Top 5 Day Trips From Sydney

Top 5 Day Trips From Sydney

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Sydney is a spectacular city, sprawling its magic and diversity around the largest natural harbour in the world. I am a huge fan of it and very grateful for living here. There is plenty to see and do in Sydney, however it is a busy city. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to escape Sydney for a day. I have listed for you my top 5 day trips from Sydney. These destinations are less than 2 hours’ drive from Sydney.

The Blue Mountains


When I first settled in Sydney, one of my first day trips was to the Blue Mountains. Only 2 hours drive away from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are a mountain range famous for their blue hues, high cliffs and deep valleys. Waterfalls dot the landscape and hiking trails meander through the forest. The Blue Mountains are a testimony to an early tourism trade in New South Wales and are well worth a day trip, or even a weekend. After passing through many times on my way to Mudgee, I decided to explore again and search for sweeping views away from the tourist trail.

The Basin


Sydney has many secrets but my favourite one is tucked away in the meanders of Pittwater, north of the city. Technically, The Basin is within metropolitan Sydney but it is close to it’s northernmost point and it has a unique holiday feel. The Basin is an isolated gem on the edge of Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, sheltered in quiet waters but ready to escape into the South Pacific Ocean.



Berry is a lovely little rural town only 2 hours south of Sydney. Set in a beautiful bucolic setting, surrounded by rolling green hills, its proximity and easy access makes an ideal choice for a day trip from Sydney. Berry is blessed with a mix of rustic, small-town feel, busy cafe life and great shopping. Berry’s proximity to the NSW South Coast’s breathtaking beaches makes it a diverse destination for a day.

Kangaroo Valley


Kangaroo Valley is a most beautiful valley, nestling between two mountains and only two hours south of Sydney. Developed thanks to the dairy industry, Kangaroo Valley offers a gorgeous combination of rolling hills, green fields, quaint farms and a charming village, all quietly secluded in wilderness. The relative isolation of Kangaroo Valley means time has somewhat stopped, the village of Osborne hasn’t changed much in over a hundred years.


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Less than 2 hours south of Sydney, Berrima is a charming and Georgian village in the NSW Southern Highlands. First established in the 1830s and mostly built by convict labor, Berrima is rich in heritage buildings:  the Court Room, the Prison, and the Church all have historic value. Furthermore, there are plenty of well-preserved stone cottages. Nestled on the Wingecarribee River, it’s a small historic town on the way to Canberra and a delightful destination for a day trip.

Weekends from Sydney

You can stretch all these day trips from Sydney into weekends if you have more time. And if you are keen to venture further down the NSW South Coast, I highly recommend Jervis Bay, Batemans Bay and Mollymook.

You can find more day trip and weekend ideas on the Destination NSW website.

What is your favourite day trip from Sydney ? Please share in the comments below.

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  1. Arita

    June 22, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I really hope to go there one day, Sydney has been a dream of mine for the longest time. These daytrips do sound like a lot of fun I would really want to visit the Kangaroo Valley it looks stunning <3

    1. Delphine

      June 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Arita, Kangaroo Valley is really charming, it’s tucked away between mountains and you could almost miss it! I hope you get a chance to visit Australia some day.

  2. lindsey

    June 22, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Berrima and the blue mountains look lovely! I haven’t made my way to Australia yet but I’m going to pin this in case I do!

    1. Delphine

      June 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Linsday, the countryside south of Sydney is very beautiful, I hope you get a chance to visit Australia some day. And thank you for the pin!

  3. Vibrant Yogini (@VibrantYogini)

    June 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I wish I had visited Kangaroo Valley on my visit to Australia! It looks beautiful! I would love to return one day 🙂

    1. Delphine

      June 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Kangaroo Valley is beautiful and it’s not that far from Sydney… There’s always next time!

  4. stylishtravlr

    June 22, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    You’re so lucky to live in Sydney and be surrounded by such a wonderful places! I cant wait to visit Australia one day and explore a lot of that wonderful continent ! So beautiful !

    1. Delphine

      June 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Oh thank you, I feel very privileged, Australia is a beautiful country. It’s a bit far from everything else, which is both a positive and a negative… I hope you get the chance to visit some day !

  5. Robert

    June 23, 2017 at 12:06 am

    We loved our travels to Australia, so much to see and do! Never got a chance to see any of these interesting destinations. We definitely want to return in the near future! 🙂

    1. Delphine

      June 23, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Robert, thank you for stopping by, I hope you get a chance to spend more time around Sydney on your next trip to Australia !

  6. Bailey

    June 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I am really hoping I can make a trip to Australia and see several of these sites.

    1. Delphine

      June 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Bailey, Australia won’t disappoint you, there is so much to see and do! I hope you get the chance to visit some day!

  7. TeeShares

    June 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    OMG, I love Sydney but have never taken any of these day trips SO i’m excited to read this post. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Delphine

      June 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Next time you’re in Sydney, you should definitely make time for at least one day trip!

  8. ewr to bom

    June 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Kangaroo Valley pic is awesome. Still wondering how you captured that pic?

    1. Delphine

      June 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you for your compliment, I think I used my 300 zoom for this photo!

  9. Kristine Eva

    June 28, 2017 at 1:51 am

    I have relatives in New South Wales and I have been wanting to go to Sydney so I can visit them. I’d love to see Blue Mountains and Kangaroo Valley. Those are great photos by the way, thanks for sharing.

    1. Delphine

      June 28, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Hi Kristine, you should definitely take the opportunity to visit NSW. The region around Sydney is incredibly beautiful and diverse, Australia is not all about beaches (although there are a lot of very very beautiful ones…)

  10. Jennifer

    July 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    would love to be able to do a travel blog. lovely photos. 🙂

    1. Delphine

      July 4, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Jennifer, thank you for your comment. Travel blogging is great but the photos are a lot of work!

  11. Elizabeth allcock

    July 4, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I would love to visit Sydney let alone these beautiful places. Fab photos!

    1. Delphine

      July 4, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much for your compliment, I love taking photos of the countryside. I hope you get a chance to visit Sydney and its surrounds.

  12. whyyouwander

    November 25, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I would add Bowral too ( in Autumn ) … It is such a cool place to visit in Autumn ..

    1. Delphine

      November 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Hi Rohini, I’ve driven through Bowral, I’ll have to stop by next time. Thank you very much for the tip!

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