Family day trips

Explore top attractions on a day trip in Sydney and nearby regions. By using Opal cards, you can travel by train, bus, ferry and light rail to great locations, including Bondi, the Sydney Opera House, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, and the Kiama Blowhole on the South Coast.

Begin your discovery of Sydney and beyond 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.

Travel west to the Blue Mountains on a two-hour train trip from Central Station to Katoomba, where you can take a public bus to Echo Point for breathtaking views. Travel south by train for uncrowded beaches in Wollongong and the natural water spout in Kiama.

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

For a great family day out visit the award winning Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast of NSW, approximately one hour north of Sydney. This park features resident kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, activities, exhibits and much more. 

Young sports fans will enjoy the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral, in the Southern Highlands, two hours from Sydney by train. A delightful train trip north is across the Hawkesbury River through the Central Coast to Newcastle, home to iconic Merewether Beach.

With Opal cards, your family will enjoy daily travel caps and the $2.50 per person Sunday cap. An Opal card is an e-ticket in a reusable plastic card, a convenient way to pay for public transport. You can get Opal cards at major train and ferry stations and some convenience stores and newsagents.

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.