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

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    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 2.5-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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Centrally located Sydney hotels
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 4:30pm
    • Morning and afternoon tea refreshments
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Pickup and drop-off from Sydney CBD hotels and Circular Quay for Manly based guests
    • Entry/Admission - Ku-Ring-Gai Chase
    • Entry/Admission - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Sydney Harbour
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please bring walking shoes and a camera
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    What an amazing day out! You really get a taste of the Sydney landscape when the first fleet arrived. Loved the boat trip so special to experience such unspoilt beauty. I felt very privileged to see the fascinating rock carvings. There was 13 people on the tour all from overseas
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    My husband and I participated in the tour in early September, just missed a rainy week according to our guide. Our group was not too big (8 people not including our guide; I appreciate the more personal setting since we got to know one another better and ask our guide questions
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    Pros- Beautiful trip through the forest and river area. Way better than the Blue Mountains. Most amazing outing on our trip to Sydney. Aboriginal Carvings - fascinating! We had an archeologist from the states on our tour and everything Paul stated was backed up by her. Cons- A
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    Thank you Paul. We can’t praise your tour enough. This was a wonderful introduction to aboriginal culture and outback flora. The water excursion was unforgettable especially the rock painting. Likewise the carvings were stupendous.
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    Did this tour with my mother and it was amazing great sites and places to visit. Very well planned very knowledgeable tour guide - Paul!
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