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

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Sydney, Australia

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Full-day tour of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, from Sydney
  • Access remote locations that can only be reached by boat during a 3-hour catamaran cruise
  • Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and samples of favorite Aussie snacks and bush tucker
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 22 people allows for a more customized experience with your local guide
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Morning and afternoon tea refreshments
Local guide
Pickup and drop-off from Sydney CBD hotels and Circular Quay for Manly based guests
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup and drop-off from Sydney CBD hotels and Circular Quay for Manly.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
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.
Pass By:  
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Headed just 45 minutes north to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Stop At:  
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase
An immersive scenic drive through the National Park to West Head Lookout
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
West Head Lookout
See the spectacular view of Broken Bay including Lion Island, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm Beach, migrating whales, and more
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Akuna Bay
Sydney's most exclusive marina set in the middle of the pristine landscape of the National Park
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Arrive at Akuna Bay for 2.5 hour scenic cruise
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase
A visit to one of Sydney's most significant Aboriginal rock art sites where you will receive interpretation of images over 5,000 years old
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sydney Harbour
Return bus trip back to Sydney
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sydney Outback Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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  • "I would recommended this tour highly for everyone vacationing in the Sydney area." See review


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Peaceful River Cruise
, Feb 2020
Very relaxing tour to a lovely example of wild Australia. Loved the Aboriginal rock carvings and paintings on the cliffs along the river. Very peaceful
Nice informative tour..
Nitish J
, Dec 2019
It is a very nice informative tour, good to know about the aboriginals. One should try it atleast once. Also it is a bit over priced so may be they should look to reduce its price to attract more tourists.
A complaint
Subimal S
, Dec 2019
The operator promised “morning and afternoon tea refreshments”. There was neither! All that was provided was a banana and a bottle of mineral water mid morning. Lunch could have been better organized
Ku-ring-gai Tour
, Nov 2019
Very interesting tour - the guide, Paul, was VERY knowledgeable and entertaining. This tour included a cruise of the bay in the park and aboriginal sites and a lunch. We learned alot. I would recommended this tour highly for everyone vacationing in the Sydney area.
Excellent Tour
, Oct 2019
This is an all day tour broken into three main parts, each part was totally different and totally wonderful. I highly recommend this.
, Oct 2019
Cruise was good and relaxing, however, did not see any hidden waterfalls and remote beaches and also did not get any morning and afternoon tea.
The relaxing day
, Sep 2019
Our guide was wonderful, accommodating all the needs each of us had. Easy walk and relaxing boat ride. Thank you!
A most amazing experience
Jane L
, Jun 2019
Paul was absolutely amazing. His knowledge of the park was outstanding. His explanation of aboriginal sites was clear, informative, and respectful of the culture. He allowed adequate time to appreciate and explore the sites visited during the tour. Do this one!
Lovely day out in a beautiful place with wonderful guides!
, May 2019
Our guides brought us to locations that were full of natural beauty, and also some that are significant ritual sites for the aboriginal people. The best thing is that the leader of the tour has cultivated a special relationship with the local aboriginal elders, and so he was able to show us places that most others have never seen. I loved the boat ride as well, and it was a privilege seeing the rock paintings, which you can't see unless you approach them from a boat -- and know where they are. Thank you!
Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip from Sydney
, Apr 2019
Absolutely wonderful day! We saw jellyfish and flying fish. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Great tour!

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