• Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Visit Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for a day full of fun in the great outdoors just north of Sydney. Learn about indigenous traditions, and see ancient Aboriginal rock carvings and sacred sites. Join a 3-hour catamaran cruise through scenic waterways that lead to remote beaches and hidden waterfalls. Then visit West Head lookout and learn about the park's diverse plant and animal life. This small-group tour is limited to 22 people, ensuring an in-depth experience with your guides.


  • 8-hour tour of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, from Sydney
  • Admire the stunning scenery and local history of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
  • See Palm Beach, Lion Island and the Barrenjoey Lighthouse in the morning light from West Head lookout
  • Learn about the Guringai Aboriginal people and the fascinating ways they lived off the land
  • Access remote locations that can only be reached by boat during a 3-hour catamaran cruise
  • Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and samples of favorite Aussie snacks and bush tucker
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 22 people allows for a more customized experience with your local guide

What You Can Expect

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip from Sydney

Emu Rock Carving

Travel north in a comfortable climate-controlled minivan, crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge and driving for about 45 minutes until you enter Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

In the national park, your first stop is West Head lookout, a spot with sweeping views of Broken Bay, Pittwater and  Barrenjoey Headland's historic sandstone lighthouse. Hear stories about shipwrecks, pirates, smugglers, escaped convicts and the park’s importance during World War II. From afar, admire the beaches of the central coast and Lion Island, site of the largest population of little penguins in the Sydney area.

From your guide, learn about the Guringai people — the original residents of this region. Hear interpretations of Aboriginal customs and Dreamtime stories that speak of the origins of the world. Then take a guided walk around a remote Aboriginal heritage site that contains some of Australia's most important ancient rock carvings.

Drive to Akuna Bay for a 3-hour cruise through the park's remote waterways. From the 50-foot catamaran, look for exotic birds and marine life. You'll also come across one of Sydney’s most inaccessible waterfalls and pass by Aboriginal heritage sites that are only accessible from the water. While on-board, watch a 1-hour cultural presentation that includes hands-on Aboriginal skill demonstrations of the didgeridoo, hunting spears, woomera (spear-throwing device), fire making and more.

Warm up with morning and afternoon tea, and get a taste of the nation's snack foods when your guide breaks out some classic local treats. Recharge with a hearty lunch of typical Australian fare that features flavors found in bush tucker (food harvested in the wilderness). Tea, snacks and lunch are included.

Your tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Sydney, ending with your return in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Arthur C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour

Troy S South Korea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a very interesting tour. The tour guide really knew his stuff and was passionate about everything we saw on the tour.

Carrie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This gem of a day trip is not to be missed. This National Park is hidden gem offering a peek into the country's aboriginal heritage. A knowledge and friendly crew. It is worth the time to put this experience on your itinerary. We included our 13 and 11 years old kids and they were engaged throughout the day.

Edwin J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A very interesting tour! Loved every minute of it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

since my daughter and i were only going to sydney she was on a business trip and i tagged along but we wanted to see some of the less developed areas, a friend of mine from australia recommended that we visit ku-ring-gai. and we were not disappointed. the tour was small only about 15 and our guide was fantastic. we left sydney and in about an hour, we were in the park. we started out on a boat cruising the river and saw aboriginal rock drawings and had lunch that was a kangaroo burger, beef burger and a chicken wrap. the scenery was beautiful. after the boat cruise we took the van to an area that is an aboriginal meeting area where we saw more rock carvings and some interesting rock structures. really enjoyed this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We enjoyed the tour immensely. Pauls easy-going demeanor, Brians expert driving and Lukes navigation of the waters helped make the tour a very pleasant one. Paul was an excellent tour guide. His unhurried pace and expert explanation of what were seeing and observing was welcomed. We also like the fact that Paul continues to work with the aboriginal people solidify trust and to allow continued visits to their sacred grounds. Ill definitely recommend the tour to my friends and family. Thank You for a wonderful tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was one of the best tours I have ever been on! Absolutely breathtaking scenery, amazing tour guides - Paul and his partner - and just an experience we'll never forget. All the details were worked out perfectly.

Jim M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent! Paul and Brian were great hosts! Perfect blend of natural beauty, culture, serenity great juice and coffee between sites on the boat, good conversation and laughs! all at the right pace. Have been on other tours where you feel rushed at some locations and wishing there was less time dedicated to others. This was perfect, and so close to Sydney! So Glad I picked this tour!

Linda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Enjoyed this tour very much.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Loved this tour . Paul was very informative . Beautiful day out and Sydney Outback tours looked after everyone with care and catered for the extra stops for tourists to take photos

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