Ku-Ring-Gai Chase is Australia’s second oldest National Park, and amongst the variety of flora and fauna you’ll also find over 1,000 Aboriginal heritage sites, the most concentrated collection in the world. This Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park tour offers the opportunity to see the park’s best sights on both land and water, and is an optional excursion available with our Australia tours. You’ll enjoy a scenic cruise along the waterways, as well as a visit to the West Head Lookout. Group numbers are limited on this tour, meaning a more intimate tour experience and a more in-depth tour of the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park’s most iconic locations.
Departing from Sydney, you’ll travel 45 minutes north, driving over Sydney Harbour Bridge, with your knowledgeable tour guide pointing out several other landmarks on the way too. The first stop is the West Head Lookout, a truly unique spot, as it’s the only place where five separate waterways intersect each other. The views from here are far-reaching, and take in Pittwater, Barrenjoey Headland – home to a striking sandstone lighthouse, and Broken Bay. Across the expanse of Broken Bay, you can see several stretches of beach lining the shores, as well as Lion Island, where Sydney’s largest colony of little penguins reside. As you take in the panoramas from West Head Lookout, your guide will tell you stories of smugglers, shipwrecks and pirates which all happened in the National Park.
Next, the tour visits a remote Aboriginal heritage site, where some of the most important rock carvings in all of Australia can be found. Here your guide will also tell you about the Guringai people who first called this area their home, as well as Dreamtime stories and Aboriginal customs.
You’ll then set sail from Akuna Bay on board a 50-foot power catamaran for a 2.5-hour scenic cruise along the waterways of the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Along the way, you’ll see and learn what Sydney Harbour looked like before the English colonised the area, and your guide will also point out waterfalls, Aboriginal heritage sites and the park’s diverse birds, marine life and wildlife too. Learn even more about the indigenous culture and customs during the 1-hour on-board presentation, where you can get hands-on with Aboriginal items and practices such as didgeridoos, spear throwing and fire making.
A delicious lunch is also served on-board during your cruise, offering classic Australian fare with a bush tucker twist, only adding to the experience of your immersive day out. Morning and afternoon tea, as well as snacks, are also offered throughout the day, so there are plenty of refreshments available during your full-day tour.
After your exhilarating cruise and tour of the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, you’ll be transported back to Sydney where you have the rest of the day to explore Australia’s largest city as you wish.
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