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Our most recommended New South Wales Day Trips

Hunter Valley: Wine, Gin, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

1. Hunter Valley: Wine, Gin, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

Enjoy a day tasting Australia's wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers, and spirits on this tour of the Hunter Valley. Get picked up from your hotel and visit 3 local boutique wineries and distillery, with a guided tasting at each stop. Taste chocolates enjoy fine wines paired with Australian cheeses to your tastebuds exploring the flavors of Australia's first wine region. Feeling hungry? No worries, you will enjoy a relaxed one-course lunch with a glass of wine, beer, or cider to wash it down. Enjoy some free time to marvel at the views or go for a wander, if you like. At the end of the tour, you will return to your hotel in Hunter Valley.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

2. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

Enjoy a 10-hour excursion from Sydney into the Blue Mountains. You can choose the option to include 3 rides at Scenic World, including the Cableway, Skyway, and Railway. You can bring your own lunch or buy lunch at one of the stops during the day. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and experience the amazing variety of Australian wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, see wombats and marvel at the crocodiles. Stop at Echo Point to enjoy splendid views of the Jamison Valley and the 3 Sisters, a towering rock formation from the Dreamtime.  Bypass Sydney’s peak traffic hours on a 1-hour Fantasea River Cruise (with commentary). If you like you can purchase a drink at the bar onboard as you relax in comfort and style. The cruise and your tour conclude at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay.

Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

3. Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

You have to experience sandboarding in Port Stephens. The thrill of sliding down the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes is so much fun. From the meeting point at Birubi beach, you will board the custom-built off-road vehicle to start your adventure on the short, bouncy ride into the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere. The dunes stretch 32 kilometers, the entire length of Stockton Beach, and can reach over 40 meters high, the same as a 10 storey building. The views alone are spectacular. Once you are in the dunes, the team will give you a rundown on sandboarding and how to use the handmade custom-designed boards for maximum safety and speed. Then you are off. Climb to the top of the dunes, jump on your board, then slide on down and repeat. Your ticket includes unlimited sandboarding so you can stay and play as long as you like. For most people that’s about 1 – 1.5 hours. When you're done just jump back aboard one of the 4WD buses, that leave every half an hour, and be taken back to the Birubi Beach starting point. It’s an amazing experience for everyone, no matter your age. The instructors are always on hand to help, answer any questions about sandboarding, Port Stephens or the dunes and to make sure you have maximum fun. Don’t forget to bring your camera along as you’ll have the chance to capture some amazing Port Stephens holiday snaps.

Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

4. Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

This tour provides 1 Guide per 5 people so most groups have two guides, one out the front leading you around and one as a tail end to make sure no one gets left behind. This means you get a fantastic experience with highly informative guide throughout! Ride over the maintained tracks through coastal grasslands to get to the dunes. Be led by your guide as you travel over more and more challenging sand dunes with the only local tour provider that has access to the highest sand dunes on Stockton Beach. The large sand dunes can be from 12 - 30 meters high. The tours are tailored to meet the needs and experience of the customers. Sand boarding can be added to the 2-hour quad bike tour. No licence is required. 

Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

5. Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

Head out to sea on a fun snorkel tour around the unique Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, as it combines the marine life found in the deep Southern Ocean as well as that found in the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at the Byron Bay Dive Centre either at your scheduled departure time or, if you’d like a free snorkel lesson, arrive 30 minutes before departure to practice in the heated pool. All tour participants must be able to swim to participate in this tour. Receive a short safety briefing before heading out to the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Journey to The Pass, about a 10-minute ride, and learn about this snorkeling spot. Get in the water for a 1-hour swim. Spot underwater creatures such as small wobbegong sharks, hard and soft corals, an assortment of rays, and three different kinds of sea turtles. Look for more than 400 different species of fish that make this area their home, and ask any questions you may have to the qualified dive staff. Head back to shore for a hot shower and some time spent with the crew identifying the creatures you saw.

Sydney: 20-Minute Helicopter Ride over Sydney Harbour

6. Sydney: 20-Minute Helicopter Ride over Sydney Harbour

Following a courtesy transfer from Sydney CBD hotels, listen to a safety briefing and snap some preflight photos at the heliport. Next, climb aboard and begin your 20-minute helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour and its glorious beaches. Fly over sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Taronga Zoo in the company of a licensed pilot. Listen to a running commentary through the provided voice-activated headsets as you continue over Watson's Bay, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Enjoy free refreshments back at the heliport on landing.

Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

7. Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

Head west from Sydney to the Blue Mountains on this small group full-day tour away from the large tour groups. Walk to a cliff lookout for panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its rust and pink sandstone cliffs and subtropical rainforest. Arrive to the Blue Mountains and escape the crowds. Visit Scenic World, and ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway. Your tickets are already bought for you so there is no waiting in line and you can head straight to the rides! Your guide even comes on the rides with you. Enjoy a guided rainforest board walk and hear all the commentary about this natural ecosystem. Following this, take time to walk down the road to Echo Point and admire beautiful views of the Three Sister's lookout. Spend 20 minutes to wander around, take photos and take in the stunning scenery. Enjoy a chef prepared lunch at the a historic hotel - a wonderful and warm bistro style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains.  Spend some time up close to some of Australia’s natives at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Here you enjoy a hands on experience with so many Australian native animals, including hand-feeding a kangaroo! Take a ferry back to Sydney along the Parramatta River. Glide past landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, ending the trip at Circular Quay.  Please note that in peak season, January 4-26, the tour will operate in large groups to meet high demands. Please select the relevant option.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Winery, Wine Making & Lunch Tour

8. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Winery, Wine Making & Lunch Tour

Travel over the Sydney Harbor Bridge en route to the award-winning Hunter Valley region, the oldest wine region in Australia. With over 100 wineries set among picturesque landscapes, the Hunter Valley offers delicious local produce and amazing wines. The day starts at an internationally recognised working winery where you will get the chance to join a 'behind-the-scenes' winemaking tour, and learn more about the process and knowledge that goes into making wine. Then it's into the cellar to stimulate your taste buds. Lunch is next with a choice from an extensive list of local produce that will leave you satisfied. Relax with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink in hand and take in views from the balcony. Visit two more wineries and have an opportunity to purchase wine from the cellar. Learn the history behind one of the oldest family-run wineries in the Hunter Valley. Walk among the vines, taste local produce and be sure to keep an eye out for kangaroos in the wild.

Port Stephens: 4WD Birubi Beach Tour with Dune Sandboarding

9. Port Stephens: 4WD Birubi Beach Tour with Dune Sandboarding

After meeting your tour guide at the departure location, you’ll board a red, air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. Enjoy commentary provided throughout the tour onboard the vehicle. The first stop is 2 kilometers down Birubi Beach, where your tour guide will show you how to find and dig for pipis under the sand. Feel free to take photos, and you may even have a chance to see some RAAF fighter jets fly past at low level. After 20 minutes on the beach, you’ll head into the sand dunes to the sandboarding area. Your tour guide will show you how to sandboard correctly, assist with photos, and answer any questions you may have. Slide down the dunes for 45-50 minutes before returning to the departure location.

From Sydney: Location Tour of Home and Away

10. From Sydney: Location Tour of Home and Away

This unique tour to Palm Beach visits the stunning location of the hugely popular Home and Away TV Series, offering an insightful and authentic brand experience. The tour allows fans from all over the world to connect with their favorite show and experience the iconic outdoor locations featured in the hit TV program. On board, fans will be able to capture once in a life time photo opportunities, whilst expert guides share their Home and Away knowledge. Guests will be able to re-live some of their favorite scenes from the series, whilst soaking up the Summer Bay lifestyle and enjoying the scenery along the stunning coastal roads of Sydney’s breathtaking Northern Beaches. With so many beautiful areas to enjoy, this tour is also suitable for non-Home and Away fans as well. The tour concludes at the world-famous Manly Beach.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,901 reviews

My guide Antoine is a fantastic guy and the trip was way beyond expectations. First he did not cancel my booking despite I was the only guest today (the other 2 backed off as it might rain). Secondly, he brought me to spots that are not commonly visited by tourists to Blue Mountain. When I sent my photos to friends, they do not believe that those were in Blue Mountain and I just received replies like Wow, Wow, Wow! Third, Antoine is such a good photographer and I learnt so much photography from him today. Lastly, he would go all the way out for me to ensure I spent enough time at each spot and as a result of that, he had to work overtime. I would definitely recommend Antoine from Wildscape Adventure.

This was an amazing and wonderful experience wing with Mr. Antoine. He has special and superficial skills to make his travel partner happy and he makes the travel so easy that everything has been fun with knowledge of whereabouts. He is the best travel partner I have ever met in my life. Moreover, this day with him was the best day of year so far. I congratulate Mr. Antoine for being a wonderful human being and amazing Travel Partner.

Such beautiful scenery. All 5 of our kids loved it-ages from 3-14 years old! Our guide was so great, the pippis were so interesting and he even got the 3 year old down the big dune on his own. It was one of the most memorable experiences for our kids and the highlight of the holiday in my opinion

Great selection of wineries - 3 different wineries had different specialties and experience (there was 1 very young i.e. 8-year old estate), distillery was very average and lunch was well catered at a brewery. Driver was fantastic - personality + driving responsibly (i.e. not a rash bus driver)

A great day, an awesome group, great stops with extremely accommodating staff and not to mention a great tour guide! Thank you Col for being an awesome guide!