Though Sydney has quite a lot to offer, sometimes you just need a change of scenery. You have to know that there are countless beautiful spots only within a few hour’s drive from the city. Think of Sydney as a gateway to countless stunning places. If you have a few days to spare, rent a car, hop in and discover what New South Wales has to offer. The area is abundant with gorgeous beaches, beautiful national parks, vineyards, cultural stops and several other lovely sights and attractions.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and treat yourself with an unforgettable day trip!
1. Day Trips from Sydney: Blue Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains National Park, situated 80 kilometres west of Sydney, is an incredibly popular day trip destination, for good reason. The biodiversity of the region is outstanding, there are at least 114 endemic species living amongst the mountains and forests.
This stunning national park features thick forests, rocky gorges, blue-hazed valleys, gorgeous waterfalls, ancient rock formations, iconic lookouts and countless walking trails. One of the most iconic landmarks is the Three Sisters. You can park around Echo Point and it’s just a family-friendly walk from there to get to this unusual formation of three weather-eroded sandstone rocks. According to the Aboriginal legend, these three rocks were once three sisters who were turned into stone. Make sure to discover the rest of the legend!
Wentworth Falls is another breathtaking place that is well worth the effort to go to. It is one of the most charming towns in the Blue Mountains, situated 95 kilometres from Sydney. It is a major tourist destination due to its lovely bushwalks and scenic outlooks. Checking the Wentworth Falls Lookout is a must! It is an easily accessible lookout that only requires a few minute’s walk from the carpark. If you want to get down to the bottom of the Wentworth Falls waterfall, you have to start your walk at the Conservation Hut. The trail will guide you through unforgettable spots.
If you’re look for a jaw-dropping, magical walk which contains waterfalls, look no further.
2. Palm Beach
Palm Beach is a true seaside getaway, providing a very relaxing day trip from Sydney. It only takes an hour to get here by car and this golden sandy beach will definitely sweep you off your feet.
It’s situated in a picturesque peninsula with tropical vibes, offering several activities. You can hire a boat to explore the turquoise waters, walk up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, wander in the gorgeous Bible Garden or just enjoy the sun and walk barefoot in the soft sand of the shore. It is also a world-class surfing place!
Have a lovely picnic on the shore or enjoy a delicious seafood meal in one of the beach restaurants. We guarantee you will spend the whole day here!
3. Day Trips from Sydney: Hunter Valley Vineyards
Hunter Valley is the oldest wine-producing region in Australia. It’s a 2 hour’s drive from Sydney, but you’ll reach the largest grape-growing region in New South Wales. There are over 100 wineries spreading across here where you can get an insight into the winemaking process and taste the local wine.
Not only is it a hotspot for tasting delicious wines, but it is also a foodie haven. You can also experience beer, olive, cheese and chocolate tasting here. We recommend you having a soulful meal in Cafe Enzo which is situated in the heart of Hunter Valley. It offers excellent food made from locally grown produce. Explore this wonderful fertile valley!
If you want to get out of the city centre of Sydney, Manly is a perfect day trip for you. It’s a small peninsula in the suburbs of Sydney where you have endless possibilities to have fun and relax. You can take scuba diving courses, play volleyball, have a stroll along the tree-lined promenade, you can surf, sail or just have a relaxing picnic in the fine sand.
If you’re hungry, we recommend you to buy fish ‘n’ chips in one of the many beachside restaurants because this treat is a true Australian tradition!
Spread a towel on the sand and soak up the laid-back beach lifestyle in Manly.
5. Day Trips from Sydney: Kangaroo Valley
Kangaroo Valley is a perfect weekend escape. It is well worth to take the two hours’ drive from Sydney, because it is one of Australia’s most beautiful valleys. Lush farms, winding rivers, kayaking , canoeing, bushwalking, fantastic wineries and delicious food await you here.
The town of Kangaroo Valley is a must-stop. This little charming village has art galleries, unique handicraft stores, several cafes, antique shops and cosy pubs. The Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery is absolutely unmissable if you have a sweet tooth. You can try award-winning confections here that contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It is going to be hard to choose from the huge offer of yummy ice creams, milkshakes, delicious hot chocolates, iced coffees, handmade fudges or organic tea selection.
Don’t forget to visit the famous Hampden Bridge, which is the most photographed landmark of Kangaroo Valley, providing scenic views over the sparkling river below. Furthermore, if you want to taste award-winning wines, seasonal fruit, jams and nuts of the Kangaroo Valley, visit the Yarrawa Estate. It’s highly recommended to book your place in advance if you want to taste some wines since the cellar door is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. (On weekdays you can only buy bottled wine.)
Immerse yourself in this enchanting valley!
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