16 Incredible Day Trips From Sydney

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Pack your bags, prepare the road trip playlist and get ready for an adventure on the best day trips from Sydney.

We’ve handpicked some of the best day trips from Sydney, most of which will take you less than two hours and are packed with family-friendly activities for an adventurous day out.

14 Incredible Day Trips From Sydney

1. Bradleys Head, Mosman

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For incredible views, Bradleys Head always gets our vote. Image source: Destination NSW.

Getting to Bradleys Head

Bradleys Head is about 30 mins drive from the Sydney CBD by car. If you’re into beautiful scenery and a day of walking, then add Bradleys Head to your list of quick day trips from Sydney.

Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay Walk

On the stunning Bradleys Head To Chowder Bay Walk, you’ll see the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and sparkling Sydney Harbour as you meander along this gently weaving bush track. You’ll walk past ancient trees and plenty of wildlife with views that are guaranteed to impress. Start on Athol Wharf Road.

Secret Beach

Just a few minutes' walk from Taronga Zoo and accessible via the Bradleys Head Trail, you’ll find a secluded little beach free of tourists and crowds. Secret Beach is small and rocky, but it will feel like your family’s own private little oasis.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo
Sydney's premier animal sanctuary, Taronga Zoo is a favourite day out in Sydney.

Definitely, the main attraction of Bradley’s Head, a whole day can be made up of a trip to Taronga Zoo, with child-friendly areas including KidZoo and Backyard to Bush.

The daily schedule is jam-packed with educational and entertaining fun, including a squirrel monkey jungle walk, an Australian walkabout tour, Elephant stilt-house experience, a seal show and more. Make sure you hop in the cable car for a birds-eye view zoo experience like no other.

Location: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman

2. Thirlmere

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Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Image credit: Destination NSW.

Getting to Thirlmere

Day trips from Sydney don't get much more child-friendly than Thirlmere! Thirlmere is about one and a half hours from Sydney by car.

NSW Railway Museum

One of the top day trips from Sydney has to include a stop off (or a few hours!) at the iconic NSW Railway Museum. The NSW Railway Museum will be enjoyed by young and old, but lovers of Thomas and Friends simply must visit this train haven! 

During the summer, you can board a historic railmotor along the Thirlmere Heritage Railway, which will take you on a 45-minute journey to Buxton and back. This is Australia’s largest rail experience, housing a significant rail heritage collection, including over 100 rolling stock items associated with the history of the railways in NSW.

Location: 10 Barbour Rd, Thirlmere

Thirlmere Festival of Steam

Thirlmere Festival of Steam
Thirlmere village comes alive for the annual Festival of Steam.


The annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam is a weekend of train-loving fun, including the chance to climb aboard large steam trains, shovel coal, and check out some magnificent engines that you just can’t see anywhere else in this day and age.

Location: Thirlmere Village

Thirlmere Lakes National Park

Home to Five freshwater lakes, Thirlmere Lakes National Park is a great spot for bird watching, BBQs and picnics with the range of facilities available, and the Thirlmere Lakes walking track which will take you all around the park, past the picnic areas and the adored Heritage Pump Station, which used to replenish the steam locomotives on the Old Southern Railway.

3. The Royal National Park 

Royal National Park beaches
Jibbons Beach, Royal National Park.

Craving some coastal beauty? Head south of Sydney to the Royal National Park, where sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and lush rainforests await.

Getting to the Royal National Park

The Royal National Park is nestled between Sydney and Wollongong and is roughly 50 minutes from the CBD along the M1 and Princes Hwy.

Royal National Park Attractions

When it comes to the Royal National Park, nature is at your beck and call. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Wattamolla or other picturesque Royal National Park beaches, hike the iconic Coast Track, and don't forget your picnic basket for a relaxing day in nature. 

Symbio Wildlife Park

Symbio Wildlife Park
Symbio Wildlife Park.

Situated on the southern fringe of the Royal National Park, Symbio Wildlife Park is a must-visit while you're in the area (and well worth the day trip in itself!). 

Symbio Wildlife Park is the perfect place to meet your favourite Australian animals and a wide array of exotic creatures like cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, red pandas, meerkats, small monkeys, and more. At Symbio, you can get up close to iconic Aussie animals, cuddle a koala for an unforgettable selfie, hand-feed kangaroos, and enjoy various close-up encounters. There's also a great range of farmyard animals to meet—you can feed and pat goats and sheep, meet adorable guinea pigs, and see chickens and ducks.

A large shaded playground and a Splash Park to cool off in summer make Symbio Wildlife Park an epic day out from start to finish. 

Location: 7/11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh

4. Wollongong

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Before you hit the road back to Sydney, catch the magical Wollongong at sunset. Image credit: Kramer Photography.

Getting to Wollongong

Another one of the most kid-friendly day trips from Sydney, Wollongong is about one and a half hours from Sydney by car. 

The Gong may not strike some people as an interesting family day out, but it’ll surprise you. With a constantly changing schedule of family activities and hidden gems everywhere, Wollongong is definitely an underrated Aussie city.

Early Start Discovery Space

Early Start Discovery Space
Early Start Discovery Space.

Australia’s first dedicated kids' museum, Early Start Discovery Space is an interactive funhouse that makes education fun and encourages children and adults to learn together.

Visit The Pod – a 270-degree, double-storey high video projection that responds to your movements, or how about taking the Tummy Tour – a fully interactive trip through one of the body’s most important organs. The family will be spending the entire day here, we promise!

Location: Building 21, University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave, Wollongong

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge
The world-famous Sea Cliff Bridge stretching over the Pacific Ocean is an incredible sight.

Hug the coast on Grand Pacific Drive for the most magnificent scenic route from Sydney.

Just after the Royal National Park, you will find the miracle of modern engineering – Sea Cliff Bridge – built away from the cliff face in the water. It’s a great spot to stretch your legs and enjoy the spectacular views.

Coalcliff Beach

Coalcliff Beach
The famous Coalcliff Ocean Baths at Coalcliff Beach.

Sitting just north of the Wollongong city centre, Coalcliff Beach is a small, family-friendly beach in the northern suburbs, surrounded by rocks and cliffs. The famous Coalcliff Ocean Baths at the southern end of the beach, perfect for little explorers who want to learn more about ocean life.

For parents who love fishing, cast your lines into the water and see if you can catch anything!

Location: Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coalcliff

Lake Illawarra

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Lake Illawarra.

Another one of our recommended (and totally Instagram-worthy!) day trips from Sydney that offers a range of water activities for the family, Lake Illawarra boat and catamaran hire close by as well as several caravan parks, so try your hand canoeing along its gorgeous waters.

Reddall Reserve on the foreshore of Lake Illawarra is a popular spot for picnics with a children’s playground that’ll keep them playing for a long while.

Discover more things to do in Wollongong.

5. Eurobodalla, South Coast

Narooma's famous Wagonga Inlet.

Getting to Eurobodalla

Next up on our list of day trips from Sydney, Eurobodalla is about four hours' drive from the Sydney CBD by car. 

The longer journey means you'll need to leave early for this one, but the stunning south coast is worth it! Follow the scenic Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive to discover this natural and cultural wonderland, complete with plenty of south coast beaches that are rumoured to be prettier than Sydney!


Handkerchief Beach Scenic Lake Narooma
Handkerchief Beach Scenic Lake in Narooma.

Incredible oceans, lakes, and rivers collide in beautiful Narooma

From the iconic Wagonga Inlet to the secluded Handkerchief Beach Scenic Lake, Narooma Surf Beach with its famous Glasshouse Rocks and Pillow Lava, and swimming with the seals at Montague Island, Narooma is a nature-lover's paradise.

Away from all the nature, Narooma has loads of shopping and dining to keep all family members happy. PS. if you visit during May, you can catch the delicious Narooma Oyster Festival.


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The historic town of Tilba. 

Nestled among lush pastures and striking mountains, you can step back in time on a Tilba day trip from Sydney.

The lovely National Trust-classified villages are alive with historical timber cottages, boutique stores and artisan galleries and delicious local produce. Foxglove Gardens is a beautiful garden built around an original farm cottage, and the Gumnut Hideaway Gallery displays a photography collection that showcases the region's beauty. 

The famous ABC Cheese Factory on Bate Street is a delightful pitstop to see cheese-making in action and stock up on tasty treats.

Bingi Dreaming Track

A stunning coastal walk in Eurobodalla National Park, Bingi Dreaming Track traces the ancient footsteps of the Yuin Aboriginal people, the traditional inhabitants of the area. They host guided walks to the top of Gulaga, a sacred dormant volcano and share the secrets of the oldest living culture on earth. Animal habitats are dotted throughout the walk, so look out for kangaroos and wallabies and exotic birdlife.

There are also great swimming and picnic spots nearby.

6. Bowral

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For some of the best views in Bowral, you can't beat Centennial Vineyards. Image credit: Kramer Photography.

Getting to Bowral

Bowral is only two hours from Sydney by train (our recommended mode of transport) - a journey that will take you through Mittagong, the gateway to the Southern Highlands, before you arrive at Bowral Railway Station.

If you're going by car, Bowral is about a 90-minute drive from central Sydney via the Hume Motorway/M31. Once you hit Mount Annan (between Campbelltown and Camden), you could make a pit stop at The Australian Botanical Gardens on Narellan Rd. 

There really is so much to see and do in Bowral - the largest town in the Southern Highlands, which is why it's one of our absolute favourite day trips from Sydney. We even recommend a weekend here to fit it all in!

Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame

Young cricket fans will be in heaven at the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Cricket springs to life with interactive touch screens, displays showcasing originally used equipment, free tours, an art gallery, and a gift store with some of the most impressive gear on the market.

Location: St Jude St, Bowral

Empire Cinema

Empire Cinema Bowral
Catch a flick at a vintage movie theatre with old-school prices at Empire Cinema in Bowral.

The oldest commercial cinema in the country, Empire Cinema, opened in 1915! This is worth a visit at the very least and a great place to catch an afternoon flick at best!

Location: 327 Bong Bong St, Bowral

All Aboard Model Railways

Train lovers will be awed and delighted by the huge indoor/outdoor operating railway at All Aboard Model Railways in Mittagong.

Location: Bong Bong St, Bowral

Bowral Lookout

Look out over Bowral, the Wingecarribee River Valley and Moss Vale with Mount Gingenbullen and the Cuckbundoon Ranges in the distance! Bowral Lookout is a great spot for a picnic as it is equipped with shelters, tables, toilets and BBQs.

Location: 223 Oxley Dr, Mittagong

Illawarra Tourism Route

This is definitely one good reason to take the car rather than the train!

Exploring the Illawarra Tourism Route from the comfort of your vehicle, you will roll past beautiful greenery, stop at Fitzroy Falls to check out the beauty, drive through lush rainforest and grab a bite to eat in Robertson. There really is so much to explore.

Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls
Fall in love with Fitzroy Falls.

Just 20 minutes drive from Bowral, you will discover another jewel of the Southern Highlands and one of the region's most popular attractions and day trips from Sydney. 

Fitzroy Falls is a striking 81-metre-high waterfall in Morton National Park. Immerse yourself in this serene natural haven alive with native wildlife, tranquil parkland and awe-inspiring views.

While you're in the Fitzroy Falls region, you can treat the kids to a personal tour of Redleaf Farm, where they can meet a brood of resident animals, including pigs, sheep, cows, goats, horses, peacocks and a miniature donkey!

Location: Nowra Rd, Fitzroy Falls

7. Berrima

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A pitstop at the enchanting Bendooley Estate is a must on a day trip from Sydney. Image credit: Destination NSW.

Getting to Berrima

Another one of the best day trips from Sydney, Berrima, is about one hour and 40 minutes from Sydney by car. 

A historic little village in the Southern Highlands, Berrima is a beautiful town and a great place to visit in Winter. Remember to bring your appetite!

Bendooley Estate

Bendooley Estate
Bendooley Estate.

When you get hungry, make Bendooley Estate your first port of call, where books and dining collide.

Cosy yourself amongst the shelves of antique books, cathedral ceilings and exposed timber beams at Berkelouw Books, where children can cuddle up with a book in front of the warm stone fireplace. Inside the Book Barn, experience the freshest produce available in the Southern Highlands, including great coffee and maybe even a glass of delicious wine.

Location: 3020 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima

Lolly Swagman

Lolly Swagman
Kids and big kids love Lolly Swagman.

Parents and children alike will adore Lolly Swagman, an old-school lolly shop where you can find the gummy delights no longer housed on common grocery aisle shelves.

Location: 11B Old Hume Hwy, Berrima

Berrima District Museum

Berrima Museum
Berrima Museum have preserved the history of the Southern Highlands since 1960.

Inside an old weatherboard cottage, you get a dose of what life was like in the early days of the district at the Berrima District Museum. Highlights include a German-built canoe and the work of prisoners of war when they were housed at Berrima Gaol during the first World War.

Location: Cnr Market Place and Bryan St, Berrima

8. The Blue Mountains

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Take a day trip from Sydney in the summer and swim at Wentworth Falls. Image via Destination NSW.

Getting to the Blue Mountains

Day trips from Sydney don't get much more picturesque than at the Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains region is about an hour and half from Sydney by car. With such an expanse to cover, we highlight the Upper Blue Mountains region from Wentworth Falls to Mount Victoria to give you our favourites for a great family drive worth going back time and time again.

Three Sisters

Blue Mountains Three Sisters
The iconic Three Sisters rock formation is a spectacular Blue Mountains attraction.

It goes without saying that The Three Sisters are the pride of the Blue Mountains. Their colour changes with the rise and fall of the sun and are floodlit until 11 pm, creating a striking image against the night sky.

Head to Echo Point for a perfect picture with the Three Sisters.

Location: Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Katoomba

Scenic World

Scenic World Railway
Ride the steepest cable-driven railway in the world at Scenic World.

If you’ve got two or more children, get the family pass to Scenic World and spend a few hours exploring the beautiful paths.

Hop onto the Cableway, Skyway or Railway rides (or all of them!) and discover the Blue Mountains from the air and ground. We love the thrilling 52-degree descent Railway, a quick and dirty 'roller coaster' for those who don’t always enjoy the heart-thumping rides.

There are various options for easy 10-minutes to moderate one-hour walks, all clearly signposted. Being a boardwalk means that it’s a pram and wheelchair-friendly experience, accessible between the Cableway and Railway stations.

Location: Cliff Dr, Katoomba

Wentworth Falls Lake Park

Wentworth Falls Lake Park is a beautiful spot about 12 minutes from the Wentworth Falls train station.

This little hidden gem is an old railway dam with a serene bushland setting filled with beautiful wildlife, a picnic area and a children’s play park. With water views, native birdlife and boardwalks through the bush, it is a great place to spend a day.

Location: 44 Sinclair Cres, Wentworth Falls

Go Underground at The Jenolan Caves

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The Jenolan Caves.

A trip to the Blue Mountains just isn't complete without going deep underground at The Jenolan Caves.

These wonders of nature are the largest caves in Australia and some of the most spectacular in the world! They offer various cave tours throughout the year, and most are suited to families with kids.

Location: 4655 Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan

Blue Mountains Sparadise

Blue Mountains Sparadise
Blue Mountains Sparadise.

Do you need to zen out? Soak away your worries at the famous Blue Mountains Sparadise.

The centuries-old ritual of cleansing the mind and body through hot, healing waters is on the agenda with their outdoor baths, onsens, hot springs, and spa services. 

Please note: access to Blue Mountains Sparadise is by appointment only.

Location: 259 Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive, South Bowenfels

Check out more hot springs in NSW.

Breenhold Gardens

Breenhold Gardens
Breenhold Gardens.

If you're visiting during flowering season, you can explore over 45 hectares of luxuriant gardens, parkland and native bushland at Breenhold Gardens. Over the past 40 years, several thousand exotic and indigenous trees and flowering shrubs have been planted. It's just stunning!

Please note that Breenhold Gardens is only open during autumn (April to May) and spring (late August to October). 

Location: 29 The Avenue, Mount Wilson

For more inspiration on things to do in the Blue Mountains with kids, check out our family-friendly highlights.

9. Palm Beach

Barrenjoey House
Enjoy coffee and views of picture-perfect Pittwater at Barrenjoey House.

Getting to Palm Beach

Palm Beach is just over an hour from Sydney by car. Aside from being 100 per cent Instagram-worthy, Palm Beach makes you feel like you’ve flown far away from the bustling, fast-paced feel of the city and into a haven of serenity - it's no wonder it's one of the most popular day trips from Sydney!

You can also explore the area by ferry through Pittwater and choose to take the Ettalong Beach Ferry Ride, which leaves Palm Beach Wharf every 90 mins.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Palm Beach Lighthouse
Visit the iconic lighthouse at Barrenjoey Head and take in the ocean views.

The walk up the Barrenjoey Lighthouse is tough for little ones, so bring something that you can carry them in, but once you’ve made it up there, you’ll be rewarded with expansive panoramic views of the Tasman Sea and Pittwater Bay. Then feel free to explore the lighthouse, one of the Sydney Northern Beaches’ most iconic sights.

Location: 1199D Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach

Governor Philip Park, Playground & Beach

Kids and parents will love the Governor Philip Park Playground & Beach - a big park, playground and beach rolled into one! With plenty of BBQs, picnics spots and a fully equipped playground, this is a fantastic spot for an afternoon meal!

A Brand-new Barrenjoey Boatshed

The new Barrenjoey Boatshed
The new-look Barrenjoey Boatshed - aka The Joey.

In the mood for a bite to eat? Well, get ready for some swanky new digs as the brand-new Barrenjoey Boatshed - aka The Joey - is officially open!

The Barrenjoey Boatshed is taking up residence where the old Boathouse used to be, and looks even fancier than its predecessor. 

Location: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach

The Basin

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Take a dip in The Basin.

A great picnic spot with a sheltered beach and an inland lagoon where the littlies can enjoy a bit of water play, have a bike ride or spot the local swamp wallabies or kookaburras. 

Getting to The Basin is easy with several ferry services running from Palm Beach daily. 

The Basin campground in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Sydney's most popular beach camping spots if you decide to stay overnight. 

Snapperman Beach

Snapperman Beach
Snapperman Beach.

A hidden gem of the northern beaches, Snapperman Beach has a long history that reaches back to early European and Chinese settlers and is a top fishing spot.

Location: Iluka Rd, Palm Beach

10. Port Stephens 

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Picture-perfect Port Stephens.

Ready for some marine magic? It's time to head north to Port Stephens (aka the "Dolphin Capital of Australia") and get ready to spot plenty of delightful dolphins!

Getting to Port Stephens

Port Stephens is one of our favourite day trips from Sydney because a whole world awaits you not that far from Sydney! Port Stephens is just over two hours from Sydney up the coast, with plenty to see and do along the way.

Port Stephens Attractions

From dolphin-watching cruises to sandboarding in the towering dunes of Stockton Beach, a visit to Splash Waterpark, meeting the animals at Oakvale Wildlife Park and more, Port Stephens is teeming with family-friendly fun - check out our list of the top 10 things to do in Port Stephens.

11. The Hunter Valley

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The spectacular Hunter Valley wine region.

Getting to the Hunter Valley

Travel around two and a half hours north of Sydney, and you'll find yourself in the heart of lush NSW wine country.

The Hunter Valley is not only one of the best day trips from Sydney, but also one of Australia's most beautiful and beloved destinations, buzzing with heritage, nature and delicious delights. But it's not all about wine trails and cellar doors - there is so much for the whole family to explore.

Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens
Hunter Valley Gardens run numerous events and festivals throughout the year.

The award-winning Hunter Valley Gardens is a truly unique destination as far as day trips from Sydney go!

Abloom with acres of themed gardens, topiary displays, beautiful pathways, and life-sized Story Book characters, Hunter Valley Gardens is a must-visit.

The Gardens hold special signature events throughout the year, including the Christmas Lights Spectacular and Snow Time in the Gardens, when the awesome custom-made carnival rides also come to life.

Right next to the Hunter Valley Gardens is Hunter Valley Aqua Golf & Putt-Putt and the surrounding Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village.

Location: 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

Family-friendly Wineries

Saddlers Creek Wines
Saddler’s Creek Wines serves up a fun kid's tasting paddle!

The Hunter Valley is renowned for its gorgeous landscapes, picturesque sunsets and, of course, its illustrious vineyards and acclaimed wines, so, naturally, we added it to the list!

If you're planning a day of cellar-door-hopping to sample their famous tipples, you can take the whole family along for the ride at these Hunter Valley wineries to visit with the kids.

12. Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park

Getting to Minnamurra Rainforest

Minnamurra probably doesn't instantly spring to mind when you think of day trips from Sydney, but it should! Minnamurra Rainforest is about two hours from Sydney by car.

It’s a magical enchanted forest that’s been nurtured and conserved for over a century – witness first-hand the fauna of the area, such as the normally elusive Lyrebird, the Eastern Water Dragons, Swamp Wallabies and a host of bird species like bowerbirds and king parrots which make Minnamurra their home.

Minnamurra Rainforest Loop Walk

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Children will love wildlife spotting on the enchanting Rainforest loop walk in Budderoo National Park.

If you’re not afraid of heights, take the elevated walkways and paved tracks which link to suspension bridges across the Minnamurra Rivulet.

The first 500 metres of the Rainforest Loop Walk provides for assisted wheelchair access – so it would also be suitable for a buggy. Otherwise, if you have a bub, a carrier would be perfect. It would take between 45 minutes to one hour to complete this walk.

Location: 345 Minnamurra Falls Rd, Jamberoo

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk
Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk.

Take an exhilarating walk at the Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk, which takes you through the canopy of the 'rainforest' along the Illawarra escarpment.

Location: 182 Knights Hill Rd, Knights Hill 

Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo Action Park
Jamberoo Action Park.

You'll score major parenting brownie points if you stop in at Jamberoo Action Park with the kids! 

As NSW's largest water theme park, Jamberoo is heaven on earth for all kids and kids-at-heart - bring your cossies and your adventurous spirit!

Location: 1215 Jamberoo Rd, Jamberoo 

13. Kangaroo Valley

Day trips from Sydney
The kids will get pretty excited when driving over the historic Hamden Bridge. Image credit: Destination NSW.

Getting to Kangaroo Valley

Add Kangaroo Valley to your list of the best day trips from Sydney - you won't be sorry!

Kangaroo Valley is about two hours from Sydney by car. The drive to Kangaroo Valley will feel like a holiday in itself, with views that will carry you into a world of villages and rolling hills.

Kangaroo Valley Canoes

The Kangaroo Valley Canoes five-kilometre canoe tour down the Kangaroo River will set any stressful soul at ease. Watch out for wallabies, harmless water dragons, wombats, abundant birdlife and, of course, kangaroos. If lady luck is on your side, you may even spot a platypus.

Pioneer Park Museum

The eight-hectare open-air Pioneer Park Museum grounds show off colonial buildings and natural bushland.

A leisure walk through the grounds will take you through a dairy, forge, timber cutters hut, bush school, settler’s cottage, Archie Chittick Museum and a war remembrance room. You can even take our your picnic basket and have a good meal on the grounds.

Location: 2029 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley

Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls
Fitzroy Falls in the Southern Highlands is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Australia.

Head to Fitzroy Falls, which is an easy 16 minutes north of Kangaroo Valley, for several easy walks that the kids can do that leads up to a spectacular 81-metre tall waterfall that plunges into the lush eucalyptus forests.

Location: Nowra Rd, Fitzroy Falls

14. Berry

Berry Donut Van
The famous Berry Donut Van.

Also down south, Berry is just over two hours away from Sydney and holds so much appeal to families looking for a quick sojourn from Sydney. From beaches and playgrounds to world-famous donuts, museums, and more, you're never bored when day-tripping to Berry!

Visit the Famous Berry Donut Van

The world-famous Berry Donut Van bakes the most incredible cinnamon donuts you've ever eaten in your life! The popularity of the humble van means you might have to queue up for your order, but trust us, these donuts are worth the wait!

Location: 73 Queen Street

Swim at Seven Mile Beach

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Seven Mile Beach near Berry.

If you bought your swimmers with, we highly recommend going for a dip at the spectacular Seven Mile Beach. 

Along with gorgeous waters, the adjacent Seven Mile Beach National Park offers plenty of bushwalking, sightseeing, and picnicking opportunities. 

Location: Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads

Stroll Through the Village

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The historic town of Berry.

Although it might be quaint, the historic village of Berry is always buzzing with plenty to see and do. 

Stop off at the pub for a drink, browse the many gorgeous shops, grab something sweet at the popular lolly shops, or grab something to go and have a picnic at the picturesque Apex Park in the town centre. 

For more adventures, check out our list of the best things to do in Berry.

15. Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Get wild at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.


More of a weekend trip than a day trip, we just had to put this incredible family drive on the list! Get the kids out of the city and into their Lion King fantasy at the world-renowned Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, NSW. See hundreds of rare and endangered animals and walk among them in this huge open range sanctuary. Budding veterinarians will love the new Wildlife Hospital where they can discover first-hand how the zoo cares for its inhabitants. 

Make it a special 'road trip' by exploring the zoo's 5km circuit by car - or if you want to feel the breeze in your hair, do it by bike, or electric safari cart. You can even hire a pedal boat and explore the Savannah Lake, home to the Spider Monkeys and Lemurs. 

Don't forget to check the website to schedule all of your wildlife experiences and if you need a place to stay, why not stay at the zoo? For the ultimate safari, check out Zoofari Lodge, Savannah Cabins or Billabong Camp.

Location: Obley Rd, Dubbo NSW

16. Central Coast 

Dooralong: Pick Your Own Oranges
Dooralong: Pick Your Own Oranges.

Dooralong: Pick Your Own Oranges

Nestled in the lush hinterland of the Central Coast, Dooralong is a hidden gem perfect for a family day trip. This tranquil rural haven offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its natural beauty. Picture rolling green hills, charming country roads, and seasonal fruit picking. Families can explore local farms or embark on gentle bushwalks, embracing Dooralong's rural charm of captivating landscapes and peaceful ambience.

The perfect place to spend a day in Dooralong is orange picking at Cedar Farm. With over 3000 orange trees spread across five acres, you can pick your own juicy navels straight from the source, The farm is open daily during school holidays and weekends from 10 am to 4 pm until the end of August. There's no entry fee and oranges are just $2.30 per kg. Beyond orange picking, kids can feed friendly farm animals, enjoy pony rides, and explore the farm's wildlife. Families can picnic in the scenic fields, enjoy sausage sandwiches prepared by the Rotary team, and savour local honey, while parents can relax with freshly brewed coffee from the on-site coffee van. 

Location: 48 Dittons Road, Dooralong

Amazement Farm & Fun Park

Another must-see place to visit on your Central Coast adventure is Amazement Farm & Fun Park - a magical destination with an array of enchanting activities. Wander through mesmerising mazes, enjoy carnival rides, interact with friendly farm animals, and embark on train rides that traverse the picturesque landscape. The kids can delight in pony rides, play in the whimsical adventure playground, and explore the captivating bird aviaries. With its charming blend of nature, animals, and fun-filled attractions, Amazement Farm & Fun Park promises an unforgettable experience for families.

Location: 170 Yarramalong Road, Wyong Creek

Treetops Adventure Park on the Central Coast
Treetops Adventure Park.

Treetops Adventure Park

Treetops Adventure Park is a thrilling destination perfect for families seeking excitement and outdoor fun. Set amidst the stunning backdrop of Ourimbah State Forest, this park offers a unique experience where visitors can traverse high ropes courses, swing through the treetops, and zipline across breathtaking scenery. With courses designed for all ages and skill levels, everyone can find their ideal adrenaline-pumping experience and enjoy the exhilarating challenges and the beauty of the natural surroundings. 

Location: 1 Red Hill Rd, Wyong Creek

Iris Lodge Alpacas is a delightful family-friendly destination in the serene countryside of Jilliby. This charming farm invites families to get up close and personal with their friendly and fluffy alpacas- enjoy feeding, cuddling, and taking photos with these gentle creatures for a unique and unforgettable experience The farm also features guided tours where visitors can learn about alpaca farming, the animals' quirky personalities, and the benefits of their luxurious wool. With picturesque picnic spots and stunning views of rolling hills, Iris Lodge Alpacas provides a perfect setting for a relaxing day in nature.

Location: 33 Dunks Ln, Jilliby

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