At a loose end during your stay in Sydney? This bustling, vibrant state has an abundance of galleries, tours and shops From the Royal Botanical Gardens and Madame Tussauds wax museum to Sydney Wildlife Park, Illawarra Treetops and Centre Point Tower, there is no shortage of engaging activities for adults and children of all ages to explore and enjoy. Here are our recommendations for the best Sydney Day Trips .
Sydney Harbour Boat Tour
Grab the opportunity to relish the sights of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison by boat. Unwind on deck with a refreshing beverage as you cruise past some of the most iconic constructions in Australia. Experience spectacular panoramic views of the Harbour in daylight or at sunset; taking snaps of Sydney’s city skyline in the comfort of a beautiful catamaran.
Wake at dawn, wrap up warm, venture out at sea and revel in the wonders of whale watching. With many tour operators providing a free breakfast, indulge in a three hour morning cruise in a spacious vessel, keeping your eyes peeled for a Humpback or Southern Right. You can experience the sensation of sighting a whale at sunrise whilst keeping a healthy wallet.
Get cultured at one of the many galleries and museums
Feel like soaking up some culture? Walking around Sydney, you’ll notice how creatively orientated and atmospheric the city is, with vibrant art pieces beautifully adorning the streets and open spaces at every turn; and the abundance of rich heritage just ready and waiting to be to soaked up and immersed in. Many of the city’s museums and galleries also offer you a fascinating insight into the region and fortunately free to enter on certain days.
Bondi Beach – Eastern Suburbs
Bondi Beach has so much to offer and even more to experience, so don’t be put off by the huge amount of hipsters drinking out of coconuts – there are normal people here too you know. Being the closest beach suburb to Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) (45-min commute), Bondi is extremely popular as a residential suburb with tourists and residents alike.
Though heaps of tourists flock to Bondi (40,000 visitors on a sunny summers day!), life here is still surprisingly relaxed and the best thing of all, is that you’re only a short coastal stroll away from some of Sydney’s ‘other’ best beaches including Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee.
When most think about snorkelling in Australia, we always think of the Great Barrier Reef. While the Great Barrier Reef is undoubtedly the best place to go snorkelling there are several places to in Sydney that will give you the opportunity to experience snorkeling without leaving the city.
One of the most popular is Gordon’s Bay just south of Bondi Beach, right along the South Coast Walk Trail. Another excellent place for snorkelling is Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve at Shelly Beach.
Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve is well known for the diverse wildlife, including endangered species such as the famous Blue Groper.
If you’re a fan of seahorses then you need to go to Chowder Bay and Parsley Bay where you’ll find seahorses that have colonised the swimming nets of each of these well known swimming spots.
Go hiking around Sydney
Hiking, or bushwalking, is a fantastic way to get to know the city better and there’s always a surprise along the way, from exciting wildlife to amazing views of both the city and Harbour along the trails. Bushwalking is a very popular past time with Sydney-siders – and everyone has there favourite walk!
The single most popular walk in Sydney is the Southern Coastal Walk. It’s an easy, well paved walk from Bondi to Maroubra Beach, but most don’t make it that far and usually stop at Coogee Beach. The Spit Bridge to Manly is probably the most popular bushwalk with Sydney-siders.
Sydney Day Tours
Let's go Surfing
- Small Group 2 hour Session
- Learn to Surf on Bondi Beach
- Winter offer from $79
- The lesson price includes all equipment and professional instruction.
Extra: Breakfast and/or lunch is at your own expense on the day
Duration: 2 hours
Price (in AUD):
- $79 per person
Bridge Climb Sampler Tour
Latching on in the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, venture along catwalks past the South-East Pylon, directly over Sydney Harbour.
Here commence your ascent to the halfway point on the inner arch on the Opera House side. As you cross over, to the Darling Harbour side of the Bridge, pause for a group photo at a unique vantage point within the Bridge. From here, you make a quick descent to our Climb Base.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Price (in AUD): Adults - $ 163 - $183 / Child - $ 138 - $153
The Coast Warriors Blue Mountains Tour adventure commences early in the morning. Your first interaction with Coast Warriors is when you woken from your undead like state by one of our crazy hat clad, coffee drenched guides yelling out the bus window at the horde with a megaphone.
Our first stop Glenbrook, hometown of one of our awesome guides. We stop here for take away breakfast, coffee, drinks and bathrooms before we head up the Mountains and get your tour underway.
- The Three Sisters
- Honeymoon bridge
- Wentworth Falls
- Hike down to the Undercliff walk, Stairs of Doom and National Pass
- Visit Kangaroo hang out in the National Park
Price (in AUD): Adults - $ 99