Give back to communities and get back to nature

Escape the everyday with this four-day adventure to the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands of NSW with Intrepid. Pass though heritage towns and hike to the dramatic falls of the mountain wilderness, then learn the story of spectacular rock formations from the Traditional Owners. Feast on local produce direct from the producers, and look over the spectacular Kangaroo Valley (maybe with a nearby wombat). Be lucky to spot a platypus in the wild and spend some time visiting bushfire affected areas, a chance to see how locals are bouncing back and support the community. Enjoy a memorable First Nations food experience under the stars, and take the time to enjoy laidback Jervis Bay with a nature cruise.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Sydney, Australia
Finish
Sydney, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
PVKB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 4, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the local Gundungurra story behind the Three Sisters, one region’s most iconic geological formations, on a Blue Mountains walk.

  • Support the recovery of bushfire-affected towns, and enjoy the bounty of a Southern Highlands harvest with wine, cider and mead tastings, plus a gourmet lunch, at local producers.

  • Get back to nature with waterfall walks, a nature spotting wildlife cruise on Jervis Bay, and maybe if you’re lucky spot a wild platypus on a ranger-led hike.

  • Experience an immersive Indigenous food experience around the campfire under the stars.

  • Learn how fire and traditional knowledge plays an important part in land management of the land as part of unique First Nations bush experience.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • The weather can change considerably between Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Southern Highlands. Please check out the weather info in this document and pack accordingly.

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a reasonable level of mobility. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Itinerary

Your journey begins today with a welcome meeting and 8 am departure from Sydney CBD, heading inland to the Blue Mountains National Park. Make your way through Western Sydney’s suburbs, then help support the local community with a stop for morning tea in one of the towns along the highway. Walk off that morning pastry with a hike to the double drop Wentworth Falls, one of the Mountains’ most spectacular cascades. Refuel with lunch in the heritage town of Leura – chat with local store owners and maybe choose one of the cafes along The Mall that has views across the valley to Katoomba. Check into your hotel this afternoon, then set off for an easy walk to see one of the Blue Mountains’ most famous geological formation – the Three Sisters. Learn the Gundungurra story behind the rocks, then round off your first day back in town with an included welcome dinner and drinks.
Included Activities
  • Three Sisters Walk
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time.
After breakfast turn your attention south and stretch the legs with a morning nature walk along the way. The Southern Highlands is known for its wine, so today there’ll be a tasting tour of local produce. Begin with a sampling of local drops at the cellar door of a nearby vineyard, then try some other beverages, including locally made mead, at a winery where you’ll also enjoy a gourmet lunch overlooking the vines. Continue south towards tonight’s accommodation, stopping in some of the small towns en route and maybe supporting local businesses with some shopping. Freshen up in the hotel, then this evening’s free for dinner in Bundanoon, where it feels like not much has changed since the early 20th century.
Included Activities
  • Centennial Winery Tasting
  • Artemis Wines Cellar Door Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
It’s a short drive this morning to the edge of Morton National Park and Fitzroy Falls, an 81-metre cascade that drops into the upper reaches of Kangaroo Valley. Take a walk with a local ranger to view the falls, learn about the area, and maybe spot a platypus in the wild if the season is right. Head towards the coast, making your way through towns that were largely affected by the bushfires at the beginning of 2020. Use some free time to see how the locals are bouncing back, and maybe help support the community by buying local goods. Head out to the gorgeous Kangaroo Valley, crossed by creeks and carpeted with rainforest and neat farms, and lookout for a wombat or two as you look across the surrounding mountains. Later tonight is a real treat for the tastebuds with a First Nations food experience, where you’ll try incredible dishes made with local native ingredients under the stars. You will also learn how, when the land is managed in the way it was for thousands of years, fire and traditional knowledge plays an important part in the management of the land.
Included Activities
  • Fitzroy Falls Local Ranger Talk
  • Bodaree National Park Botanic Gardens
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Begin the day with a nature focused cruise out into Jervis Bay, where the chances are high that a pod of dolphins might jump from the water and race alongside the boat. This is one of the best dolphin and whale watching areas along the whole NSW coast, and from May to November you might just spot a number of these big beautiful creatures breach the blue waters. Take your time returning to Sydney in road trip style – enjoy a slow pace to drop into the regional towns that have been affected by the bushfires, and take in the beautiful coastal cliff lookouts that dot the route back to the city. You’ll arrive at tonight’s drop off point – conveniently located near to the Royal Botanic Gardens – in the early evening, with the rest of your night free to check out the restaurants in areas like Darlinghurst or along the harbour front as your trip comes to an end.
Included Activities
  • Jervis Bay Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Three Sisters Walk
  • Centennial Winery Tasting
  • Artemis Wines Cellar Door Visit
  • Fitzroy Falls Local Ranger Talk
  • Bodaree National Park Botanic Gardens
  • Jervis Bay Cruise

Dates & availability

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Important notes

1. Minimum numbers: this trip requires a minimum of 4 clients booked and confirmed in order to depart
2. This trip departs at 8am from the Macleay Hotel in Potts Point on day 1 and returns to Sydney in the evening of day 4, please do not book departing flights prior to 9pm.

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