Once you’ve spent at least 48 hours in Sydney and seen all the sights you want to see, you might be ready to escape the city and explore the surrounding towns and regions in NSW. 

Sydney has some fantastic nearby destinations both along the coast and when you head inland, and here are some of the best day trips from Sydney. 

Blue Mountains

With over one million hectares of World Heritage-listed bushland and more than 140 kilometres of walking trails, the Blue Mountains is one of the most popular day trips from Sydney for nature lovers. 

Royal National Park

It offers great coastal and bush walks, picnic spots, camping, cycling, swimming, drives, fishing and whale watching in season. 

The Central Coast

Popular destinations include Terrigal which is a trendy and upmarket beach area with tons of cafes, restaurants, fishing, diving, whale watching and one of the best beer gardens in Australia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 

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. 

If you haven’t been to Kangaroo Valley yet, you should. The valley is as green as Ireland with Australian bush escarpments and wildlife (they have lots of wombats). 

Kangaroo Valley