Sydney has some fantastic nearby destinations both along the coast and when you head inland, and below are some of the best day trips from Sydney. We’re also sharing a few destinations a bit further away that would be more suited for a Sydney weekend getaway.

1. Blue Mountain

Whilst the Blue Mountains is most famous for the Three Sisters at Echo Point Lookout and doesn’t need much of your time, but you should go hiking down amongst the rainforest covered valleys below and you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away. 

2. Royal National Park

I wouldn’t say it’s a complete hidden gem, but it doesn’t seem to get the recognition it deserves. The beauty and the park’s diversity is in its coastal cliffs surrounded by sandy beaches and mountainous sandstone ridges with deep river valleys. 

3. The Central Coast

One hour north of Sydney is our home town region of the Central Coast. Most travellers tend to remain on the main freeway when heading north and by-pass this beautiful region. But I believe it;s well worth adding in as one of the top 10 day trips from Sydney. 

4. The Hunter Valley

The wine and food trail known as the Hunter Valley is one of our favourite regions in Australia. With over 140 wineries this is the place you want to go to sample some of Australia’s best wines. 

5. Kangaroo Valley

If you haven’t been to Kangaroo Valley yet, you should. The valley is as green as Ireland with Australian bush escarpments and wildlife. Throw in a charming town centre, historic bridges, waterfalls, nature walks and country pubs, Kangaroo Valley makes for a great detour from the coast. 

6. Jervis Bay

The beaches in this region are as good as anywhere in NSW, if not Australia. The only downside is they don’t offer the surfing opportunities you’ll find on the north coast of NSW, and the water temperature is a little cooler.