A lot of time, a visit to a nation’s most iconic metropolitan area turns into a vacation out of a textbook. You check into a hotel, take a walk around the town visiting museums, restaurants and taking pictures next to landmarks. Then, when the night gathers, you maybe come to experience some of what the nightlife has to offer and there you have it. Moreover, if the city has a coastline (like Sydney does), you may be able to squeeze in a day or two at the beach. Still, there’s no reason for this visit to be so mundane, predictable and… well, sedentary. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several best places you should visit in order to get the best active getaway during your next trip to Sydney.
Grand Pacific Drive
Going to Australia and missing out on an opportunity to head out on a road trip can seem like such a waste. Still, people are often torn between trying this out and spending too much time on this one, exhausting, activity. Instead, why not pick a Grand Pacific Drive for your route. Depending on how much you’re willing to drive each day, you can either spread it across the entirety of the weekend or pull it all off in a single day. One piece of advice that you would do well to follow here is to get yourself a dashboard camera. Images and landscapes captured this way could be mashed together into a nice road trip compilation, thus getting turned into an amazing memento.
Speaking about Sydney, the majority of people automatically think about hitting the beach during the entire stay. However, what if you were to go for something completely opposite and visit the Snowy Mountains, which is, coincidentally, the highest mountain range in the entirety of Australia. This is not only a scenic walk but also a place with a frozen lake where you can fish. Naturally, skiing and snowboarding are also an option and for someone without any previous experience in these fields, this road trip might be an amazing opportunity to take your first steps in this direction.
While Snowy Mountains may be ideal for experiencing winter sports and similar activities, you need to keep in mind that when it comes to the idea of hiking, Blue Mountains are a much better choice. You can arrange this independently or look for a Life’s an Adventure tour in NSW for you to enlist in. Other than for hiking, Blue Mountains are also ideal for cycling, yet, some first-time cyclists find this route to be too challenging. Therefore, postponing it until you get in shape or getting one of those electrical bikes might be a preferable solution. Whichever of the two you choose, you get to enjoy some good company, clean air and amazing landscapes everywhere around.
Spending a holiday within a hotel room in Sydney isn’t that different from being trapped in a hotel room in Paris, San Francisco or Hong Kong. In fact, even downtowns of metropolitan areas in this globalized world look surprisingly alike. So, what makes these places different? Landscapes and climate? Sure! People? Of course! Nonetheless, Australia also has an endemic wildlife unlike any other place in the world. Visitors to Sydney need to know that just two hours south from Sydney, there’s a place called Kangaroo Valley, a place filled with green pastures, rainforests and clean rivers. Here, you can see all that makes Australia unique, as well as enjoy one of the tastiest gourmet tours of your life.
No matter how hard we’ve tried to avoid it, it would simply be unfair not to mention at least one beach on one of your travels around Sydney. So, out of all these nearby beaches, why Mollymook? First of all, the place that separates this beach from most others in the world is its incredibly white sand. Second, there are a plethora of activities that you might want to try out, things like snorkeling, diving, fishing or surfing. Most importantly, this is a place where you can see dolphins playing around in their natural habitat. Finally, this is a place of dazzling beauty, yet, not one that frequently visited by tourists, making it into one of the hidden gems of NSW.
As you can see, neither of the above-listed five suggestions are exactly in Sydney but all of them are so close by that they can be visited during a single weekend getaway. This means that you can have your standard tour of the Sydney and use one of the above-listed suggestions to spice things up a bit. Regardless of what you choose, each of the places from the list above is more than worth seeing at least once in your lifetime.