Top 3 Day Trips Around Sydney, Australia

Anyone thinking about visiting Australia is surely considering Sydney as the main hub to experience the best that the country has to offer, with such sights as the stunning Sydney Opera House and the bustling Sydney Harbour. The more rural offerings of the Outback are simply too great to ignore. Get the best of both worlds by staying in the big city and taking day trips to popular attractions within driving distance. In fact, for die-hard Aeroplan members, you can easily rent a car with Avis or Hertz and continue to earn miles halfway around the world (or use your miles to redeem for a rental)! See below for our top 3 picks when it comes to hitting the open road around Sydney.


Scenic Beauty at Blue Mountains

The opportunity for sightseeing in Australia may seem boundless, but a must-see spot is the Blue Mountains region. Located less than 2 hours away from Sydney, this is the perfect chance to explore over one million hectares of pristine landscape—everything from sandstone cliffs and canyons to waterfalls and eucalypt forests. There is also a rich Aboriginal history to the area, including the legend of the Three Sisters rock formation, ceremonial sites and all sorts of cave art. The possibilities are really as endless as your appetite for adventure. Be sure to visit the Blue Mountains for an unforgettable time during your trip!

Treetop Adventure in Yarramundi

Travelling abroad brings out the adventurer in all of us. What better way to feel alive than becoming one with nature during a treetop trek? Yarramundi is just a 1-hour drive from downtown Sydney and offers the unique experience of part-obstacle course and part-climbing exercises in Grose River Park. You can choose your level of adrenaline—there are courses 4 metres off the ground that’s suitable for children, or you can soar to heights of up to 25 metres—and you’ll of course be strapped into safety equipment the entire time.  And the view from the top? Don’t be surprised if you come face to face with a family of bell birds or kookaburras!


Wildlife Tours in Southern Highlands

If you’re looking to see Australian animals, there’s a great zoo in downtown Sydney. However, for those looking to see exotic wildlife in its natural habitat, there are great tour options in the Southern Highlands. Only a 90-minute drive from the city, you’ll be transported to thousands of acres of scenic bushland where you’ll see the Big 5: koalas, kangaroos, platypuses, wombats, and emus. The tours can accommodate all ages, budgets, and niche interests, and seeing these unique creatures and more is sure to be one of the highlights of your vacation.

And there you have it, 3 of the best day trips to take while staying in Sydney! We hope we covered something for everyone, and if not, share a comment with us below telling us what we missed.

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