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 dolphin and whale spotting wildlife cruise on Jervis Bay, and maybe spot a wild platypus on a ranger-led hike.. Experience an immersive Indigenous food experience with a local First Nations family, with a smoking ceremony and traditional songs under the stars.
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 watch a spectacular Kangaroo Valley sunset (maybe with a nearby wombat). 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 dolphin and whale nature cruise.
Breakfast Included: 4 Lunches Included: 1 Dinner Included: 1
Blue Mountains National Park
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.
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 head out to the gorgeous Kangaroo Valley, crossed by creeks and carpeted with rainforest and neat farms. Catch the sunset as it dips beneath the surrounding mountains, and look out for wildlife like a wombat or two. This evening’s free for dinner back in Bundanoon, where it feels like not much has changed since the early 20th century.
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. Enjoy some time to relax with a swim or walk along the super white sands of Hyams Beach, then check into your hotel on the shores of Jervis Bay. 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 and an Indigenous twist. Begin with a smoking ceremony and end the night with some traditional songs under the stars.
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 spot a number of these big beautiful creatures breach the blue waters. Afterwards, as part of unique First Nations lunch and bush foods experience, you’ll 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. 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 included hotel – 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.