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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

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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

Matthew K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A fantastic day with Paul and a real insight into Aboriginal customs and culture which avoided the political slant which you get in all the museums. The tour took in some breathtaking locations and Aboriginal carvings. I would highly recommend this.

mw5898

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great trip loved it guide was great saw sights most will never see. Loved hand prints ride on river was awesome. Sandwiches was a little poor brochure wasn't clear about coffee stop it's a pay your own not included

Claire A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very interesting and a chance to see Australian history from a different perspective. The tour team were very friendly and looked after us well. It's an experience that will stay with us.

Maria Jose A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A well worth experience, wonderful excursion if you like the Nature. People in charge couldnt be more professional. Excellent behavior and explanations. Wonderful food and care along the tour. I personally highly recommend it.

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Paul and his team really put on a great tour. He's passionate about sharing his knowledge of the area and the history of the aboriginals who used to live there. Everyone on his team is super friendly, genuine and helpful. They supply just about everything you would need, but bring cash for the marina snack shop if you think you might want to grab a soft drink or other type of snack.

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.

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