Sometimes we all need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Luckily, Sydney CBD is the ideal base to explore the best NSW has on offer! From dreamy countryside escapades to the most relaxing beach day, we’ve scoured New South Wales’ most amazing destinations right on Sydney’s doorstep.
Check out these must-do Sydney day trips which are all less than three hour’s drive from ADGE Hotel!
Royal National Park
With an amazing concentration of wildlife, scenic walking trails with cascading waterfalls, beautiful beaches, and ancient Aboriginal heritage, the Royal National Park easily tops this list. As the world’s second oldest national park (just after Yellowstone in the United States) the Royal National Park offers a unique coast to bush escape from the hurried city life. Home to ‘Australia’s Humpback Highway’, sightseers can watch a majestic parade of humpback whales migrate north for the winter. The area is also carved with walking and cycling trails, with easy strolls to more advanced paths.
For the ultimate Aussie day out, pack a picnic and cook up a BBQ in one of the park’s many picnic areas! If you’re keen for a challenge, the Figure 8 pools are one of the areas most unique and prized gems. The pools are situated on a gorgeous, albeit dangerous, rock platform which is only visible during low tide.
A 43-minute drive from ADGE Hotel via the Princes Highway. Cost of the entrance to the park is $12 per vehicle. You can also take the train from Central to Otford.
Located at Sir Bertram Stevens Dr, Royal National Park NSW 2233
Open daily from 7 am to 8.30pm
Credit: Hamilton Lund via Destination NSW
From the endless line-up of water sports, boutique cafes and restaurants, beautiful golden coastline, and sunshine all year round, Palm Beach offers the perfect beach day trip. Kayak through the calm Pittwater, or simply lay on the golden sands for a truly relaxing beach day. A must-visit icon is the Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Barrenjoey Head, Sydney’s northernmost point. The easy walking track to the lighthouse rewards panoramic views of the Central Coast and its surrounds.
If you’re a soap opera fan, you’ll know that Palm Beach is the setting for the famed Summer Bay from the hit Aussie television show, Home and Away. Fans can go on a delightful set tour and even watch the show being filmed! For some tasty eats, the Boathouse at Palm Beach is a local brunch spot favourite. Whether you’re after a scrumptious croissant French toast with your coffee or the freshest seafood platter to share, The Boathouse has something for everyone to enjoy.
About an hour’s drive from ADGE Hotel via Barrenjoey Road. You can also catch the M40 Chatswood to Wynyard Station, and catch the l90 Palm Beach bus to Barrenjoey Road.
Located at Palm Beach, NSW 2108
Credit: James Horan of Destination NSW
Perhaps one of the most visited national parks in Australia, Blue Mountains is home to the world-famous Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point. From the lookout, you’ll get breathtaking landscapes stretching beyond the horizon and a glimpse of the blue haze created by the dense eucalyptus forests. This World Heritage-listed bushland showcase a tantamount of walking trails, cascading waterfalls, and an amazing collection of wildernesses. For thrill seekers and adventure-junkies, Blue Mountains is a popular spot for abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning, with a number of tour operators such as Eagle Rock Adventures, and Blue Mountains Adventure Company. Or take your day trip to new heights and hop on board the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway.
About an hour’s drive from ADGE Hotel. You can also hop on the Blue Mountains line train from Central to Katoomba. Take the bus from Katoomba to Echo Point to visit the Three Sisters
Located at Echo Point Road, Katoomba NSW 2780 (Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre)
Open daily from 9am to 5pm
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Collins Beach, tucked into Sydney Harbour National Park, is a secluded alternative to the ever-popular Manly beach. Quieter and calmer, in both waters and surrounds, this hidden gem offers a slice of paradise within just a short drive from the city centre. The understated surrounds and simplicity of the area is a beautiful and welcome rarity; picture gushing waterfalls, lush flora, sunshine and the inviting gentle waters, all working together for the picture-perfect place to unwind and relax. If you’re looking for an idyllic picnic spot away from crashing waves and crowds, Collins Beach is the perfect romantic getaway spot. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot one of the fairy penguins who live on the beach!
Just a short 35-minute drive from ADGE Hotel. The beach is only accessible by foot from the carpark, or by boat.
Located at Collins Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park NSW
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Renowned as Australia’s best food and wine trail, Hunter Valley is a haven for wine and food lovers. Stroll amongst the vines and enjoy Hunter Valley’s finest without worrying about designated drivers by going on one of the many wine tours in the area. Wine Country Tours offers pickups from the city to Hunter Valley. You’ll be guided by a wine expert with over four decades’ winemaking experience. If you’re more of a foodie, the Gourmet Explorer will show you around the area’s hatted restaurants, whilst touring three cellar doors.
Hunter Valley’s exquisite gourmet offerings don’t stop at wine. The area is also home to some of Australia’ most amazing selection of olives, olive oils, cheeses and hatted restaurants. And for the little ones, Hunter Valley Zoo is a sure-fire hit! Kids can pat a wombat, cuddle with a Koala, and meet some exotic wildlife such as white lions, lemurs, and even Tasmanian devils.
A scenic 2-hour drive from ADGE hotel. You can also go on a one of the wine tour providers mentioned above.
Located at Hunter Valley, Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW (Visitor Information Centre)
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Travel back in time and step into the historic village of Berrima, located in the Southern Highlands. From leisurely long walks along the waterfront, to eyeing antiques, boutique cafes, and the utter beauty of the many heritage listed architecture; Berrima is the epitome of a charming old country town.
Visit the Courthouse Museum, a main icon at the well preserved 1830s Georgian village, to immerse in local history, and take a pleasant walk by the Berrima River to spot some elusive platypus and wildlife. Stop by the Bendooley Estate Restaurant to lunch on wood-fired pizzas while being surrounded by a library of vintage books, and the estate's gorgeous gardens and vineyard.
Just 1 and a half to 2 hours’ drive from ADGE Hotel via Hume Motorway
Located at Berrima, NSW
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White sand beaches, tranquil turquoise waters, and an endless amount of things to do. That’s Jervis Bay in a nutshell. Situated on the South Coast of New South Wales, Jervis Bay is home to fur seals, penguins, dolphins, and a trail for migrating whales. Be it summer or winter, Jervis Bay’s uncluttered simplicity invites visitors to experience its natural wonders through diving, swimming, kayaking, canoeing or taking a relaxing coastal walk.
Head south to the see the ruins of Cape St George Lighthouse, a heritage-listed site and a stellar spot to go whale watching. And for a truly relaxing beach day trip, Hyams Beach is the place to be. It features the ‘whitest sand in the world’ and gentle waters, perfect for stand-up paddle boarding or snorkelling.
Under 3 hours drive from ADGE Hotel via Princes Highway.
Located at Jervis Bay, NSW
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This charming river valley offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Kangaroo Valley, one of Shoalhaven’s gems, offers bushwalks, sparkling creeks and waterfalls, picturesque mountain and valley views, wineries and eateries to last a lifetime. Cross over the river at Moss Vale Road and you’ll be greeted by the Hampden Bridge, a Kangaroo Valley icon that’s truly representative of area’s uniqueness, colonial history, and natural wonders.
You can entertain the whole family by kayaking or canoeing along the Kangaroo River, or go horse riding through rainforest and grazing lands with the Man from Kangaroo Valley Trail Ride. For a quick lunch, stop by the Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop, home to some of the best classic Aussie pies! And just as you’d expect from this countryside escape, Kangaroo Valley is dotted with delightful antique and boutique shops.
Around a 2-hour drive from ADGE Hotel via Hume Motorway
Located at Kangaroo Valley, NSW