e. not a rash bus driver)

Absolutely fantastic experience. Everything was amazing from the Steve., the guide, to every place we visited. We went there for a birthday celebration and it was absolutely amazing! Looking to book a tour again soon!

Wonderful day out with 3 boutique wine tastings and cheese and chocolate shopping. Highly recommended!!

Going on an official Home and Away two hours on my bucket list for quite a few years

Our guide was easy to talk with and very informative. Lots of laughs