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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
From US$ 161.09
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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip from Sydney
From US$ 161.09
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 2.5-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 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.
Reviews (92)
1 - 5 of 43 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Tour

Paul (owner/operator) provided an excellent day adventure with the boat cruise in the park. He pointed out several interesting aboriginal sites. The vehicle trip the park was just as informative and he is totally acknowledgeable of the history of the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank William M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Time well spent in beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

We enjoyed a combination of boating and a short walking tour to see the natural beauty of the park and see/learn about Aboriginal culture and markings. Paul was a lovely host, talking us through the details of what we were seeing. He brought the group...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jenniferlynnnoll
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Phenomenal Tour! Beautiful and Informative!

I'd been recommended to go to the Ku-ring-gai Chase national park by a friend and this is the only tour guide company to have exclusive access to this kind of tour. The tour guide team, Paul, Robert and Rodney were lovely and took care of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank alexjarvis1994
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile
A beautiful day

As a career tour guide myself I appreciate how thoughtful, invested and passionate our guide (and owner of the company) was. We saw incredible scenery, and amazing aboriginal artefacts. The host was well informed, sensitive and respectful of his subject matter and highly entertaining. A...More

Thank marissaraen
Reviewed 29 October 2018
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

We booked our trip through a travel agent, Aspire Down Under, Megan O'Brien was awesome. If it wasn't for our travel agent, we probably wouldn't have booked this tour. This was probably one of the best tours we had during our trip to Australia. Paul,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank V S
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