Australia Tours From Sydney - Day Trips From Sydney-Hunter Valley Wine Tours
"Best Trips From Sydney!"
There are plenty of Australia tours from Sydney. Most you can do as a day trip from Sydney. Others are worth staying for a few days. There are those that require a bit of driving, so would be worth staying more than a few days or on the way to somewhere else.
Below are my best tours from Sydney but if you fancy an organised tour then check out this page
One Day Tours From Sydney.
The Blue Mountains - Tours
One of the classic Australia tours from Sydney. You can do Blue Mountains tours in a day or spend a couple of days. I wouldn't recommend anymore than this.
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The blue mountains, so called due to a blue haze that can sometimes be seen above the forest (due to the Eucalyptus trees,) are not actually mountains.
Getting there is best done by car or you can take a scenic train to Katoomba from Central Station in Sydney. The journey is under 2 hours. In a car, it takes about 1 hour 30 mins to the heart of the Blue Mountains.
There are also plenty of Australia tours from Sydney to the Blue Mountains to take you from your Sydney hotel to the Blue Mountains and back again.
The must do items are as follows:
Kangaroo Spotting - As you approach the Blue Mountains, take a quick detour to the National Park near Glenbrook. The locals can point you in the right direction to the camping ground in the national park where there are plenty of kangaroos running around in the wild. A real treat
Wentworth Falls This is one of the first stop off points on your journey. There are a few pleasant look out points over the falls and the cliffs/mountains. You can take a longer walk from here but only recommended if you are very fit.
Echo Point is the most touristy area of the Blue Mountains. Here you will find the famous rock formation known as the "3 sisters" The look out is stunning. You can also take the steep railway car down into the valley, take a short walk and then get the cable car back up to the top. I recommend the experience.
Leura This is a quaint town with plenty of shops and coffee houses. Don't expect service to be too slick, so don't attempt a stop off here if you are in a hurry. It's a charming town and well worth a browse.
Katoomba is the central town of the Blue Mountains and has some nice coffee shops and a couple of well known hotels. It's a good central place to stop if you want to be in walking distance to the 3 sisters too.
On the way back stop off at the Featherdale wildlife Park near Blacktown to see some real Aussie animals including Koalas and Roos
Where to stay
Echoes Boutique Hotel An up and coming hotel in a good location.
Lilianfels Probably the most expenisve hotel in the Blue Mountains but really worth it. The spa and restaurant here are also amazing. High Tea is good too.
Old Leura Dairy A favourite with the locals. Not cheap but very bespoke and will ensure a memorable stay.
If camping is more your thing then try something totally different and head away from the main tourist hub and go to the Bells Line of Road where fruit picking is in abundance. Camp at Mount Wilson for some tranquility and beauty. Basic but stunning! find out more here - Camping Blue Mountains
The Hunter Valley - Wine Tours
At less than two hours from Sydney, this is another of the most popular Australia tours from Sydney. It is easily done as a day trip from Sydney too with many operators doing tours from Sydney.
This is the the tour for you if you like wine - and big reds at that. The area is famous for its shiraz. It also has some good whites too.
Organised Australia tours from Sydney to the Hunter Valley are plentiful so you can at least enjoy a few drinks. I'd recommend at least one overnight stay here and perhaps an organised half day tour of some of the wineries. I'd recommend Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours as they offer a good selection of tours with limited numbers per group. But see also the list here of
Hunter Valley Wine Tours.
The Hunter Valleykey wineries include Tyrells, Tempus two, Wyndham Estate, Hungerford Hill and many more. Wyndham Estate often puts on concerts and shows at certain times of the year. You have to book well in advance for these but it's definitely worth keeping your eye on what else is about.
The rest of the time you can spend pottering around the cheese shop, chocolate shop and of course more wineries.
A great thing to do is have a long leisurely lunch too where you can enjoy specially selected wines to complement your food. Most of the large wineries have their own restaurant. We liked Hungerford Hill.
For a real treat try Roberts Restaurant. This restaurant offers fabulous food and is located in a picturesque setting.
There are also plenty of spas if you fancy pampering yourself. Peppers offer a good spa with some more unusual treatments.
The Vintage Golf Course at Hunter Valley is also one of the best courses in Australia and well worth a round if you are into golf.
There is plenty of accommodation about in the Hunter Valley. It's best to find a B&B or cottage. If you would rather have a resort type stay then Cyprus Lakes is your best bet. I'd use www.stayz.com to find yourself some good accommodation. The ones below would be some of my best picks:
Cottages on Lovedale Well appointed and fairly central
Cypress Lakes Resort Swimming pools, golf courses and spa all on your door step.
Hermitage Lodge A bit more oldey worldy.
Lovedale Cottages Very well appointed and rural.
For those of you who love your wine but want to get off the beaten track, head to Mudgee Australia.
A 4 hour drive from Sydney through the Blue Mountains and beyond, this delightful country town boasts great wineries, a quaint town and even a National Park to explore. Find out more here:
Jervis Bay - Australia Tours From Sydney
Jervis Bay is probably my favourite of the Australia tours from Sydney. It really is the most idyllic setting and has the most amasing beaches.
It is a 3 hour drive from Sydney though so I would recommend at least coming here for a few days. It is on the way to Melbourne too so is a great stop off if you intend to drive from Sydney to Melbourne.
You can also stop off at Kiama on the way to see the blow hole.
There are fewer australia tours from Sydney to Jervis Bay due to the distance. It is therefore recommended you find your own way to Jervis Bay or try a bus.
Jervis Bay itself is an Australia National Park. So unless you are willing to camp, you really need to stay on its outskirts in either Vincentia or Huskisson.
Both are small towns with their own beaches but neither compare to the pristine beaches in Jervis Bay inside the National Park.
You will have to pay a 48 hour entry fee to get into the park but from here you can explore several wonderful beaches and walking trails. Green Patch is my favourite. It reminds me of stepping into an advert for tropical paradise - white sand and turquoise seas.
So, this is a destination for relaxing, spending time on the beach, in the water and maybe some bush walking. One of the most truly remarkable australia tours from sydney.
I'd recommend staying in a B&B or holiday home in this area. www.stayz.com.au is a good place to start. Below are my personal recommendations
Paperbark Camp - If money is no object or you fancy splashing out then this is the place. Stay in luxury tents (think African safari) and enjoy all the national park has to offer.
Jervis Bay Guesthouse - A nice B&B in a good location
Jervis Bay Waterfront Apartments Vincentia Another good spot close to the National Park entrance.
Palm Beach, Northern Beaches - Trips from Sydney With a Car
Just an hour from Sydney this is another of the great Australia tours from Sydney.
Getting here is relatively easy with an hourly bus service from Sydney or one straight road out of the city.
If you do decide to drive, you can stop off at the many other beaches along the way. I'd recommend Dee Why, Avalon and Whale Beach.
Palm Beach is the last of the Northern Beaches and is actually where they film Home and Away, the famous Australian Television series. This is a great place to experience Australia tours from Sydney. But is probably best as a trip from Sydney with a car rather than as an organised tour.
The sand is almost red and the beach stretches for miles.
If you don't fancy sitting on the beach, then how about a walk up and around Barren Joey lighthouse?
Alternatively, have a leisurely lunch at Barrenjoeys guest house. It has a lovely outlook, the food is great and the atmosphere buzzing.
You can also stay at Barren Joeys Guest house for about $250 per night.
If you have the money to splash out then try Jonah's restaurant. This is an iconic Sydney restaurant with views over Whale Beach. The menu is a delight but prices are steep! Well worth it though.
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