Sydney is a city built for day trips. The coastline is dotted with natural wonders and charming seaside communities, while if you venture further inland you’ll discover sleepy towns and rugged bushland as far as the eye can see.

Here are just some of the places you can visit in a day, and still have time to get back to the city for a night out.

A photograph of the Sea Cliff Bridge on a sunny day

Royal National Park

With 150 square metres of coastal cliffs, beaches and dense forests, the Royal National Park is a nature-lover’s dream. There are plenty of walking tracks, but the most popular is the Coast Walk, which delivers some of the most spectacular coastal scenery anywhere in the world. It takes two days to do the full walk, but don’t let that intimidate you: the park is less than an hour’s drive from the city centre, and you can easily drop in for a shorter section.

Sky rail suspended above a valley in the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

With stunning waterfalls, rugged scenery and heritage hotels, there’s plenty to do in the Blue Mountains region. And it’s easy to get to, either by car or train. It would take much more than a day to take in all to offer, but highlights include the spectacular Three Sisters, Jenolan Caves and Wentworth Falls. For the most awe-inspiring views, visit Scenic World, where you can ride the Scenic Skyway, suspended 270 metres above the rainforest canopy.

Aerial photo of West Head Beach in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

This park is not only packed with gorgeous scenery, waiting to be explored, but it’s one of the most historically significant parks in the country. There are walks that will take you deep into bushland and out to vantage points for ocean views, but our recommendation would be the Aboriginal Heritage walk, which highlights historic rock paintings and engravings.

Two kayaks on the water at Palm Beach

Palm Beach

Fans of Aussie classic Home & Away might recognise this spot, but there’s so much more to Palm Beach than meets the eye. Escape the city for a day and head north for some kayaking or paddleboarding. You might even spot a whale while on the iconic lighthouse walk!

Cows standing in a paddock with trees and the setting sun behind them in Bowral

Southern Highlands

Some of Australia’s prettiest villages are located in the Southern Highlands, a 90-minute drive or two hour train trip from Sydney, depending on how far you venture. Surrounded by gorgeous green fields, these are towns full of perfectly preserved colonial architecture, with artisan food stores and boutiques.

Water shooting out of Kiama blow hole on a sunny day


Less than two hours south of Sydney by road or train, Kiama is a wonderful little beach town, with picturesque surfing beaches. Take in the volcanic rock formations at Bombo Headland, and remember that no trip to Kiama is complete without a visit to the Kiama Blowhole, a sea cliff cavern that shoots water 30 metres into the sky – the biggest in the world!

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3 ferries on Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge in background

Getting Around Sydney

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Sydney Highlights

With gorgeous beaches, buzzing streets, delicious food and happy people, we’re sure you’re going to fall in love with Sydney. Take a look at our recommendations of things to do while you’re in our harbour city.