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Canberra Day Tour from Sydney
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Canberra Day Tour from Sydney

From$189
13 hours (approx.)
Visit the nation's fabulous capital — Canberra — on this full day tour from Sydney. Canberra effortlessly blends imposing monuments and architecture with lakeside gardens and open green spaces. A guided tour of Parliament House …
Port Stephens Tour from Sydney

Port Stephens Tour from Sydney with Sandboarding and Dolphin Cruise

From$199
11 hours (approx.)
Discover the beautiful Port Stephens region north of Sydney — a landscape of white sandy beaches and the sparkling coastal waters. Go sandboarding on the iconic dunes and enjoy a dolphin spotting cruise. This is …
Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains and Scenic World Tour from Sydney
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Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains and Scenic World Tour from Sydney

From$185
12 hours (approx.)
See a unique side of the Blue Mountains by heading underground at famous Jenolan Caves. You’ll enjoy a guided cave tour, before heading off to Scenic World to take in the spectacular views from the …
Blue Mountains Sunset Tour from Sydney
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Blue Mountains Sunset Tour from Sydney

From$99
11 hours (approx.)
This relaxed tour will immerse you in the beauty of the Blue Mountains National Park with an afternoon bushwalk and a visit to the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation at sunset — long after the …
Blue Mountains Day Tour from Sydney

Blue Mountains Day Tour from Sydney

From$115
10 hours (approx.)
This boutique tour is the perfect introduction to the Blue Mountains and represents great value for money. You’ll visit a wildlife park, take in spectacular views of the famous Three Sisters rock formation and the …
Blue Mountains Day Tour from Sydney with Lunch
2-course lunch included

Blue Mountains Day Tour from Sydney with Lunch

From$145
10 hours (approx.)
Spend a day immersing yourself in the beauty of the Blue Mountains on this boutique tour from Sydney. You’ll visit a wildlife park, Echo Point and the Three Sisters, the quaint mountain township of Leura, …
Blue Mountains Day Tour with Scenic World Rides
Scenic World ride tickets included

Blue Mountains Day Tour with Scenic World Rides

From$155
10 hours (approx.)
This awesome tour is your ticket to ride! See the magnificent Blue Mountains from every angle as you climb on board the world-famous Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway at Scenic World in Katoomba (ride tickets …
Blue Mountains Day Tour with Lunch and Scenic World Rides
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All-inclusive Blue Mountains Day Tour with Lunch and Scenic World Rides

From$180
10 hours (approx.)
A visit to the magnificent Blue Mountains is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many visitors. Make it extra special with this all-inclusive full day tour. You'll visit a renowned wildlife park, enjoy a two-course lunch in …
Premium Blue Mountains Coach Tour from Sydney
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Premium Blue Mountains Coach Tour from Sydney

From$220
11 hours (approx.)
This superb tour of the Blue Mountains by deluxe coach offers lots of special inclusions that you won't find on any other public tour. Enjoy breakfast and a VIP koala encounter at a renowned wildlife …
Blue Mountains Day Tour by 4WD
Lunch included

Private Blue Mountains Day Tour by 4WD from Sydney

From$217
12 hours (approx.)
This unique, boutique Blue Mountains Day Tour by 4WD will take you where the large tourist buses can’t! You’ll head into the very heart of the Blue Mountains National Park, but that doesn’t mean you’ll …
Blue Mountains Bushwalking Tour from Sydney
Lunch included

Blue Mountains Bushwalking Tour from Sydney

From$109
11 hours (approx.)
See a side of the magical Blue Mountains that you won’t see on a standard bus tour from Sydney. This great day out will envelop you in the sights, sounds and smells of the Blue …
Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney
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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney with Chocolate, Vodka and Lunch

From$149
12 hours (approx.)
This relaxed, boutique tour offers a great day out from Sydney in the Hunter Valley. Enjoy wine tastings and an included brewpub lunch, along with a chocolate and vodka tasting!
Hunter Valley Gourmet Food and Wine Tour from Sydney
Breakfast & lunch included

Hunter Valley Gourmet Food and Wine Tour from Sydney (with a personal chef)

From$195
11 hours (approx.)
The beautiful Hunter Valley north of Sydney offers so much to tempt wine and gourmet food lovers, but having your own personal chef along for the ride takes matters to a whole new level. Enjoy …
Deluxe Hunter Valley Food and Wine Tour from Sydney

Deluxe Hunter Valley Food and Wine Tour from Sydney

From$198
11 hours (approx.)
Sample fabulous wines and delicious gourmet treats from the vineyards and rolling pastures of the Hunter Valley north of Sydney. Delight all the senses on this deluxe day out, which includes three wine tastings and …
2 Day Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens Tour
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2 Day Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens Tour from Sydney

From$275
2 days/1 night
Tick off Sydney's three 'must-do' day trip destinations by combining them all in one amazing overnight tour from the Harbour City. Experience the rugged beauty of the Blue Mountains, the delicious delights of the Hunter …

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips

Blue Mountains. Image courtesy of Destination NSW

Five top Sydney scenic day tours and trips

Visitors to Sydney are spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing things to see and do.

Not only does the city offer a huge range of activities and attractions, but some of New South Wales’ most beautiful natural landscapes and historic regional centres are tantalisingly close.

If you have a day or two to spare during your stay in the Harbour City, here are five top Sydney scenic day tours and trips.

Northern Beaches

You’ve caught the bus to Bondi and the ferry to Manly. Now you’re ready to venture further afield and discover the delights of ‘the peninsula’ — 30 kilometres of end-to-end beaches, each seemingly more glorious than the last.

If time permits, you can visit all the Northern Beaches over a series of weekends, and you’ll soon discover that each has a distinct character. If you only have one day though, make an early start and head to the enigmatically named Dee Why for a morning swim. There’s plenty of parking for drivers, or you can take the 136 bus from either Manly wharf or Chatswood station.

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Whale Beach. Image courtesy of Destination NSW

Dee Why has undergone a foodie renaissance in recent years, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or morning coffee with superb ocean views. Head to SeaChange Cafe on The Strand for a huge range of on-trend brunch options. Afterwards, walk off the calories by taking a northward route on foot, past the lagoon and up to the Long Reef headland, where you’ll be rewarded with superb views. The walk is almost 4km each way, so why not break it up with a lunch stop at the White Rock Café at Long Reef Golf Club?

Alternatively, leave Dee Why after breakfast and drive (40 minutes) or take the L90 bus (1 hour 15 minutes) to Palm Beach. Marvel at the magnificent homes, see locations used in TV’s Home and Away, walk up to historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse or catch the Patonga ferry from Palm Beach Wharf to the southernmost point of the New South Wales Central Coast.

Blue Mountains

A rich history, stunning scenery and great bushwalks combine to make the Blue Mountains a favoured day trip destination from Sydney.

Start with a visit to the quaint village of Leura for upmarket shopping, such as Josophan’s Fine Chocolates. The town also hosts a spectacular spring garden festival.

Echo Point Lookout at Katoomba provides the classic view of the Blue Mountains’ most famous landmark — the rock formation known as The Three Sisters. The iconic Hydro Majestic hotel at Medlow Bath, with its Art Deco interiors and old-world ambience, is a great place to indulge in high tea with spectacular valley views.

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips

The Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath. Image courtesy of Destination NSW

In fact, there’s a Blue Mountains tradition of fine dining and wine tasting in settings that double as scenic vantage points. While savouring Sean Moran’s produce-driven seasonal menu at Tomah Gardens Restaurant you can enjoy the spirit-lifting outlook over Wollemi National Park. Alternatively, sit down to cheese and wine at Dryridge Estate with extraordinary views of Megalong Valley’s sandstone escarpments.

Blackheath is the Mountains’ fresh produce hub, with a fantastic fortnightly growers’ market and the chance to enjoy all things apple-based at the atmospheric Logan Brae Orchards. History buffs will love Mt Victoria, the highest point in the Blue Mountains and a true village. Admire the historic railway station, settle into a matinee session at vintage cinema Mount Vic Flicks or relive the story of the original explorers’ mountain crossing at nearby Mt York lookout.

For the more energetic, there’s a huge variety of bushwalks through the Blue Mountains’ almost 1 million hectares of national park. Remember to respect the weather and the challenges presented by some of the area’s extraordinary topography.

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Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips: Scenic World, Katoomba. Image courtesy of Destination NSW

Hunter Valley

Australia’s oldest wine region is a great option for a day out, just two hours’ drive from Sydney. Award-winning wines, a thriving food culture, lovely countryside and spectacular gardens and estates are some of the many reasons to visit the Hunter Valley. There are around 150 cellar doors to choose from so use the Wine Country directory to plan your day, or book one of the many tours that will get you around the top vineyards.

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips

Margan Wines and Restaurant, Hunter Valley. Image: MJK Creative

Providores are starting to give winemakers a run for their money in attracting visitors to the region. The Smelly Cheese Shop has two outlets — at the Roche Estate Complex and the Smelly Deli in Pokolbin. The Lovedale Smokehouse is a mecca for all things charcuterie as well as jams, olives, and preserved fruits and vegetables. On Saturdays you can hone your Asian cookery skills at the onsite Majors Lane Cooking School.

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips: Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens are the largest display gardens in Australia, with ten themed sections, including the much-loved Storybook Garden and the magnificent Sunken Garden. This is a great place for families, with a picturesque putt-putt golf course and seasonal school holiday events.

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Southern Highlands

Heritage townships and a soul-soothing rural atmosphere are the hallmarks of the Southern Highlands, located roughly two-hour’s drive southwest of Sydney.

Mittagong is the region’s gateway town and a natural first stop. Depending on how early you hit the road, the Shaggy Cow Café will meet your breakfast or morning tea needs in style (who can resist those cow portraits lining the walls?). Just outside Mittagong is Tertini Wines — highly regarded not just for its cool-climate vintages, but also for the guest experience at its daily cellar door.

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips: Shop for antiques in Bowral. Image: Bigstock

Continuing on to the town of Bowral, you’ll find a huge range of things to see and do. For cricket fans, there’s no question of where to stop first — the excellent Bradman Musuem. Garden enthusiasts can head to Corbett Gardens, which are especially stunning during ‘tulip time’ in September. Antique collectors will be spoiled for choice at two excellent emporiums: Dirty Janes and Lancelot Hill Antiques. Grab a coffee at Rush or indulge yourself with a fine dining experience at Onesta Cucina.

Finish your Southern Highlands day of discovery with an afternoon visit to the historic town of Berrima, and perhaps a stop at the famous Berkelouw Book Barn.

Canberra

If you’re prepared to put in a long day, it’s possible to visit Canberra from Sydney without staying overnight. Driving time to and from the nation’s capital is three hours each way. Book a Canberra day tour from Sydney or self-drive. If you do the latter, break the journey at Marulan and enjoy a delicious cake and coffee at the Meridian Café.

If you’re car-less in the capital, the Tourist Route bus (number 81/981) is a great service that will take you to many of the city’s major attractions, including Parliament House, the National Arboretum and the acclaimed Australian War Memorial. Of course, these can all be accessed by car as well, and there’s ample parking at each location.

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips

Top Sydney scenic day tours and trips: Visit Canberra. Image Bigstock

There are loads more museums and art galleries in Canberra. For those interested in Australian society, the National Portrait Gallery offers fascinating insights into the personalities that shaped our nation, and there’s also a lovely waterfront café.

Canberra is the only major Australian city built around a lake, so your day there should certainly include some time on or by the water. Take a Segway tour around Lake Burley Griffin, or do it the old-fashioned way by bike. In summertime, a lake cruise is also a great way to see the city’s landmarks from the water.

Do you have any suggestions to add to our list of top Sydney scenic day tours and trips? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

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About the writer

Roslyn Jolly is a freelance travel writer whose work has appeared in Luxury TravelGet Up & GoThe Sunday Telegraph (Escape) and The Australian (Travel & Indulgence). In her former career as an English Literature academic, she studied and taught the work of great travel writers, such as Henry James, Herman Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, and became fascinated by the history of travel and tourism. Two years at school in Wales and three years at university in England allowed her to travel extensively in Europe and North America, which she continues to do.

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