From Sydney: Location Tour of Home and Away
- Duration: 5 hours
Attracting over two million visitors every year, the Hunter Valley is an enticing retreat from Sydney. Since the 19th-century the Hunter Valley has been a pioneer of wine production in Australia. With more than 100 wineries, the main draw here is tasting and vineyard tours at places like Tyrrell’s, Mount Pleasant, and Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, the region’s first winery. To round out your day, check out other attractions like Hunter Valley Gardens and the murals at Kurri Kurri.
Depending on the specific destination, the Hunter Valley sits about 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Sydney. By car, it takes an average of two hours to reach the area while the train to Newcastle takes just under three hours. To make the most of your time, consider taking a guided tour of the region.
If you’re in search of striking scenery, dramatic cliffs, and azure-tinted eucalyptus forests, head to the Blue Mountains for the day. People venture to this rugged region to experience the fresh air and engage in activities like climbing and hiking. Discover natural wonders like the towering rock formations of Three Sisters or hike up to the top of Wentworth Falls. Make sure to take a ride on the world’s steepest incline railway at Scenic World.
The trip from Sydney to the main town in the Blue Mountains, Katoomba, is just around 100 kilometers (62 miles). Driving from the center of Sydney takes around 90 minutes, while the train usually takes just ten more minutes.
Taking a day trip from Sydney to Berrima is an inviting escape from city life. This well-preserved Georgian town is a wonderful combination of charming local flavor and heritage. The main sights in the village are the old courthouse, the old gaol — the oldest standing jail in Australia — and the Surveyor-General Inn, which claims to hold the oldest continuous liquor license in the country. Travelers should wander around the village and stop into shops selling locally-made products like tea, jam, pickles, and crafts.
Berrima is 125 kilometers (77 miles) from Sydney, which usually takes about 90 minutes to an hour to drive. The express passenger train can get you there in just under three hours.
Get out into the bush and see the wonders of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The park is well-known for its beautiful landscapes and Aboriginal art. As hiking is the most popular activity in the park, points of interest are often visited on foot. Sites like Red Hands Cave and West Head feature aboriginal engravings and art dating back to an unknown time. Other interesting places in the park include Bobbin Head and The Basin.
Ku-ring-gai Chase is only 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Sydney. By car, the park is easily reachable in around 40 minutes. Public transportation is trickier, with the train taking around three and a half hours, so plan your trip accordingly.
For those looking for a day of sea and sun, head to Palm Beach in the Northern Beaches. “Palmy” is a treasured place for locals and travelers alike. Of course, spending time on the beach is a must, but places like the Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Palm Beach Wharf are also great places to visit.
Palm Beach is only 44 kilometers (27 miles) from Sydney’s center, making it an easy day trip. By car, it takes around an hour, while public transportation averages about two hours.
New South Wales has a good rail network, though some smaller destinations may not be served by the train. When heading between cities without a car, the train is a great option. Some more rural destinations may require a combination of the train and bus.
Taking the bus is an excellent option for getting around Sydney and the extended area. An affordable and relatively quick way to travel, the bus can reach many destinations the train doesn’t. Guided bus tours are also very common and are a great way to manage your day trip from Sydney.
Sydney and New South Wales offer some of the most breathtaking drives in the world, so taking a car for your trip is never a bad decision. With your own vehicle, you can take your time and make as many stops as you want. For some more rural locations, a car may be your quickest or only option.
Thinking about taking a guided tour for your day trip from Sydney? Tours allow you to enjoy your excursion without worrying about logistics and often provide you with more information and insight than you would ever get on your own.
Your packing list will depend heavily on what you have planned. Beach trips might warrant a towel and sunscreen, while some destinations may require good walking shoes. Besides what you wear, some tours will give you everything you need for the day.
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We had such a great time on this tour! So much is packed in one day - blowholes, waterfalls, rainforest, coast, highlands - it's incredible how much you get to see and experience. My favourite part, however, was walking with wombats in Kangaroo Valley. This is literally what we did - walked among dozens of peacefully grazing wombats. These adorable marsupials were very nonchalant about presence among them. They were taking their first meal of the day very seriously and mostly just kept chewing grass as we walked by. Being literally surrounded by enthusiastically chewing wombats (and a few kangaroos) is one of the best wildlife experiences I’ve had in Australia. I will definitely be joining this tour again.
As explained by Jed the driver - the whole day was a bit of a taster of what the area(s) had to offer - and as it was a day tour incorporating various places it meant a limited amount of time at each location. However, I felt, apart from lunch at Leura, we had enough time to take in some of the sights and activities. Still managed to find an old type sweet shop in Leura though to pick up some strawberry bonbons (made in France - found that amusing as I'm learning French as well). I'd been to the Blue Mountains before but hadn't been fully down into the Rain forest or at Scenic World - so enjoyed that as well as the Zoo as it gave the opportunity to feed some of the animals.
Weather was perfect so we could see beautiful blue mountain. This is great tour to enjoy everything during the day. And our tour guide he is the best! He is knowledgeable,good story teller also has sense of humor. It was great time to know about aborigine culture too. Highly recommend this tour. One of my Best tour I’ve ever joined!
Really great group and day trip. Mark was a great driver and tour guide. All the stops were well timed, great food and wine tasting experiences at all the venues and everyone was so friendly. Loved the whole day!
The tour guide from wildscape adventures was exceptional, so knowledgeable and well mannered, I can’t speak highly enough of him, will definitely recommend friends and family to do the glow worm tour with him