Sometimes all it takes is just a few hours spent in nature or exploring the streets of an unknown city to replenish your enthusiasm and energy for the new weekly challenges that lie ahead. Then again, if you’re just a visitor in the iconic city of Sydney, there is so much worth seeing outside of the CBD, and those quick field trips are a perfect way to experience the authentic Aussie spirit and culture. For those looking for things to do in Sydney (because there are an incredible amount), click here!
Let’s take a look at a few amazing day trips you can take from Sydney on your day off and how these quick expeditions can spark your wanderlust for even greater travel adventures in the future!
Sure, Sydney is already a treasure trove of idyllic beaches and coastal walks, but captivating nooks such as Jervis Bay are worth the effort for its crisp white sand coast and tranquil waters. You can spend the entire day lounging in the shade, swimming or observing the curious wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies.
There are quite a few fine eateries, boutique shops and nearby coastal wineries, all conveniently close by, or you can spice up your excursion with water sports such as kayaking or surfing.
Royal National Park
If you’re a social butterfly, group tours by bus from Sydney to Canberra let you organize your own itinerary, so that you can make any stop or break you please. A worthy visit on the road to Canberra is the Royal National Park, with many opportunities to unwind, relax and enjoy some of the most pristine natural wonders Australia has to offer.
From bushwalking and looking for hidden waterfalls, to barbecuing and snorkeling on the beaches, there is a whole range of activities ideal for nature-lovers. If you decide to book your trip anywhere between May and November, you can even find incredible whale-watching spots.
If you crave to run away from all the big city hustle and bustle, a day trip to Byron Bay is bound to recharge your batteries with positive energy. Like most Australian coastal towns, it allows those standard seaside activities such as swimming and surfing, but you can also explore the inner town and its colorful life.
Despite its size, the city is nowhere near sleepy or dull – there are plenty of family-friendly activities such as arts and crafts or nature walks, as well as a rich nightlife scene for those who are eager to party on their day off.
Perhaps one of the quickest routes to escape the city and enjoy the vivid blue skies, a day trip to the Blue Mountains will resemble a dream more than a scheduled getaway. The region is brimming with breathtaking vistas, the most famous among them being the Three Sisters, the Jenolan caves and the numerous waterfalls – Victoria Falls, Katoomba Falls and Leura Cascades, to name a few.
If you’re willing to spend a weekend, then you can mix and match various activities such as luxurious spa treatments in the heart of nature and bushwalking to soak in the beauty of the local untamed nature.
No more than two hours away from both Sydney and Canberra, Kangaroo Valley is one of the most mesmerizing hidden gems of Australia, allowing a whole spectrum of exciting and relaxing activities suitable for every taste.
You can visit the local farmers market to stock up your groceries with their finest local produce, enjoy cooking classes as a part of their Tastes of the Valley experience, or immerse yourself in the magical nature of the area through kayaking, horseback riding or picnicking. They also offer several festivities, such as the Arts Festival and the Folk Festival, while the golf resort cabins and villas are available year-round.
Up for a delicious getaway to tease your palate with famous Australian wines? Then Hunter Valley should be your top priority, as even a single day in one or two of the available wineries is more than enough to make you fall head over heels in love with their world-renowned, versatile tastes.
Have a glass of their trademark Semillon from cellar doors such as Audrey Wilkinson, the Chardonnay from Brokenwood wines, or the legendary Alexander Munro Shiraz at the Meerea Park Wines. These and many other wineries are often packed with guests on weekends, but their friendly staff is always happy to help you make the most of your visit.