When you are ready for a break from the crowds of the city you can enjoy one of our day trips from Sydney. Each of these trips can be done solely by public transport which helps keep the cost low, saving your hard earned travel funds for other activities.
Below you will find a brief summary of each day trip. We have a full page on each one so just click on the links to find everything you need to plan these fabulous one day excursions.
Also be sure to see our 5 Sydney Walking Tours for some more great ways to spend a day during your Sydney vacation.
Blue Mountains Day Trip Words can hardly do justice to this spectacular day trip. A two hour train ride west from Sydney takes you right through Blue Mountain National Park to the picturesque little town of Katoomba. Once there you can enjoy exploring little specialty shops and pick out a great place to eat while as you walk towards viewpoints overlooking some spectacular scenery. You will also have the opportunity to visit Scenic World, an attraction where you can ride a glass bottom cable car from one side of the canyon to the other. Try to pick a nice day for this one.
The South Coast and Kiama Day Trip is a great way to escape the crowds of Sydney for a day. You will want to get an early start as Kiama is a little over 2½ hours by train from Sydney. In addition to seeing beautiful scenery along the way you will really enjoy the time you spend in this pretty little town situated on the ocean at the foot of the rolling hills to the west. Here you will find many beautiful beaches and parks minus the crowds, a historic lighthouse and other historic buildings, great little shops, places to eat and more.
Manly Beach and Scenic Walkway is listed under our regular Sydney attractions, but we also draw your attention to it here. Even though is only a 30 minute ride on the Ferry from Circular Quay to get there, it really is a great place to spend a day, especially if the weather is good. You'll find all the usually stuff here - little boutique shops, great dining, etc., but you'll also find many other things to do. There is an aquarium, art gallery, museum, waterslides, fantastic beaches and rockpools - easily enough to fill your day.
Olympic Park is another Sydney attraction that, while not too far out of central Sydney, has plenty of activities to fill an entire day with. Many of these activities are free. You will find all kinds of walking trails, including boardwalks through the wetlands and the Brickpit Ring Walk. Enjoy the great views from several viewing platforms and lookouts. Enjoy some great birdwatching. There are picnic and BBQ facilities and a total of 30 food a beverage outlets in the park. You can play mini-golf, rent bikes, or tour one of the Olympic venues. There are also many organized activities for kids to enjoy. During the weekend there is even more stuff to do. To add to your day of fun we suggest taking the Ferry to get to Olympic Park and riding the Train when heading back to Sydney.
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