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Three years ago, Flamin' Galah Sydney Tours and Airport Transfers was born. It was a light bulb moment one evening, the now owner/operator, Al Wilson went out in search of the ultimate Sydney tour itinerary...
Three years ago, Flamin' Galah Sydney Tours and Airport Transfers was born. It was a light bulb moment one evening, sat on a balcony in Manly, drinking a glass of wine! The next day, the now owner/operator, Al Wilson went out in search of the ultimate Sydney tour itinerary. The aim was to design a tour that gave the "Sydney experience seeker" the most comprehensive, in depth and revealing tour of Sydney’s scenery that was humanly possible.
Inspired by the coastal scenery around Sydney's Northern Beaches and the bush scenery around the neighbouring National Parks, it was just a case of creating an itinerary that would absolutely knock the socks off anyone who did it. The break through moment came when discovering a bush walk from the West Head Road in Ku-ring Gai Chase National Park, down to Great Mackerel Beach on the edge of Pittwater. This walk would be the link in the chain and allows the tour to become a convenient circular itinerary. The walk includes an Aboriginal engravings site, beautiful trees and flowers, jaw-dropping coastal views, goanna and wallaby sightings (not guaranteed) and the jewel in the crown is the descent behind and in between the picture perfect properties perched on the cliffs above Great Mackerel Beach.
Arriving at Great Mackerel Beach is like arriving on a desert island and it is impossible to believe that you are still in Sydney. The water glistens, the waves lap gently, the birds sing in the trees and the feeling of total tranquillity just rolls over you. But do you know what the best thing is? The best thing is that you don’t have to walk back up the steep track to get back to the bus!! The 12.30pm ferry from Mackerel Beach to Palm Beach picks you up from the wharf and the next thing you know, you are eating fish and chips on the other side and enjoying the beach and the views over to Pittwater and the beautiful National park from where you have come.
So that is the highlight of the tour, but it is also just the beginning of the sights and photo opportunities that line every inch of the itinerary. I have to say, that sadly this tour never got lift off. Promoting a tour and getting interest in a tour that falls into the “do something different” box, is literally like banging your head against a brick wall. The few people who experience the tour are in utter disbelief that they are the only ones on the tour and then can’t believe that not more people want to do it. Sadly, most people follow the crowd, so an “off the beaten track” tour visiting the far reaches of Sydney’s coast and bush settings, is just NOT on people’s to do list and any information that there is about the tour is utterly overshadowed by the big ticket items like the Bridge Climb, Bondi, Manly, Darling Harbour etc. etc.
In an attempt to get people’s attention the tour was changed in a big way, so that it became more mainstream. Very sadly, it was decided that the tour would be stripped of all its scenery content and instead focus would be placed on the one aspect of the tour that most people did the tour for in the first place – Home and Away at Palm Beach. About a year ago the Home and Away Tour was born and efforts towards promoting the original Sydney Bush and Beaches tour took a back seat. However it has always continued to bubble away in the background because Flamin’ Galah Sydney Tours are still very proud of it and its unique itinerary that has brought enormous pleasure to those who have done it.
Here are a few testimonial sentences from the lucky few who have been on the Sydney Bush and Beach Tour.