Beyond Australia’s most popular destination, Sydney, are exceptional day trips for travellers. With spectacular landscapes, pristine white beaches, world-renowned food and wine centres and pretty charming villages, a quick trip outside the harbour city offers a different experience to the usual Sydney vibe.

 

Here are our top picks for Sydney’s best day trips.

 

1.   Blue Mountains

 

Blue MountainsPhoto: Owen Wilson Photography

 

 

 

Because of its close proximity to Sydney, exploring the Blue Mountains National Park would be an ideal for Sydney daytrippers. Just 2 hours by train and about 90 minutes by car, visitors can explore the region’s sandstone rock formations, magnificent gorges, and gorgeous hiking trails. Head to the Echopoint Lookout and marvel at beauty of the Three Sisters rock formations. Glide between cliff tops and be amazed at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway in Katoomba, the region’s largest town. Visit the pretty village of Blackheath located near the top of the Blue Mountains with close proximity to hiking trails and Govett's Leap lookout.

  

Check out this perfect holiday house! Blue Mountains Holiday House

 

 

2.   HUNTER VALLEY

 

Hunter ValleyPhoto: ihophuntervalley.com.au

 

Located in New South Wales and just about 2-hour drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley has more cellar doors than any other region, making it a perfect place for a day trip from Sydney. Hop on a balloon flight which offers a perfect backdrop for a flight of a lifetime. Take in the views of the picturesque wine regions of Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury or Broke.  Indulge in wine tours with its more than 150 wineries or you can take comfort in its classic restaurants while enjoying the sweeping views of landscapes.  

Check out this charming holiday home if you plan on staying in Hunter Valley! Hunter Valley Holiday Home

 

 

 3.   MANLY BEACH

 

Manly BeachPhoto: manlyaustralia.com.au

 

Take a relaxing trip 30 minute around Sydney’s outdoors through one of the prettiest Sydney ferries called Manly Ferries. This will take you to Manly Beach and other seaside destinations like the northern beaches. You can also pass by at the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Be ready for the gorgeous coves and beaches that come into view. The voyage with its soothing chug of motor is a thrill in itself.

 

 

 

4.  SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

 

Southern HighlandsPhoto: Jennie McClelland

 

Take a two-hour’s drive southwest of Sydney and enjoy the beautiful and charming Southern Highlands. Enjoy and explore the heritage towns of Bowral, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Berrima, Bundanoon and many other villages. With its quaint English-like villages, colourful gardens especially during the “tulip time” in September and spectacular foliage in autumn, Southern Highlands makes a perfect daytrip from Sydney. You can also hike trails that will wind you through beautiful rainforests.

 

 

5.  GRAND PACIFIC DRIVE

 

Grand Pacific DrivePhoto: int.sydney.com

 

Grand Pacific Drive is a beautiful 140-kilometre coastal drive that starts 45 minutes south of Sydney's International Airport in the Royal National Park. Take the scenic coastal route through rolling hills and bushlands for good food and wine, fabulous beaches and charming beachside towns. Marvel at the sights of the Blue Mountains National Park, the Australian Alps, Promontory National Park and Philip Island. The drive also brings you through to the beautiful coastal towns of Shellharbour and Kiama and ends in the breathtaking Shoalhaven region.