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Sydney is an unmissable destination for anyone visiting Australia. From the famous Sydney Harbor to Bondi Beach to the iconic Opera House, you could spend weeks going on Sydney tours without getting bored.

The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour NSW. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

However, it would be a shame not to venture outside of Sydney to take advantage of all that the surrounding area has to offer. From Aboriginal sites to idyllic beaches to countless national parks, there’s really something to be discovered in each corner of the greater Sydney area.

The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour NSW. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

To help you get started planning your time in the city, we put together a list of our recommended day trips from Sydney, Australia.

Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia

Blue Mountains Tour

Cost: $162 USD per person
Length: 11 hours
Tour type: Nature

Located just a couple hours inland from Sydney, the Blue Mountains National Park has been enticing nature lovers out of the city and into the wilderness.

This tour will give you an opportunity to visit many highlights of the park such as Echo Point, Jamison Valley, Featherdale Wildlife Park, and the Three Sister’s Lookout. You’ll take a couple of easy nature walks, a scenic railway and cable car ride, and eat a lunch prepared by a local chef.

The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
The Three Sisters from Echo Point, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

To top it all off, this tour features a river cruise on the  Parramatta River, making it one of the most popular and best day trips from Sydney.

What’s more, the tour is organized by Anderson’s Tours, a local provider that provides multiple different Blue Mountain day trips, with an emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendliness.

Click HERE to check the availability for a Blue Mountains Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Cost: $98.50 USD per person
Length: 12 hours
Tour type: Food & Drink

The Hunter Valley, located just north of Sydney,  is a world-famous wine region known for beautiful scenery, great produce and of course, great wine. It’s a region that’s worth visiting, even if just for a day.

The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
Vineyards in Hunter Valley, NSW

On this wine tour from Sydney, you’ll explore the region’s lovely wineries and distilleries, many of which are organic. Not only will you get to try local wine, beer, cheese, chocolate, and spirits, but you’ll also get a fun lesson on how these delicacies are produced.

Rolling vineyards in Hunter Valley
Rolling vineyards in Hunter Valley

The tour is organized by Zepher Tours, a reliable, local, and ethically conscious tour company committed to the advancement of sustainable tourism in Australia.

Click HERE to check the availability for Hunter Valley Tours from Sydney

Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

Cost: $134.98 USD per person
Length: 7 hours
Tour type: Beach

The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
Sydney’s northern beaches. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

Directly north of the city, you’ll find the dreamy and historic Ku-ring-gai National Park, a place most famous for its stunning beach and hundreds of significant Aboriginal locations. On this trip, you’ll enjoy bush walks to ancient rock carvings considered sacred to the Aboriginals.

After lunch, you’ll walk along the pristine beaches and enjoy views of some of the best surfing in the country. If the other Sydney day trips seem a bit too involved for your taste, consider taking this one as it is perhaps the most relaxed out of all these Sydney day tours.

Click HERE to check the availability for a Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

Whale Watching Tour

Cost: $68.58 USD per person
Length: 4 hours
Tour type: Cruise

The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
MV Ocean Blue, Sydney Harbour. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia
The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
Humpback Whale, Sydney. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

Australia is quite famous for its underwater wildlife, but you don’t have to get in the water yourself to experience it. A whale watching cruise out of the harbour is one the best day trips from Sydney that you could take.

From May to November, humpback whales are migrating past Sydney and are often quite active, with lots of breaching, spy hopping, and tail slapping to be expected. The tour organizer, Oz Whale Watching, has multiple eco-certifications, contributes to a number of marine wildlife conservation funds, and uses daily sustainable practices such as recycling and the tracking of carbon emissions.

Click HERE to check the availability for a Whale Watching Cruise

Australian Bushland Wildlife Tour

Cost: $218.15 USD per person
Length: 10 hours
Tour type: Wildlife

If you’re keen on witnessing some of the weird and wonderful wildlife species that Australia boasts, then this is one of the best Sydney day tours you could take. Located less than two hours south of the city, the Southern Highlands are famous for their populations of koalas, platypuses, emus, wombats, possums, and of course kangaroos.

Kangaroo, spotted on a day trip outside of Sydney

The tour includes two meals, and wildlife watching during both daylight hours and at night. You’ll experience it all with a 4WD safari vehicle using provided binoculars. This is one of the most unique day trips from Sydney that you could take.

Click HERE to check the availability for an Australian Bushland Wildlife Tour

Sydney Outskirts Tour (Bondi Beach and Bronte Cliff-Top Walk)

Cost: Provided upon request
Length: 6 hours
Tour type: Beach

The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach, NSW. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

On the east coast of the city lies Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi. Known for its legendary surfing and pristine waters, no trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to Bondi, the Bronte Cliff-Top, and the surrounding city outskirts.

During this tour, you’ll enjoy a walk or swim at the beach, a stunning view of the city from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, and pass the refined mansions of Vaucluse and Rose Bay. After a walk along the cliff-top, you will end in Bronte to conclude on the most essential Sydney tours.

Click HERE to check the availability for a Sydney Outskirts Tour

Sydney South Coast Nature Tour

Cost: $143.73 USD per person
Length: 11 hours
Tour type: Nature

The Seven Best Day Trips From Sydney, Australia
Wattamolla Falls, Royal National Park, NSW. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

While there is some wonderful nature to experience near the city, Sydney has even more to offer just a couple hours south on the coast. You’ll travel south via the Grand Pacific Drive, a gorgeous cliffside drive, and arrive at the Minnamurra Rainforest for an elevated canopy walk. After a barbeque lunch, you’ll visit the Kiama Blowhole and the Sea Cliff Bridge, two famous landmarks of the area. The final adventure will be a short hike to the Wattamolla Falls before you head back to Sydney.

Click HERE to check the availability for a Sydney South Coast Nature Tour.

Although there are countless Sydney day tours you can take, these top seven are an awesome place to start! Tell us below, which of these Sydney day trips would you most like to take?

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