Walking tour around Palm Beach and the central coast National parks
Join us as we discover one of Sydney’s most stunning coastal paths – Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk. In November we coincide this walk with the annual Sculptures by the Sea Exhibition which is Australia’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition. We take the short drive to Manly on our first day where we are acquainted, for the first time, with the exquisite design of the Boathouse Group when we visit their gorgeous Boathouse Café at Shelly beach for lunch.
In the late afternoon we settle into our lovely accommodation at Barrenjoey House Palm Beach which we shall call “home” for the next 4 nights. Palm Beach is a strikingly beautiful location surrounded by water with the Barrenjoey lighthouse at the very tip of the peninsular.
Discover the beauty of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park which looks out over Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River and Pittwater. It is the second oldest national park in Australia and contains some significant aboriginal sites.
Nearby is Brisbane Waters National Park which is another important site for rock engravings and paintings. We enjoy a delicious lunch at the Boathouse Hotel Patonga while admiring the views across Broken Bay.
Our mode of transport to and from our walks will be the historic timber ferries which ply their way across Pittwater – such a relaxing way to start and finish our walks each day.
Our final 4 nights are spent in luxury at Bells Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. If we are able to tempt you away from this gorgeous hotel, we have some beautiful coastal walks in store for you through the adjoining Bouddi National Park.
Discover the local bush tucker and the medicinal uses of our native plants as we participate in a guided, indigenous walk. Pearls, bubbles and oysters - what a great way to finish off our tour as we learn about the local Broken Bay Pearls while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine.
Our Hotels and Cuisine
Our first 4 nights are spent in historic Barrenjoey House. It is a local icon and has recently been refurbished by the Boathouse Group into a very stylish and chic hotel. We enjoy delicious dinners each evening and on our last day we enjoy a relaxed lunch at their other location – the Patonga Pub.
Our final 4 nights are spent at Bells Killcare Boutique Hotel just across Broken Bay on the Central Coast where we enjoy first-class facilities at this boutique hotel. Take advantage of the luxurious spa – just perfect after a day's walking in the national park. At night we enjoy delicious seasonal dishes in the hotel restaurant. Much of the produce is grown in the hotel's own vegetable garden and on our final evening we enjoy the Chef's Tasting menu.
Barrenjoey House» Palm Beach Country-style Hotel from 1923, 2-min walk from the Palm Beach Wharf ferry and 2 kms from the 1881 Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse.
Bells at Killcare»Killcare Heights Set on landscaped grounds, this refined hotel is 2 kms from the sandy Killcare Beach, an 11-min walk from Marie Byles Lookout and 4 kms from Tallow Beach.
A wonderful experience exploring the tracks along Sydney's northern coastline (mainly). The local guides, Grahame and Peter and Helen were knowledgeable, friendly, always supportive and great company. This was a memorable trip which I would recommend to anyone with a good level of fitness. Graeme as tour leader was fantastic, always thinking a step ahead to ensure our experience was memorable. And it was!" Michael from Brisbane QLD, Australia 
Jenny and I loved this trip - amazing coastal scenery, beautiful flowers, exhilarating hikes, delicious food, comfortable accommodation and wonderful companionship! Time with a pearl oyster farmer and an Indigenous guide, and visits to ancient petroglyphs, added important extra dimensions to the overall experience. The trip was very well led by Graeme Clarke, ably assisted by local experts." Charles from Brisbane QLD, Australia 
As a novice walker I was not quite sure what to expect but I have to say how wonderful it was! I felt supported and well looked after at all times and enjoyed the camardarie of a lovely group of new friends. It felt a bit like a school excursion on steroids... just the right amount of informative chat and all topped off by great food and wine... a challenging, interesting and invigorating holiday. Thanks Graeme." Pam from Birregurra VIC, Australia 
This was another quality WGA tour. MANY THANKS Special thanks to accompanying local guides Graeme Stewart and Peter Klineberg Accommodation was excellent." Neroli from Melbourne VIC, Australia 
Some beautiful scenery and pleasant places. A good escape from city living, with some nice quiet places, such as The Basin, Maitland Beach and The Bible garden." Amanda from Sydney NSW, Australia 
We really enjoyed the week. The walks were all interesting and well balanced although the first day was a challenge! The small size group was important also the ability to walk at your own pace with time to admire the view and take photos. The accommodation was comfortable and the restaurants top class. Graeme was an excellent guide, knowledgeable, encouraging and fun to be with." Kerry from Melbourne VIC, Australia
Thanks for a fabulous and well-managed tour of Wilson's Prom and surrounds, Graeme. Spectacular views, varied walks, refreshing swims on hot days, good company and plenty of laughter. The Nordic and Swiss tours look pretty special - definitely earmarked for future consideration!" Ruth from Hervey Bay QLD, Australia
My first walking and 'group' experience and what a group to experience! The walks were a delight, particularly loved the 'sleeps' in the meadow; something I was longing to do. Thank you G&G&P for "everything" you were wonderful to all of us - Thank you to the group for all your encouragement and laughter - happy trails to all - a pocketful of memories." Jenni from Sydney NSW, Australia