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THE WILD BAYS & VALLEYS OF THE SOUTH

South Coast, Highlands, Kangaroo Valley & Jervis Bay

THE BAYS OF THE SOUTH

 


From the spectaculair cliffs and beaches of the South Coast, through the green and fertile planes of the Southern Highlands, to the kangaroos, wallabies and wombats of Kangaroo Valley and the whitest beaches, lagoons and dolphins of Jervis Bay.

Showcasing some of the most magnificent and unspoiled valleys and coastlines in Australia this perfectly paced overnight wildlife tour will deliver you an unforgettable experience. Walk along cliffs and headlands, rock platforms, hidden sea caves, and sand and shingle beaches. Cool off in an ocean pool, or with a cold one in a heritage country inn. Spot yellow-tailed black cockatoos, back-browed albatross, wedge-tailed eagles, eastern spine-bills and Australian king parrots. And play with wildlife in their natural habitat: goanna's, wombats, swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, echidnas, bottle-nosed dolphins, seals, humpback whales and southern rights.

This is an adventure you cannot miss.

Itinerary (short):

Day One: SOUTH COAST, HIGHLANDS & KANGAROO VALLEY

After an early pick-up from your hotel at 7.15 AM we avoid the traffic to head straight to the Royal National Park, early enough for a first encounter with one of Australia's largest reptiles: the lace-monitor, AKA the goanna. In winter, Azure Kingfishers, Kookaburras or even an Osprey welcome us to the second oldest national park in the world.

At Bald Hill we marvel at the flying daredevils launching from one of Australia's most popular paragliding spots and enjoy commanding views over the South Coast, from the imposing Sea Cliff Bridge all the way to Wollongong.

The Grand Pacific Drive takes us over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, through a series of quaint coastal towns to the limestone rock platforms of Wombarra. Some may want to take a refreshing morning dip in the rock pool, while others attempt a perfect shot of a sooty oystercatcher, a white-fronted tern or a migrating short-tailed shearwater.

After a stop at quirky Kiama for a chance to see the volcanic blowholes eject a 10 meter high natural fountain of seawater, we head for the hills. The winding road between the dairy farms, wineries and sheep stations of the Southern Highlands leads us to Jamberoo and its heritage country inn, birthplace of Australia's soccer hero Johnny Warren. A cooee away is Robertson and The Big Potato - mandatory photo stop for any self-respecting Australia-traveler.

After lunch at Robertson "World Famous Pie shop", we head out to Morton National Park for a short walk to see the Fitzroy Falls plummet over 80 meter into the deep rainforest ravine below. Keep an ear and eye out for the resident lyrebirds, an inquisitive swamp wallaby or a green catbird and eastern whipbird.

A steep descend across the Meryla Pass and down the escarpment takes us to one of the most beautiful valleys of Australia: the Kangaroo Valley. Between the towering eucalyptuses on the banks of the river we come face to face with wild wombats, eastern greys and swamp wallabies in their natural habitat. A perfect spot for sunset drinks too, before we make our way to our hotel.

Accommodation: Best Western Balan Village, Nowra or similar
Dinner: at own expense

Keywords: Kangaroo Valley, Royal National Park, Grand Pacific Drive. Kiama, Fitzroy Falls, Jamberoo, Robertson, wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, goannas,

Day Two: JERVIS BAY & SEVEN MILES BEACH

Sunrise over the dazzling white sands Hyams Beach is the best you'll likely get to see during your Aussie travels. The blue to turquoise hues of the crystal clear Jervis Bay water may even lure you into the rocky pools for an early morning dip.

After breakfast, an optional Dolphin Cruise will take you to meet the resident pod of bottle nosed dolphins. Between May and November you can even get close and personal with a humpback whale or southern right on its annual migration to or from the tropical waters in the north.

Those not interested in dolphins or seals cruise can choose to go for a beach and bushwalk to spot a wallaby along Murray Beach or even Steamers Rock. At the latter, a steep hike to the top of the highest cliffs will reward you with commanding views over the highest cliffs of NSW and, in winter, a chance to see the Black Browed Albatross.

From Jervis Bay we follow the scenic Grand Pacific Drive for a first stop at the 5 star Coolangatta winery. Sample an award winning Tempranillo, or inspect some of the historical convict houses built on the estate.

Soon we'll we enter the coastal Seven Miles National Park for a stroll through the bangalay and littoral rainforest to admire the birdlife and get a realistic chance to see the elusive echidna. At the end we kick off our shoes and feel the sand between our toes as you stroll back along the beach.

After our late lunch along the Pacific Ocean near Gerringong, we start heading back to Sydney. On the way we try our luck to spot a koala at the largest koala colony in the Sydney region, the Dharawal National Park.

Return to the hotel by ca 5.30 PM
Keywords: Jervis Bay, Sunrise, Hyams Beach, Dolphins, Whales, cliffs, echidnas, albatross, koalas

 


Bookings:

Click the Book Now link or contact us to request this guided tour on a date of your choice.

Email: Info@dingotours.com.au
Phone (from Australia): 0403 043 976
International: +61 403 043 976


Private Tour Upgrade: For only a small surcharge, you can book our Wild Bays and Valleys of the South tour as a private adventure. With our competitive rates, even couples or duo's get to affordably enjoy the flexibility and customised services that come with a private tour.
Better still: groups of 4 can select a 'Private Tour' to pay even less than for a public departure.

Duration: 2 days.

Inclusions:
  • 1 night accommodation at Best Western Hotel or similar
  • 1 breakfast
  • Refreshments
  • All transfers in comfortable vehicle
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Expert Commentary in English, French, Dutch, Russian and German available

Optionals:
  • Dolphin Watching Cruise (2hrs): $40
What to bring:
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Walking shoes
  • Small backpack for personal belongings
  • Swimmers
  • Cash for lunches and dinners & personal expenses


Fitness level:

Suitable for people of basic fitness level.


Meeting point:

Pick up from city hotel available between 7.00 am and 7.30 am.



View our cancellation and conditions policy.

Important: While we always endeavour to take you on your preferred date, if we don't have minimum 2 guests we will call you to reschedule, or where another date is not possible, refund your booking in full. For bookings less than 48 hours please email us for availability.    

 

 
 
 
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