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Our most recommended New South Wales Off the beaten track

Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

1. Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

Set off on a unique trip in Byron Bay that includes swimming, inspiring discussions, a hearty lunch, and awe-inspiring views. Explore a waterfall in Nightcap National Park and see glowworms during a magical experience. Start your adventure with pickup at Byron Visitor Center. From there, head to a waterfall for a refreshing swim. Then, observe magical glow worms and learn more about them. An easy guided walk, amongst ancient trees, will take you to one of the highest waterfalls in the region for some breathtaking views. Later, refuel with a healthy vegetarian/vegan-friendly dinner in nature. Head back to Byron rejuvenated after a day filled with conscious talks, inspirational ideas, and live sacred instrument sessions in between. Leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for what the region and its people are really about.

Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

2. Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

Uncork unexpected and unique experiences on a tour of Australia's Hunter Valley. Your 7-hour tour includes multiple wine tastings, a cheese and wine masterclass, a mystery wine experience, chocolate and wine pairings, a generous lunch, a glass of wine, and a tour of a working brewery. Go off the beaten track with your small group and find great Hunter wines that exist beyond the shelves of a bottle shop. Don’t expect to go on the path well-traveled—it’s too busy there, and there’s no room for surprises.   Speaking of surprises, did the mystery wine experience catch your eye? Your tour includes a unique wine encounter that is not available to your average walk-in wine-taster. The mystery wine experience is designed to build your wine knowledge while getting you involved, having a few laughs, and teaching you what makes Hunter Valley wine unique.   Your best day ever wouldn’t be complete without the dream weavers: knowledgeable guides are a huge part of what makes your day unforgettable. They’re passionate locals who love their wine and the Hunter Valley. So, are you ready for the best day ever?

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

3. Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

After a lazy start to your morning in Sydney, embark upon a truly special day in one of the most spectacular world heritage listed national parks, the Blue Mountains. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the Sydney metropolis and avoid the peak hour traffic, driving west towards the national park. Once there, you will explore the Blue Mountains National Park, with the regular tourist buses long gone, you will be left alone to soak in the golden hours before sunset. On your Blue Mountains tour, you will learn all about the native flora and fauna as well as the indigenous people of the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains has a very special indigenous dream-time creation story linked to the national park. Upon arriving in the Blue Mountains, you will commence an awe-inspiring scenic bush walk overlooking the breathtaking Jamison Valley. You will make your way to a sensational lookout across one of the most remarkable waterfalls in Australia, Wentworth Falls. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at one of the perfect lookouts chosen by your experienced tour guide. This is where you will have a closer look at the iconic Three Sisters sandstone formation. You can enjoy your Blue Mountains sunset whilst overlooking amazing views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, and Narrow Neck Plateau. Your guide will take you to some terrific vantage points, allowing for the perfect sunset photo opportunities.

From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

4. From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

Kick off the day with a relaxing break at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs, a group of thermal mineral pools complete with reflexology walk, Turkish hamam, sauna, cold plunge pool, and the iconic Hilltop Pool which boasts a 360-degree view of the region. Head up to Arthurs Seat where you will admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. The final stop is an iconic local attraction, the Peninsula Bathing Boxes. Found on beaches along the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, these renowned bathing boxes are set against the wonderful backdrop of the crystal-blue ocean. This is one scene from the day to be remembered.

Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

5. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up from central Melbourne in the morning and drive to the launch field. Walk to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed to get in the air.  Board the hot air balloon and after a short safety briefing, soar up into the sky. Admire stunning views of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, parks, and botanical gardens from above.  Be amazed by how gentle ballooning is and take part in the adventure of floating in the wind. Enjoy the warm rays of the early morning sun along with fascinating views. Share this unforgettable and unique experience with family and friends.  See how sometimes the best light comes on cloudy days when the sun manages to penetrate and cast lovely light in different areas. With three airports, the bay to the South and a huge metropolitan area, Melbourne is a very technical location to fly over.  Watch as the pilot uses the winds at different heights to guide the flight to a safe landing spot. Balloons float in the wind so you will end up in a different location from where the flight started. Meet the ground crew at the landing spot. Return to your accommodation in central Melbourne after the ballooning gear is put away. 

Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

6. Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Get bird's eye views of Melbourne and its surroundings at sunrise as you float over the city in a hot air balloon. Melbourne is the only major city around the world that you can traverse by hot air balloon. Help to inflate the hot air balloon at the start of your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, drift over the parks and gardens that make Melbourne the world’s most livable city. Look down onto iconic sports venues, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Park, and Albert Park, home to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Treat a loved one to a romantic gift and get a unique peek at the city from above. Upgrade to a sparkling wine breakfast at the end of your flight for the ultimate experience.

Melbourne Laneways Tour

7. Melbourne Laneways Tour

Immerse yourself in the local culture and make the most of your visit to Melbourne. Explore the city’s cool laneways on a tour with a local guide. Discover a selection of secret galleries, hidden shops, and laneway cafés. On this unique walking tour of Melbourne you’ll get a feel for the city that only comes with spending time with a knowledgeable local. During the small-group tour, experience a mix of history, architecture, street art, galleries, shops, interesting stories, and more.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

8. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

Begin the day with an early start leaving the Melbourne CBD where you will drive over the Westgate Bridge towards the Great Ocean Road - one of the few places where the destination and the journey are the same thing. Once you arrive on the Great Ocean Road, enjoy morning tea along the Surf Coast at your first stop, a perfect way to meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the day. As you wind along this iconic road, each twist and turn reveals new spectacular views of the rugged coastline and into the Otway Ranges that lie inland. Hear the history of the road and its workers as you make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as the Great Ocean Road sign. Pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns before your guide takes you on a wild koala spotting adventure amongst their natural habitat of the eucaluptus trees. Make your way to the historical town of Apollo Bay for a bite of lunch. Stroll the streets, meander the main beach or try some unique and award-winning ice cream. After lunch, the road ventures away from the coastline and into the heart of the Otways National Park. Embark on a guided walk through the crisp fresh air of an ancient rainforest. A truly magical part of the day as you're emersed amongst ferns and the world's second tallest species of tree. The journey continues through the rainforest before reaching the Shipwreck Coast where you will find some of the biggest attractions for the day. Hear about the coastline's most famous shipwreck before stepping down into the gorge at the center of the story of the Loch Ard ill-fated journey. Be towered by the sheer limestone cliffs that form the gorge as you stand on the beach or step into the cold waters of the Southern Ocean at the bottom before reaching the major attraction - the 12 Apostles. View these ginormous limestone monoliths formed by hundreds of years of erosion as they stand high and strong against the forces of nature. A true sight to behold and a perfect way to cap off the day before making your way back to Melbourne for the night. 

Melbourne Street Art Tour

9. Melbourne Street Art Tour

This original street art tour takes you on a journey of Melbourne’s famous street art laneways as well as venturing off the beaten track to discover the CBD’s hidden treasures. Learn all about the artists and stories behind the artworks from artists directly involved in the scene. The tour finishes at the famous Blender Studios where you will be treated to an exclusive studio tour and be able to meet the artists and see them at work in our huge art studio warehouse. A gourmet selection of market fresh produce, beer, wine and softdrinks are provided as you wander through this incredible space. The tour route will be modified and updated regularly, considering the ever-changing nature of Street Art.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature Explorer, Sunset & Dinner

10. Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature Explorer, Sunset & Dinner

Enjoy a photo tour of the Blue Mountains including sunset at Echo Point. This tour departs later so you can sleep in and avoid Sydney’s rush hour traffic. Stop at three amazing lookouts, each just a short walk from the vehicle. Listen to the sounds of nature, the birds, and rushing water on two longer walks to some majestic waterfalls. Keen nature lovers will enjoy the 90-minute bush walk into Wentworth Falls and two other 20 minute walks. Those who would rather not join in the longer walks can choose to take a shorter walk or visit Scenic World for two hours at your own expense. After the group reunites you'll visit two spectacular lookouts before returning to Echo Point to view the Three Sisters as the sun sets. The final remote lookout looks west over the Megalong Valley to watch the last rays of sunlight. Finally, relax at a local restaurant and enjoy dinner before returning to Sydney.

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This was an amazing tours for locals and I am so glad we decided to do it with family visiting from the UK. Our Guide was Kathy and her knowledge and how she explainded everthing was amazing. Kathy gave us so much information we truly loved Melbourne more.

Hugo was amazing! His knowledge of the best places to eat, his knowledge of the local food scene and his passion for the city of Melbourne and its history was infectious and second to none. It was a great experience I would highly recommend to anyone!

Extremely enjoyable. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided great insights into the history of the wonderful buildings and laneways of Melbourne CBD. He also provided a great suggestion for our lunch post the tour :-)

Terry was Great. I really enjoyed my whole trip. We went to beautiful places in blue mountain. Terry is a photographer as well, did beautiful photoshoot.

The guide knew a lot about the art in melbourne. Was very competent. I enjoyed the chat with her.