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Blue Mountains Small-Group Insider Tour from Sydney

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Sydney, Australia
Blue Mountains Small-Group Insider Tour from Sydney

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icon10 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Immerse in the beauty of the World Heritage–listed Blue Mountains National Park. During this day trip from Sydney, go off the beaten track while exploring magnificent valleys, rivers, and gorges with an expert guide. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and Mt. Tomah Botanic Gardens, hike the Jamison Valley and sightsee along Cliff Drive. Morning tea, lunch, and round-trip hotel transport are included. Numbers are limited to 10 people, allowing for a small-group experience.
  • Sydney day trip to the UNESCO-listed Blue Mountains
  • Hike past waterfalls to scenic lookouts at Blue Mountains National Park
  • Includes round-trip hotel transport by minibus
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 for a personalized experience
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7:30 AM

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

We pick up travelers from all hotels, train stations or private addresses within the city area, including Surry Hills, Kings Cross, Pots Point, Darlinghurst, Darling Harbour, the Rocks, the CBD, Sydney, Haymarket, Millers Point, Circular Quay, Dawes Point, Woolloomooloo, Paddington and Rushcutters Bay. We do not pick up from North Sydney, Manly or airports. (For our privately booked tours we pick up at any address or location)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Dingo Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "This tour can be flexible with what the group wants to do." See review
  • "Also we hadn't eaten since our breakfast at our hotel before pickup at 0720, it was now 1300 so I would suggest you take plenty of snacks and water with you." See review
  • "Birds, plants, some hiking and a picnic away from crowds, with only one day to see the Blue Mountains, this trip was ideal." See review


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Perfect tour in great weather
, Feb. 2020
My girlfriend and I went on tour with Alexander on a chilly but beautiful Wednesday morning I February. We were very excited about the first stop and delighted to experience the animals in the wild life park before everyone else. From here on, the weather conditions changed for the worse which resulted in an interesting trip, but not as scenic as expected. You could tell the trip was made for good weather conditions which obviously not implied a rainy and foggy Wednesday. I believe that if the weather would have been great, we would have loved the tour even more. Alexander did a nice job as our guide and knew everything and explained things thoroughly and understandable. The lunch was great! The rating is inky tour starts because it seemed like there wasn't any "plan b" when most of the trip was covered in fog. Would recommend everyone and anyone to do this trip!
Just awesome
, Jan. 2020
highlight of my week in Sydney. Picked up nice and early. Had little picnic before heading off on walk. Was just lush and peaceful away from where all the normal tourists head to. Tour guide Carlos was fabulous and had great knowledge. Read up on what is involved, we were unfortunate to have had someone who was very unfit and slowed group down a little although this did allow us to see the stunning scenery along way. Stopped and had little break under s cliff looking out over the blue mountains, snacks provided by tour provider, continued with walk to beautiful waterfall and washed face in water to cool down. Stopped for great lunch in little cafe, Turkish bread sandwiches freshly made. Then had drive to couple more lookouts again away from where all the tour drives go to see 3 sisters. Lovely drive back to Perth through some of towns in blue mountains. Would highly recommend booking this tour
Great Views of a beautiful place
, Dec. 2019
There were only 4 of us in our group which was nice. We visited the Featherdale Animal Sancuary and fed the wallabies. We managed to see the Blue Mountains despite the smoke from the bush fires. Our guide was very informative. The scenery was absolutely stunning. We did a hike, which was described as easy to moderate, my husband and I are fairly fit but I would describe this as moderate to hard. Towards the end of the hike it is mostly uphill (alot of steps) and in the heat and after over an hour of hiking took its toll. Also we hadn't eaten since our breakfast at our hotel before pickup at 0720, it was now 1300 so I would suggest you take plenty of snacks and water with you. However, the views along the route were amazing and we were rewarded with a lovely picnic at the end. This is a full day and well worth it.
Magnificent Blue Mountains!
, Nov. 2019
Thank you Jelle, Dingo Tours for selecting a route that provided a great personal experience of this beautiful place. We enjoyed the historical and cultural commentary and music along the way. Birds, plants, some hiking and a picnic away from crowds, with only one day to see the Blue Mountains, this trip was ideal.
Blue Mountains Small Group
, Oct. 2019
Our guide, Charlie is an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable about the area. This tour can be flexible with what the group wants to do. Highly recommended.
My tour was cancelled by organizer 3 days before the tour date
, Aug. 2019
My tour was cancelled 3 days before the tour date and I was offered an option which was not at all comparable to the tour which I had booked. Cancelling the tour, because I was the only one signed up, is understandable but a bit more notice of cancellation would have been better because I was left at the last minute looking for a tour which covered the points that this tour was going to cover.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2019
Why the gross inaccuracies? Indeed, I had to cancel your tour and I am of course very sorry about that. As a small operator, I can hardly afford cancellations. However, as you indeed point out, I am unable to run a tour with only 1 guest. As all tour operators, we also require minimum 2 guests for a tour to go ahead. Obviously I hate to cancel a tour, which is why I waited as long as possible for last minute bookings to come in. Unfortunately that did not happen. But I messaged you 4 days(!) in advance - not 3 days as you mistakenly claim. In this message, sent on Aug 6, 2019, (-i’e’ 4 days before departure - I have the Tripadvisor record to show this), I offered to organise a seat for you on the Blue Mountains tour run by our partner. (FYI - their tour is actually quite a bit more expensive than mine, but of course I always pay the difference myself). This partnering operators' Blue Mountains itinerary is similar to ours, with only 1 real difference: instead of Featherdale, their tour visits Calmsley Farm to see a whole bunch native animals (including kangaroos, wombats and koalas). All other tour elements are virtual identical to ours, including: - A 1.5 hour walk - All major valleys visited (Jamison and Grose Valley) - Packed lunch - Small group - Luxury vehicle - Return via Bells line of Road - Visit to Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens, However, onAugust 8th at 11.30 PM (more than 2 days after my initial message), you requested a refund as “ “I do not want the AEA's Blue Mountains tour as it does not include Featherdale Park.” Isn't it again dishonest to now say that " was offered an option which was not at all comparable to the tour which I had booked."? The alternative option was very comparable. You also say that by cancelling 3 days in advance (as I mention, it was 4 days in advance), I did not give you the time to source another tour Blue Mountains tour Well, firstly: you had 4 days, not 3. Anyway, 3 days, leave alone 4, is plenty of time to find another operator. As anybody can see on Tripadvisor or Google, there are large number of operators who run daily Blue Mountains tours. But where I do agree with you, is that it may have been difficult to source an operator that covers the points that my tour was going to cover. Few indeed do, with 1 exception: alternative tour I suggested to you, and which you declined! Frankly Mr or Ms Slothouber, I find your dishonest review disappointing and infuriating. Sad.
Great tour. Went with Jelle, who...
Robert S
, Mar. 2018
Great tour. Went with Jelle, who runs The Dingo Tours operation. Lovely chap, very knowledgeable about the area, fauna and flora and Australian history. Only 5 of us on the tour. Started with early entry into Featherdale wildlife park which allowed us up close contact with the animals. The coach parties were just starting to arrive as we left. On to a really nice walk around Wentworth falls, then Three sisters viewpoint, then Pulpit Rock, each time avoiding the coach tours. Fantastic views at each location and nice picnic lunch. Back via 30 minute stop at the Botanic gardens arriving in Sydney at 5:30pm. Loved it.
A really good day which we had to...
Robert A
, Mar. 2018
A really good day which we had to ourselves because of a previous cancellation. A good pace throughout the day and we were able to finesse the schedule.
Had a wonderful day! There were 10...
Joan L
, Mar. 2018
Had a wonderful day! There were 10 people total on the tour the van was roomy and comfortable Steven was our tour guide and did a great job! we went first to Featherdale Wildlife Park - saw crocodile, koala bears, kangaroos, birds, wombats, bats, dingo's emu's, etc. I was able to pet the kangaroos and cockatoo. We went to two overlooks - Gordon Overlook and Three Sisters We deleted to hike with picnic lunch - magnificent views! Exhausting, but well worth it. We walked/hiked for about 1.5 hours. The last part was 427 steps straight up! Saw lizards, birds, and ant hills! The views were breathtaking after that experience we headed to the Botanical Gardens - beautiful flowers/views/ and had a couple glasses of champagne A perfect day!
Highly recommend the small group...
, Dec. 2017
Highly recommend the small group tour. We had total of 5 people including us. View of waterfall was amazing and lunch was delicious. Do not hesitate to book.
Great experience walking to lookouts...
Annie W
, Oct. 2017
Great experience walking to lookouts and having a picnic under the trees. Personalized with small group. Tour guide gave us interesting information about Blue Mountains area.
This tour was taken by another...
Diane E
, Feb. 2017
This tour was taken by another company as the original one couldn't do it. At least I wasn't let down! A few stops at viewing points then Some people hiked about 3k which was lovely while some stopped for lunch. We went to the botanic gardens then we were taken to a quiet and picturesque site on the way home and were given a glass of bubbly which was a nice social! A bit long in the coach home after all the drop offs at various hotels in the Sydney rush though.
The Blue Mountains was the highlight...
, Sep. 2016
The Blue Mountains was the highlight of our trip to Sydney. We were lucky that me and my partner where the only ones on the tour so we were able to go at our own pace which means we got to see a lot in the limited time we had. Our tour guide Jelle was friendly and very knowledgeable about all of the places we visited during our 9 hour guided tour. Featherdale was an awesome way to get up close with the Koala bears, Kangaroos and many other Australian animals. Since we got there before the park opened to the public we go to see all the animals without waiting as well as get plenty of great photos. Our morning hike lasted about two hours and we got to see some of the most breathtaking sites. After a delicious lunch we stopped off at several scenic sites in the Blue Mountains as well as the Botanical Gardens. If you want an intimate experience with nature away from all the large tour groups I would recommend this trip.
Jean was an excellent tour guide, he...
Priyanka G
, Apr. 2016
Jean was an excellent tour guide, he knows a ton about the local geography as well as birds/botany making this tour very enjoyable. As the group was very small just three tourists, it was easier to explore blue mountains. The trip also accommodated any special dietary requirements I am vegetarian and gluten free, just adding to the positive experience.

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