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5 best day trips from Sydney
1. Day trip to the Hunter Valley
Attracting over two million visitors every year, the Hunter Valley is an enticing retreat from Sydney. Since the 19th-century the Hunter Valley has been a pioneer of wine production in Australia. With more than 100 wineries, the main draw here is tasting and vineyard tours at places like Tyrrell’s, Mount Pleasant, and Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, the region’s first winery. To round out your day, check out other attractions like Hunter Valley Gardens and the murals at Kurri Kurri.
How far is the Hunter Valley from Sydney?
Depending on the specific destination, the Hunter Valley sits about 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Sydney. By car, it takes an average of two hours to reach the area while the train to Newcastle takes just under three hours. To make the most of your time, consider taking a guided tour of the region.
2. Day trip to the Blue Mountains
If you’re in search of striking scenery, dramatic cliffs, and azure-tinted eucalyptus forests, head to the Blue Mountains for the day. People venture to this rugged region to experience the fresh air and engage in activities like climbing and hiking. Discover natural wonders like the towering rock formations of Three Sisters or hike up to the top of Wentworth Falls. Make sure to take a ride on the world’s steepest incline railway at Scenic World.
How far are the Blue Mountains from Sydney?
The trip from Sydney to the main town in the Blue Mountains, Katoomba, is just around 100 kilometers (62 miles). Driving from the center of Sydney takes around 90 minutes, while the train usually takes just ten more minutes.
3. Day trip to Berrima
Taking a day trip from Sydney to Berrima is an inviting escape from city life. This well-preserved Georgian town is a wonderful combination of charming local flavor and heritage. The main sights in the village are the old courthouse, the old gaol — the oldest standing jail in Australia — and the Surveyor-General Inn, which claims to hold the oldest continuous liquor license in the country. Travelers should wander around the village and stop into shops selling locally-made products like tea, jam, pickles, and crafts.
How far is Berrima from Sydney?
Berrima is 125 kilometers (77 miles) from Sydney, which usually takes about 90 minutes to an hour to drive. The express passenger train can get you there in just under three hours.
4. Day trip to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Get out into the bush and see the wonders of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The park is well-known for its beautiful landscapes and Aboriginal art. As hiking is the most popular activity in the park, points of interest are often visited on foot. Sites like Red Hands Cave and West Head feature aboriginal engravings and art dating back to an unknown time. Other interesting places in the park include Bobbin Head and The Basin.
How far is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park?
Ku-ring-gai Chase is only 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Sydney. By car, the park is easily reachable in around 40 minutes. Public transportation is trickier, with the train taking around three and a half hours, so plan your trip accordingly.
5. Day trip to Palm Beach
For those looking for a day of sea and sun, head to Palm Beach in the Northern Beaches. “Palmy” is a treasured place for locals and travelers alike. Of course, spending time on the beach is a must, but places like the Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Palm Beach Wharf are also great places to visit.
How far is Palm Beach from Sydney?
Palm Beach is only 44 kilometers (27 miles) from Sydney’s center, making it an easy day trip. By car, it takes around an hour, while public transportation averages about two hours.
Sydney day trip FAQ
What transportation options are best for my day trip?
• Sydney day trips by train
New South Wales has a good rail network, though some smaller destinations may not be served by the train. When heading between cities without a car, the train is a great option. Some more rural destinations may require a combination of the train and bus.
• Sydney day trips by bus
Taking the bus is an excellent option for getting around Sydney and the extended area. An affordable and relatively quick way to travel, the bus can reach many destinations the train doesn’t. Guided bus tours are also very common and are a great way to manage your day trip from Sydney.
• Sydney day trips by car
Sydney and New South Wales offer some of the most breathtaking drives in the world, so taking a car for your trip is never a bad decision. With your own vehicle, you can take your time and make as many stops as you want. For some more rural locations, a car may be your quickest or only option.
Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?
Thinking about taking a guided tour for your day trip from Sydney? Tours allow you to enjoy your excursion without worrying about logistics and often provide you with more information and insight than you would ever get on your own.
What should I pack for my day trip?
Your packing list will depend heavily on what you have planned. Beach trips might warrant a towel and sunscreen, while some destinations may require good walking shoes. Besides what you wear, some tours will give you everything you need for the day.
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What people are saying about Sydney
The perfect Aussie wildlife experience! A huge thank you to Dave, you has been a wonderful host and made the tour a 5 star experience for us. It started with a very pleasant ride from Sydney Central to a scenic lookout close to Wollongong. From there, Dave took us on two short but very nice walks in the National Park to see magnificent waterfalls. But the highlight came in the evening, when we reached the campground. While Dave was preparing a very nice dinner for us, kangaroos came from all around to bushes. So we ended up having super delicious burgers amongst many kangaroos, absolutely stunning. Later after sunset also the wombats came out. We really couldn’t ask for more.
Dave was a superbly knowledgeable and relaxed guide. He is friendly and knows us all by name. He was so helpful taking pictures and answering questions. I never expected to see so many kangaroos from so close. It was a full and enjoyable day. The food was delicious and the setting magical. Definitely recommended by my 2 teenagers and I.
Dave was amazing and very warm person, found the time to talk with every single person from the tour group. Gave lots of information and the whole trip was amazing. Highly recommended and would go with him again and again.
Despite the bad weather, it was a great tour with delicious food and good company. The tour guide was very personable and we saw a lot of kangaroos and wombats. I highly recommend the tour for everyone.
The guide is very responsible and knowledgeable, I had a great time in Dave's trip.