Sydney Private Tour Featuring Wilderness, Wildlife, Waves, Waterfalls and Wine - Adults (age 12-100)

Sydney Private Tour Featuring Wilderness, Wildlife, Waves, Waterfalls and Wine

10 to 11 hours Sydney, Australia

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Explore breathtaking wilderness, visit beautiful beaches, pat kangaroos or hug an emu, away from the usual tourist trail! Are you in Australia only for a few days? This comprehensive, CUSTOMISABLE one day tour is for you! Make friends with Aussie animals in their natural habitat. Relax at waterfalls and lush rainforest with complimentary wine and chocolate. Discover ancient Aboriginal carvings in untouched forests...

- Enjoy uncrowded beaches and dramatic coastlines
- Experience gourmet local produce; fresh oysters, gin distilled on site
- Lunch is at a stunning, waterfront restaurant. Guests receive a discount and premium seating overlooking Pelican Island.
- Explore rock pools brimming with sea life
- Visit the only pearl farm in NSW
- Get photos of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie's Chair

As a professional photographer, documentary maker and expert guide, I'm also trained to locate and monitor Aboriginal sites.

More photos on IG: @sydneyguidedtours
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Stop At: Mrs Macquarie's Chair, 1D Mrs Macquaries Rd The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

Here's where you take your prized photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It's also a chance to discover the real Mrs Macquaries Chair, not the one built for unsuspecting tourists.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point Easy walk from Circular Quay Train Station, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

Take your prized, quintessential Australian photo of the Sydney Opera House from Mrs Macquaries Chair.

Pass By: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales 2060 Australia

Take breathtaking photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge before we drive over it to begin our adventure.

Stop At: Berowra Valley National Park, Crosslands Road, Hornsby, New South Wales 2077 Australia

Learn about local plants and animals in an absolutely stunning natural environment, much closer than the Blue Mountains and never obscured by fog. A short walk takes us to incredible views over valleys and to incredible carvings - unknown to locals!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Darkinjung Rd Corner of Peats Ridge Road, Calga, New South Wales 2250 Australia

Get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and emus in their natural settings! The wildlife park we visit successfully mimics the natural environment of these fascinating creatures, making this experience feel far less like a zoo and more like ‘a walk on the wild side’.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Central Coast, Central Coast, New South Wales

Lunch is at the stunning waterfront Woy Woy Fishermans Wharf restaurant overlooking beautiful mangroves. Dine on award-winning local seafood. Our guests receive 10% off all meals and premium seating. The Central Coast's premier seafood market is right next door.

The Central Coast's premier seafood market is right next to the fancy restaurant we’ve eaten in. Here’s where you can browse the local sustainably-sourced, catches-of-the-day…

A stroll across the road and we come to unique, 'alternative' shops selling exotic blends of coffee, crystals, ethical clothing and accessories - a haven for souvenir-shopping!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pearl Beach, Pearl Beach, New South Wales

Walk along the most beautiful coastline imaginable. Discover mysterious caves in a surreal coastal landscape, admire designer homes set amidst the lush, tropical environment. That's Pearl Beach!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Avoca Beach, Terrigal, New South Wales Australia

Beautiful Avoca Headland on the Central Coast is the real surfers paradise! The views of the cliffs and the wild surf at the end of a short walk are breathtaking! Chat with local surfers and fishermen, or have a look for fish in crystal clear sea pools. Bring your swimming costume if it's warm! This is a perfect place for coffee or a drink at a cafe by the beach, at the end of a very fulfilling day!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Brisbane Water National Park, Woy Woy Road, Kariong, New South Wales 2250 Australia

Cool off under a waterfall or just relax in the lush rainforest in Brisbane Water National Park.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Distillery Botanica, 25 Portsmouth Rd, Erina, New South Wales 2250 Australia

Time for a quick stop at a boutique distillery where an array of award-winning spirits and liqueurs are produced. Many of the ingredients are sourced from the flowers, fruits and herbs plucked straight from the distillery's amazing "fragrant garden".

 Wednesdays - Sundays only.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hawkesbury River NSW Brooklyn NSW, New South Wales 2083 Australia

Our last food detour for the day! This local oyster farm supplies produce straight from the source. Sit back and watch the sun setting over the waterways, sampling oysters and prawns.

 Wednesdays - Sundays only.

Duration: 20 minutes


  • Entry into wildlife park is included
  • Complimentary professional photos of you on the tour included!
  • 10% off lunch and premium seating in restaurant overlooking Pelican Island Nature Reserve
  • Fully escorted, private tour with your own professional guide and driver
  • Travel in air-conditioned comfort in a private car or SUV
  • Australian wine, bottled water and chocolate included
  • Entry/Admission - Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary


  • Snacks - There is the opportunity to stop at local shops for coffee, cakes and seafood. These are not included in the price

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
- Minimum two guests
- Personalised service - your tour is private and not with other groups.
- Pick up is from any location within the Sydney city area.
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Car seat provided for kids.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms


31 Reviews

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Evangeline C August 2020

So here’s the thing about Matt and his interactive tours...the minute he starts heading out into the bush (forest), he’s in his element. And his enthusiasm is contagious. He showed me and my girlfriend everything: wildlife, caves, explained the historical significance of this beautiful part of the world. He even stopped at a tree and ate some termites like the aboriginals use to! Matt loves his little corner of paradise. And it shows. Loved it!

Claudia_C May 2020

Amazing tour beginning with pickup at our hotel, feeding birds in the park, and being taken to places few tourists ever visit. Lots of information and sights, I highly recommend this tour! If we ever get to travel back to Australia, I would definitely use Matt for another outing!

Susan G March 2020

Matt is a great guy! He took us out into the natural areas surrounding Sydney and we really got to see the best of the area. We walked through the bush (what Aussies call the bush is what Americans call the woods or forests) and saw beautiful birds like lorikeets, galahs, parrots and we even saw lyre birds in two different places - Wow! Plus Matt showed us some Aboriginal stone carvings as well as places where the Aboriginals had sharpened their tools. He also shared interesting information about local plants and trees. We walked some beautiful beaches - ones that are much better than the well known Bondi - and we trekked over the rocks on one of the beaches to see waves crashing against the cliffs and fascinating honeycomb sort of shaped erosion in the stone along the cliffs. We had lunch at a local restaurant that served wonderful seafood and overlooked a river that provided the perfect combination of food, drink, cool breezes and scenic views. We also visited a couple of wildlife sanctuaries to see the unique Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, dingos, Tasmanian devils, one the emu was leading the way along the path! To top it all off, Matt took us to beautiful waterfalls before bring us back to our hotel in the city. Matt is well-informed and passionate about the beauty and wildlife surrounding Sydney - you must do this tour! We loved it and wished we had our grandkids with us as they would have loved it as well!

Larisa_T March 2020

We spent the day with Matt, having come in for a day from a cruise ship. I was with my retired parents. Matt was incredible! He was very personable, full of interesting information, and fun to spend the day with. We were able to see amazing sights, that regular tours do not see. We loved all of the stops on the trip: the 4000 year old carvings, the bush walk, the chance to pet kangaroos and emus, the waterfall, and the 3 beaches, each unique and beautiful. For most of the trip, we were off the normal tourist stops, seeing just a few locals enjoying the nature. We couldn't have found a more perfect tour guide. Thank you Matt!

MaryCatherine_T March 2020

This tour was EXCELLENT! If you are looking for something off the beaten tourist path, this is for you. We spent the day observing Australia's natural beauty on remote coastlines and natural bush. We interacted with wildlife from kangaroos in the bush to observing seals playing off the coastline. Matt is an fantastic tour guide and a great person, he's knowledgeable about Australia's history and natural environment and was lovely to spend the day with. I will recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sydney!

Cathy G March 2020

If you are looking to see life outside the big city, this tour is for you. Matt clearly loved showing us the beauty outside the city. We walked in the bush where we saw aboriginal drawings, saw incredible rock formations at the beach, had a wonderful lunch and more. We had a lovely day!

haerol March 2020

This tour is a hand-crafted experience from a very passionate, personable, and genuine tour guide. Matt has created a tour schedule that allows him to pick you the doorstep of your residence (whether it is your home, an AirBnB, or hotel), give you the history of the region, show you Aboriginal carvings on sandstone that date 20,000-40,000 years, take a mild hike into the wonderful bush in the small town where he resides (Berowra), travel to the wild-life reserve where you pet Kangaroos, Emus (Happy Feet is great!), and see the other regional wildlife, have lunch at a waterside restaurant at a discount, see 3 wonderful beaches with a nice seashore hike, and a waterfall prior to dropping you back off at where you're staying. The thing with Matt's trip is it is fluid and very accomodating. I would not recommend it to those who do not like a hike, but if you love the outdoors, the sound of waves crashing, and the wonderful landscape of Australia, then this is the tour made for you. Additionally, Matt's company is unbelievable (we enjoyed his company so much, we insisted he join us for lunch! He was hesitant and respectful, but eventually agreed to our non-stop requests) and he teaches the local lingo, knows good facts about local things, and will guide you through the etiquettes of the country if you are not aware, as well. Most importantly, he finalizes the tour with special things, such as stopping in the middle of the trip for some ice cream/gelato that we saw or gifting a bottle of wine to my wife and me after hearing how enthused we have recently become with wine. These are the qualities that set this tour apart from others. So if you want a personal tour with invaluable company, then Matt's Sydney Secrets tour is meant for you.

JAK1227 February 2020

Matt was a knowledgable and fun guide. He adjusted the tour to our requests and took us to the places we were interested in seeing. I highly recommend Matt for your tour of Sydney and would definitely use his services again.

Jorge_A February 2020

Such a wonderful tour. I felt like I got the glimpse into Australian life that is probably impossible to get on a group tour. I highly recommend this excursion.

myharaya February 2020

We had a wonderful time with Matt which started and ended right on time. We were initially a group of 4 and then last minute, had to increase our group size to 5. Matt was very accommodating and made everything easy - from adding one more person to our group, to stopping for coffee, to making changes to our itinerary as the weather changed throughout the day. I really appreciated how Matt paid attention to everyone's interest and shared information that he thought each one would find meaningful. Spending the day with Matt as a tour guide was like spending the day with an old friend who spent a lot of time in Australia's great outdoors. He brought us close enough to nature to enjoy it, but not too far that it was inconvenient. My favorite part of the trip was being able to touch Wallabies and going to a beautiful waterfall. We also all had fun during the drive listening to music and sharing stories. I highly recommend this tour to families and groups of friends who want to explore Australia beyond Sydney as a private group. Can't wait to go back on this tour with other members of my family!

JoelD178 February 2020

I can't say enough good about Matt and his spectacular tour. Matt grew up in this area of Australia and has a deep appreciation and love for the land and its many inhabitants. He is very knowledgeable of the history, plants, animals, and people of this region. And he's just a great guy to be around. I can't imagine a better tour guide.

dunhamhs February 2020

Matt picked us up right on time at our Sydney Hotel and gave us a wonderful day of exploring the countryside North of the city. We saw everything as described in the listing, plus a few other things. It was raining part of the day so some of the walking excursions were cut short, but Matt substituted other stops. He is a very knowledgeable guide and really loved sharing his experiences. Lunch at the Woy Woy restaurant was great. I would highly recommend this one day getaway to see the other side of Sydney.

Marjorie_P February 2020

Our guide, Matt, was absolutely awesome. As a native of the area surrounding Sydney, he has a wealth of information to share. Sydney is inhabited by 5 million people so to be able to see surroundings pristine beaches, wildlife and history with someone who knows the area so well is great. Matt adjusted our tour to accommodate mobility issues and included an area we especially wanted to see. He supplied some lovely local wine or water for our stops. Worth every penny. Thanks Matt.

Peggy33436 February 2020

We were scheduled to go to the Blue Mountains, but the trip was cancelled due to the fires. How lucky we were to find this tour, and that it was available on very short notice! Matt picked us up at our hotel right on time in a rental car. He told us that all his worldly goods were packed in his car and ready to evacuate if necessary due to the fires. However, he never let the threat of the fires dampen his mood. Our day began with photos of the Sydney Opera House and Bridge, then we proceeded to leave the city to have a day full of adventure. We saw aboriginal carvings, went for a fun and interesting walk in the bush, visited the Wildlife Park and saw native animals (including getting to pet a koala!), visited some beautiful and remote beaches, had a delicious lunch in Woy Woy, possibly stopped a crime in the making thanks to Matt's quick actions, and had a blast at the Distillery Botanica. Matt even made an out-of-the-way stop for us at Dan Murphy's in Erina. We learned about bin chickens and that Australian opossoms are cute. Even though we didn't save any baby sharks, thank you, Matt, for a FANTASTIC day!

rickhP9916VH February 2020

What a wonderful day! Matt our guide was excellent sharing his knowledge and secret hidden treasures. Matt promised the day would keep getting better and it did. We started the day seeing aboriginal carvings and then to an animal sanctuary able to see Emu, kangaroos, wallabies and koala bears- we were able to get up close and pet the kangaroos and wallabies. The afternoon was truly wonderful- no words to describe the beauty of Pearl beach and Acova Bay!!! Remember to bring swimsuits, water shoes and towels and let Matt show you the best of Australia. Carolyn

VickieS978 February 2020

After three days in the city, it was time for a change. Matt was on time at the hotel. Super friendly and flexible. Willing to customize on the spot. It was like having a friend spend the day with you, showing all the secrets the bigger tours don’t. The beaches were fantastic; no tourists, just a few locals. A great way to spend the day.

jungwoop435 January 2020

저는 가족들과 해당 프로그램을 함께했습니다. 아는만큼 보고 본만큼 느낄 수있듯이 가이드인 Matt는 시드니 시티뿐만이 아닌 외곽의 정말 현지인들만 아는 장소를 그 배경지식과 함께 편안하게 둘러보고 느낄수 있도록 해주었습니다. 왠지 호주 현지에 사촌분이 관광시켜주신 것 같이 정답고 친절하셨습니다. 마지막에는 제가 차에 실수로 놓고간 안경집까지도 챙겨주셔서 너무 감사했습니다. I’ve attended this well organized program with my family. This tour reminded me the sentence of my favorite travel essay ‘You could see as much as you know, you could feel as much as you see’. Mr. Matt, the guide of this program, provided very comfortable itinerary to cover the internal and external Sydney city. Whole visited spots with his detailed explanations were awesome, if I hadn’t participated in this tour, I couldn’t have seen those beautiful sights. In additionally Mr. Matt is very Kind and professional guide. Me and my family were really happy with his tour.

adrianctzeyoung January 2020

If you only had a day or 2 in Australia, this is the only tour you need to experience all things Aussie. We got picked up in a private, comfortable vehicle, by our super-friendly, knowledgeable and polite guide Matt, and off we went. Matt took us to the best pristine beaches on the Central Coast. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the sun, surf and sand - just like the locals and sure beats trudging around in Sydney city hustle and bustle (which is what we woyld have done if not for this tour) Lunch was at an amazing and reasonably-priced restaurant on the water watching ..... huge pelicans!!!!! What a treat it was for us. The town itself was a lovely quaint little coastal town. Did I mention we got to pat free-roaming kangaroos and emus??? There were also koalas, dingos, birds, wombats, reptiles. We hate seeing animals in cages and used for human amusement so we were very pleased when Mat took us to this wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary closely simulated the animal's natural environment and conservation was a big part of the park's work. Matt took us on a walk through the beautiful bushland where we took the best family photos overlooking a valley, and we had a great time discovering Aboriginal carvings! If history is you thing Matt also includes a brief history lesson. He really knew his way around and his passion shines through. Thank you Matt for showing us "your back yard" and creating our Australian memories.

uriv2014 January 2020

My wife and I came to Sydney during the Bushfires, and we didn't know what to expect. We booked a trip with Matt and he picked us up in the morning. The trip was awesome and I am very happy he worked on our timing and our interests. I loved the flexibility on our tour and it felt like a road trip ... Even though there were ravaging fires during our stay, Matt did everything possible to show us the best time and augmented our trip to likes and interested and showed us the parts of Sydney we would have never seen if it was for this tour. He got a private tour of places we would only see if an old friend who lives in the area showed us around. He made Sydney feel like home, and we will be coming back. Thank you!

davidrX3937BM January 2020

I have just arrived from Matt's tour of nature and wildlife in Sydney and, if I could, I would do it again tomorrow. We hiked to discover amazing aboriginal carvings, visited a wildlife park in which I literally cuddled and hugged kangaroos and wallabies, walked around beautiful non-touristy beaches and contemplated astonishing views of the cliffs in the Central Coast. We even had a fantastic swim in one of them. In sum, Matt will help you to discover hidden Australian treasures which are incredibly close to the city. I do not usually go on tours when travelling (I normally backpack around) but I am incredibly happy I did. Rather than a touristic tour, this is an authentic one-day trip organised by a genuine traveller. If you are planning to book just one tour during your stay in Sydney, forget about the Blue Mountains and do this tour with Matt. You will not regret it!

familytravel1317 January 2020

Our family loved exploring the Central Coast and Sydney suburbs with Matt! Matt was entertaining, fun and knowledgable. It was like doing a tour with your Australian cousin. We loved seeing the hidden gems and hearing a local's perspective on the region.

autumntiffany2019 January 2020

Highly recommend this tour! All of the destinations truly highlight the beauty of the surrounding coastlines, culture, & nature. Experiencing this tour with Matt, a fun local who is passionate about this area because it is a second home to him, definitely provides a memorable, unique experience. Especially visiting from Hawaii and understanding culture, the aloha spirit, and the true beauty that surrounds us, I wouldn’t have expected anything less. It would be hard to define a favorite part but the cliffs are definitely breathtaking along with the crystal clear waters. In addition, the Koala is a remarkable creature. The kangaroos are pleasant as well but then again the wallaby was just as cute. This was the loveliest day on my trip and in the future I would hope to take another tour with Matt to see other hidden gems in his backyard!

greywallz January 2020

This is our first trip to Sydney.We wanted to see the place as locals will see it.After searching we selected “Kangaroos,coastline and Carvings” Our guide Matt showed up at our hotel on time with smile. He briefly explained what we are going to visit. First we visited unexplored 4000 year carvings Went to walk in the Wild park where we saw Kangaroos Dingos Wallaby’s and other animals Then we went to Woy Woy to have a delicious sea food lunch.After enjoying the lunch we went explore couple of Beaches and on our way back Matt took us to Gin distillery where we tasted “Moore Rum” from Blue Bottle Absolutely amazing taste. We enjoyed every moment our trip. Highly recommended

johnzR5187BE December 2019

Awesome tour! Most tourists don’t get to see the Bush like this. We saw local plants and animal life and rare Aboriginal carvings in stone, and Matt explained it all! We got to pet kangaroos and emus and see koalas, cockatoos, fruit bats and other Australian animals in a sanctuary. We experienced the stone headwalls of the best beaches! The waves crash against the rocks and we felt the spray. The tides leave behind pools in the rocks filled with sea life, plants and fish and crustaceans, like a natural fish tank! The rock walls are beautiful artwork we got to touch. Thanks Matt for showing us your “back yard” Australia!!
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