Writer, travel enthusiast and all round Sydney-expert Roxana Oliver gives us the lowdown on the three best day trips to take from the city to see a different side of Australia…
When someone mentions a vacation in Australia, most of us probably think about all the animals that might kill us. But other than being known as one of the deadliest continents in the world, Australia is also widely recognised as a place of marvellous nature, unique wildlife and of course, metropolitan cities. Sydney, one of Australia’s largest cities is also among the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world – and for a good reason too! If you were ever wondering what type of splendour awaits you in the land down under, then this is the perfect opportunity to find out. After long consideration, we’ve managed to single out 3 excursions in Sydney area, that you simply must do if you’re visiting. And here they are…
The rugged region west of Sydney known for its extraordinary scenery, lush forests and pouring waterfalls bears the name the Blue Mountains, which is derived from the blueish shade of the mountain range when observed from a distance. This excursion is one of the most popular in Australia as it manages to capture the true essence of Australia’s natural grandeur. Of course, the mountain range is not just about sandstone cliffs, canyons and bushwalking trails, as it also has a wide range of luxury hotels and spa resorts, botanical gardens and some of the most amazing picturesque settings in the whole world. For those who are adventurers at heart, exploring the Jenolan Caves or going over the Honeymoon Bridge to witness the beauty of the Three Sisters is certainly something that you’d enjoy. Make sure not to miss a night out on the town, as Katoomba is quite famous as a favourable place to eat, drink and indulge in the shadow of the tree-lined streets, galleries and a variety of boutiques.
If you decide to take the Northern route from Sydney, you definitely mustn’t miss one of the Australia’s major wine regions – the Hunter Valley. This is also one of the first wine regions planted in the early 19th century. Imagine Tuscany, but with that famous Australian charm. This is a great tour for all those wine lovers out there, but also for those looking to experience Australia in a completely different ambiance, learn about the history of viticulture in these regions and visit at least one of the 150 wineries and vineyards located right here in Hunter Valley.
Last, but certainly not the least is allowing yourself to indulge in the 134 square kilometres of pure bliss that is Port Stephens. This tide-dominated drowned valley estuary is the perfect destination for anyone willing to open themselves up for countless of activities. Dolphin watching, sand-boarding and wildlife parks are only a glimpse of what this place has to offer and it’s not uncommon for people to opt for a coach hire in Sydney, so they’d be able to go on group tours and pay less money in the process. The Stockton Sand Dunes are also something that shouldn’t be missed once in Port Stephens, while scenic drives are an integral part of the Australian experience. The Australian Reptile park has recently become quite a favourable spot for anyone willing to get acquainted with the most diverse Australian wildlife and unique animal species. Surely, while in Australia you simply mustn’t miss the golden sand beaches, azure waters and extraordinary marine life, which you can easily find in Port Stephens.
From beautiful scenic walks, divine natural splendour and historical sites all the way to amazing wildlife, paradise beaches and fun activities, it’s safe to say that Australia has a bit of something for anyone’s taste. Those looking for a fun and memorable vacation near Sydney, shouldn’t allow themselves to miss one of these three amazing locations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find more of her writing by following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.