Do this after your city tour!
Blue Bottle Tours offers you “A Day at the Beach Tour” of the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Stunning scenery of ocean panorama. Swimming and whale watching opportunities.
An alternative to the very busy Blue Mountains – no need to drive and drive, its right in Sydney CBD’s backyard!
Pick up from near Manly Wharf – See pick up information
We take you to see the spectacular views of North Head overlooking the harbour, with tales of the history of white settlement and first aboriginal contact. Staying close to the coast, we drive you in private car or mini van to view the beaches and cultural sites of the beaches north. Awesome sightseeing lookouts so bring your camera. We share tales and photos of early swimming, camping and surfing.
The morning tour involves clifftop walks and, weather permitting, a swim in an ocean rock pool. If its winter, we may be lucky enough to do some whale watching. Morning tea is provided. Dine on home made cakes or biscuits on the beach with coffee or tea. We stop close to a cafe so why not drop in and buy an expresso for morning tea while others enjoy a walk along the beach.
We then take you into a national park for more spectacular views and a bushwalk in the afternoon. See aboriginal rock carvings. You will feel a million miles from the city!
Right in the Australian Bush!
Lunch is provided – A home-made gourmet hamburger or try our camel or kangaroo burger! Whant to enjoy dining on lighter food? We can make you up a salad so vegetarians can be catered for. Dine out in tranquillity in a beautiful picnic ground.
A late afternoon stop beside a lagoon or estuary. Choose a quiet walk along the wetland path or sit down and order another expresso/cappuccino/latte! Or perhaps take a shopping tour of a local mall and dine in the food court for afternoon tea.
This tour is designed to give you an experience of the Australian bush. We travel up from the Northern Beaches into the beautiful tall eucalyptus forests of the Galston Gorge and on to historic Wiseman’s Ferry on the Hawkesbury River. Along the river were some of the earliest farms in Australia. It was here that the early colonists finally found more fertile soil.
We drive onto the river punt, cross the famous Hawkesbury River, and continue north to St Albans for morning tea. Here we spend some time in one of the earliest hotels in Australia, The Settler’s Arms, and sample a typical Australian morning tea.
After morning tea, the dirt track winds its way through farming land and bushland joining up with one of the oldest roads in Australia. I can tell you stories of the early convict gangs sentenced to work on the road and show you one of the campsites along the route.
We arrive in Wollombi for lunch - your choice, order a sandwich from me, or choose a pub lunch or a gourmet restaurant meal.
In the afternoon I plan to take you to some local boutique vineyards where you can sample some of the world famous Hunter Valley Wines.
On the drive back, time permitted, and especially if we haven’t seen a kangaroo today, we can stop at an Australian wildlife park or maybe drive down to the coast for fish and chips, or stop and have a famous Australian meat pie (as these are optional experiences, they are not included in the cost of the day).
Please note: route may vary due to bushfires or floods
Max tour group – four people
Do you want to:
But don't have the time to organise it?
Then let me take all the worry and hassle out of travelling to a new city and finding the right authentic experiences that are real.
Visiting friends, or relatives in Sydney? Let us take away their burden and give you a day out! After all, they have probably been doing this for a while now.
Formed on the northern beaches of Sydney, this company offers small boutique tours in a private car. The tour is designed to be a very personal experience.
We offer group booking of maximum of 11 – please use contact form.
Born and raised on the Northern Beaches of Sydney we can offer you local knowledge and do things other tourists would never discover.
I formed the company as a result of my love of the ocean and beaches, my local knowledge of the area, and my Bachelor of Science (Australian Plants) and also my background in education.
Come and be looked after by us: no tourists, empty beaches, places only locals know about. Relax and enjoy the ferry ride out to us- what a great way to start a tour – on the most beautiful harbour in the world. Why go to a restaurant for lunch when you can have a picnic in the park!
We can take a small family group.
Think you might have trouble getting around Sydney?
Worried about buying a transport card (Opal Card) and catching the ferry?
Don’t know which sights to see?
Then I can come into town free of charge and help you!
If you buy both day 1 and day 2 then I can meet you at your hotel at the beginning of Day 1. I take you to one of those wonderful Sydney coffee shops for a morning coffee and then guide you across Sydney Harbour back to Manly to begin our tour.
I can answer your questions, give you suggestions about what to see and how to see it and help you design your stay in Sydney.
Then I can give you a walking tour down to Circular Quay near the Opera House and help you buy your transport ticket or Opal Card, and then together, we can take a ferry across the Harbour to Manly and then begin our tour.
Note if you take this option you will finish the tour later in the evening. I will drop you back at Manly Wharf at about 6.00 pm but by now you will be an expert and getting across Sydney Harbour.
Larger Group Numbers Available on Request
|Day Trip||A Day at the Beach|
|Description||Scenic sightseeing, cliff top walks, optional rock pool swim, aboriginal engravings, bush picnic, national parks.
Charter bus and groups of maximum 12 available for this tour.
|Price||$130 (per person)
$150 (per person) - Barbeque lunch
|Extra Costs||Expresso coffee
Optional lunch in food court of local shopping centre
|Day Trip||Back Roads to the Hunter Valley|
|Description||Eucalypt forests, dirt tracks, pristine bushland, historic hotels, boutique wineries, country farms, not a tourist bus anywhere!|
|Price||$150 (per person) - BYO lunch|
|Extra Costs||Gourmet or pub lunch, wine, entry to wildlife park, snacks, morning tea|
|Option||Day 1 & Day 2|
|Description||Two day trip combining above.
Stay in your own hotel in Sydney - your own arrengements.
|Price||$280 (per person)|
|Extra Costs||City Hotel pick up: $25 per person for each pick up or drop off|
|Option||Free Walking Tour
(Beginning of Day 1)
|Description||I will meet you at your hotel when you purchase the two day package.
Orientation, answer questions, solve travel problems, walking tour, help with buying transport
|Extra Costs||Buy your own Opal Card for ferry, bus and train|
Payable in cash on the day, through Paypal, or with your hotel.
Alternatively you can book through your travel agent (Website Travel, Viator)
We will pick you up outside "Hello Manly", Manly Tourist Office, corner of East and West Esplanade, outside Manly Wharf.
Catch a morning ferry across the harbour- what a wonderful way to start the day!
Look at our awesome pick up point!
Tour starts at 9.00 am. This is flexible – we may change this to earlier in winter.
A walking guide can be arranged to pick you up at your city hotel and help you catch the Manly Ferry.
Find the guide with the blue T-shirt and/or the blue bottle, outside the Manly Tourist Office near the bike rack.
We will drop you off at Manly Wharf at 5.00 pm
The most popular destination is the Sydney Opera House, its stunning architecture and its fantastic aspect makes it a world favourite. Here is how you can book a tour of The Sydney Opera House.
Sydney’s Chinatown is one of the biggest and best! Great atmosphere, great restaurants.
There are awesome cultural events at Darling Harbour- go to the website below to see what’s on in Darling Harbour. There is always a big event for New Year, Christmas and Australia Day.
Go to a local market and get some great clothes or craft, Surry Hills market is a great place and so close to the city.
Have a look at the Sydney and NSW events calendar – it ends June 2015 but it will give you some more ideas!
Something more local – what’s on in Sydney this month – some really great ideas that will give you a real and authentic experience of Sydney.
Why not take your own walking tour – follow the lanes of old Sydney. Make sure you bring your camera.
Click here for some great maps
Book a whale watching tour if it’s the right season. The whales move up the coast from Antarctica in May-June to give birth in the warmer waters of Queensland. They return with the calves in August. They swim right past Sydney, close to the cliffs of the Northern Beaches; sometimes into Sydney Harbour.
We go to North Head in the tour, why not catch a ferry out to Watson’s Bay and walk up to South Head, maybe dine out at our famous seafood restaurants?
If you are interested in the Australian animals and plants we see on this tour, visit the Australian Museum before or after the tour.
Many visitors to Sydney like to eat out at our restaurants. Catch a ferry from Palm Beach across to Patonga and for a pub lunch of fish and chips.
If you are fit and have more time, take yourself on a day walk along one of the many coastal walks in the guide below.
Tuesdays to Saturdays - 9am to 5pm
(we can be flexible)
Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the winter months of July and August.
Tours may change route due to bushfire, flood or crowds on public holidays.
Group bookings (max of 12) on request.