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Glittering waterways, azure coastlines and bountiful national parks are just some of the wonderful things that make Australia’s wild landscapes so tempting. Fortunately, for any adventurous spirits based in Sydney, such natural wonders aren’t a million miles away – and these exciting tours and excursions from the New South Wales state capital will transport you there in no time.
Travel by air-conditioned minivan for a day of exploring Sydney’s northern coastal suburbs. Head to The Spit for Instagrammable coastline views before learning about the fascinating Aboriginal heritage at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Lunch will be served here before a visit to Palm Beach – the famed filming location of the popular Australian soap, Home and Away. Get ready for face-to-face encounters with pelicans at Narrabeen Lakes and see if you can spot humpback whales breaching at Long Reef Point. The Manly ferry will take you back to the Circular Quay, where you’ll get to marvel at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House before you disembark.
Sydney’s Hunter Valley is widely known for its exquisite wines and local specialities. On this chef-led tour, you’ll be taken to some of the best restaurants, markets and boutique wineries the city has to offer. You won’t find fresher seafood than what’s on offer at Sydney Fish Market – and you’ll get to sample some for yourself. Not forgetting the beverages, you’ll head to a local winery to pair premium wines with regional dishes like barramundi and kangaroo steak. There’ll be plenty of time to eat and explore the market, before your return journey to the city centre.
A trip to the Royal National Park is a must when visiting Sydney. Not only does it protect many of Australia’s natural flora and fauna, but also boasts stunning natural rock formations and sweeping ocean views. This tour will take you to the very best spots, taking in the rugged scenery along the way. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch prepared by your host, before heading to Symbio Wildlife Park for memorable encounters with native koalas and wallabies. If you’re after that perfect Instagram snap, keep your eyes peeled for the numerous beautiful waterfalls that dot the park.
Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s native species on this walking tour, and take in the sublime beauty the country is so renowned for. Jam-packed with panoramic views, the tour will start at Sublime Point Lookout along Wollongong Coast, where you can take photos of the vast mountainous landscape. Next, see if you can spot water dragons along the river at Minnamurra Rainforest. Your final stop of the day will be Fitzroy Falls, before a short drive to Kangaroo Valley where you’ll meet wild kangaroos and the cutest things you’re likely to have seen in a long time: Australia’s famous wombats.