Escape the bustling city life and visit some of the best country, coastal or mountainous regions in Sydney’s outer areas.

Boasting sparkling skyscrapers and a sapphire bay, Australia’s iconic Sydney is typically at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. However, once you see all the city has to offer, why not discover the alluring day trips brimming the outer Sydney regions? Each area is truly unique, with enchanting wildlife, a vast history, and unforgettable attractions! Here are just a few of the countryside, coastal and mountainous locations worth your time!

  • Hunter Valley

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney and enter a world covered in lush vineyards and green fields. Hunter Valley is a hotspot for foodies and wine lovers, featuring countless award-winning wineries and restaurants amidst the natural greenery. Travellers can sit back and enjoy the charm of Hunter Valley, letting their worries melt away with a glass of wine, a platter of local produce, and a stunning view of the scenery.

  • Blue Mountains

    Immerse yourself in Australia’s stunning bushland by visiting the popular Blue Mountains, a magical place overflowing with sprawling mountaintops, ancient forests, and exceptional tourist attractions. There are over 664, 000 acres of unspoilt wilderness, featuring thundering waterfalls and endless walking trails, with some of Australia’s beloved wildlife hidden about both. See the Blue Mountains by gliding above the canopy in the Cableway at Scenic World, or trekking through the thick bushland, discovering some of the most unforgettable sights within Australia.

  • Port Stephens

    Featuring a long slice of beautiful bushy coastline and a haven of water activities, Port Stephens is perfect for those looking for some adrenaline-inducing fun. Home to the biggest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, visitors can sandboard down Anna Bay Dunes at lightning speed. If the ocean is calling you, you can instead head out via boat and spot dolphins and whales roaming about the harbour.

  • Manly Beach

    Sydney is renowned for its beaches, with Bondi Beach and Palm Beach famous nationwide. However, Manly Beach ranks at the top of our favourite beach spot to choose from! Taking only a 45-minute ferry ride to get to, the atmosphere is free of Sydney’s honking horns and swarms of people, and instead is filled with palm trees, laid-back surfers and a herd of ice cream shops. Enjoy a true beach day in this picture-perfect coastal spot, whether you sunbake, surf, or stroll down the sand.

  • Canberra

    Although Canberra is the capital of Australia, it wavers in appeal compared to cities jam-packed with attractions such as Melbourne or Cairns. But due to its close proximately to Sydney, travellers can easily head down to uncover the capital city in a one day trip. Get to know the country a bit better by visiting the numerous historic and political buildings about, as well as enjoying the art and food scattered about the region.

  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

    Less than an hour away from Sydney lies one of the most historically significant national parks. Home to a range of indigenous heritage sights and artefacts, with deep-rooted cultural stories and facts that are nestled throughout the bushland. The stunning beauty of the land as well can be a great setting to this historic adventure!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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