Guest blogger Anita Dykstra is a travel writer from New Zealand. You can read her great blog on her website.
Sydney is an attractive city and a hub for most travellers going to Australia. It’s world-famous for the Opera House and of course, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There’s plenty to do in this lively city. If you feel like you want to do a day trip to see some other beautiful things that Australia has to offer, then don’t fear! Here are three suggestions on some amazing things you can do that are just a hop, skip and a jump from central Sydney.
Manly Beach is one of Sydney’s most impressive northern beaches and one of the country’s best-kept secrets. It’s not only a beautiful place, but it has historical value, too, as this was one of the first seaside resorts to allow daylight swimming and surfing in the country. It’s really easy to get to as it’s only a 30-minute ferry ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay which takes you past the famous landmarks making sure you get those Instagram shots. Going via the ferry is a great way to see Sydney in a new perspective, too. After you arrive, it’s only a 10-minute walk to the golden sand beach. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés to keep you occupied too; make sure you try classic fish and chips from one of the vendors nearby. Why not take a surfing lesson? This beach is world-renowned for surfing—there’s no better place to learn!
If you love wine, you’re going to love Hunter Valley. It’s one of the oldest wine regions in Australia and only a two-hour drive from Sydney. This region produces world-renowned wines that are superb to taste. The landscape is dreamy, too, and a great choice if you feel like getting out into the countryside.
If you’re in Hunter Valley in May or June, you’ll be lucky enough to be there when the Hunter Valley Wine Festival is on. It celebrates the winemakers and of course their incredible wines, but also the local and fresh produce which is also a huge highlight here.
There’s plenty to do, from golfing around the vines to biking from vineyard to vineyard and tasting. There are also many day spas if you’re looking for an ultimate relaxing experience. This destination is a true Australian gem which should not be missed if you’re looking for a day trip from Sydney!
Situated only 90 minutes from Sydney in a World Heritage site is a truly spectacular landscape—the Blue Mountains. Here you can find some of Australia’s most dramatic scenery which is usually covered in a blue mist caused by evaporating oil from the surrounding eucalyptus trees; hence the name Blue Mountains.
Within the area, there is plenty to do and see but make sure you see the two famous natural landmarks here—Bridal Veil Falls, which is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Australia, and the enormous sandstone pillars called the Three Sisters. This is a really beautiful, peaceful place to come if the city lights are getting too much for you.
There are plenty of different ways to enjoy the views of the Blue Mountains. You could experience it by taking the Scenic Railway which has a 52° incline, making it the steepest passenger railway in the world. If you are not a thrill-seeker then you can opt for the Scenic Walkway which is 2.4km long and takes you through the ancient rainforest. You can also take the Cableway or the Skyway where you glide between the rainforest and the cliff tops. It even has a glass floor so you can really take in the surroundings. It’s the best way to get a full 360° view of the Blue Mountains and is highly recommended!
As you can see, there are plenty of options for impressive day trips from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Let us know below which day trip you would love to discover!