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Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

1. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

2. Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

Set out on a 2.5 hour kayaking adventure in Byron Bay. Receive instruction and equipment from your guide before you take in some of the best sights the East Coast has to offer. See the most Easterly Point of the Australian mainland and the Byron Bay Lighthouse from the sea. Learn about local history, aboriginal history, the lighthouse and the marine wildlife from your local guide while you paddle in your kayak around the famous Byron Bay marine reserve. If the opportunity arises, get up close and personal with friendly bottlenose dolphins and discover how inquisitive they can be. You can also look out for sea turtles as they come up for a breath of air and marvel at the size of the majestic humpback whales as they migrate through Byron Bay during June - October. Enjoy paddling your kayak out through the surf and later ride some of Australia's most famous waves. If you don't see a dolphin, turtle or whale you can paddle again with the tour operator free of charge.

Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

3. Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

This tour provides 1 Guide per 5 people so most groups have two guides, one out the front leading you around and one as a tail end to make sure no one gets left behind. This means you get a fantastic experience with highly informative guide throughout! Ride over the maintained tracks through coastal grasslands to get to the dunes. Be led by your guide as you travel over more and more challenging sand dunes with the only local tour provider that has access to the highest sand dunes on Stockton Beach. The large sand dunes can be from 12 - 30 meters high. The tours are tailored to meet the needs and experience of the customers. Sand boarding can be added to the 2-hour quad bike tour. No licence is required. 

Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

4. Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

Depart from Ballina’s Richmond River and enter the pristine waters of Cape Byron Marine Park. Encounter astonishing humpback whales in their natural habitat as they migrate past the breathtaking coastline between Ballina and Byron Bay. A friendly marine biologist will share in-depth knowledge of the area and humpback whale encounters that you'll get to experience within Byron’s Marine Park. You can also listen to live humpback whale song using a specialized underwater hydrophone. The purpose-built eco-vessel seats 20 guests and has a 360-degree views for unparalleled whale watching and sightseeing experiences. It has a unique hull design, which ensures a smooth, comfortable ride in all cruising conditions. The friendly, professional team guarantees a first-class, unmatched, eco tour to remember.

Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

5. Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

Make your way to Circular Quay to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat. You have the choice of two options on this cruise which will allow you to enjoy the whales with ultimate comfort and a delicious meal! Every day the cruise with lunch is available and on the weekends whales with brekky is an option! Seeing these giant mammals of the sea has the ability to change your whole view on life. The gracefulness, the peacefulness, the playfulness, the curiosity, the showmanship and the awesome power of a humpback whale is something everyone should witness in their lifetime. Whale watching is an exhilarating adventure - seeing these incredible creatures frolicking and swimming in the ocean is an awe-inspiring treat that you will remember forever! Breaching, tail slaps, spy hopping, fluke dives and peduncle throws are all some of the great moves you may see from the whales on their migrations. The whale population is increasing each year and and this year there are 30,000+ whales expected to migrate past Sydney. Whale watching season runs from May to November. From May to August, the whales are on their Northern migration to Tropical North Queensland and then from mid August to November, they're on their southern migration back to the Antarctic along with their new born calves - the little calves are just gorgeous!

Sydney: Blue Mountains Glow Worm Adventure by Night

6. Sydney: Blue Mountains Glow Worm Adventure by Night

Following collection from your Sydney accommodation, begin your truly extraordinary adventure into the Blue Mountains. This thrilling thrilling experience sees you guided on a bush walk through the forest during the evening - equipped with headlights. Your evening hike leads to a cave, which includes a waterfall. There you can encounter native glow worms, candescent like a starry night. As you travel to and from the cave, be on the lookout for other forms of local wildlife. Throughout your experience your guide is also happy to introduce you to some bush tucker, and can also talk with you about general survival skills. At the conclusion of your authentic and informative Blue Mountains experience, your guide returns you back to your tour starting point.

Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

7. Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

Start the tour by boarding the cruise ship at the wharf at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Then, set off on your river cruise which travels upstream for about 8 km. During the cruise, view beautiful rainforest scenery, amazing birds, wildlife, and marine life. Be entertained by the commentary of local knowledgeable guides as you learn about the fascinating history and environment of this tranquil, pristine area in Byron shire. Enjoy a delicious morning tea including local plunger coffee, selection of teas, hot chocolate, juice, delicious gourmet cakes and biscuits. Finally, return to the harbor feeling relaxed and with a wealth of local and environmental knowledge.

Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

8. 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 near Berrima, one of Australia’s oldest towns, to taste locally-produced, cool climate wine before returning to Sydney. Arrival back at Circular Quay is around 6:30 PM.

Sydney: Scenic Blue Mountains 4x4 Day Tour

9. Sydney: Scenic Blue Mountains 4x4 Day Tour

After having been collected from your central Sydney accommodation, head out of town to the Blue Mountains for the day. Whilst there, take in the stunning scenic lookouts and amazing views that these famous mountains have to offer. This tour is ideal for participants wanting short guided bush walks to beautiful lookouts and famous landmarks. Traveling with an experienced guide, explore off-the-beaten-track routes away from the regular crowds. Make the most of fantastic photographic opportunities as you encounter renowned Australian flora and fauna. Later, choose to swim under a waterfall, and check out some of the best lookouts on the wild side of the national park. At the conclusion of your experience, return back to your accommodation in Sydney for drop-off to your accommodation.

Sydney: Hunter Valley Wineries Day Trip with Food Tastings

10. Sydney: Hunter Valley Wineries Day Trip with Food Tastings

Explore 3-4 Hunter Valley wineries on this private day trip from Sydney. Delight your senses as you taste local specialties. Take the opportunity to purchase some of the best wine in Australia directly from the wineries. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodation in Sydney or meet the bus at a centrally-located meeting point. Relax on the air-conditioned drive with a rest stop where you can stretch your legs or purchase some coffee at Oliver’s Café. Take in views of idyllic countryside on your way to each of the 3-4 winery stops in the Hunter Valley. Have the chance to purchase tastings red and white wine varieties at each stunning location. Stop at the Hunter Valley Village for a chance to buy a nice sit down lunch in a charming local café. After lunch, head to the tempting Olive Centre to sample a selections of olive oils, chilies, chutneys, and some mouth-watering dips. Taste some local award-winning cheeses and chocolates. After a delightful day in the countryside, start your journey back to your accommodation in Sydney.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 218 reviews

My guide Antoine is a fantastic guy and the trip was way beyond expectations. First he did not cancel my booking despite I was the only guest today (the other 2 backed off as it might rain). Secondly, he brought me to spots that are not commonly visited by tourists to Blue Mountain. When I sent my photos to friends, they do not believe that those were in Blue Mountain and I just received replies like Wow, Wow, Wow! Third, Antoine is such a good photographer and I learnt so much photography from him today. Lastly, he would go all the way out for me to ensure I spent enough time at each spot and as a result of that, he had to work overtime. I would definitely recommend Antoine from Wildscape Adventure.

Our guide Tom was great. He gave us very entertaining commentary both on the blue mountain region but also in Sydney as we were driving through. Our trip included a ferry back to Sydney. Since ferries were free at that time we were reimbursed the fare which they were under no obligation to do. I highly recommend FJ tours. The blue mountains and 3 sisters were beautiful. The rides at scenic world were a bit lame but can’t be helped. You are already there so may as well take them

It was a relaxed trip, with a lot of content, reported by the guide, with visits to different perspectives and locations of the Blue Mountains. We visited several locations, points of interest, trails and parks. It was a very busy day, with enough time for the different points and moments of the tour. I recommend!

Our guide was brilliant and had excellent knowledge of the water. He knew all about the animals who lived out in nature and brought us out to see the dolphins. He also took some very funny pics

It was such an amazing experience. Bob was so friendly and experienced guide, he made so easy trip for us. I would definitely advise him to all my friends. Thanks