Escape the city for a day to follow the Sydneysiders out of the hustle and bustle to greenery, to bushwalk or to swim under waterfalls.

Here are 5 of the most awesome day trips to round out your adventurous Sydney journey.

5 awesome day trips from sydney
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Royal National Park

Royal National Park NSW, Australia
Photo: nationalpark.nsw.gov.au

Known as the “Nasho,” it is the second oldest national park in the world. Royal National Park is heaven for nature lovers. Sightseerers, explorers, adventurers and the like who will find endless ways to explore what this beautiful Park has to offer. Spend the day:

  • Canoe riding in Hacking River
  • Kayak up Kangaroo Creek
  • Hike the expansive coastal cliffs
  • Trek the eucalyptus bushwalk
  • Swim in the waterfalls of Wattamolla
  • Whale migration during May to November (Bring binoculars!)
  • Cycle the 10km Loftus Loop Trail
  • Picnic at the Dharawal Aboriginal Engravings Site while viewing indigenous artwork
  • Surf’s up at Garie Beach
  • Scope out the diverse wildlife from possums, wallabies, bats and birds

 Getting there: Car –  It’s about one hour away from Sydney CBD. Train –  It’s about an hour away from Central to Otford, and minimal costs with an Opal card.

Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley NSW, Australia
Appreciating Hunter Valley from a different perspective NSW, Australia

A few hours from Sydney, you’ll find the a special intersection for the wine aficionado and the nature lover. Here, you’ll find dozens of vineyards that will teach you about wine making in the Australian soil and weather, how to choose the best wine for you and don’t forget WINE TASTING! There’s more to offer here than wine. Artisan dining, tantalizing local cuisine and high tea are also reasons to come to the Hunter Region. Not to mention personally experiencing an array of World Heritage Sites:

  • Enjoy epicurean indulgences with award-winning restaurants and fresh seasonal produce
  • Take a river boat cruise along the Hunter River
  • Go horseback riding
  • Walk the trails of Wollemi National Parks or paddle in a kayak down the Wollemi Rivers
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Follow the hiking trails at Barrington Top National Park
  • Visit the vibrant local town of Newcastle

Getting there: Car – It’s about two hours north of Sydney.

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Blue Mountains

Lookout point Blue Mountain NSW, Australia
Lookout point Blue Mountains NSW, Australia
Blue Mountains NSW, Australia
Three Sisters Blue Mountains NSW, Australia

Blue Mountains National Park gets its name from the blue haze that lies over the mountains as a result of the hundreds of thousands of eucalyptus plants gently releasing their scented oil that mixes with the water vapor casting long days of light, hence the color blue. 

This dream-like massive expanse of unspoiled wilderness is famous for its spectacular scenery. Although spending just one day here only scratches the surface of what this World Heritage Site has to offer, no doubt, your day will be unforgettable: 

  • Hike to the legendary Three Sisters
  • Walk the bushwalk to Wentworth Falls
  • Pose for selfies at Govetts Leap
  • Ride the railway to and from Scenic World
  • Stroll through gardens in the charming cities of Katoomba and Luera

Whether you take a guided tour or explore on your own, you’ll have the opportunity to take in these breathtaking views.  Adventure junkies love it for rock climbing, caving, canoeing and even rappelling.  Some of the day tours allow time for you to stroll through Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to more than 1,700 wildlife natives.  

Getting there: Car – It’s about an hour away from Sydney CBD. Train – It’s about two hours from Central to Katoomba (the main visitor center), and minimal costs with the Opal Card. Bus – There’s definitely plenty of bus tour options from Sydney as well. 

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Tobruk Sheep Station

Tobruk Sheep Station Sydney, Australia
Photos: @tobruksydneys
Tobruk Sheep Station Sydney, Australia

If you’re looking for a true-blue bush experience not far from Sydney, then Tobruk Sheep Station is your place! Entertainment daily from sheep shearing to boomerang throwing to whip cracking. Want more? Then give it a go yourself!

Learn about the life of a stockman and witness a demonstration of a sheep muster (roundup) complete with doggie participation. Learn about Billy Tea and Damper, the traditional snack for stockmen, and then have the tea as well as a complete BBQ lunch with lamingtons for dessert. Don’t worry, if tea isn’t your cup of tea (pun intended :), you can have something stronger. 

 This charming working sheep station is surrounded by forest with a gorgeous view of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Valley, which makes it the perfect venue to say “I do!”

Play with the dogs, pet the sheep and say hello to the cow named SOPHIE, and then if you feel you haven’t gotten enough of this rustic charismatic farm, then feel free to book a room and stay the night…and do it all over again tomorrow.

Getting there: Car – It’s about an hour away from Sydney. 

Port Stephens

Lazy koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park

Port Stephens Bay is nearly twice the size of Sydney Harbour and is home to more than 20 beaches. Look for this enormous stretch of golden sands and the radiant water looks so clean, you want to drink it. Are you wanting to meet marine life?  Here you can swim with dolphins or board a whale-watching cruise (remember May to November is the peak season), or just snorkel or partake in watersports. Whatever you do here, the sea literally jumps with fish so you MUST satiate your palate with seafood.

For the perfect selfie spots, head up to one of the famed viewpoints such as Gan Gan Lookout or Tomaree Headland lookout for incredible panoramic views of the beautiful coastline. BONUS: You can hang with koalas, ‘roos, Tasmanian devils and other native animals at Oakvale Wildlife Park.   

Getting there: Car – It’s about two and a half hours away from Sydney. Bus – It’s about three and a half hours by coach to Port Stephens and some of the nearby Bays.

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There are some places where there’s so much to see, so many things to do and many more intriguing people to meet. Sydney is one of them. But take the time to slow down outside the city and breath in the eucalyptus, feel the golden sand under your feet, walk the aboriginal sites, and listen to the silence. 

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