Sydney has so many tourist activities for the visitor and local residents, it’s often hard to choose between those not to be missed places to visit, especially when time is limited.

Apart from the “Visitor Must Do List” attractions of climbing the harbour bridge, exploring the Opera House, taking a ferry to Manly, visiting Taronga Park Zoo and a day away at the Blue Mountains, squeezing other events into a full itinerary proves to be a real dilemma when there are several places to choose from, each with their own merits as to why time and money should be spent to experience them.

For those visitors who are time poor and want to experience a unique and beautiful part of Sydney which they probably would not explore on their own, Sydney Coast Walks have put together a three hour tour which will showcase the true beauty of the Sydney Harbour foreshore up close and provide an interesting insight into the history of the Watsons Bay area, The Gap and South Head, the gateway to the harbour. www.sydneycoastwalks.com.au

Visit Camp Cove beach where the Aboriginal Birrabirragal mob met the sailors of the First Fleet commanded by England’s Captain Arthur Phillip.  Local guides will share stories of South Head’s shipwrecks that led to one of Australia’s first lighthouses being built.

With no more than twelve guests in each tour, the walking pace allows plenty of time for discovery and photographs.  The tour commences at Sydney’s Circular Quay with a ferry ride across the harbour to Watsons Bay.  After departing the ferry wharf area with its famous beach side fish restaurants and a short walk past the historic wooden fisherman’s cottages, now all restored to luxurious splendour, the tour passes through the Sydney Harbour National Park where visitors will see fabulous views looking back towards the city before walking on to South Head and The Gap.

Whist on the tour, visitors may be lucky enough to see whales as they migrate along the coastline during June to October. The Gap is one of the best land vantage points to spot whales.

For those visitors who have a little bit more time, Sydney Coast Walks, which is a family owned business, also runs full day and overnight hiking tours through Sydney’s national parks.  On these tours, they supply and carry all the food and equipment, so the visitor can experience the beauty and diversity of the walking tours without the burden of a heavy pack.  Their knowledge of coastal areas means they can lead you off the beaten track to hidden and lesser known places.  The tour groups are small so you can benefit from the personalised attention.   Sandra Tiltman



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