You can take so many awesome day trips from Sydney, but we think these 5 are some of the easiest, as the drives aren't too long and there is loads to see, do and eat for the whole family at the destination!
Just over 90 minutes from the centre of Sydney, The Entrance has heaps to see and do for everyone. Kids will just love splashing in Vera's Water Garden on the foreshore, or swimming at the beautiful beach - so make sure you pack the swimmers and towels. There is also a great playground in the centrally located Memorial Park. At 3.30pm each day you can help feed the mighty pelicans down on the waterfront, so make sure you don't leave before then. When it comes time to feed your own brood, there is nothing better than a fish and chip lunch right on the water's edge! And if you are looking for a refreshing ale, the family friendly The Entrance Hotel will sort you out.
This would probably be one of Sydney's favourite day trips. You can choose to drive or catch the train (driving is much quicker, but perhaps not as fun). There is heaps to do including visiting the famous Three Sisters and Scenic World, as well as bushwalking and shopping your day away. We also recommend stopping in at the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre as well. All the villages of the Blue Mountains are packed full of eateries that offer fancy pants dining, or just a superbly cooked takeaway meat pie. And for a sweet treat make sure you stop in at the delightful Gingerbread House in Katoomba.
This is a very easy day trip from Sydney, as you drive straight up the freeway for about 20 minutes, then you take the turn off for beautiful Brooklyn. You can even catch the train up, as the station is located in the middle of Brooklyn village. Once there you can either choose to just wander around, have a play in the playground, and a dip in the little beach. Or you can jump aboard a ferry and go over to Dangar Island for an explore. Brooklyn has quite a few places to eat at, and the local fish and chip shop also does a roaring trade.
If you love doing all things outdoorsy, then this is the day trip for you. The scenery is stunning and there are heaps of bushwalks to take advantage of the Park's beauty. You can swim and have all sorts of water fun at Audley Weir. And for the perfect instagram shot don't forget to visit the Figure 8 Pools. The Park is an ideal spot for a lovely picnic so bring a basket full of goodies along with you, otherwise we can thoroughly recommend driving into Bundeena to have lunch at one of the cafes there.
Picton is a little piece of country bliss right on the door step of Sydney. It will take you about 1.5 hours to get there from the centre of the city. A walk along the quaint streets is a must, as is a coffee at the awesome R.Coffee.Co. The kids will love exploring the Picton Botanic Gardens, and also having fun in its playground. For lunch you can enjoy some great pub grub at one of Picton's pubs or check out the tasty Common Ground Bakery. Whilst in the area, you should also visit the fantastic Trainworks in neighbouring Thirlmere, which is only a 10 minute drive from Picton. This place is for all lovers of trains - there is a train museum, an awesome playground and on special occasions you can even have a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine!
All ages are covered with heaps of FREE and affordable activities that span from action-packed to quiet, indoor and outdoor activities lasting a couple of hours to a whole day and longer running camps.
Christmas Wonderland promises to be the ultimate family day out with a single entry fee giving you access to unlimited rides, unlimited ice skating and snow play, Christmas activities and shows, themed Christmas walkthroughs and magical light displays.