Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Blue Mountains on a private full-day tour from Sydney. Your experienced guide shares the best of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed region with stops at landmarks in Blue Mountains National Park including Three Sisters rock formation, and a visit with an assortment of native Australian animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park with the option to upgrade to include breakfast with the koalas from April 1, 2017 onward. Enjoy a two-course lunch at your choice of venue within the luxurious Hydro Majestic Hotel, the elegant Echoes Restaurant or the relaxed Boiler House Cafe.
Blue Mountains National Park
Get an early start when your private guide picks you up at your hotel, then travel in comfort in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle. At the city outskirts, stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park and enjoy exclusive access to the park before it opens to the public. Hand-feed a kangaroo or emu, meet the koalas, and snap photos of wombats, cassowaries and crocodiles while taking in the extraordinary wildlife. If you have chosen to upgrade to the breakfast with koalas (available from April 1, 2017) where the animal handler allows you to get up close and personal with a Koala and other animals during your continental breakfast.
Next up, continue your drive up into the Blue Mountains, stopping in the town of Bilpin, which is known for fruit orchards and apples. Fuel up with a morning tea that includes a slice of fresh apple pie, then continue deep into the northern portion of Blue Mountains National Park.
Your guide takes you off-the-beaten-track to the best spots to admire a stunning landscape of eucalyptus forests, sandstone formations and craggy ravines. Follow well-marked trails during short walks and admire the scenery at Govetts Leap Lookout, Bridal Veil Falls and the Three Sisters, among other scenic locations. In the afternoon, stroll through a rainforest for another perspective on the region’s ecology.
For lunch, stop for a two-course meal at the Hydro Majestic Hotel, an architecturally magnificent building that overlooks Megalong Valley. You can either eat a relaxed bite at the Boiler House Cafe (drinks available for purchase), or choose to dine at the elegant Echoes Restaurant, which comes with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink.
Throughout the day, your guide shares informative commentary about the region’s natural history and human inhabitants, from Aboriginal peoples to colonial settlers. Your private tour can be personalized to spend more time at your favorite places. At the end of the day, your guide returns you to your Sydney hotel.
Set on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, Echoes Restaurant has panoramic windows taking in the mountains, sandstone cliffs and rainforest valleys. The views stretch over the Jamison Valley all the way to Mittagong, 50 miles (80 km) away. Enjoy a two-course lunch from the high-quality Modern Australian menu, featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients such as pistachio-crumbed chicken and pan-roasted fish, accompanied by a glass of beer, wine or soft drink (included).
Boiler House Cafe
The Bolier House Cafe at the Hydro Majestic offers magnificent views over the Megalong Valley, The menu features traditional pizza, pasta and Australian cuisine showcasing regional produce from the Blue Mountains. A 2-course lunch is included. Drinks are available for purchase.