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Things to do close to Sydney
Hunter Valley Winery
We all need a change of scene from time to time. We all need to getaway. Sometimes, we have to do things somewhere else its just the thing we have to do, somewhere that's not where we are, I guess, so lets do it:
A word of warning before you jump in your car. Australia is a big place. What Sydney100 regard's as close might not seem that close to you:
North of Sydney
If you fancy a short trip north, perhaps an enticing glass of Hunter Valley wine might be in order:North of Sydney
Port Stephens Dolphins
Rather than go straight back to Sydney from the Hunter Valley why not say ‘tuna’ to a Port Stephens dolphin? Numerous boats have nets you can climb into to get a little closer (and potentially a lot colder). Hanging off of the boat might just be what you need to kill off your hangover. You could also get seriously lucky and spot a whale. Most of the boats are run out of Nelson Bay. And as a bonus – Port Stephens has small but beautiful white sandy beaches and is quite picturesque.
Swim with Wild Dolphins
Nothing compares to being close to a dolphin in it's own environment. During this amazing experience you will "interact" with the Short Beaked Common Dolphins that live in the pristine waters of Port Stephens. This is the only dolphin swim that is allowed within the Port Stephens Marine Park and only experience of it’s kind in Australia.
Things to do South of Sydney
Perhaps South is the go. Kangaroo Valley has an almost English countryside look to it mixed in with gum trees and Aussie bush. The civilised Fitzroy Falls is also well worth a visit. The beautiful coastal scenery of Jervis Bay invites exploration and just north of Sydney you will find the Royal National Park. One of Australia's great coastal drives starts in the Royal National Park and ends just south of Wollongong. Further South west you will discover the:
Alpine Way, Snowy Mountains, Overnight trip from Sydney
The Alpine Way is part of a 250k stretch of road that loops its way towards the NSW / Victorian border from Snowy Mountains Highway. This trip will require you to overnight somewhere. Cooma in the south or the more rural Tumut in north are the most logical candidates. If you like pizza give it a miss if you end up in Tumut.
Australia is old and geography professors around the world have condemned it into having small mountains. Tallest is Mount Kosciuszko at approximately 2227.826m :). A mere hill to some. No laws against substituting Snowy Hills for Snowy Mountains but don't worry, size isn't everything. Don't expect the Park Rangers to impressed either by any sizeist comments, they have heard it all before.
As you will know if you have every seen an Aussie transfixed by white stuff, snow is quite rare in Australia. Most aussies come to the Snowies to ski and party. I'd argue that's not the main attraction.
Swimming kangaroos, strolling emus, bounding wombats, crystal clear waters against a back drop of snow capped peaks. As you head north the scenery becomes more rural, hilly and green with a dash of colourful wildflowers in spring.
Now I can't guarantee you will see anything but you will improve your chances if you travel spring / autumn and avoid school holidays and weekends. The less people around the better.
Talk to the Park Rangers, check conditions at Jindabyne as they will close the road if the weather is bad and bring your camera.
Thredbo is worth a coffee stop if you can find somewhere to park.
Be prepared to pay a few dollars to get into the National Park
Stop at the Thredbo Diggings picnic area for a while as this is a gorgeous, peaceful area.
Go to Tom Groggin picnic area and drive down to the 4WD road only sign. You maybe greeted by a friendly mob of kangaroos. Although remember, these are still wild animals.
Geehi picnic area has a pleasant wheelchair / pram friendly path along side the Swampy Plains River.
From here you are less than half way to Tumut with much more to see and little in the way of services along the way. Make sure you have plenty of petrol and a decent map (not that there are many other sealed roads you can drive down). The Kosciuszko Recreation Guide is freely available from visitor centres and may even get one on your way into the park.
Every bodies experience will be different on a trip like this and as I've said you can't guarantee anything, particularly the weather. But if you take your time, go with the idea of enjoying whatever comes your way you are bound to be rewarded. Plan ahead, avoid the crowds or you could - just go for it. Good luck.
Things to do West of Sydney (Blue Mountains)
The Three Sisters in Sydney's Blue Mountains
Drive for an hour and half - go up a hill, turn left into Katoomba, follow the signs to Echo Point / Three Sisters, look around for a park then gape at the view. It's just incredible that a place like the Three Sisters can exist so close to a city the size of Sydney.
So go West. Head for The Blue Mountains. For families, a small tip if I may, visit the Toy Museum at Hazelbrook and the nearby Wentworth Lake for a great playground and kiddies 'Pirate Ship' with some pleasant water views for the grown ups. There is also Thomas and Friends at the foot of mountains near Penrith.