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Sydney, Wollongong: 15,000-Foot Tandem Beach Skydive

1. Sydney, Wollongong: 15,000-Foot Tandem Beach Skydive

Take the plunge with a 15,000-foot skydive over Wollongong! Tandem skydive with a professional instructor, just 1 hour south of Sydney Central Business District. As you jump from Australia's highest jump, at an altitude of 15,000 feet, you will experience amazing coastal views down the Jervis Bay, and all the way up to North Sydney. Once you exit the plane you will experience the thrill of freefall! Traveling at speeds of over 120 mph (200 km/h), you will freefall for up to 60 seconds. Your instructor will pull your chute and you will soar like a bird for around 5 minutes over beautiful North Wollongong beach. The beach side landing zone is located at Stuart Park, North Wollongong.

Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

2. Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

Be part of a small group of no more than 11 travelers and journey by comfortable minibus, south along the beaches of Botany Bay and into the Royal National Park. Wind through the forest and stop at Bald Hill Lookout, which affords sweeping views of the Illawarra coastline and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. Next, it's on to the family-run Symbio Wildlife Park, active in koala conservation. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about these fascinating marsupials during a private koala presentation with a keeper. Snap the ultimate selfie - just you and a koala. You’ll also be able to feed kangaroos and wallabies and get up close with native Australian wildlife. Continue to follow the scenic coastline of the Grand Pacific Drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge as it sweeps out over the ocean and on to Bulli Beach where you’ll enjoy lunch in a café popular with locals that overlooks the beach and an ocean pool. Bring your swimmers for a pre-lunch dip if the sun is out. In the afternoon head up through temperate rainforest into the Southern Highlands. An easy hike leads to viewpoints that take in the spectacular sandstone gorges and towering waterfalls of the Morton National Park. Finally, you’ll drive along country roads to a boutique winery to taste locally-produced, cool climate wine before returning to Sydney. Arrival back at Circular Quay is around 6:30 PM.

From Sydney: Private Day Trip to Royal National Park

3. From Sydney: Private Day Trip to Royal National Park

Start with a pickup from your accommodation and then commence the drive to the Royal National Park. Upon reaching the park, we will have a short stop at the serene Audley Weir. From here, choose between visiting Wedding Cake Rock, Eagle Rock or a walk in the rainforest. The first two places provide the opportunity to see wonderful coastal scenery. Your guide will outline the walk times and differences between the two. The third walk is particularly suited to hotter days as the rainforest offers a cooler environment. If you'd prefer not to do the walks we can visit several places further south of the park, such as the Otford Lookout, Stanwell Tops Beach and the iconic Imperial at Clifton Hotel. On the Wedding Cake Rock walk, admire dramatic coastal views of cliffs and unusual sandstone formations, with stops at the Balconies and the Water run. Upon arrival, discover an amazingly large piece of white sandstone, resembling the shape of a wedding cake. Watch as it sparkles against the background of the blue Pacific Ocean. A little further on is spectacular Marley Beach, which is best appreciated from a high lookout point. Marley Beach is an expansive landscape as the beach sand merges into sand dunes. Behind the dunes is a pristine reeded lagoon. Choose the Eagle Rock walk and follow a track that passes waterfalls, cliffs, and gullies. See native plants including Wattles, Banksias, Grass Trees, Gymea Lillies, and Eucalypts. Upon arrival at Eagle Rock admire crystal clear Curracurrong Creek as it reaches the cliff edge and becomes a waterfall that drops directly into the ocean. The waterfall drops 40 meters into a shallow bay and if sunny the ocean water takes on a translucent green color. If the surf is up you'll hear the pounding waves hit the cliff face below. After either Eagle Rock or Wedding Cake Rock, venture to Wattamolla, which has a wide waterfall dropping into a lagoon. The lagoon then forms into a stream that gently meanders to the nearby beach. If the weather is warm there is an opportunity for a swim. Enjoy a refreshing lunch at a scenic location, followed by a visit to rugged Garie Beach. From this point, discover the areas south of the park such as Bald Hill and Sea Cliff Bridge, or make our way to Symbio Wildlife Park where many free ranging kangaroos and wallabies reside. The park allows you to get up close to these animals. We will also see many other native animals, including koalas, dingoes, echidnas, emus, cassawarries and Tasmanian devils. This is a private tour for you or your group only. The day is flexible and can be personalised to fit your circumstances and choices. At the end of the day we will return you to your accommodation with a day in nature to remember.

Sydney: South Coast & Countryside Small Group or Private

4. Sydney: South Coast & Countryside Small Group or Private

Enjoy a unique tour through the dairy countryside, winding, scenic roads through the national park and coastal seaside beaches. It blends beautifully all the contrast of the bush, the farmlands and the coastline of the Australian landscape. Escape the city and into the great Aussie outdoors. Take some great photos and create lasting memories of a unique south coast tour. The Grand Pacific Drive is part of the 140-km award-winning South Coast drive.  After a BBQ lunch, start your return scenic trip via the dairy countryside and stop at the Kiama Blowhole. Cruise past some of the best local beaches in the Illawarra and South Coast region before sweeping over the Sea Cliff Bridge along the Grand Pacific Drive. Walk along the Sea Cliff Bridge and listen to the crashing ocean waves below. Grab some great photos of the breathtaking views or the hang gliders leaping from Bald Hill before driving onwards through the Royal National Park. The final remote location will take your breath away at Bundeena. Enjoy marvelous walking trails that open into remote lagoons and gorgeous waterfalls. Look out for deer or rock wallabies as you pass by. Finally, walk across a remote sandy beach to view five aboriginal engravings in the late afternoon sun. Lookout across the ocean as the sun sets and you may see a pod of dolphins swimming by. Your guide is a local, loves the outdoors and will ensure a memorable day in the Australian countryside.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 89 reviews

We enjoyed this tour very much and highly recommend! Steve did a great job as a guide and our stops were worthwhile and interesting. At the Symbio Wildlife Park you really do get up close and personal with the Koalas and Wallabies! Getting out of Sydney and seeing the southern coast and to see the waterfall was very nice. It is a long day with a lot of driving, but worth the time and cost! The only small recommendations for improvement on this tour: 1. For the winery visit (the winery itself was nice), but the pours were very small and the winery did not provide any snacks (re: crackers, etc.) with the tasting as most wineries around the world do; plus the host didn't spend too much time with our table. 2. For the wildlife park, I would possibly just shorten the free time to roam by perhaps 15-30 minutes.

“The other Steve” is a fantastic tour guide! Very knowledgeable and interesting. He kept us laughing and wanting to learn more. Would highly recommend this trip as it has all the typical Australian things - koalas, kangaroos, scenery, beaches and wine.

I had such a great time on this tour! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, I truly feel like I got to experience Sydney from a great perspective!

Really enjoyed this small group tour, great guide, lunch and amazing wildlife, spectacular waterfall and tasty wine! Would definitely recommend

Such a brilliant trip. The guide, Steve was so knowledgeable and really added to the day. Well worth the money. The koala experience was great.