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Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

1. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

2. Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale watching vessel, Fantasea Catalina, and take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean. Spend less time in the harbor and more time watching whales. Enjoy unobstructed views from spacious, wrap-around decks over 3 levels. Check out the open top sun deck, providing 360 degrees of viewing. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by an experienced crew. Know exactly what to look out for with onboard multimedia presentations. Don't worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos, as an onboard professional photographer has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard. Tea, coffee, and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

3. Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

After a lazy start to your morning in Sydney, embark upon a truly special day in one of the most spectacular world heritage listed national parks, the Blue Mountains. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the Sydney metropolis and avoid the peak hour traffic, driving west towards the national park. Once there, you will explore the Blue Mountains National Park, with the regular tourist buses long gone, you will be left alone to soak in the golden hours before sunset. On your Blue Mountains tour, you will learn all about the native flora and fauna as well as the indigenous people of the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains has a very special indigenous dream-time creation story linked to the national park. Upon arriving in the Blue Mountains, you will commence an awe-inspiring scenic bush walk overlooking the breathtaking Jamison Valley. You will make your way to a sensational lookout across one of the most remarkable waterfalls in Australia, Wentworth Falls. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at one of the perfect lookouts chosen by your experienced tour guide. This is where you will have a closer look at the iconic Three Sisters sandstone formation. You can enjoy your Blue Mountains sunset whilst overlooking amazing views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, and Narrow Neck Plateau. Your guide will take you to some terrific vantage points, allowing for the perfect sunset photo opportunities.

Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

4. Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

Get back to nature and snorkel with the marine life off the coast of Sydney on an advanced eco-tourism adventure in Manly. Benefit from the services of a local guide and explore in a small group for a more intimate and personalized experience. Hear what native creatures you need to keep a look out for, and learn more about the natural environment. Get interesting interpretations about the heritage and culture of Sydney on a nature walk with panoramic views of the Northern Beaches. Cool off in the clear waters of Shelly Beach. Be amazed by the diverse wildlife that lives in the sea grass meadows and rocky reefs of the protected Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

Hawkesbury River: Pearl Farm Express Tour

5. Hawkesbury River: Pearl Farm Express Tour

Discover the hidden gem of New South Wales. Get some insights on all the main points of how pearls are cultured in this area. Embark on a boat out to the farm on the scenic lower Hawkesbury River.  Back on land at the Shellar Door, the tour takes you through the seven virtues that make up the value of a pearl.  Together with a team, you will be guided through the entire 1-hour experience.

Sydney: Secret Beaches Harbor Cruise with Local Guide

6. Sydney: Secret Beaches Harbor Cruise with Local Guide

This tour is about learning, having fun and exploring places off the beaten track. During the tour, your local guide will provide fascinating insights into the harbour’s history, culture and natural environment. Your boat tour begins in the bustling Circular Quay before heading under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and stopping in front of the famous Opera House for photographs. From here, your journey continues past Australia’s largest naval base to the multi-million dollar waterfront mansions of Point Piper, homes to politicians, movie stars and billionaires. After a one hour cruise past all the classic Sydney Harbour landmarks and some fascinating lesser-known sites, you will land on an idyllic National Park beach, where the boat lands right on the beach for you to have a stroll or swim - you may even spot a penguin because this is home to Sydney’s only resident colony of Fairy Penguins. Your next stop is the historic colonial settlement of Quarantine Station and museum, for home-made refreshments and a glimpse of Australian history. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a relaxing morning tea while enjoying the views of the harbour and national park. 

Blue Mountains: Private Scenic Tour with Optional Stops

7. Blue Mountains: Private Scenic Tour with Optional Stops

Experience the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area on this guided day trip. Behold panoramic views of Jamison Valley, take a bushwalk to Echo Point, and explore Katoomba and Leura. Add an optional stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park or Scenic World. After pickup in Sydney, continue westward into the Blue Mountains. Soak in the sheer sandstone cliffs and lush rainforests of Jamison Valley. Take a bushwalk up to Echo Point for stunning views of the famous Three Sisters sandstone rock formation. Stop for lunch at a local spot in the quaint town of Katoomba which borders the Blue Mountains National Park. Experience the charming village of Leura with its tree-lined main street, antique shops, art galleries, and artisan chocolate makers.  Add a stop at the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park. Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s cutest native animals. Choose to stop at Scenic World, home to the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway, and Rainforest Walkway. 

Broken Bay Pearl Farm Ultimate Experience

8. Broken Bay Pearl Farm Ultimate Experience

Enjoy a private Ultimate Pearl Farm experience with all the extras to make for a unique and memorable day out. Cruise the Hawkesbury River with the pearling team who reveal the intricacies of pearl farming. Explore the incredible local marine wilderness where iconic pelicans and abundant fish are a living display of the thriving marine ecosystem and world-class pearls. Once back on land you’re invited to join the pearling team in a hands-on pearl grading session with the harvest. Learn how pearls are graded by the seven virtues that underpin the value of these farm-direct Pearls of Australia. Wander through the Shellar door which showcases beautiful pearl jewelry and indigenous artwork for sale. Select your own pearl to keep as a priceless souvenir of your day and enjoy a bespoke grazing platter featuring locally grown oysters.

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What people are saying about Sydney

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 246 reviews

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!

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

Our tour guide Bob was wonderful and very knowledgable about the area. You can tell he loves living in the Blue Mountains.

Very good excursion, guide at the top, attentive and very kind. I highly recommend this excursion.

great day. lots to see and the guide kept things moving, plenty of free time and easy going!