4-day New South Wales Explorer

A quick New South Wales adventure with exciting days of exploration and memorable experiences.

Begin your journey from Sydney, exploring the mesmerising Blue Mountains, where you’ll take on the famous Wentworth Falls hike. The embark on a culinary adventure in the Hunter Valley, indulging in wine, beer, cheese, and chocolate tastings. Visit the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary, to get a unique perspective on these loveable creatures. On the sandy shores around of Port Stephens, bask in the crystal-clear waters, and take a boat cruise to encounter amazing bottlenose dolphins.

This trip is all about breath-taking views when you visit the iconic Three Sisters, hike up Mt. Tomaree, and witness a stunning sunrise atop the majestic Worimi sand dunes, the largest moving coastal dunes in the southern hemisphere.

Your journey is filled with spectacular landscapes, wildlife encounters, gourmet delights, and unforgettable moments, as you get a real immersive taste of New South Wales, Australia. 🌄🍻🏖️🌊🚤🏜️🐬🌞🌆🍃🤣🇦🇺

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Welcome to Aussie, mate

Alright, folks, get ready for your adventure heading north up the infamous East Coast of Australia that’s as fun as a kangaroo in a jump-off! We kick things off in the land of Oz’s most fabulous city, Sydney.

Once we’ve established that we’re all in good company, it’s time to get down to business, and by business, we mean the kind that involves exploring the stunning Blue Mountains. Why are they called “blue,” you ask? Well, it’s not because they’re feeling sad; it’s because they’re often covered in a mystical blue haze – kinda like an Avatar sequel.

Our day in the Blue Mountains will have you taking on Wentworth Falls hike and striking a pose with the iconic Three Sisters. Don’t worry, though; we’re not going to turn you into the next Bear Grylls. We’ll save some energy to be back in Sydney by evening, and that means it’s time to check out the Harbour City’s world-famous nightlife.

Picture yourself sipping on a cocktail with the Sydney Opera House as your backdrop, and the Harbour Bridge lighting up the night sky – it’s almost as if the city itself is saying, “Welcome to the Aussie, mate!” 🌄🎉🇦🇺

Included activities: Wentworth Falls hike, Sydney nightlife explorer
Accommodation: Twins and triples Sydney inner city hostel

Day 1: Sydney, Blue Mountains

Koalas in a food sandwich.

Pack your bags and say goodbye to beautiful Sydney, because you’re about to dive headfirst into a foodie wonderland that’s so delicious, even your taste buds will do a happy dance! We’re off to the Hunter Valley, a place where skyscrapers are swapped for rolling hills, and instead of sidewalks, you’ll find wineries, cheeseries, and breweries. It’s like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but for grown-ups who appreciate a fine glass of wine more than a golden ticket. Sip on a glass of perfectly aged wine, indulge in the artsiest of craft beers, nibble on artisanal cheeses, and savouring gourmet chocolate amidst the picturesque backdrop of the Hunter Valley.

But hold on to your taste buds, because we’re not done yet! Next stop: Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary. This place isn’t just about cute koalas (though you’ll see plenty of those furry fellas), it’s about providing state-of-the-art care to our sick, injured, and orphaned koalas. We’re talking top-notch healthcare for the marsupial elite! And to get a truly unique perspective on these cuddly creatures, we’ll be climbing the “Skywalk,” where you’ll feel like a koala yourself as you peer into their natural habitat from the treetops.

Now, back to the food front (because it’s a foodie sandwich today, and we’re the filling). We’re cranking up the heat with a top-notch Aussie BBQ this evening. Grab your tongs and get ready to chow down on sizzling sausages, mouthwatering steaks, and all the delicious fixings (there is even a mean vegan barbie for those in need too). 🍇🍷🥩🍤🐨

Meals: breakfast and dinner
Included activities: Gourmet goodies tastings, Koala sanctuary
Accommodation: Eco-cabins

Day 2: Sydney - Hunter Valley to Port Stephens

Sun, sea, sand and chilling

Ah, Australia’s east coast – where the motto has always been “sun, sea, sand, and chilling.” Today, we’re turning that dream into a full-blown, sandy reality show! Say hello to Port Stephens, a gem on Australia’s coastline that’s like the beach equivalent of finding a ten-dollar bill in your old jeans pocket.

Picture this: your ankle-deep in the crystal-clear waters, the waves gently caress your toes as if they’ve been waiting for you to arrive and grace them with your presence. And then, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you find yourself face to fin with dolphins. We’re talking about meeting these intelligent, graceful creatures in their natural habitat on a boat cruise. They’ll probably swim circles around your excitement levels.

We round the day off with legendary Mt. Tomaree Walk. Trust us; the views from the top are so breathtaking they’ll make you question why you ever bothered with mundane things like office cubicles and traffic jams.

So, pack your sunscreen, your sense of wonder, and your best sea shanty (or preferably not). Today’s the day when you turn the beachy daydream into a reality so epic, even the sun will be throwing some extra rays your way in approval. Welcome to Port Stephens, where the sun, sea, sand, and chilling are more than just a motto – they’re a way of life! 🏖️🌊🐬⛰️🌞🤣

Included activities: Wild dolphin boat cruise, Mt Tomaree walk
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: Eco-cabins

Day 3: Port Stephens

When beachy dreams of sand dune conquests come true

As the sun peeks over the horizon, painting the sky in shades of pink and orange, you’ll find yourself standing at the top of the majestic Worimi sand dunes at sunrise. Worimi are the largest moving coastal dunes in the entire southern hemisphere. It’s a view so breathtaking that even the dunes themselves will be like, “Wow, we look good in this light!” And don’t worry, if you happen to tumble down a dune or two, just remember, you’re not falling; you’re simply practicing your sand acrobatics!

After our sandy escapade, it’s time to refuel, and what better way to do that than with breakfast amongst the trees at our eco-lodge? You’ll be sipping your coffee, listening to the birds chirping their morning serenade, and probably finding a grain or two of sand in places you didn’t even know existed.

After breakfast we head back toward Sydney, and what a trip it has been knowing that our beachy dreams of sand dune conquests have come true. Your U. crew will drop you back in Sydney in time to wet your whistle on some of the finest Aussie brews with a toast to the memories made and the ones yet to come?🏄‍♂️🌞🍻🎉🐨🇦🇺🌆🌅🍃🏖️🏜️🌄🤣

Included activities: Worimi sand dunes
Meals: breakfast

Day 4: Port Stephens to Sydney

We can help you!

This itinerary is a guide only. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips, our lack of control over the weather,
and many other factors that can effect a group, where we go and what we do each day may vary.

Always included: 

  • Covered by the Travel Guarantee Fund in Denmark
  • 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • We do all the planning for you
  • Personalized meetings before departure
  • 24/7 emergency telephone
  • Your own personal travel profile with program, add-ons, flight tickets etc.
  • Packing list and advice
  • Advice and assistance with booking flights
  • Possibility of purchasing cancellation and travel insurance
  • All entrances and fees for experiences
  • All tour accommodation

 

Transport:

  • Bus
  • Scenic train

Experiences:

  • Capture a photo with the iconic Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour Bridge as your backdrop
  • Explore the Blue Mountains
  • Hike to Wentworth Falls and the iconic Three Sisters
  • Cheese, wine, chocolate, vodka and brewery tastings
  • Stay at an eco-lodge
  • Famous Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary
  • Boat trip and wild dolphin safari
  • Mt Tomaree hike
  • Worimi sand dune visits
  • Breakgast everyday

Please note the night before the departure for the Blue Mountains and the night we return to Sydney are not included in the price. However, your U. Crew can book you into our preferred place of staying or we can arrange something else if you have a preference.

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U.Impact! Experiences

Local characters off the beaten track

One of the most amazing things about Australia that many visitors miss, either because they don’t get off the beaten track, or because they are just too shy is this incredible breed called “the ocker” – which is slang for someone from Australia. We have made an absolute concerted effort to craft local experiences off the beaten track with our mates in Australia. You will get to meet real Aussies who will share a yarn and schooner. Some of them we will even let you pat and feed, but we don’t worry we won’t let them off the leash (joking!!!). Unique to U. will meet awesome folk in country towns plus the wonderful peoples of the First Nations who share with us rich stories and tales. This is not a joke – we are really proud at how local we have taken this trip!

Incredible wildlife… in the wild

You know we are against holding animals in captivity just for entertainment or unscrupulous tourism operators who use cruel methods just to tame or herd wild animals into human proximity. But Australia has some of the most incredible array of zany wildlife anywhere in the world. So we have gone over and above to create a trip that has every opportunity to encounter, without encroaching, on platypus, crocodiles, dolphins, whales, koalas and kangaroos in the wild. Be prepared to be wowed and amazing at these beautiful creatures wild in their natural habitats.

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER WHEN USED WELL

Your expected footprint on this trip: 0.06 tons of CO2

(not including flights). Find out more about our commitment to net-zero travel and how you can lower your footprint.

Accommodation: 40.8 kgs 3 nights at 13.6 kgs per night Transport: 14.04 kgs 685 at 20.5 kgs per 100km Food (and party): 2.8 kgs Approx. 700g per day

Your local investment on this trip: AUD$1,129

The average expected amount our U.Traveller’s spend that goes directly into the local economy.

Find out more about our love for supporting local businesses

Why Choose a U. Trip

  • The only tour company carbon calculating and offsetting every part of your U.Trip, as part of your cost! From the flights, to all carbon costs associated with your accommodation, activities, meals and transport.  This means you are choosing to travel responsibly with a company dedicated to putting People + Planet first!  U. have simplified the decision making so you can focus on just choosing the best trip for your adventures!
  • More inclusions, head to head, than other trips meaning you get more value for your spend, you see more and you experience more!
  • Invest in yourself and your future with a U.Trip that seamlessly combines the fun, excitement and adventure of gap year and backpacker travel with Impact Experiences that add value to your ‘self’ and your CV.
  • U. creates the opportunity for you to challenge your own understanding of the world with first hand experiences of local communities and the challenges facing them.
  • A team with over 100 years collective travel experience

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