Our Blue Mountains tour Sydney offers you an opportunity to visit the amazing wilderness that is at Sydney’s doorstep. The area is an amazing world heritage listed wilderness at the door of a world-class city of 5 million people (only 70kms from the Sydney CBD). The National Park is mostly virgin bush, and with an area of 2690 square kilometres, is larger than the country of Luxembourg. The Greater Blue Mountains area at 11,400 square kms is larger than countries such as Lebanon and Jamaica. Explorers and convict labour carved out access to the area roughly 200 years ago. Many of its roads are constructed from the beautiful Hawkesbury sandstone that abounds in the area. Back then it took 21 days to travel from Sydney. The route now takes an hour and a half.
Our Blue Mountains feature one of the world’s largest eucalyptus forests with beautiful steep yellow Hawkesbury sandstone cliffs, deep green forested valleys and fresh clean mountain air. It is called the “Blue” Mountains due to the slight blue colour seen from a distance, as a result of the forest’s evaporating eucalyptus oil. The national park sports a great diversity of wildlife including flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world. In addition to possibly seeing kangaroos, you may be lucky enough to see goannas, black or sulphur crested cockatoos, rosellas, rainbow lorikeets or other Australian fauna.
We stop at excellent viewpoints to look out over the valley floor and brilliantly coloured sandstone cliff walls. Here we see amazing landscapes, breathtaking scenery, possibly see some kangaroos, native birds (including cockatoos, magpies, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, galahs and king parrots) and other wildlife. People come to admire, bushwalk, orienteer, rockclimb, abseil, mountain bike, horse ride and basically get back to nature. Its clean air and natural beauty are a drawcard for people from all over the world. Katoomba, the area’s largest town, is home to the world’s steepest railway, an ex mining railway.
There are a number of sights that one must see when coming to the Mountains. It is home to the Three Sisters, a rugged formation of three rocky outcrops that stand side by side near Echo Point. Another point of interest is Wentworth Falls which when flowing well sends a stream of water flowing over its side. Both allow spectacular views of the sandstone cliffs the area is famous for.
The Sydney mountains tour is completely yours and we can either design a tour for you or you can tell us where you wish to go. We can tailor it for those who wish to walk challenging trails or those with young kids or seniors in their party. The choice is yours.
We have two standard options.
The first, our Sydney Blue Mountains Tour Highlights includes:
Our second option includes a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park.
We can also arrange to take you to Jenolan Caves to experience a guided cave tour by a specialist cave guide.
Echo Point is a highlight on any trip to the Mountains. This provides a stop to see the amazing colours of the sandstone cliffs as well as a rock formation known as the ‘Three Sisters’ because it appears as three sandstone roughly pillar shaped sandstone rocks.
This location offers spectacular views of the waterfall and sandstone escarpment with an option to walk to the top of the waterfall. Lyre birds and parrots are occasionally seen in the area.
The scenic railway takes you to the base of the forest floor and offers the steepest railway in the world at a 52 degree incline, allowing you to look directly down upon the valley far below. To get back up again, the cable car is a nice option. Then you cross from one side of the valley to the other using the Skyway. We include the cost of all three rides in your tour price.
Featherdale Wildlife Park specialises in Australian native wildlife and has all your favourites including kangaroos, koalas, echidna, platypus, wombats, saltwater crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, emu, wallabies, quokkas, dingo, etc. Here, for an additional fee, you can even pat a koala and feed kangaroos. Our tour price includes entrance to Featherdale Wildlife Park (2nd option above).
Jenolan Caves offers a large limestone cave area on the far side of the Mountains where it is possible to take guided tours of some caves and we may see some wild kangaroos. Because we only use small vehicles, we can use alternative routes to access the caves when the main road closes as happens from time to time.
Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, water bottle and a jacket. At over one kilometre above sea level, it is generally about 6 degrees cooler that Sydney city.
To request information about our Sydney Blue Mountains tour or any of our other tours, please contact us.
Our Sydney Northern Beaches Tour shows a paradise within a city. Led by a Sydneysider who grew up there, you will be in for a treat. With stunning beaches, breathtaking waterways, mind blowing scenery and a laid back seaside culture, it is difficult to find a comparison anywhere else in the world. In fact, there are likely only a few modern cities with a population of 5 million or more offering beautiful safe swimming beaches in a climate where the city’s people can enjoy them.
Our Northern Beaches are linked to the rest of the city by only 3 access points (Spit Bridge, Roseville Bridge and Mona Vale Rd) making it a little secluded from the rest of our metropolis ensuring its unique culture remains. This northern sydney peninsular is a treat with sandy foreshores, beautiful bush, pure water and air so clean you need to breathe it to believe it.
Asking which of our beaches is best is possibly only a question for people who have not visited the area. Some are better for surfing such as Long Reef with its great break, others are sheltered for swimming such as Freshwater and whilst some are relatively secluded, beaches like Manly and Dee Why have restaurants and cafes overlooking them.
In addition to the surf side beaches, the area is known for its splendid waterways and offers a lake, 2 lagoons and 2 major waterways in the form of Pittwater and Sydney Harbour.
The Northern Peninsula is synonymous with water activities. It boasts 30 kilometres of beautiful golden sandy coastline and picture perfect scenery. From the Norfolk pine fringed Manly beach-side to the palm trees of Palm Beach, the area is a recreational heaven. You will pass sparkling waterways where boats bob up and down in the calm sparkling waters. Moreover, people swim, surf, body surf, snorkel, sail, kayak, windsurf, boat and fish throughout the area. Furthermore, many people jog, run and cycle taking in the area’s clean salted air. What’s more, surf life savers patrol every major Sydney beach.
The insular peninsula, as it is known, is a great equaliser. Whilst some of the most expensive real estate is there and it is a popular place to live for some of the city’s movers and shakers, the people are really down to earth. The ex prime minister Tony Abbott was often interviewed coming out of the surf in just his Speedos. People from all walks of life go into the fish and chip shops in just their swimmers and thongs.
In addition to the wonderful water, the area has more than its share of bush in the for of national parks and leafy suburbs. Ku-ring-gai National Park at the Northern extreme of the Beaches offers stunning views and untouched bush. It offers small secluded beaches where at times you will be on your own after a long walk through the bush. Throughout our Northern Beaches Tour you will be surprised at the amount of greenery in the suburbs we pass.
A tour of this area is a fascinating way to see a side of this city that many people never experience. Visit the amazing beaches and bush of the north. Explore the beautiful flora and amazing fauna and maybe see a wallaby, water dragon (a large lizard) or even a goanna (a larger lizard). We are to our knowledge, the only private beaches tour that takes you to where the wallabies live. See the beautiful harbours and sandy shores. Walk around the small rock pools and possibly see small sea life (such as sea anemones and small crabs).
Some of the highlights of our beaches tour are:
Did you know?
Freshwater Beach was the birthplace of surfing in Australia when a Hawaiian surfer, Duke Kahanamoku started showing off what he could do with a surfboard he’d made himself 100 years ago.
What to bring on your Northern Beaches Sydney tour.
Bring your swimming costumes and towel (if you wish to swim). Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, water bottle and a jacket.
Please contact us for more information about our Northern Beaches tour or any other of our tours.
Come and tour Sydney’s Northern Beaches with someone who grew up there.