Royal National Park

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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.

From Sydney: Private Day Trip to Royal National Park

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

Start with a pickup from your accommodation then commence the drive to the Royal National Park. Upon reaching the park, you'll have a short stop at the serene Audley Weir. From here, choose between visiting Wedding Cake Rock or Eagle Rock. Both places provide the opportunity to see wonderful coastal scenery. Your guide will outline the walk times and differences between the two. If you'd prefer not to do either of the walks you can visit several places further south of the park, such as the Otford Lookout and the iconic Imperial at Clifton Hotel. Wedding Cake Rock On this route, admire dramatic coastal views of cliffs and interesting sandstone formations, with stops at the Balconies and the Water run. 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 best appreciated from a high lookout point. Marley Beach is unusual in having sand dunes that merge into the beach sand. Behind the dunes is a pristine reeded lagoon. Eagle Rock Choose the Eagle Rock walk and follow a track that passes waterfalls, cliffs, and gullies. See native plants including wattles, Banksias, grass trees, Gymea Lillies, and Eucalypts. 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. If 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 that drops 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 your way to Symbio Wildlife Park where you can get close to kangaroos and see many other native animals, including koalas.

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What people are saying about Royal National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 28 reviews

This was an amazing, jam-packed tour! Up close and personal with Australian wildlife, visiting amazing views at three national parks, delicious lunch and wine tasting! This tour was a fantastic way to see a ton of Australia right outside of Sydney in just one day. Steve is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and has streamlined everything about this tour to make it feel relaxing and enjoyable. Cannot recommend this tour enough!!!

Amazing day out and well worth the money! We found this tour both entertaining and informative and learned a lot. Our guide Steve had great knowledge of the native plants & wildlife and was very engaging.

Overall an incredible experience. Steve was knowledgeable and took great care of us for the entire day. Very thoughtful. So many incredible things to enjoy. Wildlife, waterfalls and wine.

Even as a non-wine drinker this was an excellent trip. Would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in wildlife, nature, and wine. Very small group which is lovely

I had such a great time on this tour! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, I truly feel like I got to experience Sydney from a great perspective!