Easy Day Trips from Sydney (under 2 hours)

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Last updated on October 31st, 2023 at 09:08 pm

Kiama is one of the easy day trips from Sydney


Sydney is the capital city of the state of New South Wales (NSW) and is home to some 6 million people. Even though Sydney has plenty of things to see and do it is also great to get out of Sydney on a day out or more. Whether you are a local who needs a break from Sydney, on a big lap of Australia and are using Sydney as your base, or are an international visitor wanting to discover places outside of Sydney, well read on. This post is all about the places you can visit on a day trip from Sydney. Places that are no more than 2 hours away. I have divided them into north, south and west as this is where most who go on a Sydney weekend break head.


Easy Sydney Day Trips from Sydney (North)


Barrenjoey Headland


Barrenjoey Lighthouse At The Top Of Barrenjoey Head On Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Lighthouse at the top of Barrenjoey Headland


An easy day trip from Sydney is to the Barrenjoey Headland. You can drive to this spot, or perhaps catch the Manly ferry from Sydney’s Circular Quay, then the bus that will take you along the Northern Beaches before ending at Palm Beach. Here you can walk to the top of the Barrenjoey Headland. You will be treated to great views over the Northern Beaches, the Central Coast and Palm Beach. For lovers of the TV show ‘Home and Away’, Palm Beach is where they do their filming. You could visit the area and even pop in to the Palm Beach Surf Club which has a dedicated area with Home and Away memorabilia and souvenirs!


Easy Sydney Day Trips from Sydney (South)


Stanwell Tops and The Sea Cliff Bridge


Sea Cliff Bridge from Bald Hill Lookout Stanwall Tops

Sea Cliff Bridge from Stanwell Tops on a hazy day


A popular easy day trip from Sydney is a visit to Stanwell Tops and the Sea Cliff Bridge. Taking just over 1 hour to drive the 62km from the centre of Sydney, a visit to Stanwell Tops and the Sea Cliff Bridge provide fabulous views over the Pacific Ocean and the NSW South Coast. Stanwell Tops have long been a place for paragliders and hang gliders. If this is something you have ever wanted to try, you could try it here. Glide in the air over the fabulous Stanwell Park and its beach below. Once you have enough of the great views, hop in your car and drive along the Sea Cliff Bridge. This engineering feat was built as the road that was hugging the coast had many rockfalls. So a bridge winding along the coast was built. You can park at each end and walk across the bridge, which is a lot of fun. Visiting Stanwell Tops and the Sea Cliff Bridge is one of the easiest day trips from Sydney.




Kiama Blowhole is the most popular place to visit in Kiama.

Kiama Blowhole – a must see on a day trip to Kiama


Some 140km south of Sydney on the South Coast of NSW is the seaside town of Kiama. Taking just under 2 hours, Kiama is an easy day from Sydney. Most people come to see the Kiama Blowhole and hopefully the day you come, it is blowing! If not, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Kiama. Check out the light house just behind the blowhole. It is not open to the public, but worth a photo anyway! If a hot day, you could go for a dip in the Kiama rock pool or one of the nearby beaches. Or walk along the main street, Terralong Street and visit the many boutiques. Perhaps enjoy a coffee in one of the many coffee shops or have a sit down meal in one of the restaurants. The burgers are great at The Hungry Monkey Burger Bar! Maybe take a drive to the other small towns in the area like Gerringong, Gerroa and Jamberoo.


Easy Day Trips from Sydney – West


The Blue Mountains


Three Sisters Rock Formation In The Blue Mountains Are Three Large Rock Formations Overlooking The Bushy Jamison Valley Below.

Meet the Three Sisters on an easy day trip from Sydney


A popular and easy day trip from Sydney is a visit to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters. You can drive or hop in a train and arrived Katoomba. From there follow the signs to the Three Sisters at Echo Point. The Three Sisters are a rock formation that was created thousands, probably millions of years ago. Stand on one of the viewing platforms in awe of these three beauties standing over the Jamieson Valley below. You can even go one a walk down to the sisters. While here, you can stop for a drink or bite to eat in the small mall with a variety of food options. Or hop back in your vehicle and explore more of the Blue Mountains. Maybe visit Scenic World and go on a ride across the valley or in the train down into the valley. It usually takes about 90 minutes on the train from Central Station and about the same in the car if you are driving – but this depends on where you are coming from in Sydney.


Are You Ready to go on Easy Day Trips from Sydney



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