This collection of day trips from Sydney provides some great options for current domestic travel, as well as for visitors to Australia when international travel resumes. It is written by Raki, a Sydney local and tour guide. See his details below.
Australia has gained a reputation among millions of tourists as a charming and peaceful holiday destination. Although Australia is quite far away from many countries, travel agents, hotels, and transportation companies lighten the burden by supporting travellers as much as possible.
Sydney has become a fan favourite thanks to its abundance of wonderful natural artefacts and their ease of access.
The surrounding area has some of the best day trips from Sydney. These short trips from Sydney can be covered within only a few hours if you choose to visit this gorgeous country down under.
Sydney Day Tours offers a complete experience of entertainment and nature visits compared to the usual day trips.
Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney
The large rugged valley called “The Blue Mountains” is a combination of natural resources and man-made attractions such as lush forests, cave paintings, picturesque waterfalls, and hiking trails.
Day trips to the blue mountains from Sydney can be done through a few methods. If you go by car, it takes about 1.5 hours via the M1 motorway. Alternatively, you can take the new City West Link, starting from Wattle street. This significantly reduces the time to reach the Blue Mountains.
A Blue Mountain day trip from Sydney can also be done by taking a train from Sydney Central station. The train is the cheapest transport to explore the Blue Mountains, costing only AUD$4-5 during off-peak hours.
For a more complete visit, try a Blue Mountain tour in Sydney. Guided and pre-organised, it’ll allow you to see every corner of the Blue Mountains Valley. You can book one of these Blue Mountain Sydney Tours here.
Serenity in the mountains
As one of several fantastic weekend trips from Sydney, the Blue Mountains has mesmerising views, including the Three Sisters rock formation.
Alongside its scenic beauty, this area also hosts native birds such as kookaburras. In summer, the birds strike up a harmonious chatter, making this one of several good weekend getaways from Sydney.
Another 45 minutes past the Three Sisters lies the Jenolan Caves, Australia’s most spectacular cave system. Beautiful and off of the beaten path, it is a fantastic place to relax and find comfort in quiet solitude.
Scenic world tours and picnics
Are you a fan of adventure? Adventurous day trips to the Blue Mountains from Sydney include Scenic World’s four combined tours, plus a bushwalk in the Leura picnic area.
Hunter Valley day trips from Sydney
If you want to sip a glass of Shiraz while overlooking quaint views, a trip to Hunter Valley is for you. For centuries, the Hunter Valley has provided the region’s best wines. Full of hospitality and elegance, a Hunter Valley day trip from Sydney will tickle your tastebuds.
Hunter Valley lies 230 km north of Sydney, or a 3.5-hour drive. Transport will depend on your budget and what experience you want. Hiring a car from rental companies such as Avis or Hertz and driving via the M1, you’ll be paying as little as AUD$60.
However, if no one wants to miss out on the fun, you’ll want to book a Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney. This is a common choice even for locals, so no one has to be the designated driver.
Enjoy wine and cheese on these Hunter Valley trips from Sydney
Over 150 boutique wineries are located in the Hunter Valley region. You can explore the different grapes, with varieties such as Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Verdelho.
You won’t be able to visit everywhere in a day. However, your Hunter Valley day tour from Sydney can still hit a lot of sweet spots. We recommend you try a few of your favourite wine varieties, plus handmade fresh cheese and chocolate delicacies from the local stores.
Charming Hunter Gardens and orchards
The Hunter Gardens are a charming and picturesque place for a stroll. If you want to take the sightseeing further on your Hunter Valley day tour from Sydney, you can even enjoy a balloon ride over the valley.
Port Stephens short trips from Sydney
Port Stephens is an ideal destination for any aspiring explorer who wants an adventurous beach holiday. One of several short day trips from Sydney, this region is full of exciting and fun activities.
Only a 2.5 hours drive, Port Stephens is 200 km north of Sydney. You can drive there on the M1, or take the Port Stephens Express Bus from Central Station. If you take the bus, you’ll need to treat it as one of your overnight or weekend trips from Sydney.
Enjoy a photogenic dolphin adventure amid the endless tides. There are three cruise options for dolphin watching. I recommend giving it a go if you’ve never done it before. Dolphin watching is a beautiful and mesmerising experience.
The brave traveller will want to try some of Port Stephens’ more adventurous activities. Choose from options such as Beach Dune Tours, Sygna Wreck Tour, and Tomari Short Trips.
Where is Sydney?
Sydney is located on Australia’s east coast. It is the country’s largest city by population, as well as being the capital of the state of New South Wales. Sydney Harbour, especially at sunset, is often thought of as the world’s most beautiful inlet. The Sydney Opera house is its most recognizable icon.
Save on your Australia trip with these resources
We usually start with aggregator companies as they do the work for us by providing a list of options, prices, and reviews. However, we also added a few personal NZ favourites:
- Flights: we use Expedia for the best and cheapest flight options.
- Hotels: we use Booking.com as they consistently return the best rates and their reviews are from actual guests. However, for self-contained lodging in Australia, we use VRBO
- Cars and Campervans: we use RentalCars to find the best deals and dealer ratings. Use Jucy for small campervans.
- Activity discounts: we always check Bookme.com for discounts of up to 70% on selected tours, activities, restaurants and more.
- Travel Insurance: we start at InsureMyTrip as they are the best option to compare plans and find the right coverage for you.
Before you book the rest of your trip: Check out our travel resources page for more companies that we use when you travel.
We believe this list to be the best in each category. You can’t go wrong using them on your trip too.
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About the author
Raki is a private tour guide based in Sydney Australia who operates his own day tour business. His tour portfolio includes Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and Southern Highlands of Sydney. You can contact him via Facebook to book your Sydney adventure.
Photo Credits: Except where noted, all photos on this page copyright Raki Kumarage. Used with written permission.
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Beautiful! Your captures makes me homesick for the mountains where I lived for 6 years and started living back in the suburbs. But this is a new time, and take it in stride. Beautiful country! Jesh
Ryan K Biddulph
So much to do and see here in the Sydney area, Rhonda and Raki. Neat.
What a dream it would be for me to visit Australia – and your posts would be perfect for planning the trip!
Lydia C. Lee
Off to the Hunter quite soon….nice post!
I knew about New Zealand wine but not Australian! Thanks for sharing.
THis might sound silly but I don’t think I realized there were distilleries in Australia! LOL we live in Kentucky the land of bourbon so I’m always happy to find more to see. Thanks for sharing!
What a lovely getaway and pictures. Would love to visit someday!
I have seen a few posts about the Blue mountains now – it looks like SUCH a stunning area to explore. I would looove to go hiking there.
Follow that with a trip to explore Hunter Valley and try all the Aussie wines, and then watching dolphins!? That sounds like a perfect holiday!
Thank you very much for your help with this. Raki
Looks like a lovely getaway. We’re sure been housebound a lot this year.
Have a fabulous day, Rhonda. ♥
Alex J. Cavanaugh
The wine trip where you don’t have to drive sounds perfect. Any trip where I don’t drive is a plus.