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Explore the Blue Mountains, as you follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin

It’s a little known fact that the revered naturalist and father of the Theory of Evolution, Charles Darwin, visited Sydney and the Blue Mountains in 1836, when HMS Beagle was making its way around the world and into the history books. It’s even less widely known that Charles’ great, great, grandson, Chris Darwin, is today a resident and passionate guide in the Blue Mountains – and just the person to take us on a trip exploring the unique flora and fauna of Australia that so influenced his forebear.

This is a very special opportunity to join the vivacious and fascinating Chris Darwin, as we walk in the footsteps of Charles to see Australia’s unique ecology through his eyes. You’ll be met by your private Bespoke Tours guide at your hotel to travel up into the mountains, where we’ll meet Chris. Walk the trail to Wentworth Falls with Chris, exploring as we go.

Enjoy a wonderful 2-course gourmet lunch with Chris in Leura and an afternoon on further discovery in the Blue Mountains, before your early evening return to Sydney for an evening at your leisure.

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This is a wonderful opportunity to travel with the informed and engaging Chris Darwin, as he looks at Australia through the eyes of his famous ancestor, Charles Darwin. A great chance to consider Australia’s unique wildlife, birdlife and flora from an outsider’s perspective.


Hike the Wentworth Falls area, and explore some of the Blue Mountains’ many lookouts and trails with Chris. This is a great chance to stay flexible and tailor the day to suit your interests.


Stop off in Leura to enjoy a two-course lunch at our favourite mountains bistro. This is a charming small village, an ideal place to pick up reminders of your travels.


Like to add more to your day? Add a scenic helicopter flight to or from Sydney to break up the travel, or extend your time in the Blue Mountains with an overnight stay in one of the lovely boutique hotels.

Bespoke Blue Mountains Inclusions: Full day tour with private guide and private luxury vehicle; two-course lunch in Leura; morning or afternoon tea; bottled water; hotel pick-up & drop-off; flexible itinerary.

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The important point, is that this is all about you.

We recognise that you want to make the most of your time in Sydney, experiencing this place with the people that matter, in a way that most resonates with you.

At Sydney Bespoke Tours we’re just the catalyst, creating the environment and itinerary to let the magic happen. Let us combine our passion, insider-access and creativity with your interests and ideas, to leave you engaged, inspired, delighted and reconnected.

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