Attractions around Sydney

Manly©Hector Garcia/Flickr

It’s hard to imagine that someone will ever get bored of Sydney, Australia’s biggest and best known city. With superb beaches, world-renowned universities and cultural institutions, a huge business district and thousands of shops, restaurants and clubs, Sydney is likely to please even the most demanding traveller. However, the surroundings of Sydney can be just as interesting to explore. Those planning to escape the madding crowd and go for a day trip somewhere nice should check out these attractions around Sydney:

Manly

If you ever wondered what lies beyond the Sydney Harbour, than all you have to do is hop on a ferry and see for yourself – you won’t regret it. The great attraction in Manly are the beaches: perfect for a lazy day of sunbathing, surfing or scuba diving. If you feel tempted by the numerous seaside restaurants, cafes and bars with their colours and aromas, I would say go for it: the food is just as good as the view over Sydney Harbour.

Jenolan Caves

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A break from Australian ever present sun might do you good, so why not see the underground beauties at Jenolan Caves? The cave system is situated at approximately 4h drive from Sydney, and consists of hundreds of underground galleries and chambers, with stalactites, stalagmites and many other unnamed but just as impressive calcite formations.

Sydney beach walk

Bondi and Coogee are two of Sydney’s most famous beaches and it’s often hard say which is the most beautiful of the two. The good news is that you can have them both, and few others, in just a few hour’s walk. The Bondi to Coogee walk is one of the best you can find around Sydney: it involves lots of amazing views, but you’ll never feel alone in the wilderness: everywhere around you there will be restaurants, shops, cafes and, of course, the sea.

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park

ku-king-gai ©Hasitha Tudugalle/Flickr

One of the great advantages of Sydney is that, despite it being Australia’s great metropolis, it’s also so close to nature and natural attractions. Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, a less than one hour’s drive from Sydney, is a perfect example. The park offers a great diversity of landscapes: from well hidden bays and coves, to eucalyptus and mangrove forests. Outdoorsy tourists will have plenty to do and explore: hiking or biking along the numerous and well marked trails, relax on a secluded beach or discover the history of the Aboriginal tribes the used to live in the area.

 

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