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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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

SHERRILL E G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What an interesting tour! So glad I found this. Great guide and driver - so knowledgeable about the history of Sydney and the Aboriginal people of this area. The boat trip was the icing on the cake!! Made for a really lovely day tour

Peggy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very good excursion, does not pick up at White bay port, would need to get to main area. Really good lunch, and saw a lot of Aborigine sites as well as some history. Beautiful scenery

Natalia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about aboriginal culture. Views are magnificent. Crew did their best to make guests comfortable. Very interesting and educational trip

Juhi K Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had such a great time today with Paul, Bryan and Luke! Thanks guys for such a wonderful and unique tour! I highly recommend this tour to people who want to enjoy Sydney outside the tourist trap!

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is a down to earth adventure and we came back in awe of this place. Our guide and coach driver were awesome. We felt safe and were fed very well. The sights we were shown and taught about left a deep and lasting impression on us. There are no words to adequately describe our amazing tour.

hummelgirl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our day with Sydney Outback was truly a unique experience. This is a small group tour where you aren't lost in a crowd. Paul and driver Brian were passionate about sharing the history and beauty of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. It's hard to believe you are just outside the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Scenic vistas and Aboriginal rock drawings abound within the serenity of the park. Paul has made it his mission to research and document the origins of the area. The afternoon boat ride through the park's waterways provided a different perspective of the park and more Aboriginal rock etchings. This is a first class operation which included pickup at our hotel, a delicious lunch, beverages, and return to hotel. They even had hats and sunscreen for those of us who had forgot sun protection.

kim h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Terrific day - one of the best tours I've been on. Guide and staff were really interesting and knowledgeable. The aboriginal paintings and carvings were great and seeing things from the water added a whole new dimension.

Holskipolski

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was exceptional in both scope and content. Although less than an hour north of Sydney, This National Park is a world away, quiet and unspoiled. Paul, the tour operator, described it as what the original British settlers would have seen in the 18th. C. when they sailed into Botany Bay or Sydney Harbor. I think that's accurate. We saw and learned a lot from Les, our dynamic Aboriginal guide, who made his people's culture come alive. Walking with him into the sacred area and experiencing the creation story depicted in the rocks was a highlight. This tour is part coach, part river cruise, and all great. Most highly recommended.

Glen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent day very informative , brilliant company, increased awareness and information on aborting all people.

Ellene S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I had a wonderful time. This jewel it not far from Sydney. All and all this was a very relaxing and informative day and would recommend it to one and all

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