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Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

1. Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

Be part of a small group of no more than 11 travelers and journey by comfortable minibus, south along the beaches of Botany Bay and into the Royal National Park. Wind through the forest and stop at Bald Hill Lookout, which affords sweeping views of the Illawarra coastline and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. Next, it's on to the family-run Symbio Wildlife Park, active in koala conservation. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about these fascinating marsupials during a private koala presentation with a keeper. Snap the ultimate selfie - just you and a koala. You’ll also be able to feed kangaroos and wallabies and get up close with native Australian wildlife. Continue to follow the scenic coastline of the Grand Pacific Drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge as it sweeps out over the ocean and on to Bulli Beach where you’ll enjoy lunch in a café popular with locals that overlooks the beach and an ocean pool. Bring your swimmers for a pre-lunch dip if the sun is out. In the afternoon head up through temperate rainforest into the Southern Highlands. An easy hike leads to viewpoints that take in the spectacular sandstone gorges and towering waterfalls of the Morton National Park. Finally, you’ll drive along country roads to a boutique winery to taste locally-produced, cool climate wine before returning to Sydney. Arrival back at Circular Quay is around 6:30 PM.

Private Day Trip to Royal National Park - up to 7 guests

2. Private Day Trip to Royal National Park - up to 7 guests

Your driver-guide will meet you at your Sydney hotel for your trip to the Royal National Park, passing through Botany Bay. You'll then take a short walk to Bungoona Lookout for panoramic vistas, followed by a visit to one of the National Park's beautiful beaches. Next, drive along the world-famous Grand Pacific Drive, including the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge for breathtaking ocean views. This will be followed by lunch at either The Imperial, The Scarborough Hotel or The Headlands Hotel, all of which have stunning panoramic views of the coast. After lunch, choose to visit Sandon Point or Thirroul Beach for picturesque scenery, or Symbio Wildlife Park to see kangaroos and koalas. Travel back to Sydney in the comfort of the luxury vehicle, whilst you listen to your favourite music and discuss all you have witnessed.

From Sydney: Private Day Trip to Royal National Park

3. From Sydney: Private Day Trip to Royal National Park

The day starts with pickup from your accommodation and we then commence the drive to the Royal National Park. Upon reaching the park, we will have a short stop at serene Audley Weir. From here the tour is flexible and we can choose between visiting Wedding Cake Rock, Eagle Rock or a walk in the rainforest. The first two places provide the opportunity to see wonderful coastal scenery. Your guide will outline the walk times and differences between the two. The third walk is particularly suited to hotter days as the rainforest offers a cooler environment. If you'd prefer not to do the walks we can visit several places further south of the park, such as the Otford Lookout, Stanwell Park Beach and the iconic Imperial at Clifton Hotel. On the Wedding Cake Rock walk, admire dramatic coastal views of cliffs and unusual sandstone formations, with stops at the Balconies and the Waterrun. Upon arrival, discover an amazingly large piece of white sandstone, resembling the shape of a wedding cake. Watch as it sparkles against the background of the blue Pacific Ocean. A little further on is spectacular Marley Beach, which is viewed from a high lookout point. Marley Beach is an expansive landscape merging into sand dunes. Behind the dunes is a pristine freshwater lagoon. Choose the Eagle Rock walk and follow a track that passes waterfalls, cliffs, and massive cliffs. See many native plants including Wattles, Banksias, Grass Trees, Gymea Lillies, and Eucalypts. We will see numerous native birds including the Australian Ravin and New Holland Honeyeater. If lucky we may come across an echidna. Upon arrival at Eagle Rock admire crystal clear Curracurrong Creek as it reaches the cliff edge and becomes a waterfall that drops directly into the ocean. The waterfall drops 40 meters into a shallow bay and if sunny the ocean water takes on a translucent green color. When the surf is up you'll hear the pounding waves hit the cliff face below. After either Eagle Rock or Wedding Cake Rock, venture to Wattamolla, which has a wide waterfall dropping into a lagoon. The lagoon then forms into a stream that gently meanders to the nearby beach. If the weather is warm there is an opportunity for a swim. Enjoy a refreshing lunch at a scenic location, followed by a visit to rugged Garie Beach. From this point, discover the areas south of the park such as Bald Hill and Sea Cliff Bridge, or make our way to Symbio Wildlife Park where many free ranging kangaroos and wallabies reside. The park allows you to get up close to these animals. We will also see many other native animals, including koalas, dingoes, echidnas, wombats emus, cassawarries and Tasmanian devils. This is a private tour for you or your group only. We save time by not having to pick up and drop off people at other locations. The day is flexible and can be personalised to fit your circumstances and choices. At the end of the day we will return you to your accommodation with a day in nature to remember.

Sydney: Kiama Blowhole Bushwalks, BBQ Small Group or Private

4. Sydney: Kiama Blowhole Bushwalks, BBQ Small Group or Private

A unique tour that includes the coastline, dairy countryside, remote beaches and bush trails. A truly Aussie day out with a beachside gourmet BBQ lunch and stops at local rural towns. Our tour takes you through the dairy countryside, winding, scenic roads through the national park and coastal seaside beaches. It blends beautifully all the contrast of the bush, the farmlands and the beaches of the Australian landscape. Walk remote bush trails to discover aboriginal engravings and learn about our indigenous history. Explore our Kiama coastline and the Kiama Blowhole. The Blowhole elevation allows for great ocean viewing and opportunity to spot whales during their migration season (May – November). Walk across remote beaches, spot wildlife, dive in for a swim or watch the local surfers catch a wave. Savour a a gourmet BBQ lunch beside the sea. Visit the small township of Jamberoo, the lush fertile valleys and farmland foothills of Saddleback Mountain. These green pastures are home to many, many dairy cows that supply much of Sydney's milk. Keep a lookout for our native animals – perhaps the superb lyrebird, echidna or swamp wallaby as we enjoy the views and lookouts of this area. Our Grand Pacific Drive is part of the 140-kilometre award winning South Coast drive. See some of the best local beaches in the Illawarra and South Coast region and the famous Seacliff Bridge. We stop at another amazing scenic lookout at Bald Hill before we drive through the Royal National Park and onto our final remote location in Bundeena. A walk through a coastal trek will lead you to the place of indigenous spiritual significance and aboriginal engravings. Take your time walking back along the sand and look out across the ocean in the late afternoon sun and you may just see a pod of dolphins swimming by. A truly authentic adventure and ideal those who think they have seen everything Sydney has to offer! Your local guide is a professional photographer so you will see the best locations at the best time with photos that are priceless memories. Our Private tour is fully customizable to cater for families or those with mobility issues

South Coast Private Charter

5. South Coast Private Charter

On the full-day tour we’ll follow the Grand Pacific Drive to Stanwell Tops, over Sea Cliff Bridge and on past Wollongong to Kiama. There we visit the famous blowhole and enjoy a stroll through the high streets of this popular seaside town. From here we turn inland. Our drive will wind through dairy lands to the country village of Berry – a good lunch spot. From here we drive on through stands of temperate rainforest and descend into a place which feels sealed from time – the Kangaroo Valley. We pass through this little village – the main street lined with old fashioned bakeries, a welcoming country pub, and a variety of shops. Climbing out of the valley we’ll head for a view of the Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park. Here, the Wides Meadow Creek tumbles a sheer 81 metres into the valley below. Lastly, we’ll make a quick stop in either one of the Southern Highland villages – such as Bowral – or a cool climate vineyard, if a spot of wine tasting sounds like just the thing to round out your day.

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4.9 / 5

based on 67 reviews

We enjoyed this tour very much and highly recommend! Steve did a great job as a guide and our stops were worthwhile and interesting. At the Symbio Wildlife Park you really do get up close and personal with the Koalas and Wallabies! Getting out of Sydney and seeing the southern coast and to see the waterfall was very nice. It is a long day with a lot of driving, but worth the time and cost! The only small recommendations for improvement on this tour: 1. For the winery visit (the winery itself was nice), but the pours were very small and the winery did not provide any snacks (re: crackers, etc.) with the tasting as most wineries around the world do; plus the host didn't spend too much time with our table. 2. For the wildlife park, I would possibly just shorten the free time to roam by perhaps 15-30 minutes.

“The other Steve” is a fantastic tour guide! Very knowledgeable and interesting. He kept us laughing and wanting to learn more. Would highly recommend this trip as it has all the typical Australian things - koalas, kangaroos, scenery, beaches and wine.

Really enjoyed this small group tour, great guide, lunch and amazing wildlife, spectacular waterfall and tasty wine! Would definitely recommend

Such a brilliant trip. The guide, Steve was so knowledgeable and really added to the day. Well worth the money. The koala experience was great.

Other Steve was . Was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Would highly recommend him and his sense of humor. Great way to end our vacation!!