Top Day Trips from Sydney
Day trips from Sydney are the best because there is so much to see and do within a couple of hours. While one side of Sydney borders the Pacific Ocean, the rest of Sydney is surrounded by stunning national parks and quaint countryside. You can experience a thrilling outdoor adventure, tour world-renowned wineries, or relax in the natural beauty of Australia. Here we have rounded up some of our favorite places to explore and listed our best tips for making the most of your trip.
1.5 hours from Sydney
The Blue Mountains boasts 1 million hectares of pristine bushland, temperate rain forests, rare wildlife, towering waterfalls, vast valleys, dramatic sandstone cliffs, and stunning vistas. The characteristic blue haze of the Blue Mountains is due to the vast amount of eucalyptus trees. The most popular sights to explore are The Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, Katoomba, Leura, and Scenic World. You can also escape the crowds and discover local treasures like Pulpit Rock, Bridal Veil Falls, and King’s Tableland. The Blue Mountains also has the Jenolan Caves, which are spectacular limestone caves that are amongst the oldest and finest in the world.
Don’t miss out on anything - book a Blue Mountains Private Tour from Sydney.
2.5 hours from Sydney
Port Stephens is called the “blue water paradise.” There are over 19 miles of white sandy beaches for you to relax and enjoy the lovely pristine waters. There are several adventures to experience here, including scuba diving with grey nurse sharks, horseback riding on the beach, and swimming with dolphins. One of the most unique things about Port Stephens is the stunning sand dunes that stand over 30 meters high. You can grab a board and go sandboarding on the dunes! Port Stephens is known for its carefree laid-back lifestyle that makes it perfect for vacation.
Enjoy all the activities with a Day Tour to Port Stephens.
1.5 hours from Sydney
The Southern Highlands is known for its quaint, charming villages nestled in the rolling hills. There are plenty of vineyards here producing highly acclaimed pinot noir, pinot gris, and several sparkling wines. The area is surrounded by national parks, so there are plenty of great hiking trails through the ancient eucalyptus forests. Enjoy exceptional local produce, cool-climate vineyards, organic food and wine, rustic villages, and stunning scenery as you explore this historic region. Southern Highlands is a great choice for travelers who want to venture beyond the tourist traps and uncover a truly local experience.
Discover this lovely town on a full-day Southern Highlands Private Tour.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
1 Hour from Sydney
This national park is the perfect combination of important history and magnificent scenic beauty. Ku-ring-gai takes its name from its original inhabitants, the Guringai people. You can see evidence of Aboriginal life at over 800 sites, including rock paintings, middens, and cave art. Many places in the park are ideal for bushwalking in the National Park or paddling in the calm estuary. On a bushwalk, you will find local wildlife such as Wallabies, Sea Eagles, Kookaburras, Goannas, Lyre Birds, and much more. As you are paddleboarding or kayaking, you will see stingrays, many fish species, and local birds. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the perfect place for an exciting and unique nature-based adventure.
An ECOTREASURES Ku-ring-gai Wildlife Adventure Tour with a local eco-guide will allow you to become immersed in the Northern Beaches coastal lifestyle.
3 hours from Sydney
Hunter Valley is the perfect place to relax and indulge in luxury on vacation. Hunter Valley is home to more than 120 wineries, gourmet restaurants, spa retreats, and concerts in the vineyards. You can also pair a visit to the wineries with visits to local cheese shops. Hunter Valley has a diverse calendar of festivals and events, so check the calendar to see what is coming up for your trip.
Get the full luxury experience on a Hunter Valley Private Tour.
Royal National Park
30 minutes from Sydney
Royal National Park was founded in 1879, making it one of the oldest national parks in the world. There are plenty of beautiful coastal walks and trails to explore with the whole family. Between May and October, you can even watch the astonishing natural wonder of humpback whales migrating along “Australia’s Humpback Highway.” The Figure 8 Pools are incredibly unique rock pools that were naturally formed like the number eight. There is a range of activities to do here including bird watching, hiking, fishing, surfing, and camping.
Take a private South Coast tour to see “The Royal.”
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