South Coast and Southern Highlands Private Tours – Small group day trips from Sydney
Dramatic coastlines, rolling countryside and Aussie villages– take our private tour south from Sydney to experience the region’s amazing diversity. Our South Coast and Southern Highlands private tours travel along the scenic coastline of the Illawarra region then venture inland on scenic country roads up through the Highlands. Visit beachside and inland villages for an insight into regional communities past and present. While the region is not so familiar to many Sydney visitors, those that venture down this way will be rewarded with some of the best scenery there is close to the city.
- Feel the sea breeze as you take in the cliffs and beaches along the Grand Pacific Drive
- Experience typical Aussie lifestyle at coastal communities and highland towns
- Discover the region’s rich agricultural and industrial heritage
Discover one of the Sydney region’s most scenic touring routes
Our South Coast private tours are exclusively for your group, so you can focus on the places and activities most of interest to you. Vantage points and scenic views are easily accessible, making this tour suitable for all ages and mobility levels. In fact, you don’t even need to get out of the vehicle to appreciate the region’s beauty! This tour offers something for everyone. Take a swim at the beach or at an Aussie-style rockpool, get those dramatic ocean and countryside photos, or shop at the boutique craft stores in the rural towns. Just let us know what appeals to you most and we’ll focus on it.
South Coast and Southern Highlands Private Tours Itinerary – Book Online*
- Pickup from Sydney CBD hotels
- Private tour with experienced guide
- Travel along part of the Grand Pacific Drive for great coastal viewpoints and beaches
- Enjoy the sweeping natural landscapes (including a waterfall) and picturesque farmland
- Wander around heritage towns, and perhaps pop into the craft shops and cafes
Our South Coast and Southern Highlands private tours begin with pickup from your Sydney CBD at 7:30am. We then head through Sydney’s southern suburbs to our first stop, a cliff-top lookout offering stunning views of the coastline and the imposing sandstone Illawarra escarpment. Those who wish to take in more of the sea breeze can stroll along the Sea Cliff Bridge, an iconic section of the coast road veering out from the shore. The bridge has a pedestrian walkway and takes about thirty minutes to cross.
As we continue our tour down the coast along the Grand Pacific Drive, we pass through some typical Aussie coastal communities centred around the wonderful beaches and rock pools. Our next stop is Kiama, one of the South Coast’s most pleasant coastal towns. Boutique stores, cafes and heritage buildings line the town’s peaceful bay and headland. See the famous Blowhole, a natural phenomenon where, when the conditional are right, the sea shoots up through a gap in the black volcanic rock. Next, we head inland through the green rolling hills of this former dairy country. We make a lunch stop in the town of Berry or at a hilltop café. (Lunch at own expense.)
The dramatic mountain scenery continues as we head through Kangaroo Valley to arrive in the Southern Highlands, an area known for its agriculture and early European settlements. It’s now also an emerging food and wine destination. Along the way, make a brief stop at Fitzroy Falls to see the waterfall and sandstone cliffs. Travelling on through scenic countryside we visit Berrima, a beautifully preserved heritage village with buildings dating back to the 1830s, including the courthouse and goal. The village also has a number of craft and antique shops to browse, plus charming country cafes for an afternoon tea.
At about 4:00pm we leave the tranquillity of the Highlands behind and take the main highway back to Sydney, arriving at about 6:00pm.
- Let us know your preferences. Choose to spend more time at the coast and less in the Highlands, or vice versa.
Customise your tour^
If you wish to do something different to the above itinerary, or require pick-up/drop-off outside Sydney CBD, please contact us.
If you have the time the day, you could spend a day along the South Coast and then a second day in the Southern Highlands. A range of accommodation is available to make this tour into a relaxing and rewarding two-day trip.