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Sydney is an adventure playground! I could spend weeks in Sydney because you can do so many things here. A change of scenery is sometimes all we need. And luckily, there are so many beautiful areas outside of Sydney that you can explore on your day trips from Sydney.
Sydney is my favourite city in the world. Why? There are so many mesmerizing and fantastic food and coffee scenes here, to begin with. In Sydney, you’ll get chilled vibes by day and by night; it’s all hustle and bustle. One of the most famous beaches in Bondi Beach, but all the other beaches in and around Sydney are stunning. On your day trips from Sydney, you’ll discover many more areas of beautiful coastline.
Of course, the City Center is the most attractive travel destination, but there is so much more to Sydney than that. My favourite area is just outside Sydney in Manly. Manly a beachside suburb that’s just perfect for a day trip to get out of Sydney. Other amazing day trips include from Sydney include:
- Wine tasting in Hunter Valley
- Marvelling at the views in the famous Blue Mountains
- Visiting the wild kangaroos in Murramarang National Park, and so much more
There are many day trips in Sydney, but I’m breaking them down with my personal favourites in this blog. These are the most incredible places you can take a day trip from Sydney easily.
Day trips from Sydney
Day trip from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park
To reach the Blue Mountains, I booked a private tour of the Blue Mountains from Sydney. I took a day to visit gobsmacking lookouts in Blue Mountains like Echo Point and wander along tracks that boast indigenous history. I highly recommend the scenic loop of the Grand Canyon track. My guide took me near the Blackheath to see world heritage-listed Blue Mountains waterfalls, sandstone walls, Blue Mountains native birds, and native plants. You can also soak yourself in the vibrant shades of flora found in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah. When you take a day trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, don’t forget to sneak into the Glow Worm Tunnel in Lithgow. The bioluminescent glow of fungus gnats covers the ceilings and walls, and the view is stunning. You can also relax for a bit at the Echoes Day Spa for facials, spas, body massages, soak therapies body wraps, etc.
Read more about the Blue Mountains – why are the Blue Mountains called Blue? Things to do in Blue Mountains, best galleries and museums in the Blue Mountains, things to do in Leura, history of Blue Mountains, and best Blue Mountains Bushwalks.
How to get to Blue Mountains National Park
- By Car: Almost 1 hour from Sydney CBD via M4 and Great Western Hwy/ A432
- Train: You can catch the Blue Mountain line train from Central Katoomba
- By Bus: From Katoomba, you can take bus no 686 to Echo Point for the lookout.
- By guided day tour: Blue Mountains day tours from Sydney, Australia
Wine-tasting day trip from Sydney to Hunter Valley
Did you know the Hunter Valley is also known as NSW’s wine country? Yes, this place is a bit on the pricey side, but it is a gem for exploring. I went there primarily to taste the wine, but we came across this beautiful café, Café Enzo, upon exploring. For your day trip to Sydney, I highly recommend eating at Cafe Enzo and going on a DIY wine-tasting tour. Also, don’t forget to visit the Hunter Valley Gardens for a fantastic family day out. The place’s got a couple of fairground rides too.
How to get to Hunter Valley
- By Car: It’s a 2-hour 30-minute drive from Sydney via Pacific Mwy
- Bus: Public transport is not available, but there are loads of tours to Hunter Valley from Sydney.
- By a day tour: Private Hunter Valley wine tour from Sydney
Visit Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
On my day trip from Sydney to the Ku-ring-gain Chase National Park, I discovered deep-rooted history and picturesque landscapes, and you will too! I got to see the stunning beauty of the Pittwater to the Central Coast from the sandstone viewing area at West Head Lookout. Upon taking a short walk through the bush, I found some Indigenous sites on the Aboriginal Heritage walk. These include the viewings of historic rock engravings and some exquisite handprints made by the Guringai people. There are also many waterways in the park, like the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater, and Cowan Water. I also witnessed numerous creeks and coves to explore. If you want to see them yourself, hire a paddleboat from the Bobbin Inn.
How to get to the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
- By car: About 50 minutes drive from Sydney CBD. Take the route of Pacific Hwy and A1
- Day tour with a guide: contact Sydney Top Tours
The Royal National Park is the best place to visit for nature enthusiasts. There are endless possibilities for explorers and sight-seekers who eagerly want to connect with nature. I trekked the expansive coastal cliffs, and I also walked through the eucalyptus bushlands. I also had the privilege to swim under the waterfalls in Wattamolla and paddle down the Hacking River. You can easily hire a canoe from the Audley Boatshed. I caught a glimpse of whales migrating north for the winter. If you plan your day trip from Sydney between May and November, you can also see the whales migrating. You can also cycle the 10 km Loftus Loop Trail. I highly recommend a tour to the Ironbark Flat or Wattle Forest afterwards and having a picnic or lunch scene there with friends or family.
How to get to the Royal National Park
- By car: About an hour from Sydney CBD. The route is Princes Hwy and the M1 or you can reach there by M5 too.
- By train: you can take a train from Central to Otford, which takes just an hour
- Guided tour: Book a Southern Highland Tour from Sydney
Kiama Day trip from Sydney
If you have some time after visiting Royal National Park, it is always recommended to cruise along See Cliff Bridge and make a stop at Kiama. As you arrive, the coastal town greets you with its laid-back charm and stunning ocean views. The main attraction, the Kiama Blowhole, captivates with powerful spouts of seawater reaching great heights. Marvel at nature’s grandeur, explore the picturesque coastline and indulge in fresh seafood at local eateries. This day trip promises a perfect blend of natural wonders, coastal beauty, and a rejuvenating break from city life.
Day trip to Kangaroo Valley from Sydney
I was looking for an escape to the countryside, so I ended up in the Kangaroo Valley. I went for wine tasting at the Yarrawa Estate Winery, and I tasted samples from locally made jams. If you are travelling with family, I know a place the kids are going to love. The Kayaking down Kangaroo River or horse riding through the rainforest and grazing lands are the places the kids will love. And if you are an art fancier like me, go and admire the Victorian architecture of the Hampden Bridge or even the bushland views from Mannings lookout. For a wide range of hands-on classes in gourmet cooking, soap-making, gardening, and the art of high tea, etc., head to the Flavors of the Valley Foodie Trail.
How to get to the Kangaroo Valley from Sydney
- By car: About two hours and ten minutes away from Sydney CBD via Hume Motorway / M31.
- Book a Sydney private tour here.
When I took a day trip from Sydney to Manly, I found out that it usually sits beneath the likes of Bondi and Coogee. You can most definitely have a day adventure to Manly if I would recommend staying a little longer. I spent a week in Manly and concluded that this is my favourite place in Australia. Manly will give you the laid-back vibe, thanks to the surfy beach of Byron Bay and an easy-to-grasp dose of adrenaline from city life. Don’t forget to watch the sunrise on the main beach. Also, grab yourself a coffee and sit on the wall that runs along the beachfront. Aside from the main beach in Manly, which is a sight in itself, you should check out the Spit to Manly walk, have dinner at Sunset Sabi and go to Shelley Beach.
How to get to Manly
- By car: About a 30-minute drive from Sydney CBD
- Ferry ride: About 18- 40 minutes ferry from Wharf 2 Circular Quay
- Catch a train: Take a train from Circular Quay, which will take about 20 minutes, and then swap onto the ferry
- Hire a Sydney guide
Surfing at Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is Australia’s one of the most popular beach destinations. On my day trip from Sydney, I saw the beach framed with a beautiful sandstone peninsula. This beach is one of the finest places to visit in Sydney for walking, whale watching, golfing, and surfing. The promenade around the beach is flooded with shops with fashionable beachwear. The beach also has places to stay, ranging from hostels to trendy apartments. Surfing is a must-try when visiting Bondi Beach. The iconic curly waves here make surfing a fun experience. Other than surfing, there are many fun-filled sports and activities such as the ocean pool, snorkelling, etc.
How to get to Bondi Beach
- By car: About 20 minutes from Sydney CBD
Port Stephens Day tours from Sydney
Port Stephens offers adventure and scenic views that make it worth the time for your day trip from Sydney. You can take a camel ride at Oakfield Ranch or dive in for a snorkel with dolphins as I did. The outdoor rock climbing at Port Stephens’ sea cliffs will unleash the adventure junkie in you when you reach unimaginable heights overlooking the ocean, slapping the rocky shore.
How to get to Port Stephens
- By car: About two hours and 30 minutes from Sydney CBD.
- Book a tour: Port Stephens day tours from Sydney
Jenolan Caves Day out
Located in the Blue Mountains, the Jenolan caves are a must-see place for you. It is an award-winning magical escape for all types of visitors. The Jenolan caves will completely blow your mind. The Jenolan caves will enthral you with their charms, be it 11 spectacular caves or the containing pure underground rivers and even astonishing limestone formations. My day trip from Sydney to Jenolan Caves included walking through the underground maze of tunnels, the natural caverns beneath the surface, and the underground rivers. I enjoyed a delicious lunch at one of the Jenolan Caves dining options after returning to the surface. You can go sightseeing, walk, do wildlife spotting, and check out some excellent viewing points in and around the Jenolan caves.
If you love caves, read our blog of Amazing Caves near Sydney, Australia.
How to get to Jenolan Caves
- By car: About 2 hours and 30 minutes from Sydney CBD
- Hire a private guide: Jenolan Caves Tours from Sydney
- Jenolan Caves Google Map coordinates
Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven
Jervis Bay is one of the most stunning beach towns you’ll find near Sydney.
This beach is the world’s whitest sand beach, and I highly recommend you go on the White Sands Walk. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful coastal walks in Australia. The track is pretty quiet, and it’s a lovely flat. That means, if you are travelling with family, you can take your kids along as well. There is car parking throughout the walk so starting from various points is convenient too. Jervis Bay is a fantastic day trip from Sydney. It will surely keep you coming back.
How to get to Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven
Day trip to Lithgow
Located in Lithgow’s Valley, Lithgow (The lost city of NSW) is on the Great Western Highway. Lithgow is surrounded by a varied landscape, including national parks, like the Blue Mountains National Park, a World Heritage Area. The Wollemi National Park in Lithgow is home to the Jurassic-age tree, the Wollemi Pine. This city is considered the first proper country town of West Sydney, and it sits on the western edge of the sandstone. I visited the old mining hamlet of Vale of Clywydd and Oakey Park, a famous iron and steel village. Make from to include Lithgow in your list of day trips from Sydney to have a fun time around and rediscover your tastes and interests.
How to get to Lithgow
- By car: About 2 hours from Sydney CBD
- By a guided tour to Lithgow
- Google map coordinates to get to Glowworm tunnels
Day trip from Sydney to Palm Beach
A day trip to Palm Beach, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, can be a wonderful experience too, offering a combination of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and relaxation. Palm Beach is known for its stunning beaches, scenic landscapes, and popular attractions. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your day trip to Palm Beach:
- Travel to Palm Beach: Palm Beach is located about an hour’s drive from Sydney’s city centre. You can drive or take public transport, such as buses or ferries, to get there.
- Breakfast: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at one of the local cafes or restaurants. Some popular options include The Boathouse Palm Beach, Barrenjoey House, and Palm Beach Golf Club.
- Barrenjoey Lighthouse: After breakfast, head to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, which is situated in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You can take a short walk to the lighthouse, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, including Pittwater, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sydney skyline.
- Palm Beach Wharf: Stroll down to Palm Beach Wharf and take a leisurely ferry ride on Pittwater. The ferry ride offers beautiful views of the area, and you can even spot some luxury waterfront homes along the way.
- Lunch: Enjoy a waterfront lunch at one of the local restaurants or take a picnic to the beach. There are picnic areas available at Governor Phillip Park, which is also a great spot for swimming and sunbathing.
- Beach Time: Spend the afternoon relaxing on the pristine sands of Palm Beach. Whether you prefer swimming, sunbathing, or taking a leisurely walk along the shoreline, the beach is the perfect place to unwind.
- Surfing and Water Sports: If you’re into water sports, consider taking a surfing lesson or renting a paddleboard or kayak to explore the calm waters of Pittwater.
- Visit the Palm Beach Village: Stroll through the charming village of Palm Beach. You’ll find boutique shops, galleries, and quaint stores that are perfect for browsing or picking up souvenirs.
- Ice Cream at Palm Beach Corner Store: Treat yourself to some ice cream or a snack at the Palm Beach Corner Store.
- Sunset at Palm Beach: Head back to the beach to catch the stunning sunset. The views from Palm Beach are particularly breathtaking during this time of day.
- Dinner: Enjoy a lovely dinner at one of the local restaurants. Make sure to book a table in advance, especially during the peak season.
- Return to Sydney: Depending on your preference, you can either stay overnight in the area or head back to Sydney after dinner.
Keep in mind that Palm Beach can get busy on weekends and during holidays, so plan your trip accordingly. This itinerary offers a mix of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and relaxation, but you can customize it to suit your interests and time constraints.
Day trip to Central Coast, NSW
One of the most charming corners of Australia is the Central Coast. It is framed for its community of hungry pelicans, but there is a public feeding of the local ‘scoop.’ The scoops begin at 3.30 pm every day, attracting over 50 hungry birds. If you enjoy the outdoors, you should spend a day out here and keep one foot planted in civilization at the same time. The town has cafés and restaurants in abundance if you want to retreat yourself. There is a 12-km shared trail along the lake for you if you are a keen cyclist. It will spoil you with beautiful views, and just north of the entrance, you’ll find several easily manageable bushwalking tracks along the Wyrrabalong National Park. Head to Tuggerah Beach if you want to enjoy the golden sands lapped by ocean waves.
How to get to Central Coast
- By car: About 1 hour 30 minutes from Sydney CBD.
Day trip from Sydney to Canberra
I recommend taking a full-day trip from Sydney to explore Canberra. Canberra is the fascinating capital city of Australia. On my guided tour to the capital city, I went to the Australian War Memorial, the Parliament House, the National Museum, the Lodge, and the prime minister’s home. Don’t forget to stop in the quaint town of Sutton Forest and take pictures from Mt Ainslie when you approach Canberra.
How to get to Canberra
- By car: About 2 hours and 30 minutes from Kiama
- Canberra day trips from Sydney
Day trip to Cockatoo Island
Make sure to take a day trip from Sydney to Cockatoo Island if you want your Australian trip to be a memorable one. The Cockatoo Island is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers. This island is a source of inspiration for visitors keen on heritage buildings, panoramic views, and distinctive terrain. I went to the most popular attractions like the heritage and campground accommodation, waterfront cafés and picnic spots, paranormal tours, and events such as the Biennale of Sydney.
How to get to Cockatoo Island
- By car: About 30 minutes from Sydney CBD
Are you still looking for the best day trips from Sydney? Whether you’re looking for new places to visit in and around Sydney or just looking to get out of the city, we’re here to help you. Contact Sydney Top Tours for all your guided day tour arrangements in Sydney, Australia. Test the most delicious food in Australia with Sydney Private Tours, just contact us.