Get away from downtown and see the real soul of Sydney, an area defined by magnificent beaches, National Parks and amazing vistas.
Sydney is more than The Harbour Bridge and Opera House. To the locals Sydney is about our lifestyle beach culture and outdoor activities. The Northern Beaches encapsulates everything outdoors, magnificent scenery, great lifestyle and of course beautiful beaches. This day is about getting a sense of Sydney lifestyle, enjoy some walks, great views and eating at a local’s home.
Our day starts at 8.30am.
We head north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge where your day of discovery begins of what
many who travel the world as some of the most stunning coastal landscape and a lifestyle
many never get to experience.
The Northern Beaches account for a majority of Sydney’s magnificent coastline with 16 beaches between Manly and Palm Beach. Today you get to visit some of these beaches, great coastal vistas, visit Marine Parks, National Parks and surf clubs.
9.00am – Our first stop is Bradley’s Head, a significant navigation point for Sydney vessel traffic. It is also nestled in Sydney Harbour National Park with views back to the city, Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and down the harbour to Downtown. If you are lucky enough to view this on a sunny day the easterly sun lights up the Opera House, Bridge and City. A great start for our journey north.
9.30am – Our next stop, also part of Sydney Harbour National Park is Tania Park, atop a Dobroyd Headland with magnificent views of Manly, the old Quarantine Station, Sydney Heads, The Eastern Suburbs and views across to Mosman.
10.30am – Our next stop is North Head. Here you get to experience Sydney’s famous sandstone cliff faces, learn about our colonial past, maritime history, flora and fauna with links to the Aboriginal culture. We experience views from one the highest sandstone cliffs overlooking Sydney Heads and the harbour. We will spend approximately 30 minutes here.
11.15am – We start our journey along the coast via famous Manly Beach, Shelly Beach and stop for morning tea at “The Boathouse”. Set right on the marine reserve of Shelley Beach the café is a great example of Northern Beaches architecture.
12.00pm – After morning tea we make our way north and visit some of the other pristine Northern Beaches. The first is Freshwater followed by Curl Curl, Dee Why and Long Reef.
12.30pm – At Long Reef we stop and take a walk to the top of the headland. The walk takes approximately 20 minutes and the views north and south are stunning. The Long Reef Headland provides views back to Manly and all the way along the coast north where you can pin point most of the beaches and headlands leading to Sydney’s most northern suburb of Palm Beach. The headland also overlooks one of Sydney’s most picturesque 18 hole golf
We depart Long Reef at around 1.00pm and loop around to a local’s home for a wonderful local lunch.
1.30pm – Pre-lunch consists of an amazing assortment of nibbles including local macadamia’s, local olives and cheeses.
After a drink we crank up the BBQ to cook some local fish. This will be accompanied by a choice of salads and a herbal tea we pick ourselves from a tree in the garden.
2.45pm – We head down to the marina to board our 48 foot “Gentleman’s Cruiser – Iluka”.
2.50pm – Just a 5 minute drive from our home is the marina where you are greeted by the crew where we commence your harbour cruise.
3.00pm – We head out of the marina and back to your hotel by on “Iluka” via all Sydney’s magnificent icons. We sail past our national parks, harbour beaches, waterfront properties and down the harbour to your hotel.
The trip will include some tasty snacks and late afternoon drinks.
6.00pm – Your day is completed when you disembark as we cruise past the icons of The Sydney Opera House and under The Sydney Harbour Bridge. We will drop you at the wharf outside your hotel.
– Transfers to and from the hotel
– All land and sea touring with your own private guide
– Morning tea
– All drinks