Sydney's Northern Natural Wonders Tour
Tour itinerary and highlights:
- Private luxury touring
- Morning tea at West Head overlooking Barrenjoey Headland, Broken Bay and the Pacific Ocean
- Explore Aboriginal rock engravings and art of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
- Luxurious 3 course lunch at the Jonah’s Restaurant
- Explore the delightful little-visited Northern Beaches of Sydney
- Awe-inspiring views of the Sydney Harbour entrance and Sydney city at North Head above Manly
This spectacular region forms Sydney’s northern boundary, a classic mix of sandstone, bushland and water vistas, taking in over 100km of coastline of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River.
8.00AM Departing from the hotel with AEA Luxury Tours we travel out to Sydney’s Northern Suburbs and our first stop of the morning at Ku-ring-gai National Park, approximately 1 hour from your city hotel. This spectacular 14,928-hectare park, 20 to 30km from the city centre, forms Sydney’s northern boundary. It’s a classic mix of sandstone, bushland and water vistas, taking in over 100km of coastline along the southern edge of Broken Bay, where it heads into the Hawkesbury River. Remnants of pre-colonial Aboriginal life are visible today thanks to the preservation of more than 800 sites, including rock paintings, middens and cave art.
We will enter the park and travel alongside the tranquil waterways, past Akuna Bay Marina home to luxury boats and then on up to West Head Lookout. Here the views from the lookout vantage point are simply breathtaking across Pittwater to Barrenjoey Headland, the Hawkesbury River and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. After enjoying the views, your guide will discuss “bush tucker” and bush medicines and you will possibly have a chance to see wallabies and goannas and an extensive range of native birds and wildflowers (seasonal). We then enjoy a delightful Australian Bush morning tea/coffee and refreshments.
After morning tea, we drive a short distance to explore areas with vivid Aboriginal Rock Engravings that are believed to be thousands of years old. Ku-ring-gai National Park has one of the highest concentrations of art sites found in Australia. Primarily these are engravings in the sandstone and relate to hunting and initiation stories from the Guringai people who lived in this area at the time of European settlement in 1788. An explanation of their significance, meaning and how the art was created is given.
Departing the National Park, we head down to the spectacular coast enjoying the Pittwater views as we travel through the picturesque suburb of Church Point with its million dollar homes. Wilder and more distant than Sydney’s eastern strands, the Northern Beaches are a must-see, especially for surfers. Although you’ll most likely approach them as part of a day trip, they’re very much a part of the city, with the suburbs pushing right up to the water’s edge. Some neighbourhoods are ritzier than others, but what they all have in common is a devotion to the beach.
We arrive at our lunch destination Whale Beach. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch (food only) at Jonah’s Restaurant – perched on the cliff top overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Jonah’s main dining room offers uninterrupted views of the ocean with floor to ceiling glass windows. This multi award winning restaurant showcases a seasonal menu offering the finest local produce. On conclusion of lunch, we depart Whale Beach and commence our return to the city, heading along the coastline via Curl Curl and Manly beaches. We pause at North Head for stunning views back across the harbour entrance to Sydney city. Then on to Manly Cove and back to the city via Spit Bridge, Balmoral Beach and back roads through the exclusive and quaint north shore suburbs of Mosman, Cremorne and Neutral Bay. Crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge, we arrive back in the city for approximately 5.00PM
About Ku-ring-gai National Park
Ku-Ring-Gai National Park is a mesmerising oasis nestled on the outskirts of Sydney. This natural wonderland, spanning over 15,000 hectares, is a haven of awe-inspiring landscapes, ancient Aboriginal heritage, and a playground for both locals and travellers seeking to reconnect with nature’s splendour.
Prepare to be captivated as you step into a realm of untouched beauty. Majestic sandstone cliffs tower above, adorned with vibrant flora that blankets the rolling hills. The air is infused with the sweet fragrance of eucalyptus, enticing you to embark on an unforgettable journey of exploration and discovery.
The history of Ku-Ring-Gai National Park is steeped in rich cultural significance. The traditional custodians of this land, the Guringai people, have inhabited these lands for thousands of years. Their profound connection to the land is evident in the rock engravings and sacred sites that dot the park, telling stories of ancient traditions and spiritual rituals.
About Ku-Ring-Gai’s Flora & Fauna
Ku-Ring-Gai National Park is also a sanctuary for an incredible array of flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the amusing antics of kangaroos bouncing over the grasslands as you tour the park, as well as the graceful flight of local birds, whose colourful plumage adds splashes of colour to the sky. If you’re lucky, you might even see the elusive platypus or a dozing koala resting in the canopy of eucalyptus trees.
One of the park’s crown jewels is the iconic Resolute Beach, a hidden gem that invites you to unwind upon its pristine shores. Sink your toes into the soft sand, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, and let the rhythmic lapping of the waves soothe your soul. As you gaze out onto the sparkling waters, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the national park, you’ll understand why this destination holds a special place in the hearts of locals and travellers alike.
Ku-Ring-Gai National Park is more than just a destination; it’s a sanctuary that ignites a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat, an exhilarating outdoor adventure, or a deeper connection to the land’s ancient heritage, this enchanting park offers an abundance of experiences that cater to all.
About Sydney’s Northern Beaches
Sydney’s Northern Beaches are where paradise meets the sea in a symphony of sun, surf, and endless adventure. Nestled along the stunning coastline, this coastal haven beckons with its breathtaking beauty, vibrant culture, and a deep-rooted sense of community that captivates both locals and travellers alike.
Imagine pristine stretches of sandy shores, kissed by the golden rays of the sun. Each beach has its own unique charm, inviting you to dip your toes in the azure waters, bask in the warmth of the sun, and surrender to the rhythm of the ocean’s gentle embrace. From the iconic waves of Manly Beach, where surfers carve through the swells with grace and skill, to the secluded coves of Palm Beach, framed by dramatic cliffs and lush greenery, each beach has a story to tell and a slice of paradise to offer.
But Sydney’s Northern Beaches are more than just sun, sand, and surf. They hold a captivating history, deeply rooted in Indigenous heritage and European settlement. The ancient Aboriginal communities once thrived along these shores, leaving behind a rich tapestry of stories and traditions that echo through the land. As you explore the area, you’ll encounter ancient rock engravings and significant cultural sites, connecting you to the profound heritage of this sacred land.
The Northern Beaches boast a vibrant and eclectic culture, where a laid-back coastal lifestyle merges seamlessly with a thriving arts and food scene. Indulge in the coastal chic atmosphere of Manly, with its bustling esplanade dotted with trendy cafés, boutique shops, and lively bars. Immerse yourself in the vibrant markets and festivals that celebrate local artisans and their craft. From vibrant street art that adorns hidden laneways to the tantalising flavours of fresh seafood and farm-to-table cuisine, the Northern Beaches are a sensory delight.
Inclusions: Private touring as per itinerary, morning tea, Jonahs Whale Beach lunch (food only), National Park fees.
Departures: Daily from Sydney City Hotels. Recommended pick up at 8:30am and returns to hotels at approximately 5:00pm.
Why Choose AEA Luxury Tours ?
With 30 Years of Experience, AEA Luxury Tours (Australian Eco Adventures Pty Ltd) has been providing complete luxury small group and private touring packages including Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and beyond to other regions in New South Wales and beyond right across this huge continental island.
The AEA Luxury Tours Difference
Travel in luxury with AEA – the most experienced tour operator in New South Wales
Friendly, experienced guides
Small groups, unique stops
A big part of luxury is making your trip a pleasure. That’s why we keep our groups small and do everything possible to avoid over-crowded destinations.
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From our custom Mercedes sprinter vans to our focus on making your trip special, everything we do promotes exceptional comfort and enjoyment.
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