Sydney is, without a doubt, the most popular city in Australia and a great place to visit with so many things to see and do. However, it is also a great starting point for many day trips just a few hours outside the city. If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle, then check out these great day trips from Sydney.
- The Blue Mountains:
Located less than a two-hour drive from the city are the Blue Mountains. This forested region got its name from the many Eucalyptus trees, which emit a blue haze. The area is popular for its scenic walks and hiking trails, the popular rock formation called “The Three Sisters”, the steepest funicular in the world, as well as a scenic Skyway Cable car that takes you across part of the gorge.
- The Jenolan Caves:
The Jenolan Caves are part of the Blue Mountain range, just two hours and 30 minutes drive from the city. The caves are the oldest discovered open caves in the world and tourists have been visiting since the 1840s. The caves are full of stalagmites, stalactites, calcite formations, fossils and more. There are various tours offered at the caves, which are well lit and have man-made steps added for easy accessibility. There are also tours for thrill seekers where, at times, you must crawl on your stomach and squeeze through small spaces to explore.
- The Koala Park Sanctuary: 84 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills, NSW Australia 2125
The Koala Park Sanctuary is a 30-minute drive from Sydney and is home to 10 acres of rainforest, gardens and eucalyptus tress. The area boasts a plentiful supply of koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, wombats, emus, wallabies and more. You can feed the animals and even get your photo taken with a koala. It is a great way to learn about some of Australia’s best native species.
- Hunter Valley:
For those with a love of fine wines, cheeses and great food a day trip to the nearby Hunter Valley is a must. Located a three hour drive from the city, you can take a day tour to get there or rent a car and guide yourself around hopping from vineyard to vineyard sampling the best wines they have to offer. Home to Australia’s oldest wine region there are 150 Cellar Doors (wine tasting rooms) in the valley for you to enjoy.
The Hunter Valley is also a great place to enjoy a gourmet meal, take a cooking class, enjoy a day at the spa, sample homemade chocolates, charcuterie and more.
- Port Stephens:
A two and a half hour drive north of Sydney along the coast is Port Stephens, a popular spot for whale and dolphin watching, hiking, kayaking and even sand boarding. Home to miles of white sandy beaches the area easily earns its name as Australia’s blue water paradise.
This is the type of place you visit where dolphin sightings are practically guaranteed as there are over 160 wild bottlenose dolphins that live in the port itself. The area is also a great place to see the Humpback Whale migration if visiting between June and November.