Gather at the historic Rocks area, where the English started their history in Australia in the late 1700s. Stroll to the Tea Cosy, an Irish shop in an 1870s rowhouse. The English tradition of tea or coffee with scones has been adopted by Aussies, with an Aussie flavor. Have some homemade scones fresh from the oven, slathered with jam made from Australian fruits. Chat with the owner/manager, who will talk about the history of the building and the story of the Irish family who started the shop. You can also shop for jam or a unique tea cozy for a great Aussie souvenir.
Hop on a ferry for a 30-minute ferry ride on magnificent Sydney Harbour, seeing water views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the glorious harbor scenery. Alight at Manly Beach. Originally described as “seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care,” Manly is the birthplace of surfing championships in Australia. Sydneysiders and other Aussies have been traveling to Manly since the 1850s; today it’s full of great shops, good restaurants and has become a popular destination. We’ll take a stroll through the seaside township to the famous beach.
Visit Manly’s Aboriginal Dreamtime Fine Art Gallery to immerse yourself in the world’s oldest continuously living culture. First Peoples of Australia believe their world began when their ancestors walked the land in the “Dreamtime,” creating the places and things that inhabit First Peoples of Australia culture in Australia. Marvel at the unique art, jewelry and artifacts from central and western districts of Australia. Enjoy an exclusive talk about the art, where it was made, the artists and the stories portrayed in the paintings. Learn how each piece reflects the land and First Peoples of Australia heritage. The shop sources the art from the artists and cares about the authenticity and uniqueness of each piece. All purchases will directly benefit the First Peoples of Australia artists and their communities.
A First Peoples of Australia elder will discuss his culture with you and play the didgeridoo, a wind instrument with a beautiful, haunting tone. He will also teach you how to use clapsticks, percussion sticks to accompany the didgeridoo. You can buy your own clapsticks to take home.
Finish your tour at local favorite haunt 4 Pines Brewery, a socially conscious microbrewery where you can see brewmasters hard at work to craft the perfect post-surf pint. We’ll enjoy one of their creations while sharing some light Aussie nibbles/snacks and conversation about how the brewery sprung from a casual conversation between the father and son founders. The tour concludes here, leaving you free to shop the Manly Corso; head back to Manly Beach for a swim, or accompany your guide back to Circular Quay.
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Inclusions: Professional local guide, scones and tea/coffee (or alternative soft drink), ferry ticket, light Aussie nibbles/snacks and a craft beer.
Exclusions: Gratuity. Clapsticks are provided for demonstration only and are not included in the tour price. Clapsticks can be purchased at the Dreamtime Gallery.
Your Trip: For your New York Times Journeys/Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
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Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.