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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip from Sydney

Highlights
  • 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
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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip from Sydney
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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip from Sydney
USD 162.30
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.
What to Expect
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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ku-Ring-Gai is a must

We spent a beautiful sunny winter day on this tour (July) to Ku-Ring-Gai. We had an opportunity to learn a lot about Australia and the Aboriginal culture. The places we visited were not packed with tourists (like when you go to Blue Mountains) so it...More

Thank Ula G
Sydney O, Owner at Sydney Outback, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your review, Ula. We really appreciate that you chose our Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer Tour and Cruise for one of your tour experiences while staying in Sydney - even if it was just a short stay (this time!). We love the...More

Reviewed 14 July 2018
Great Day Trip

The tour vendor was Sydney Outback Tours and they provided a great tour. Paul and Jeff provided excellent history of the Aboriginal sites and the boat cruise (piloted by Ron) was simply amazing as we were able to see art in the river sandstone. Best...More

1  Thank cmccord910
Sydney O, Owner at Sydney Outback, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Cedric, the team really appreciate the encouragement and feedback from your tour on our Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer Tour and Cruise in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Your words "Best land and water tour we have had. A must see when visiting Sydney" is the...More

Reviewed 8 July 2018
A relaxing and interesting day

Paul and his team took us to one of Sydney's hidden Gems! They showed us scenic splendor, interesting artifacts and gave us an insight into the ways of the Aboriginal peoples. The views of Palm Beach, Lion Island and the Barrenjoey Lighthouse from West Head...More

1  Thank Ian W
Sydney O, Owner at Sydney Outback, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor - we really believe this is a special corner of Sydney, indeed of Australia. It means a lot to us that you enjoyed your time with us. Travel safely - and a big...More

Reviewed 14 June 2018
My favorite Sydney activity!

I was extremely impressed by the amount of care and consideration taken by the organizers to build this trip. It was extraordinarily unique and off the beaten path, which is exactly what great trips are made of! First, we were picked up from the Sydney...More

1  Thank aquamarine1615
Paul P, Owner at Sydney Outback, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about our tour. We have worked hard at trying to make each guest feel just like you did! It makes us feel good, too, when guests say this was one of their favourite - it not the...More

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase is a hidden gem!

A really interesting day! This trip was given as a birthday present and we knew nothing of what to expect. The pick up from the hotel was a little late but it took no time to get to the National Park and both Paul, the...More

1  Thank Rosemary H
Paul P, Owner at Sydney Outback, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed the day and, by the sound of it, you had a great birthday! While sometimes the pickups can be later than expected, given Sydney's traffic congestion and construction in the CBD at the moment, we do work hard...More

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