Top 10 Must Do Day Trips From Sydney

Are you thinking about going on a day trip away from Sydney?

What exactly is out there once you eventually manage to escape from the never-ending suburbs of Australia’s most populated city?

The Australian bush is what’s out there.

If you’re heart just did a flip at the thought of going past the city limits and into the wild out yonder, take a deep breath of relief and read on because you won’t be bushwhacking on any of these ten must do day trips from Sydney, but you will be discovering the real Australia.

1. Royal National Park Sunrise Photography Tour

Get up before cock crow and drive out to the Royal National Park for a Sunrise Photography Tour. As you arrive at the first photographic stop, you’ll begin to realize that away from urbanity, New South Wales still has a savage edge. Capture that, in still life, as the sun comes up before heading into the park for more photo opportunities of Port Hacking, the sand flats of Maianbar and the Audley rainforests.

Sunrises and rocks all just a bit too sedate for you?

Well hold on to your bush hat!

On this next tour the Outback will no longer be out back, because you’ll be in it.

2. Australian Wildlife 4WD Tour

This is a safari Australian style. The 4WD Wildlife Tour drives you, in a luxury four wheel drive, out into the countryside just one and a half hours from Sydney. A professional guide will give you the low down on all the animals you spot and information about the habitat they live in before adjourning to a local pub for a Coldie and a cut lunch.

After a hard day on the dusty trails, you’ll be scrabbling through the undergrowth at dusk with a spotlight to catch a glimpse of a possum’s posterior as it scuttles away through the scrub.

If a twelve hour sojourn into the wilds of Australia was just too short, why not try one of these longer tours instead.

14 Day Australian East Coast Adventure

Go right off the beaten rack with this amazing adventure tour. Learn to kayak, snorkel or skydive. You can also chill out and watch everyone else do it while you discover the natural side of Australia.

Overnight Wildlife Safari

Get to know Australia in this amazing two day tour. See waterfalls, wombats and the odd wild kangaroo on this two day Dingo tour.

3. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip

On this day tour from Sydney to the Ku-ring-gai National Park, you can combine spotting Australia’s wildlife with a visit to the Guringai Aborigine Heritage sight. See rock carvings left by the Indigenous tribes, who originally inhabited the wild spaces, then take a boat ride while learning about all the different skills they needed to enable them to survive in such harsh surroundings. Follow that with an attempt to count the penguin population on Lion’s Island and you may be well on the way to understanding just how diverse Australia is.

After watching the sea lions and penguins dipping and diving in the water, you might just fancy a day by the ocean yourself.

Grab your budgie smugglers! That’s where we’re going next.

4. Port Stephens Beach Barbie

The Port Stephen’s Beach Barbie is a great Australian day out. Head away from Sydney in the early morning to Port Stephens and the amazing stretch of beach which lines the coast in Shoal Bay. Do what ever takes your fancy from snorkeling to surfing, or board a boat for some dolphin spotting, the day is yours unless you get elected to help flip the roo burgers on the barbecue. But don’t worry. There’ll still be time for a swim or even some sandboarding down the dunes.

If you’ve taken a shine to being by the coast, you won’t want to miss these.

Bondi Beach

Visit Sydney’s iconic beach.

Sydney, Manly and Northern Beaches

Life’s a beach in Australia!

Wollongong Tandem Skydive

Just because it’s a beach doesn’t mean you need to be on it. Look down on Wollongong Beach from sky high, as you jump out of an airplane on a tandem skydive, before eating sand when you land.

5. Figure 8 Pools and Royal National Park Coastal Tour

You’ll need to be up and ready for an energetic day if you take this Figure 8 Pools and Royal National Park Coastal tour. You’ll be doing it all – from exploring the bio-diversity of the park, to taking a six kilometer hike, to swimming in the natural pools, to falling in love with a shack on Burning Palms Beach. It’s an active, but interesting day made even better by a picnic lunch eaten in a superbly picturesque location.

There’s more to this area of Australia than beautiful beaches and stunning coastlines. It’s time to head back inland and discover more about what it’s like to be a real Outbacker.

6.Aussie Farm, Food and Wine Trail

This day will give you a real insight into a drover’s life. On the Aussie Farm, Food and Wine Trail tour, you’ll learn all those essential skills needed to work on an outback farm. How to make tea in a billy can, how to throw a boomerang and shear a sheep. If it’s the right time of year, you’ll even be able to pick fruit. Follow that with an afternoon visit to a winery for a few samples of wine accompanied with home-produced cheese and living in the middle of nowhere is starting to sound, well, not too shabby.

If you’re not quite ready to hang up your bush hat, why not try one of these day tours from Sydney.

Private Tobruk Sheep Station Day

Take part in a full day interactive sheep farm experience.

 Hunter Valley Wine and Wildlife Tour

Explore Hunter Valley and visit Walkabout Wildlife Park to meet the animals.

7. Blue Mountain 4WD & Helicopter Tour

With the Blue Mountain 4WD and Helicopter Tour, you get to see them from the ground and from the air. During the six hour terrestrial drive, through the rugged mountainscapes of the Blue Mountain National Park, you’ll stress about sheer drops and get dizzy at the staggering altitudes. Then do it all over again as you soar over the craggy peaks in a private helicopter tour. It’s enough to leave anyone breathless.

8.Blue Mountain Day Trip with Scenic World

At Scenic World you get to choose which way you want to see the Blue Mountains. Be it by Skyway, Cableway, Walkway or Railway, though you’ll need a good dose of courage for the first two. The walkway will let you amble along raised boardwalks through some lush rain forest or the train, as steep a ride as it may be, does allow for a more laid back option which basically means a minor degree of tilt on the track. As for the Skyway – pictures sometimes speak louder than words.

Did we mention the floor is transparent too?

After being up in the air for a while it’s good to get your feet back on solid ground. With these next two ideas for day trips from Sydney, you’ll not only be on terra firma but below it.

9.Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Tour

After taking in some of the Blue Mountain ranges major points such as the rugged rocks aptly named the Three Sisters, it’ll be time to go down under – literally.

When you enter into the Jenolan Caves complex, you’ll discover Australia looks as good below ground as she does above. As well as doing a walking tour amidst the stalagmites and stalactites, there’s an abseiling option to go down even further if you dare. Although the caves are beautifully lit, it’s not recommended if you’re the slightest bit claustrophobic.


Glow Worm Tunnel & Lost City Tour

See Australia’s natural phenomena at work before discovering the ancient rock formation which resembles a lost city.

After all this time on walkabout, you’ll probably be glad to get back to the city though there’s one more place you really should see before returning to Sydney.

10. Canberra Day Trip

Being in Australia and not visiting the capital city, Canberra, on a day trip is the same as not being in Australia at all – especially when you’re staying in Sydney. The two cities, in Australian measurements, are quite close together and so it’s well worth the four hour trek to take in the sights Canberra has to offer.

Historical monuments, national museums, art galleries and the Anzac Parade dedicated to Australia’s military forces are all things you’ll want to see in Australia’s capital city. But at the end of the day, no visit to Australia is complete without a tour of Canberra and a photo of the Captain Cook Memorial. After all, he’s the man responsible for starting it all.

What ever you do while you’re in Sydney, we hope you have a good day.

If you’ve had a rip snorter of a tour or have a fantastic photo of your time in and around Sydney, we want to hear about it, so post your photos and comments in the spaces below.


  1. alina
    Ukraine 26 Comments
     -  09 Dec 2017

    I thought I saw so many things in Australia, but how much remained unexplored! I definitely need to return to this country to visit all the places listed in this article! Thanks to the author for inspiring ideas!

  2. infinitesundays
    Philippines 25 Comments
     -  27 Nov 2017

    I was able to do the following day trips: Canberra and Blue Mountains. Also spent a lovely weekend in Port Stephens. Just goes to show how you will never ran out of things to do in Sydney. Sandboarding in Port Stephens is quite an experience, bring your sunglasses because getting sand in your eye is no fun. You can also ride the camels and admire the sand dunes.

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