SHORTLIST

Best of Sydney & Blue Mountains

Looking for the perfect couple of days away? Take a 3-day trip through Sydney’s highlights, dipping into the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains for a day trip with all the best natural scenery. Learn about First Nations history and Dreamtime with a local First Nations guide and experience the connection to land, even in a city hub like bustling Sydney. See all the city sites and then head to the rolling landscape of the Blue Mountains for some fresh air – home to waterfalls, eucalyptus forest and high peaks offering sweeping views. See the mighty Katoomba Falls, take photos at Echo Point Lookout and then head back to Sydney, where you’ll explore Manly Beach and Circular Quay.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

START & END TIMES
The trip starts in Sydney with a Welcome Meeting at 1 pm on Day 1 at our joining point hotel. The trip finishes in Sydney on Day 3 at our finish point hotel by 2pm. Accommodation is not included on this day but can be booked on request.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement can be booked if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, subject to availability.

Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$1,785
Number of Days
3
Start Location
Sydney, Australia
End Location
Sydney, Australia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Sydney
Welcome to Sydney, Australia – or Warrane, in the language of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Sydney is now located. Your adventure starts today with a welcome meeting at your hotel at 1 pm. After, you’ll head out with your local leader and fellow travellers for a walkabout tour with an Aboriginal guide in and around The Rocks. Walk through Hicksons Reserve, Campbells Cove, Cumberland Walk and more as your guide teaches you about this area's history, land and water use and spiritual connection with the First Nations peoples. After your journey into the Dreaming, head out on a leader-led orientation walk to Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens, Hyde Park and the Sydney Tower Eye. Join your group for an included welcome dinner along Darling Harbour and then settle into your hotel for the night.
Day 2: Blue Mountains / Sydney
This morning, head out on a day trip to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains – a land of rugged peaks, soaring waterfalls and dense eucalyptus forest. Stop at Wentworth Falls for grand valley views at Fletchers Lookout. Head to Katoomba and visit Echo Point Lookout, which overlooks the iconic Three Sisters. Walk the Three Sisters track, which takes you up close to the sisters and enjoy the expansive views of the national park below. You might like to stop for lunch at the famous Lookout Restaurant and enjoy the views overlooking Echo Point Escarpment as you eat. Or maybe head into Katoomba town to check out the bohemian shops and find a small café to set up for lunch. This afternoon, you’ll head to Scenic World – a private, family-owned tourism spot boasting sweeping views of the mountains. Hop aboard the steepest railway in the world and ride into Jamison Valley, where you can explore the many boardwalks through the rainforest, looking out for lyrebirds and ancient tree ferns. Ride the cableway, which cruises past the sandstone escarpment and Orphan Rock. See Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters again, but from above, on the fantastic Scenic Skyway, which soars through the mountains. Tonight, return to your accommodation in Darling Harbour.
Day 3: Manly / Sydney
This morning after breakfast, you’ll hop on the public ferry from Sydney Harbour to Manly. Departing regularly from Circular Quay, the ferry cruises past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House before passing Kirribilli House (the Prime Minister’s official residence), Bradleys Head and South Head before arriving at Manly Wharf. From here, you’ll walk to Manly Beach where you can enjoy the cafes and laidback beach lifestyle or join your leader for a coastal walk to the nearby Shelly Beach. This afternoon, take the ferry back to Circular Quay and take a short walk back to your accommodation. Your trip will now end, and you’re free to leave any time after checkout. If you’d like to stay in Sydney longer, just speak to your booking agent.
Inclusions
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Boat.
  • Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights).
  • Sydney - The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour.
  • Wentworth Falls - Wentworth Falls Lookout.
  • Katoomba - Scenic Skyway.
  • Katoomba - Scenic Walkway.
  • Katoomba - Three Sisters Walk.
  • Katoomba - Echo Point Lookout.
  • Katoomba - Scenic Cableway.
  • Katoomba - Scenic Railway.
  • Sydney – Harbour to Manly return ferry.
  • Sydney – Exploration of Manly Beach.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
16 May 2024 18 May 2024 8 $1,795
13 Jun 2024 15 Jun 2024 8 $1,875
27 Jun 2024 29 Jun 2024 10 $1,960
08 Aug 2024 10 Aug 2024 7 $1,960
20 Aug 2024 22 Aug 2024 12 $1,875
05 Sep 2024 07 Sep 2024 12 $1,795
17 Sep 2024 19 Sep 2024 12 $1,795
03 Oct 2024 05 Oct 2024 9 $1,795
31 Oct 2024 02 Nov 2024 12 $1,875
14 Nov 2024 16 Nov 2024 10 $1,875
28 Nov 2024 30 Nov 2024 12 $1,960
26 Dec 2024 28 Dec 2024 12 $1,960
23 Jan 2025 25 Jan 2025 10 $1,785
06 Feb 2025 08 Feb 2025 12 $1,785
20 Feb 2025 22 Feb 2025 12 $1,785
06 Mar 2025 08 Mar 2025 12 $1,785
20 Mar 2025 22 Mar 2025 12 $1,785
17 Apr 2025 19 Apr 2025 12 $1,785
15 May 2025 17 May 2025 12 $1,785
12 Jun 2025 14 Jun 2025 12 $1,785
26 Jun 2025 28 Jun 2025 12 $1,785
10 Jul 2025 12 Jul 2025 12 $1,785
24 Jul 2025 26 Jul 2025 12 $1,785
07 Aug 2025 09 Aug 2025 12 $1,785
21 Aug 2025 23 Aug 2025 12 $1,785
04 Sep 2025 06 Sep 2025 12 $1,785
18 Sep 2025 20 Sep 2025 12 $1,785
02 Oct 2025 04 Oct 2025 12 $1,785
30 Oct 2025 01 Nov 2025 12 $1,785
13 Nov 2025 15 Nov 2025 12 $1,785
27 Nov 2025 29 Nov 2025 12 $1,785
11 Dec 2025 13 Dec 2025 12 $1,785
25 Dec 2025 27 Dec 2025 12 $1,785
08 Jan 2026 10 Jan 2026 12 $1,785
22 Jan 2026 24 Jan 2026 12 $1,785
05 Feb 2026 07 Feb 2026 12 $1,785
19 Feb 2026 21 Feb 2026 12 $1,785
05 Mar 2026 07 Mar 2026 12 $1,785
19 Mar 2026 21 Mar 2026 12 $1,785