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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

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
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.

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g
, Oct 2018

Vendor called at 6pm the evening before saying that national park officials had determined that the park would be closed next day due to an anticipated weather threat.

t
, Apr 2018

Organisers included an additional city tour after the trip. Organisers were dedicated to provide a good trip experience to everyone. However, for the price of the trip, I would recommend having more highlights in the national park to see. There were only 2-3 aboriginal highlights during the trip which I felt is quite lacking.

v
, Apr 2018

Unforgettable experience One of the most wonderful excursions I've done in all my travels. Perfect organization, professional and didactic. All thanks to the great guide of Paul and his team of collaborators bus driver, captain of the boat who made us live an incredible day. Family trip and my wife as my daughter were impressed with the tour. Thank you, thank you very much Paul and his team for being great people and making us love and feel the Australian land.

M
, Apr 2018

This is a must do in Sydney. Jeff, Paul, and Captain Rod provided an amazing experience especially being able to view Aboriginal art from the boat. Best land and water tour we have had. We even had the pleasure of meeting Pauls little princess. Well worth the price!
Cedric
USA

B
, Mar 2018

A great experience! Highly recommend

D
, Mar 2018

This tour by Sydney Ouyback tours was a nice smalll group and off the beaten path. The park is rich in aboriginal history and our guides Paul and Jeff were extremely knowledgeable. Te views were breathtaking and they have special permission to access a sacred area with multiple rock carvings and pictures that are thousands of years old. The boat ride was nice where we could again see ancient pictures made by the aboriginals

c
, Mar 2018

The guides are passionate about sharing knowledge. They also helped people connect with each other. They welcomed and interacted well with a child who was on the trip. The overlook is beautiful. The drawings are sacred. Take this trip it will be one of your highlights.

R
, Mar 2018

Amazing tour with seasoned informative personnel. Everyone played a part in making the group feel comfortable and well informed in a casual informal style.

S
, Mar 2018

Nice tour through the park, definitely learned a lot about the Aboriginal people, and a pleasant day on the water. Paul is definitely very passionate and knowledgeable - an overall very good guide and a nice guy.
I'd recommend this trip. A little pricey, but it's a great way to spend a day.

L
, Feb 2018

An excellent day and the cruise on the lake was lovely. The Aboriginal art was interesting but we felt we spent too long there.


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