South Coast Highlights
$140concession ? Prices above are for departures between 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019
Today you’re visiting beautiful South Coast of New South Wales. Head out of Sydney, your Driver Guide will provide expert commentary as you travel through the Sutherland Shire and the beautiful Royal National Park.
Bald Hill Lookout
Your first stop is Bald Hill, one of Australia’s most well-known lookouts. Not only are the views spectacular, the area is internationally known as a major hang-gliding destination. Morning tea is available (own expense).
Coastal Views from the Grand Pacific Drive
Continue along Grand Pacific Drive for a spectacular view of the award-winning Sea Cliff Bridge. The bridge hugs the coast between the high battlements of the Illawarra Escarpment, looming like the great wall of a lost world, and the vastness of the Tasman Sea - an ocean view so wide you can see the curve of the Earth.
Nan Tien Temple
Next stop is Nan Tien Temple. Known as ‘Southern Paradise’, it’s the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and focuses on the exchange of Eastern and Western culture and the education of devotees. Experience the temple’s visual delights of shrines, statues, gardens, art and culture, including unique exhibitions and Buddhist festivals. Enjoy a lunch of the temple’s famed vegetarian cuisine.
Included Meals: Lunch
An awesome natural spectacle, Kiama Blowhole, is one of the largest blowholes in the world where a sea-cliff cavern spouts seawater 20 metres or more into the air. Situated next to the 1887 Kiama Lighthouse, the tremendous display is fuelled by southeast ocean swells. There’s also time for sightseeing and shopping in this beautiful south coast town.
The Southern Highlands rival the Blue Mountains, with some of the most amazing scenery Australia has to offer. Spectacular Fitzroy Falls lie in the path of the Yarrunga Creek, which drops over 80 metres down the escarpment, and flows on into the Kangaroo River. After viewing the amazing falls there’s time to take a leisurely walk on the many walking tracks. There’s also time to have a drink, a snack and even buy a souvenir of your day from the National Parks & Wildlife Visitor Centre Shop (all own expense), before heading back to Sydney via the historic town of Bowral.
Full Day Tour
Approximately 11.5 hours
Wed & Fri from 7.00am Sydney (pick-ups at selected hotels)
Sydney, 6.30pm approximately
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
Find out more
- Entry to Nan Tien Temple
- Vegetarian Lunch (1)
- Entry to falls
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
South Coast Highlights (J18)
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge on selected tours if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
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The first Europeans to live in the Port Stephens area were a group of 5 escaped convicts, wrecked at Port Stephens in 1790.
Port Stephen's first settler was Captain William Cromarty. In 1838 he lost his life in an accident whilst launching a small boat through the surf off One Mile Beach.
Little Penguins can be seen in and about Port Stephens all year round. They occasionally come into Nelson Bay Harbour and can be seen in the surf off our ocean beaches.
The Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bite Sand Dunes) is the largest sand dune system in Australia, stretching for 32 kilometres.