the private tour guide
our vision is to offer exceptional personal experiences.
The Private Tour Guide offers a unique touring experience of the many highlights of Melbourne - the world’s most liveable city, and Sydney - Australia's largest city, in privacy and under the guidance of a qualified and friendly host.
We also tour the many surrounding area's of these two amazing cities discovering their beautiful beaches, bays, mountains and countryside coastlines.
As our guest, you can relax and enjoy – you’ll have none of the stress of hiring and returning a car, navigating your way along unknown roads and no concerns about which places are best to visit.
We do it all, so you can relax – and that’s what holidays are all about.
the founder of the private tour guide
The Private Tour Guide started in 2011 when Simon Greenland, after 15 years of guiding experience decided it was time to offer ‘Private Guiding’ as a serious option for the keen traveller.
Throughout his guiding life, with stints in India, China, South East Asia, the Himalayas, Italy, Canada and New Zealand, Simon developed a passion for food, wine, travel and yearned to mix these ingredients into the core of his business.
After returning to his home city of Melbourne to establish his private touring company he truly believes there aren’t many cities like Melbourne with such a broad assortment of touring itineraries. Customizing your touring is The Private Tour Guide’s specialty, whether it’s one day itineraries or multi-day itineraries, you can be confident of seeing the very best of Melbourne and Victoria.
Simon juggles the passion of guiding with the love he has for his family. Simon's wife is from Quebec and together they have three children ( including boy/girl twins). " My family mean the world to me and my children love having a Dad who gets to 'travel' almost everyday".
When not touring, Simon loves being active and spending his free time in spinning classes and pursuing his passion of wine/food matching.
the sydney private tour guide
Hi there, my name is Ben, and I am The Private Tour Guide in Sydney.
I've been working in the tourism industry since 1999 starting in role of a five-star hotel bell-attendant, to a concierge to a resort manager. After working as a travel agent a few years later, the prospect of having an ever-changing outdoor office attracted me to the life of a tour guide. I've now been guiding around Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney since 2004.
In Sydney my tours covers many of Sydney's fascinating suburbs, villages, beaches and bays from the historic Rock's precinct, the Sydney Fish Markets to Botanical Gardens, to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
I have lived in many different suburbs of Sydney's magnificent beaches and harbour and love to provide a 'local's perspective' of the areas around the Eastern Beaches such Bondi Beach, the lower North Shore around Balmoral and Mosman, and the Northern Beaches around Manly.
We visit small family run wineries in the Hunter Valley for a special winery & vineyard tour with tastings of many award winning wines, and see some hidden areas of the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands for a real country escape.
My tours not only have an emphasis on visiting Sydney's 'local' scenic secrets, but also getting out of the city's pulse and driving through spectacular scenery whilst enjoying excellent food and wine in a relaxed style. And hopefully spotting some Australian wildlife whilst we're at it.