If you haven’t stopped by for a while you might have missed some new additions to www.ultimatelysydney.com.au <http://www.ultimatelysydney.com.au/> – the website of wonderful small group tour experts, Ultimately Sydney. There’s a new logo, designed to illustrate these folk really do have this vibrant city covered, no matter which way your tourist-curious compass points – figuratively and literally – and all kinds of exciting extras, new features and shiny new tour options.
Certain essential elements stay exactly the same – such as the company’s passion for delivering an authentic, through-the-eyes-of-a-local view, a focus on quality and professionalism and a mission statement to share and showcase the city’s buzzing personality and finest offerings. These range from the must-see iconic to the back-street secrets and tucked-away treats intended to take you well away from the-road-most-travelled tourist trail.
Picking up another consecutive Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for 2014 as they go to tuck away in their already bulging trophy cabinet, Ultimately Sydney have added a new scheduled tour – the ‘Elusive North’ – to their existing itineraries of both half and full day options. Other just-in introductions are the ‘Sydney Naturally’ and ‘Sydney Sailing’ treats which add whole new flavours to an already exciting private luxury tour menu. So, whether collecting colourful cultural insights, cuddling koalas, journeying through history, realising the opportunity to marvel at natural wonders or fuelling your foodie passions are your top priorities Ultimately Sydney have it covered.
Where the gourmet inclined are concerned – or even those just looking to stuff themselves silly with a host of Sydney’s multicultural culinary delights – Ultimately Sydney are the go-to guys. As Australia in general emerges as a destination for the food and wine cognoscenti, Sydney – many would claim – heads the march with its outstanding array of fresh, fine produce and an almost embarrassingly large wealth of food and drink-focused artisans working their wizardry on everything from craft beer to chocolate. But where to even start……how to hunt down the best….the secret……the just emerging? Ultimately Sydney know and they will also take you there on a number of tours which are not just simply about sampling the wares but meeting the personalities behind the produce and learning about the ingredients and influences which have come together to form the whole flavour of Sydney’s contemporary cuisine and the scene surrounding it.
Ultimately Sydney’s boast that ‘we have the city covered’ is no idle one especially with the introduction of the new Elusive North tour which now spreads the company’s coverage quite literally to every cardinal point of the city. If you’ve ever wondered how the other half lives this is the tour for you. Taking in some of the city’s most affluent residential suburbs, this scheduled small group tour allows a peep into the life of Sydney-siders, both at work and at play. And it isn’t all trendy dining venues, hip shopping strips and a journey through fashionable Sydney. This tour also takes in beaches, fair slices of natural magnificence, colourful and fascinating history spanning indigenous beginnings to colonial escapades and some of the city’s most advantageous spots for taking postcard-perfect photos. These Sydney tours are authentic experiences and are guaranteed to provoke a comment or two from your friends back home or once you’ve posted them on Facebook of course!
The other new tour additions come in the private luxury, on-demand category – Sydney Naturally and Sydney Sailing. With Sydney Naturally you’ll get to meet all of Australia’s most iconic wildlife species including kangaroos, wallabies, emus and – possibly the cutest animal on the planet – the koala, but also a few locals of the human variety too. Your day includes a Hawkesbury River cruise and, scenic and restful as this journey might be, you’re actually hitching a ride with the postal boat; joining the postie on his rounds as he delivers to remote water-access only properties.
The Sydney Sailing experience floats, whisks and of course sails you around Sydney Harbour during which you can simply sit back and take in the city’s iconic landmarks or lend a hand with the whole sailing activity. A visit to Sydney fish market is all part of the day where you can grab yourself some fresh-as-it-comes seafood to enjoy back on-board your private yacht.
In order to showcase its new arrivals all the better Ultimately Sydney have given their website a bit of a make-over and it is now bursting at the seams with all kinds of goodies. The facility for booking everything online is now up and running and, as has always been the case, detailed information on every tour is provided – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. These guys really do know Sydney and they want to share the best of the city with you, so now you’ll find such treats as a gig guide for where to find the best jazz in Sydney along with tips, insider info, fascinating trivia and special deal promotions. Sign up to the Ultimate Sydney newsletter and be the first to hear news about tours, specials and have access to recipes which use ingredients found while foraging on the company’s gourmet tour.
Their Facebook page is also a great way to keep up with what’s going on and any treats up for grabs – www.facebook.com/UltimatelySydneyTours <http://www.facebook.com/UltimatelySydneyTours>
The final word for this great company really can be summed up with one revealing fact. Ultimately Sydney’s trophy cabinet has already come up in discussion but we failed to mention one of their most sparkling accolades to date.
The Sydney Concierge Industry Award 2014 for
Tour Company of the Year
Much as we totally understand this to be a bubbly popping moment for Ultimately Sydney and how much of a coveted industry honour this is, for myself and anyone else who has ever taken a tour with Ultimately Sydney, all we can say is……..we’re not surprised!;