Educational Tours to Sydney

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The heart of colonial Australia!

Sydney is a sensory overload, offering a fantastic array of museums and galleries; iconic landmarks; restaurants and cafes; theme parks; and historic sites. Buried beneath the city are the traditional lands of the Gadigal people, who continue to affirm their place in a rapidly changing society. From day tours to support specific units of the curriculum to camp programs offering insight into Sydney’s fascinating history, Second Nature offers a variety of tour options for school and university groups.

What We Provide 

  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Itineraries and Flyers
  • Information Sessions at your school or university
  • Transportation options (we arrange flights where necessary and provide options for ground and water transport)
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Catering options (all food is covered through our fantastic range of reliable third-party providers)
  • Curriculum-based work-booklets (where requested)
  • Pre/Post Tour Activities (usually a PPP)
  • Risk Assessment (location specific)

Sydney Tours for School & University/TAFE Groups

Our Domestic Tours for school and university groups are all-inclusive, affordable and fully customised. The flexible design of our Domestic Tours means itineraries can be adapted to fulfil curriculum requirements for any of the following subjects: Geography, Biology, Earth & Environmental Science, Marine Science, Investigating Science, Agricultural Science and Tourism. Educational institutions can experience one of our pre-existing itineraries or work with us to design an itinerary that perfectly suits their needs.

Destination Highlights

  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Experience an opera or ballet at the iconic Sydney Opera House
  • Visit the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse)
  • Tour World Heritage-Listed convict sites like Cockatoo Island and Hyde Park Barracks
  • Stand amongst the three sisters in Blue Mountains National Park
  • Visit Bondi Beach, one of the world’s busiest beaches!
  • Stroll through the bustling Paddy’s Market
  • Enjoy a fun day at Raging Waters or Luna Park!
  • Enjoy a Twilight Safari at Taronga Zoo

More Information

Tour Outcomes
  • Develop an understanding of the colonial and Indigenous history of Sydney
  • Describe the nature, spatial patterns and future directions of Sydney tourism
  • Identify environmental, social, political and technological factors affecting Sydney tourism
  • Apply findings about Sydney tourism to tourism as a global economic activity
  • Identify human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability
  • Consider the environmental worldviews of people and their implications for environmental management
  • Learn about approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia
  • Investigate human-environment systems of thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of environmental change
  • Apply geographical and/or scientific concepts and methods to the management of environmental change
  • Apply environmental, economic and social criteria to evaluate management responses to change
Example Itinerary: Sydney and Surrounds Tour

Below is an example itinerary with a focus on environment, tourism and culture in the Sydney Region.


18:00 Arrive in Sydney for Dinner at a local restaurant
20:00 Quarantine Station Ghost Tour!
22:30 Depart Quarantine Station for accommodation at The Rocks
23:00 Check into accommodation. End set day program.


07:30 Breakfast at accommodation
09:00 Depart accommodation for Bondi Beach
09:30 Arrive at Bondi Beach for Walangari Aboriginal Experience. Morning Tea will be enjoyed during this experience in the form of Bush Tucker!
11:30 Picnic Lunch and swimming on Bondi Beach
12:45 Depart Bondi Beach for the Sydney Opera House
13:00 Arrive at Sydney Opera House for a guided tour
14:00 Depart Sydney Opera House for Fort Denison (take the ferry!)
14:30 Arrive at Fort Denison (Pinchgut Island) and visit the Historic Museum
15:30 Afternoon Tea at Fort Denison
15:45 Board a ferry from Fort Denison to The Rocks
16:00 Arrive at The Rocks for an Interpretative Walk
18:00 Dinner at The Rocks
19:00 Depart The Rocks for Sydney Harbour Bridge
19:15 Embark on a Night Summit Climb!
22:00 Depart Sydney Harbour Bridge for accommodation
22:30 Arrive at accommodation. End set day program.


07:00 Breakfast at accommodation
09:00 Take the train from Sydney Central to Katoomba
11:00 Arrive at Katoomba for Morning Tea
11:30 Depart Katoomba for Echo Point
11:45 Arrive at Echo Point and observe the famous “Three Sisters”. Also visit Waradah Australian Centre
12:00 Depart Echo Point for Lilianfels Park
12:15 Lunch at Lilianfels Park
13:00 Depart Lilianfels Park for Wentworth Falls
13:15 Arrive at Wentworth Falls and embark on a 6km walk (Overcliff / Undercliff / National Pass / Valley of the Waters). Afternoon Tea will be enjoyed en route
17:45 Return to Wentworth falls and depart immediately for Katoomba Station
18:00 Depart Katoomba for Sydney, watching the sun set over the Blue Mountains as you go. Dinner will be enjoyed on the train
20:00 Arrive in Sydney and depart immediately for accommodation
20:30 Return to accommodation. End set day program.


07:30 Breakfast
09:00 Depart accommodation for Chinese Garden of Friendship
09:30 Arrive at Chinese Garden of Friendship
10:30 Afternoon Tea at Chinese Garden of Friendship
10:45 Depart Chinese Garden of Friendship on foot for Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
11:00 Guided Tour of Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
12:00 Walk to Hyde Park for Lunch
13:30 Walk to Art Gallery of New South Wales
14:00 Explore the permanent installations at Art Gallery of New South Wales
14:45 Depart Art Gallery of New South Wales for the Museum of Contemporary Art
15:00 Afternoon Tea at the Museum of Contemporary Art
15:30 Explore the permanent installations at the Museum of Contemporary Art
16:00 Depart the Museum of Contemporary Art for Sydney Observatory
16:15 Arrive at Sydney Observatory and peer through one of Australia’s oldest telescopes
17:30 Depart Sydney Observatory for a Historic Pub
18:00 Dinner at Historic Pub
19:00 Walk to Sydney Theatre Company for an Evening Performance
19:30 Enjoy a play at Sydney Theatre Company
22:00 Return to accommodation
22:30 Arrive at accommodation. End set day program.


07:30 Breakfast and check out
09:00 Depart accommodation for Taronga Zoo (or Raging Waters/Luna Park)
10:00 Arrive at Taronga Zoo. Enjoy the shows and attractions at your leisure.
12:30 Lunch (you will have a coupon for the food outlets to use any time before 14:00).
13:30 Enjoy more time at Taronga Zoo!
16:15 Meet at the designated meeting point
16:30 Depart Taronga Zoo for school or university. End entire program.