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Our most recommended Sydney Day Trips

Sydney, Wollongong: 15,000-Foot Tandem Beach Skydive

1. Sydney, Wollongong: 15,000-Foot Tandem Beach Skydive

Take the plunge with a 15,000-foot skydive over Wollongong! Tandem skydive with a professional instructor, just 1 hour south of Sydney Central Business District. As you jump from Australia's highest jump, at an altitude of 15,000 feet, you will experience amazing coastal views down the Jervis Bay, and all the way up to North Sydney. Once you exit the plane you will experience the thrill of freefall! Traveling at speeds of over 120 mph (200 km/h), you will freefall for up to 60 seconds. Your instructor will pull your chute and you will soar like a bird for around 5 minutes over beautiful North Wollongong beach. The beach side landing zone is located at Stuart Park, North Wollongong.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

2. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Can you picture yourself exploring the stunning Hunter Valley wine region, tasting some of Australia’s best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beer, and distilled spirits? Small groups, a great music playlist, a relaxed style, and inside knowledge make this experience feel like you are with a group of friends heading out for a fun day. Participate in three relaxed, educational wine tastings of reds and whites with local gurus and enjoy some free time to unwind over lunch with a glass of wine. Learn about the process of winemaking and see it firsthand on an exclusive behind-the-scenes wine production tour. Sample delicious cheeses and chocolate throughout the day and visit the Hunter Distillery, where organic vodka, schnapps, gin, and liqueur tastings are served in test tubes. Try the mango, choc mint, or chili (if you’re brave enough), plus lots more. See why this stop has become a highlight of the tour for some.

Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

3. Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale watching vessel, Fantasea Catalina, and take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean. Spend less time in the harbor and more time watching whales. Enjoy unobstructed views from spacious, wrap-around decks over 3 levels. Check out the open top sun deck, providing 360 degrees of viewing. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by an experienced crew. Know exactly what to look out for with onboard multimedia presentations. Don't worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos, as an onboard professional photographer has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard. Tea, coffee, and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter Flight

4. Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter Flight

Capture stunning pictures of Sydney from above with this helicopter tour. Admire the skyline from above soar over iconic sights like the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Climb aboard for a 20-minute helicopter flight over Sydney Harbor for an experience you'll remember for a lifetime. Get a safety briefing and pre-flight photos at the heliport before boarding. Enjoy time to relax, use the bathroom, grab some water and chill out in the beautiful lounge room area. Then it's liftoff time. Fly over sights such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Taronga Zoo in the company of a licensed pilot. Listen to a running commentary through the provided voice-activated headsets as you continue over Watson's Bay, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Upon take-off, enjoy full panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean, and the historic port of Botany Bay. Within minutes of your departure, your experienced and skilled pilot will have you above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and heading north along the coast at 500 feet. Fly along the picturesque coastline of the eastern suburbs beaches and see Coogee, Clovelly, and the world-famous Bondi Beach. Admire the spectacular houses of Dover Heights and Vaucluse perched on the sandstone cliffs as you continue northbound to Sydney Harbor, the world’s largest natural harbor.

Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

5. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer

6. Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer

Start your helicopter adventure at the Sydney Airport with a preflight briefing and photo opportunities before boarding the helicopter. After take-off, enjoy spectacular aerial views of the buzzing coastal metropolis and landmark sights such as the iconic Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the famous beaches of Bondi and Manly Cove. As you cruise over the Harbour City, your pilot shares informative commentary on the landmarks below. Look down on the Taronga Zoo and the wave-capped waters of Watsons Bay and Rose Bay. As you loop back toward the airport, hover above the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. 

Sydney: Family-Friendly Themed Whale Watching Experience

7. Sydney: Family-Friendly Themed Whale Watching Experience

Daily whale watching trips offering personal and up close experiences with migrating humpback whales. Our whale watching trips depart from Darling Harbour and have you back again in under 3 hours. You will get to view the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and world famous Opera House before heading out of the harbour to get up close and personal with the migrating humpback whales. Our custom built Whale Watching boat is designed to get you as close as possible to the amazing whales, we also only take small groups in order to make the experience as close to nature as possible. We theme the boat in the history of 'ye olde' times and provide a commentary throughout the trip including the history of Sydney Harbour's whaling days and all the fun facts about the majestic humpback whale. Our trips are family friendly and we welcome all ages. Our friendly crew will help with all aspects of the trip. We offer a 'Whale Sighting Guarantee' if you don't see whales you can come again free of charge!

Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

8. Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

Be part of a small group of no more than 11 travelers and journey by comfortable minibus, south along the beaches of Botany Bay and into the Royal National Park. Wind through the forest and stop at Bald Hill Lookout, which affords sweeping views of the Illawarra coastline and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. Next, it's on to the family-run Symbio Wildlife Park, active in koala conservation. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about these fascinating marsupials during a private koala presentation with a keeper. Snap the ultimate selfie - just you and a koala. You’ll also be able to feed kangaroos and wallabies and get up close with native Australian wildlife. Continue to follow the scenic coastline of the Grand Pacific Drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge as it sweeps out over the ocean and on to Bulli Beach where you’ll enjoy lunch in a café popular with locals that overlooks the beach and an ocean pool. Bring your swimmers for a pre-lunch dip if the sun is out. In the afternoon head up through temperate rainforest into the Southern Highlands. An easy hike leads to viewpoints that take in the spectacular sandstone gorges and towering waterfalls of the Morton National Park. Finally, you’ll drive along country roads to a boutique winery near Berrima, one of Australia’s oldest towns, to taste locally-produced, cool climate wine before returning to Sydney. Arrival back at Circular Quay is around 6:30 PM.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch

9. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch

Discover the Hunter Valley on this tasting trip from Sydney, lunch included. Travel over Sydney Harbor Bridge through Sydney's leafy north shore, over the beautiful Hawkesbury River, and onto Australia's oldest wine production region, the Hunter Valley. The day starts at a locally owned winery and winner of Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year. Staff will guide you through the tastings of their wine and answer your questions. Head to another cellar for more wine tastings, followed by a 1-course restaurant lunch with a wide choice of meals including options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or craft beer with your meal and take in the beautiful views overlooking the vineyards. Three's also the option of buying a craft beer tasting paddle. After lunch, give your taste buds a jolt with a visit to a local distillery for tastings of locally produced spirits including vodka, gin, and schnapps. The third cellar door is next for final wine tastings and a chance to relax, buy a glass of wine, and take in the serenity. Throughout the day, you'll also get to enjoy tastings of cheese and chocolate to get the most from your flavorful day and to help support local businesses. Keep an eye out for wild kangaroos and get the chance to take photos. This tour is also carbon-neutral, with all vehicle emissions offset, so when you travel you can make a choice to take positive action to help address climate change.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, & Food Tastings Tour

10. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, & Food Tastings Tour

Travel from Sydney and visit a combination of three boutique wineries and distilleries in Hunter Valley. Enjoy guided spirit wine tastings matched with cheese and chocolates and a delicious lunch. Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup from central Sydney and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive in Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside some of the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how spirits and wine are made. During guided tastings, try chocolates and local cheeses to match the wines and keep your tastebuds exploring the flavor combinations. Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted spirits, and refreshing beers and ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

5 best day trips from Sydney

Day trip to the Hunter Valley

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.

Day trip to the Blue Mountains

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.

Day trip to Palm Beach

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?

With so much area to cover, it can be hard to know how to get around this vast country.
  • • 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

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Antoine, our guide, personalized our tour as this was our 2nd day in blue mountains. He brought us to places that are difficult to reach with an amazing view. He is knowledgable and double up as our photographer.

Sensational. Great company to deal with, all staff very helpful and courteous. And what a view, something not to be missed. Can't wait to be back in Sydney to do it again.

Best experience ever. I'll definitely redo it and this time I'll come will my friends and mu familly

Good trip, friendly tour guide. Like the flexibility of this private day trip. Recommend!

Best experience! Such friendly people and awesome atmosphere! Loved it!