Cheap Day Trips from Sydney, Australia
Three Sisters Lookout in the Blue Mountains, Australia
Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbor front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbor and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbor Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower's outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs. National parks ring the city and penetrate right into its heart. Large chunks of the harbor are still edged with bush, while parks cut their way through the skyscrapers and suburbs. On the coast, Sydney ends abruptly in sheer walls of sandstone punctuated by arcs of golden sand. In summer they're covered with bronzed bodies making the most of a climate that encourages outdoor socializing, exercising, flirting and fun. After a lazy Saturday at the beach, if you want to dress up and show off, there's plenty of opportunity for that among the sparkling lights of the harbor. Sydney is a beautiful place to explore, but there are also many other areas nearby that provide great alternatives to the spectacular city, and these day trips are a great way to get out and experience another side of Australia.
Explore the oldest wine-producing region in Australia, the Hunter Valley, on a full-day tour from Sydney. After morning pickup in Sydney, travel by air-conditioned coach for about two hours to reach the Hunter Valley, passing by the Hawkesbury River and an old convict-built road as your coach climbs into the hills. The Hunter Valley has earned a reputation for great wine and food, making it a popular day tour from Sydney. With a knowledgeable guide, you'll make the most of your time and visit some of the best establishments in the valley. During your tour, expect to stop at wineries such as Leogate Estate Wines and McGuigan Wines, in addition to enjoying a lunch feast at Hunter Valley Resort. The family-owned Leogate Estate Wines produce excellent Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz as well as blends, Rose, Frizzante and low alcohol options. Established in the 1880's McGuigan Wines rates as an old-timer. It has also been named as the 'world's best winemaker' at least three times. The Hunter Valley Resort extends across 70 secluded acres in the heart of Hunter Valley. View shiraz vineyards that have flourished there for decades as you dine on your choice of a fish, chicken, lamb or vegetarian lunch paired with wines that enhance your meal. Before returning to Sydney, stop at Hunter Valley Gardens for a leisurely stroll through their landscaped gardens. You can also peek at their gift shop, step into The Garden Cellars to taste additional wine, beer and liquor or opt for coffee at one of the cafes if you have had enough wine for the day.
Escape Sydney's urban bustle for a day to explore the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Blue Mountains., Blue Mountains National Park offers a spectacular natural playground just 1.5 hours from Sydney. Your full-day wilderness adventure begins with pickup at your Sydney hotel and a drive across the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge. See the park's ancient plateaus and valleys come into view along the spectacular Cliff Drive. Visit Scenic World, at the edge of the park near Katoomba, where you can ride the world's steepest passenger railway and get an aerial park view from a gondola skyway (optional). Take in panoramic views of the Megalong Valley and the Three Sisters rock formation and hear the Aboriginal legends associated with the awe-inspiring landscape. For a taste of mountain culture, visit the charming township of Leura. Browse antique shops, indulge your sweet tooth with authentic international treats at The Candy Store, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park for an up-close encounter with native Australian animals. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, snap photos of sleepy koalas, and observe exotic birds in a natural bush setting. Relax on the scenic return drive to Sydney, where your full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early evening.
See Australia's most famous native animals in their natural habitat on a full-day tour from Sydney. Your luxury 4WD vehicle picks you up from your Sydney hotel to start your Australian wildlife tour. Drive about 90 minutes to reach the Southern Highlands where many of Australia's 'Big Five' animals roam free in the wild. Your expert naturalist guide shares informative commentary about Australia's history and wildlife as you visit various scenic locales to spot koalas, kangaroos, emus, wombats, and the shy platypus, along with other likely suspects such as possums and echidnas. At dusk, your guide takes you to the best places to see nocturnal creatures as they wake up for the night. With careful use of a spotlight, your guide can locate critters such as wombats and possums as they become active after sunset. Your small-group tour travels off the beaten track in a luxury 4WD vehicle that provides a comfortable ride. Enjoy frequent stops for photo ops along with rest breaks including lunch or afternoon tea. Soak up the ambiance of a typical establishment in the Australian outback when you have dinner at one of the nation's oldest pubs. After a day of Australian wildlife encounters, return to Sydney in the evening where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Create a special experience in Sydney with a seaplane tour that includes a gourmet three-course lunch at Cottage Point Inn. Make your own way to Rose Bay where you meet your expert pilot and board your seaplane. Radio headsets are provided for your flight so that you can enjoy 2-way communications with your pilot while in the air. Your pilot guides the seaplane out on the water and up into the sky as you take in views of the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Head 20 minutes north to reach Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, a beautiful stretch of wilderness with mangrove forests and sparkling rivers. After a smooth landing on the river, your pilot pulls up to the restaurant's dock. Disembark from the seaplane and be welcomed by the restaurant staff. Enjoy a relaxed fine dining experience during your three-course a la carte meal that features modern Australian cuisine made with seasonal ingredients including fresh seafood, meats and vegetables. Admire the tranquility of the natural beauty all around you at Cottage Point Inn. Situated on the water's edge at the tip of two waterways that are flanked by forested hills. When you have finished your meal, your pilot takes you back to Rose Bay on a route that allows for fantastic photo ops of iconic sights including Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Your seaplane tour ends with return to the Rose Bay after approximately four hours.
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