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Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

1. 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.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Waterfalls, Walks, and Sunset Tour

2. Sydney: Blue Mountains Waterfalls, Walks, and Sunset Tour

Enjoy a small group photo tour of the Blue Mountains including sunset at Echo Point. This semi-private tour departs later so you can sleep in and avoid Sydney’s rush hour traffic. You'll stop at three amazing lookouts. Each lookout is just a short walk from the vehicle. Then listen to sounds of nature, the birds, and rushing water on two longer walks to some majestic waterfalls. Keen nature lovers will enjoy the 40-minute bush walk to Leura Cascades and a longer walk into Wentworth Falls. Those who would rather not join in the longer walks can choose to take a shorter walk or visit Scenic World for two hours. After the group reunites you'll visit two spectacular lookouts before returning to Echo Point to view the Three Sisters as the sun sets. The final remote lookout looks west over the Megalong Valley to watch the last rays of sunlight. Finally, relax at a local hotel and enjoy dinner before returning to Sydney.

Sydney: Kiama Coast, Nature, Beaches & BBQ Small Group Tour

3. Sydney: Kiama Coast, Nature, Beaches & BBQ Small Group Tour

Enjoy a unique tour 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 coastline of the Australian landscape. Escape the city and into the great Aussie outdoors. Take some great photos and create lasting memories of a unique south coast tour. The Grand Pacific Drive is part of the 140-km award-winning South Coast drive.  After a BBQ lunch, start your return scenic trip via the dairy countryside and stop at the Kiama Blowhole. Cruise past some of the best local beaches in the Illawarra and South Coast region before sweeping over the Sea Cliff Bridge along the Grand Pacific Drive. Walk along the Sea Cliff Bridge and listen to the crashing ocean waves below. Grab some great photos of the breathtaking views or the hang gliders leaping from Bald Hill before driving onwards through the Royal National Park. The final remote location will take your breath away at Bundeena. Enjoy marvelous walking trails that open into remote lagoons and gorgeous waterfalls. Look out for deer or rock wallabies as you pass by. Finally, walk across a remote sandy beach to view five aboriginal engravings in the late afternoon sun. Lookout across the ocean as the sun sets and you may see a pod of dolphins swimming by. Your guide is a local, loves the outdoors and will ensure a memorable day in the Australian countryside.

Sydney: See Sydney Your Way

4. Sydney: See Sydney Your Way

Book this tour and the local supplier team will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with a like-minded Local Sydneysider. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together a itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss changes to the itinerary with you. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Sydney that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by Locals! The day revolves around your wishes so enjoy your private meet-up and itinerary and let your Local show you the Sydney you will love.

Sydney: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

5. Sydney: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

The tour photographer will organize the locations for the photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the infomation you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on the day and let the photographer work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. The photographers are hand-picked and highly experienced. They are local experts and will share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Once your photo tour is finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery within 5 working days (password protected), containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour allows you to look back over your travels with fond memories, when all too often you are left with faded memories of your journeys. Make sure that the next time you travel you have mementos that will last a lifetime and beyond.

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. 

Sydney: Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter

7. Sydney: Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter

Experience Sydney's first true urban winery at the A.Retief wine label. After being greeted at the winery, your group will be taken on a tour through the facility to experience the art of the wine-making process. Upon arriving at the tasting table, enjoy a six-glass wine flight from three different regions of New South Wales. Generally, these are two whites, a rose, and three reds. Learn how to taste wine and receive a booklet covering the wine regions of New South Wales and tasting notes from the wines tried. During the tasting session you'll enjoy shared platters of New South Wales charcuterie and cheese boards at your table.

Sydney: Art & Culture 6-Hour Small Group Tour

8. Sydney: Art & Culture 6-Hour Small Group Tour

Go behind the scenes, meet the artists and discover their stores on this small-group tour of Sydney's cultural hot spots. This fully escorted afternoon gives exclusive access to a collection of Sydney’s unique and exciting galleries and artist studios. Get picked up from your city hotel at 11 AM and be inspired when you discover the rawness of Sydney beyond the typical. Enjoy a sensory expedition of sculpture parks, local galleries, and delightful spaces that give a warm perspective of Australia's most dynamic city. On the tour, spend time in the real art studios, see and learn how the artist creates their art pieces. Listen to the personalized explanations of curators and artists who will help you to interpret the works and explain the creative processes. Then, have a coffee break to enjoy local cheese and wine. Finish the tour at 5 PM when you will get dropped off back at your hotel.

Sydney: Private Customizable Tour with a Local

9. Sydney: Private Customizable Tour with a Local

Spend the day with your host who can’t wait to share with you their favorite places to hang out, show you where to get your hands on the best food, and take you through the city with an inspiring view. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Weave your way through a pocket of the city, discovering its diversity and the communities who are lucky to call Sydney home. This city is more than a place, it's a feeling, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience on your day with your host. See some historic landmarks and districts like The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge or laze your afternoon away soaking up the sun at Bondi Beach or exploring the Darling Harbour. Get cultured at a museum or gallery and maybe you will still have some time to stop by a vibrant local market, hidden garden, or temple as you explore one of Sydney's eclectic neighborhoods. When hunger pangs strike, stop for lunch at one of the local eateries handpicked by your host for a truly authentic taste of Sydney's cuisine. 

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 73 reviews

Although I am much delayed in leaving this review, as I went on this tour last July, I had to take a moment to HIGHLY recommend this tour, or any with terry for that fact! In my trip to Sydney, this Blue Mountains tour was by far one of the BEST, if not the best experience I had while there. From the friendly, small group environment (which is a lovely way to make some new friends, and I found to be so fun!), to Terry's promptness (he showed up at my hotel right on time, with a smile, even AFTER I had booked the tour quite last minute!), to his thoughtfulness and knowledge (especially of Photography! This is a huge bonus, and I left with the most incredible photos from the day) as well as the incredible opportunity to learn so much from Terry about general information/Australia, truly made for a day I will likely not ever forget. No other tour I have been on anywhere in the world gave me the anything near the quality of this enriching, personalized experience I got with Terry

Unforgettable experience to the Blue Mountains. We had the sunset tour and would recommend it to anyone. Our tour guide Donna is very experienced and guided us through the day very well. Since she grew up in the area as a child, she was able to show us great places when hiking through the mountains. At noon we stopped for lunch in a small village and there were delicious sandwiches and some fruit from a local baker. It was also enough for us, but if someone is really hungry, they should pack something else. The sunset over the Blue Mountains will also be unforgettable. The good thing was that we were the only tourists there and a few locals.

We had a really great day with many wonderful stops. We had a delicious barbecue. The guide was outstanding, he often showed us hidden spots and also made sure that we were there at the right time so that we had perfect light for our photos. There were also all kinds of photography tips and tricks. A beautiful day that ended perfectly with a walk along the beach at sunset. Thank you for this varied day

The tour was amazing! Glenn was an amazing tour guide. Very friendly. The hike was incredible and one of the best tours I’ve been on.

Brilliant day! Well planned, great lookouts and walks, amazing tour guide and delicious lunch :)