This day out traverses the beaches north of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and Sydney's breathtaking harbour. We will cover a lot of ground so be ready to enjoy some exceptional places and scenery. We can return home (assuming your accommodation is in or near the city) either via ferry from Manly or by driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you haven’t been on the harbour before we recommend the ferry cruise back to the city.


  • experience the amazing natural beauty of Sydney Harbour from many vantage points

  • see how the military planned to protect Sydney Harbour at historic George’s Heights

  • explore the many small bays and nooks in Mosman and Clontarf, including Beauty Point and Balmoral Beach

  • have a coffee at one of Sydney’s prettiest harbour beaches

  • enjoy the pristine heathland of North Head (including wildflowers if in season) and the panoramic view of Sydney Heads and harbour

  • take in the scenery of Cabbage Bay Aquatic Reserve when we walk from Manly to Shelley Beach

  • appreciate the architecture of several buildings on the Northern Beaches

  • make our way to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and see the flora and fauna of the Australian bush, aboriginal rock art and stunning views from West Head

  • enjoy Palm Beach which is known for wonderful holiday homes with spectacular views, Barrenjoey Lighthouse and the TV series Home and Away

  • catch the ferry from Manly wharf and enjoy panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as we arrive at Circular Quay or if you prefer return to your accommodation in our vehicle.

  • discuss the design and construction of Sydney’s most famous building when we finish the day with a short stroll around the Sydney Opera House


Around 9 hours – the time spent at each place is flexible so the day can progress at a pace that suits you. Generally pick up is at 8.30am from your lodgings and we return to your accommodation between 5.30pm – 6.00pm.

We can arrange pick up from boat terminal and drop off at boat terminal.

Other activities or places that you may wish to consider

If you would like to vary or add an activity or place on the planned tour please run it past us. You might for instance wish to change the plan to include a visit to local microbrewery or artisan distillery at the end of the day. Alternatively we could include an afternoon visit to any one of the places mentioned in the bespoke tour.

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morning coffee, tea or other beverage

bottled water

nutritious picnic lunch


ferry ticket