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Where's the Best Day Trip in Sydney?

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Published February 6th 2012
Sydney Harbour by Rodney Haywood, Wikimedia Commons
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Spectacular Sydney is a fabulous place for day trips. This is one town well-endowed with fun things to do, along with stunning coastline and varied national parks. It's been voted as one of the world's most liveable cities for good reason. But what exactly is the best day trip in Sydney? Where do you go when you find 'liveable' a little lacking?

Here at Weekend Notes, we have a wealth of information collated by our array of day trip connoisseurs. These committed folk spend endless hours hunting down first-rate days out. It's a relentless job, but as they say, someone has to do it.

If you're looking for some day trip inspiration, try here. There are also great ideas on iconic sights to take visitors here

For day-trippers with energy, there are suggestions of great walks here and here.

We have plenty of specialists that focus on the day trip that features wide open space - there are suggestions of picnic spots here,
beaches here, and national parks here.

Gardens can be a great spot for a day trip too. See some suggestions here and here.

Sometimes you need to see some flowers
Sometimes you need to see some flowers


And if you're keen to soak up some of Sydney's history, there are ideas here and here.

Other day trip aficionados here have spent long hours tracking down pleasant wineries. You can see their suggestions here and here.

Yet others have the taxing task of sampling tasty fresh fruit at pick-your-own-fruit establishments. You can see the results of their extensive labours here and here.

And still the list goes on. There are reviews of caves, spas, children's farms, and oodles of historic houses.

So now it's over to you. When you're eager to escape the city, where, in your esteemed opinion, is the best place for a day trip?

We'd love to hear your comments.
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Train trip to Cronulla/Bundeena - explore the beach at Cronulla, then, just below the station you will find the ferry to Bundeena. This is one of the most beautiful ferry rides you will find. At Bundeena, walk along the harbour beach, explore the N. Park etc before you come home. There is also an art trail some weekends. A wonderful day out, spolit only by the longish train trip.
by jjspo (score: 0|8) 2112 days ago
Little Manly Cove: kids had a swim, then went for a walk and play at Little Manly Reserve. The Reserve is where the Manly Gasworks used to be, and there's some interesting historical signs around the park with some period photos too. Even though it was school hols, it was not crowded. Downside: Street parking is difficult due to the 2 hour limit. There is parking at the Reserve, not sure if this is limited.

Another nice walk: we started at Tania Park, Balgowlah Heights and took the easy walk to Forty Baskets Beach. Peaceful, beautiful! (There's small playground for kids at Tania Park. Pack a picnic (there's no cafe there).)
by cathr0 (score: 1|13) 2108 days ago
Walk from five dock to abbotsford through three great parks, including the first quarantine station in sydney - all along the water - turn off on way back for coffee at one of the local shops along great north road. Take your dog.
by indio (score: 0|6) 2049 days ago
Ferry from Pyrmont Bay to Milsons Point then a walk to the Squadron Club at Kirribilli for a great lunch.
by jurli (score: 0|4) 2113 days ago
Sounds great! I must try it out.
by Sue Williams (score: 2|829) 2113 days ago
Sydney Rowing Club, Abbottsford, Sydney. Travel by ferry to Abbotsford from Circular Quay then a short walk from the wharf to the club where you can enjoy a meal at the bistro while enjoying the million dollar view of the Parramatta River. Return to Sydney city via Sydney Bus, the terminus is close to the club and wharf. A round trip taking as little or as long as you like.
by Bill Hart (score: 0|3) 704 days ago

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