Family Day Trips

Sydney is a city built for day trips. Not only are there so many different parts of the city to discover but if you head just a few hours out of town you’ll be amongst the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains or the Kiama Blowhole on the South Coast.

The best-value way get exploring is by using Opal cards, e-tickets that are valid on trains, busses, ferries and the light rail. The best part is there are daily travel caps and a $2.50 per person Sunday cap so you can travel all day for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.

Family enjoying a bike ride at Manly Beach on Sydney's northern suburbs

Begin your discovery of Sydney with the major attractions. Hop on a ferry from Circular Quay across sparkling Sydney Harbour to Manly, and visit Manly Beach. For Bondi Beach, take a train from Town Hall Station to Bondi Junction, where you board a bus for the famous white sands.

Head west on a two-hour train trip from Central Station to Katoomba and you’re in the Blue Mountains. From the station take a public bus to Echo Point for breathtaking views of the Three Sisters and stop for afternoon tea at The Hydro Majestic.

A daughter and her mother feeding kangaroo at Australian Reptile Park

Travel south by train for uncrowded beaches in Wollongong and the natural water spout in Kiama. From Wollongong, head inland to the Southern Highlands where you’ll be charmed by Kangaroo Valley or, if you like cricket, make a beeline for the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral.

A northbound route will take you across the Hawkesbury River through the Central Coast to Newcastle, home to iconic Merewether Beach. It’s worth stopping on the Central Coast on your way back and visiting the award winning Australian Reptile Park with resident kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, activities, exhibits and much more. 

 

Paddleboarding, Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, Manly

Sydney North

Famous for its beaches, waterways and attractions such as Taronga Zoo, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and Manly Beach, Sydney's northside is great for a family getaway.