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Starting no later then 7.30 am to avoid the traffic, we're straight off to Australia's own Grand Canyon for a eventful day packed with close wildlife encounters, spectacular vistas and explorative walks. Morning tea with wild kangaroos deep in the Australian bush.Â
On our circuit hike along the Jamison Valley today we'll discover waterfalls, magnificent canyons, eucalyptus and rainforests and an abundance of local birds. The true beauty of the Jamison speaks for itself at the famous Three Sisters.
After an Aussie picnic at our secret hideaway, we descent halfway down the remote Grose Valley for spectaculair and interrupted vistas over Mount Banks, the Bridal Veil Falls and Pulpit Rock. In the afternoon, we drive up the Great Dividing RangeÂ and into the Central Tablelands to enjoy the solitude and beauty of country NSW, before arriving at one of the world's most spectacular limestone cave formations of the Jenolan Karst.
Having settled into our room of the charming, heritage listed Jenolan Caves House, it is time of another highlight: a walk around the fairy-like Blue Lake for a realistic chance to see the resident platypus in the wild!Â
Optional activity: a night tour of the Jenolan Caves
Accommodation: Jenolan Caves House Â
After a hearty breakfast at our hotel, we're straight off to another highlight in yet another national park within the Great Blue Mountains World Heritage Area: the Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Â A refreshing walk along the valley ridge seamed with silver banksia, bright red mountain devils and white flowering hakeas offers unparalleled views across one of Australiaâ€™s most spectacular landscapes with its waterfalls, exposed spikes of ancient rocks and misty mountains. In the depths of the gorge, spot an Australian red cedar or the gorgeous flame robin. Or look up to see some soaring wedge-tail eagles.
On our way along the unsealed bush road back from the Kanangra Wall, we venture on the grassy fields around Luther and Spring Creek to get close to several grazing wombats and a mob of eastern grey kangaroos, before they turn in for the... day.
After our lunch at the historic Hartley village, we make our way via the scenic Bell's Line of Road to a remote lookout on the green slopes of Mount Banks, one of the highest points of the Blue Mountains National Park on the northern ridges of the Grose Valley. A short drive later we find ourselves amount the flowering grass trees, giant ash gums and enigmatic Wollemi pines of the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens of Mt Tomah.
Look out for the clever satin bowerbird! En-route to Sydney we'll get close and personal with koalas, emus, quokkas, echidnas and little penguins at the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park. Return to your hotel at ca. 5.30 PM, packed with memories that will last a lifetime.
Depart Sydney early heading north taking the scenic route to the world famous Hunter Valley. Visit some of the best and award winning wineries this region has to offer. Stop off at chocolate, fudge & cheese shops for the girls and the distillery and brewery for the boys. To finish the day off, set up camp on the banks of Glenbawn dam and tuck into a traditional Aussie BBQ for dinner.
After breakfast and fresh coffee head further north to the Barrington Tops National Park leaving the tarmac behind. Spend the day on the dirt exploring the Barrington Tops Wilderness area including Polblue Falls and Thunderbolts lookout. Make camp far from the lights of the city. Dinner is cooked in camp ovens on an open fire and all are welcome to learn and help prepare and cook. After dinner and dessert cooked on the fire, sit back relax and marvel at the brightness of the stars.
Today, head into the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park area. Oxley Wile Rivers National Park is full of waterfalls, gorges and wild rivers among vast tracts of world heritage wilderness. This park is rugged and beautiful with the gorge system being the predominant feature of this park boasting high granite cliffs and plummeting waterfalls. The largest waterfall is the Dangars Falls, dropping about 120m to the forest floor. Wildlife is plentiful in the area so keep an eye out for grey kangaroos, wallaroos, red-necked wallabies, brush-tailed rock-wallabies and red-necked pademelons, koalas, bats, wombats, bandicoots, spotted-tail quolls, brushtail possums, sugar gliders, platypuses, echidnas and dingoes. The bird life does not disappoint either with wedge-tailed eagles, peregrine falcons, square-tailed kite and sea eagle, all seen regularly.
This is one of the best nights sleep you will have waking up to the numerous bird calls is a great way to start the day, along with fresh coffee.
Today leave the forest behind and jump back on the black top and head for one of the best camp sites in the whole of Australia. Pebbly Beach camp ground is located right on the beach front and is protected from the southerly swells by a headland. Access to this fantastic site is 4WD only as you enter the beach at Station Creek. This is a tidal creek and only passable at low tide so you may need to wait for the tides for access. There are no set activities planned for this day so you have free time to explore the beach, swim, fish or just relax in the sun.
Today is a relaxing and easy start (tide dependent) as you pack up and slowly make your way back to Sydney.
Day 1 The Blue Mountains is a World Heritage Area. Your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region. Departing from the city our first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill a working farm including Kangaroos, Emu, Wombat and Koala. We have time to enjoy morning tea and wander at leisure.
From Calmsley Hill we continue onto a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.
We arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation. From here, you are taken to your accommodation to check in. The remainder of the day at is free at leisure to relax and explore. Lunch is own cost today.
Day 2 We will collect you at 8:30am and travel around the mountains, stopping at Govetts Leap for spectacular Escarpment views. We then continue onto Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where we have a short walk through the gardens enjoying expansive views followed by morning tea/coffee refreshments. From here, we make our way through to Bilpin and onto the Hunter Valley. On arrival, we enjoy a delightful lunch with glass of wine at a Vineyard CafÃ© followed by a visit to a boutique winery for tastings. We then deliver you to your accommodation to enjoy the remainder of afternoon and evening relaxing at leisure.
Day 3 After breakfast time to relax. Approximately 11.15am â€“ 11.30am you are collected from your accommodation to re-join the wine tour and continue onto Leogate Estate. This opulent cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique Hunter Valley taste. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia. Enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process. On conclusion of the tour, we enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine.
After lunch we travel to Keith Tulloch Winery. Here we will enjoy a unique wine tasting experience in collaboration with artisan chocolatier â€œCocoa Nibâ€. You will sample five handmade praline chocolates, matched to the wineries current release wine â€“ a sensational way to conclude our day in the Hunter Valley Wine Region. From here we commence our return to Sydney to arrive back at your hotels approximately 5 â€“ 5.30pm
Exclusions: Beverages with meals, Lunch & Dinner on Day 1, Dinner on Day 2
Let your private guide take you on a carefully planned tour from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, whose natural beauty will be revealed on your personalized exploration.
On this insider journey, you can see popular sights such as the Three Sisters at Echo Point in Katoomba as well as escape the crowds and find secluded angles known only to locals. Take in panoramic views at Kings Tableland, a location that wonâ€™t be full of tour buses, or visit Scenic World to ride the railway and cable car and explore the temperate rainforest (any entrance fees at your own expense). If a more active Blue Mountains experience is what you're looking for, your guide can choose a 2- to 4-hour bush walk based on weather and your fitness level.
There is also the option to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park to see koalas and kangaroos, or visit Pulpit Rock at Grose Valley, a location that few visitors have the chance to see. Or perhaps head to another secret gem called Shipley Plateau and admire the appropriately named Megalong Valley.
The choice is yours.
This tour to Australia's World Heritageâ€“listed Blue Mountains encompasses all manner of excitement, from a helicopter flight high above the rainforest canopy to a ground tour by 4-wheel-drive vehicle. You'll see the Blue Mountains from top to bottom, passing by sheer cliff faces and exploring the forest floor and caves. Admire rock formations, deep canyons, and the occasional kangaroo in Megalong Valley, and take short walks to complement your experience with an ecologist guide. This 6-hour ecotourism-accredited tour includes lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup in central Sydney for the ride to the heliport.
Your Blue Mountains adventure begins with pickup from hotels in the Sydney city center for the 20-minute minibus ride to the heliport, where you'll check in for your helicopter flight.
Listen to a comprehensive safety briefing in the spacious lounge area, and then hop aboard the helicopter. All scenic flights are recorded in real time using an onboard video system incorporating internal and external cameras, as well as a recording of your pilot's commentary and air traffic control interaction. (This video of you and your fellow passengers is available for purchase after the flight.)
Upon takeoff, enjoy panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean. and Port Botany. Within five minutes, your pilot will have you out over Sydney Harbour, flying past icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House before heading west, following the Parramatta River to Blue Mountains National Park, where you'll touchdownÂ at Katoomba Airfield in the Australian bush.
Your rocks to rainforest 4WD tour starts here, where you'll meet your eco-guide and board a luxury 4-wheel-drive vehicle for the chance to experience the remote wilderness of the Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage area. As you're taken away from the typical tourist destinations, you can decide if you want to stay in the vehicle during this journey, or hop out to take a short bush walk with your guide.Â You'll have views of escarpments, rock formations, deep canyons, ancient rainforest landscapes, and maybe even a kangaroo in Megalong Valley.
Then enjoy a gourmet sandwich lunch in either a cave or in the rainforest, depending on the weather that day. Return to your helicopter for the flight back to Sydney, reflecting on the new sights, experiences, and wealth of knowledge you gained about the Blue Mountains and the native vegetation and wildlife.
This morning you will fly to the Hunter Valley, renowned for its wine and stunning scenery. On arrival at the Sydney Airport helipad, you'll receive a safety briefing and have plenty of time to take photos before boarding your flight. During the flight you will be able to hear the pilot point out all the must-see sights and talk to each other through your headset.
The one-hour helicopter flight to the Hunter Valley takes you over Sydney’s iconic landmarks and harbour, with amazing views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, then follows the coastline along the northern beaches to Palm Beach. As Pittwater emerges below, the flight heads inland to the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters, before passing over the Central Coast to eventually land amongst the famed vineyards of the Hunter Valley.
Enjoy a wine tasting and sample some terrific wines the Hunter is renowned for, including crisp Semillon’s and ripe Shiraz. Then take time out for lunch among vines at an award-winning restaurant. While you sip a glass from you complimentary bottle of wine the chef will prepare a three-course gourmet lunch using the best local and seasonal produce.
Your decadent day ends with your return helicopter flight to Sydney -- with even more stunning aerial views!
Please note: The restaurant and lunch menu are subject to change. In the event that Talavera Grove is unavailable, an equally suitable lunch and wine tasting destination will be included.
Sydney has a great deal of diverse sights to see, whether you want to stick to classic attractions like The Rocks, Sydney Harbour, and Bondi Beach, or venture off the beaten track to discover art galleries, local eateries, quiet beaches, or cultural hotspots. Your private guide will tailor your tour to suit your interests and make sure that your day is comfortable and full of local hospitality.
You may check out destinations like the Chinese Gardens, Watson's Bay, the Sydney Opera House, Kings Cross, and the scenic Eastern Suburbs, or visit the inner west to explore village suburbs like Balmain, Leichardt, Haberfield, and Five Dock. Or, get out of the city on a day trip along the beautiful coastline, from the far north of Palm Beach to Manly to Coogee, and right down to the southern reaches of Cronulla.
The choice is yours.
Enjoy a day of luxury on this scenic helicopter flight over Australiaâ€™s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. On arrival at the Sydney Airport helipad, you'll receive a safety briefing and have plenty of time to take photos before boarding your flight.
Take off on a scenic 45-minute flight high above the city and see two of Sydneyâ€™s iconic landmarks from the air -- the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge -- before heading west over Olympic Park, the site of the 2000 Olympic Games. Enjoy commentary provided by your pilot as you head toward the Warragamba Dam and into the Jamison Valley while admiring spectacular aerial views of the Blue Mountains and the famed Three Sisters rock formation.
Land at Scenic World, a park-like setting in the Blue Mountains near the village of Katoomba that offers amazing nature experiences. Relax as you enjoy a a la carte lunch overlooking the mountains. Then, hop on board the Scenic Railway, one of the steepest incline railways in the world, as you descend to the ancient rainforest floor. Or, take the Scenic Cableway, one of the steepest aerial cable cars in the Southern Hemisphere, across the Jamison Valley.
Once at the bottom, follow the signs through the rainforest and take a walk along the boardwalks of the Scenic Walkway. Stroll through the lush rainforest and keep an eye out for native birds and other animals as you take in the gorgeous scenery.
Board the cableway or railway and head back up to the top, where the helipad at Scenic World is located, and board the helicopter for your return flight to Sydney.
With an early morning start, depart Sydney CBD for 1 hour and 45 minute drive to the stunning Blue Mountains.
As you make your way there, make sure to take in the stunning sights of Sydney as your guide gives you run down of the options to choose for your day of canyoning and abseiling.
Your canyoning and abseiling adventure involves abseiling down waterfalls, rock jumps and rock slides. All equipment is provided including harnesses, helmets, descending devices and backpacks. The activities included a full day at Butterbox Canyon, or a combination of beginner friendly or advanced abseiling followed by Empress canyon.Â
Tour includes professional guides, lunch and Sydney CBD transfers. This is a full day activity and requires a moderate level of fitness with a maximum of one guide to four participants.
Return to Sydney at approximately 5:30pm (depending on activity).
Be collected from your hotel in the morning and head out on an eventful day packed with close encounters, vistas and walks. Take a walk and discover the true beauty of the Jamison and Gross Valleys, Australia's Grand Canyon. Shorter and longer walks of approximately 1-2 hours are available, depending on your agility and the weather. Wild kangaroos, and an abundance of local birds may be spotted along the way, as well as the iconic Three Sisters, Narrowneck and other spectacular lookouts. The tour will also visit Featherdale Wildlife Park for a close encounter with all Aussie animals.
Enjoy an Aussie picnic lunch, including a gourmet sandwich (choice of wholemeal, white or Turkish bread), with choice of:
Your tour focuses on visiting smaller, more boutique wineries in the Hunter Valley offering low production but high-quality wines not widely available outside the region. You will have the opportunity to try a wide range of grape varieties, including semillon â€“ the variety for which the Hunter Valley is best known â€“ chardonnay, verdelho, shiraz and a number of others.
Departing from your Sydney CBD hotel at approximately 7:45am, you will cross Sydney Harbour Bridge and travel through the northern suburbs of the city towards the Hunter Valley. For the last 30 minutes of the journey, you will travel on a picturesque country road through rural towns and villages.
You will arrive atÂ the first winery at approximately 10:15am for yourÂ introduction toÂ Hunter Valley wine, which will include theÂ grape varieties typical of the region.
In the central Pokolbin area, youÂ can choose toÂ stop at a cheese shop where most of the cheese is made locally, and by hand - itâ€™s true artisan local product. There are also a number of other products to sample such as jams, pickles and tapenade. Feel free to order a small sample plate with four to five cheeses (at own expense).
Stay in the central area for the second winery visit, where you can enjoy more of the Hunter Valley's excellent wines through a tasting.
Stop for lunch at the Hunter Valley Gardens complex where you can choose from a number of different eateries (at own expense). There are three cafes offering pies, burgers, mixed platters and other typical Australian food. If you prefer a more formal restaurant, you can dine at The Cellar Restaurant. The Cellar is an established dining venue in the Valley, known for its modern Australian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, along with a highly regarded wine list. (A la carte and package lunch options available at The Cellar, closed Sundays, alternatives available.)
After lunch, you will head to your third winery for a tasting. For the final stop, guests can choose between a fourth winery,Â a micro-brewery where you can enjoy a beer tasting (at own expense), or a distillery for vodka and other spirits (at own expense).
Departing the Hunter Valley at approximately 3:45pm, you return to Sydney CBD at approximately 6:15pm.
Travel along scenic coastal and country roads - including the Grand Pacific Drive and Sea Cliff Bridge - for incredible views of the ocean and the lush hilly countryside for which the region is famous. Visit typical Australian beach side towns and villages for an insight into regional communities past and present. Optional activities include swimming and coastal walks.
Departing from Sydney CBD at 7:45am, this tour first travels through the city's southern suburbs and then along a section of the renowned Grand Pacific Drive, one of Australiaâ€™s great coastal drives. Here, stop at a clifftop viewpoint (and popular parasailing and hang gliding launch point) for views of the coastline and the Illawarra Escarpment, which dominates the landscape of the region. Pass through typical Australian beach side communities, with time for you to dip your toes in the water or take a quick swim. Drive, or walk, along the Sea Cliff Bridge, a stretch of the coast road jutting out from the cliff-side and considered a marvel of modern engineering.
Next, veer inland slightly and pass through an agricultural region â€“ famed for its green rolling hills and dairy industry â€“ on your way to Kiama, one of the South Coastâ€™s most pleasant coastal towns. Stop at a headland to take in the town and coastline and view the famed Blowhole, where, when the conditions are right, the sea surges up through a gap in the dark volcanic rock. Stay in Kiama for lunch (at own expense). The town has a range of eateries to suit most tastes and budgets. You can also take a stroll along the main streets, which feature heritage buildings and craft shops.
Leave Kiama and make your final stop in the town of Wollongong, the regionâ€™s commercial and industrial center. Although known for its steel industry, Wollongong draws visitors to its appealing waterfront precinct, the â€œBlue Mileâ€. Enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, at the headland cannon batteries reflect the importance of the town in years past, and the steel plant can be viewed sitting incongruously along the sandy coastline. Further along, the peaceful harbor â€“ with its two lighthouses, tranquil beach and cafes â€“ is aÂ popularÂ placeÂ for rest and relaxation. From here, make the return journey to Sydney, arriving back around 4:45pm.