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Spend your day your way away from the crowds on a visit to Sydney’s unspoilt South Coast. From Royal National Park, to the Sea Cliff Bridge, and the Kangaroo Valley our experienced guides can show you the hidden gems of the South Coast.
If you’ve already been to the Blue Mountains, or you’re really just more of a beach person, or maybe you just like to get to places most visitors miss, then a South Coast tour might be for you.
We offer two different tours to Sydney’s south coast and hinterlands.
In 6 – 8 hours we can show you the Royal National Park, Symbio Wildlife Park, views along the Grand Pacific Drive, and the beaches of the northern Illawarra.
Over 11 hours – we can enjoy the views along Grand Pacific Drive on our way to the Kiama Blowhole, lunch in Berry and a return to Sydney via the Kangaroo Valley, Fitzroy Falls, and the villages of the Southern Highlands.
It’s your day – we’ll work with you to fit in the activities which most appeal to you and your group.
Royal National Park, the Grand Pacific Drive, and Beaches (6-8 Hours)
Most tours will begin with a visit to the world’s second oldest national park – The Royal National Park. We will wind our way through ancient forests and heathlands, ducking in to visit soft sand beaches hugged by rainforests and overlooked by sandstone cliffs.
We’ll enjoy the first of many sweeping coastal views from Stanwell Tops before joining the Grand Pacific Drive as it crosses the stunning Sea Cliff Bridge.
We’ll roll through the string of villages along the Illawarra Coast. We can stop for refreshments or lunch in Scarborough or Thirroul – possibly collecting take-away fish and chips for a seaside picnic.
This tour is about relaxing and enjoying the untouristed laid-back beach vibe of the Illawarra
Grand Pacific Drive, Kiama Blowhole, Berry, Kangaroo Valley & Southern Highlands (11 Hours)
On the full-day tour we’ll follow the Grand Pacific Drive over Sea Cliff Bridge and on past Wollongong to Kiama. There we visit the famous blowhole and enjoy a stroll through the high streets of this popular seaside town.
From here we turn inland. Our drive will wind through dairy lands to the country village of Berry – a good lunch spot. From here we drive on through stands of temperate rainforest and descend into a place which feels sealed from time – the Kangaroo Valley. We pass through this little village – the main street lined with old fashioned bakeries, a welcoming country pub, and a variety of shops.
Climbing out of the valley we’ll head for a view of the Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park. Here, the Wides Meadow Creek tumbles a sheer 81 metres into the valley below.
Lastly, we’ll make a quick stop in either one of the Southern Highland villages – such as Bowral – or a cool climate vineyard, if a spot of wine tasting sounds like just the thing to round out your day.
Our Charter tours pick-up and drop off from all Sydney hotels, private addresses and Sydney Airport.
All charter tours have a flexible pick-up time. We recommend between 7-8 am for the 11 hour full day tour. the shorter tours may start later – it’s your day, you can choose your pickup time.
Peak rates, of an additional 20%, apply from 16 December to 15 January
Cancellation fees apply. Any booking cancelled within 7-days of tour date will be charged 50% of the total tour fee; any cancellation less than 48-hours before scheduled pick up will be charged in full. We will work with you to reschedule your tour rather than cancel, if possible.
Tours are available in English, Spanish, and Japanese
Child seats and booster seats are available if requested in advance.
For tour activities not operated by Sydney Adventure Tours we cannot and do not take responsibility for any injury or loss arising in any manner.
Royal National Park
On the 6-8-hour tour we drive through the world’s second oldest national park. The Royal National park preserves coastal heathlands which lead to sandstone cliffs interspersed with beautiful beaches.
Symbio Wildlife Park
Get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, dingos, cassowaries and other native Australian birds and animals.
Grand Pacific Drive
From Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops, we’ll follow Grand Pacific Drive across the magnificent Sea Cliff Drive and through the charming towns and villages from the Illawarra to Kiama (on the longer tour). On the shorter tour, we’ll go as far as Thirroul for lunch and a beach visit before heading back to Sydney.
Kiama and Berry
On the 11-hour tour we’ll visit the famous blowhole at Kiama. Feeling like seafood for lunch? This seaside town offers some great options; otherwise we’ll roll onto the quaint country town of Berry for a pub or café lunch.
Kangaroo Valley and Fitzroy Falls
We’ll cross dairy lands and take winding roads through stands of rain forest before descending into Kangaroo Valley – an inviting village time has forgotten. From here we climb up the far side of the valley and on to a lookout over Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park.
A final stop on our 11-hour tour will be either a look-around one of the Southern Highland villages, such as Bowral, or a cellar-door visit at one of the cool-climate vineyards in the area.
For the 6-8-hour tour, we suggest a pick up time of 8:00 am – 10:00 am. This is a typical itinerary, however, it’s your day, your way – so we will work with you to provide the outing you are hoping for.
Royal National Park is the world’s second oldest national park. The Royal National park preserves coastal heathlands which lead to sandstone cliffs interspersed with beautiful beaches. We will drive through the park, making a stop at either Wattamolla or Garie Beach.
We can stop at Governor Game Lookout in Royal National Park and Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops – both offer sweeping views of the cliffs and beaches of the New South Wales coast. If you’re in need of a morning pick-me-up, the Flying High Cafe at Bald Hill serves coffee and cakes.
For those wishing to have close encounters with Australian native animals and birds – we’ll next stop at Symbio Wildlife Park. Otherwise, we continue on our relaxed journey south, first crossing the engineering wonder that is the Sea Cliff Bridge. Those not visiting Symbio will have time to cross the bridge on-foot, if they wish.
All of the villages of the northern Illawarra – including Scarborough, Austinmer, and Thirroul – have their own character. All offer excellent lunch options as well as beaches and seaside walking paths. Here we have time to just relax and soak in the laid-back Australian lifestyle.
On our way back to Sydney we’ll stop in for one last sweeping view of the coast from the Bulli Lookout.
For the full day, 11 hour tour, we suggest a pick up time of 7:00 am. However, if you wish for this tour to be a one-way transfer to Kiama, Berry, or the Southern Highlands (all served by Sydney rail for your return on a following day) we can start later.
This is a typical itinerary, however, it’s your day, your way – so we will work with you to provide the outing you are hoping for.
Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops – offers sweeping views of the cliffs and beaches of the New South Wales coast. If you’re in need of a morning pick-me-up, the Flying High Cafe at Bald Hill serves coffee and cakes.
From Stanwell Park we pick up the Grand Pacific Drive which will carry us all the way to Kiama. We cross the engineering marvel that is the Sea Cliff drive and get a taste of the beaches and villages of the northern Illawarra. We’ll pass through Australia’s 10th largest city – Wollongong, before pushing through the sleepy seaside communities of Shoalhaven. Along the way we’ll have time for a few stops to take in the views and feel the sea breezes.
In picturesque Kiama we’ll visit the famous blowhole and stroll the boutique and café lined streets. If the smell of the ocean has you hungry for a seafood lunch – Kiama is the place. We can grab fish and chips and picnic with a view of the ocean or enjoy a sit-down lunch in a café or bistro.
If you’re not quite ready for lunch in Kiama we’ll push on to Berry – a quaint country town with a selection of pubs and restaurants.
We’ll follow winding roads through paddocks and stands of rain forest before descending into Kangaroo Valley – an inviting village time has forgotten. From here we climb up the far side of the valley and on to a lookout over Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park.
On our way back to Sydney we’ll stop in to one last village – perhaps Bowral – or pop into one of the cool-climate vineyards of the Southern Highlands