So I did my homework on Newcastle, so now it is time to widen the net, hit the road and find out what Sydney and the rest of this part of New South Wales has to offer!
This time we have a minibus-full already, with my wife, my two girls, grandma and grandad and uncle and Aunt! PLUS we’ll probably take the girl’s cousins to keep them company!
So here is my list of Sydney’s best destinations for the family – full of interesting stuff and lots of space to run around!
Auburn Botanic Gardens
Founded in 1977, Auburn Botanic Gardens is one of the many hidden gems that can be found in bustling Sydney. Covering more than nine hectares of lush parkland, the garden is home to many birds and native animals. If this destination is in your list of considerations and you are a fan of natural beauty, do visit during the blossom season. What’s more, Auburn Botanic Gardens is just a half-hour drive away from Sydney’s CBD.
Want to visit an interesting destination that offers unspoilt beauty? Drive south of Sydney for approximately three hours and you will arrive at the famous Jervis Bay! The bay is home to clear turquoise waters and white sand beaches, so take off your shoes, stick your toes in the fine sand and take a relaxing stroll. Here, you can indulge in Jervis Bay’s fantastic cycling tracks, camping spots and kite surfing spots. What’s more, you will be able to see kangaroos that are a common sight here.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Located right off Oxford Street and approximately twelve minutes away from Sydney’s CBD, stepping into the gardens of Paddington Reservoir will make you forget that you are still in the middle of Sydney! This magical destination is a perfect mix of garden oasis and modern rustic architecture. The destination is pleasantly quiet, and those who frequent the gardens are usually photographers, hipsters and a few passers-by. There is just something special about the surrounding space and you will definitely experience a feeling of awe when you set foot on these secret gardens for the first time.
If you have your own set of wheels or you have arranged f, you will have more options when exploring the Blue Mountains. There are panoramic viewpoints and hiking trails that are accessible all year round. Here, you are recommended to ride the world’s steepest railway and explore the famous Three Sisters. If you got more time to spare, consider challenging yourself booking an abseiling or abseiling with High ‘n Wild Mountain Adventures. The Blue Mountains perfectly suits road-trippers who enjoy outdoor adventures and camping.
The Hawkesbury River
The Hawkesbury River is located at the northern extremity of Sydney’s metropolitan area and is an hour’s drive away. Whether you are a nature or adventure lover, you will find this destination worth including in your road trip itinerary. You will be able to indulge in many activities such as horse riding, swimming, tubing, fishing, bushwalking, kayaking and more. What about canoeing? Yes! The Hawkesbury River is also a great place to canoe, but you have to bring your own as there are no rentals around.
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
Drive approximately 24 kilometres from Sydney’s city centre and you will arrive at the spectacular Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. The park was named after the Guringai people (its original inhabitants), and features a classic mix of water vistas, bush land and sandstone. If you want to fish or spend a day out of the city bushwalking, this national park is the right place for such activities. You can arrive at the national park by entering Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd via any of these options:
- Pacific Hwy, Mt Colah
- McCarrs Creek Rd, Terrey Hills
- Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
If you are planning a road trip in and around Sydney, Kangaroo Valley is a must-go destination as it offers a relaxing retreat and the opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the wonders that nature has to offer. Here, there are plenty of opportunities for exploration and you will be able to take in the sights of the beautiful landscapes that surround you. Go wine tasting or canoe down the Kangaroo River to escape from all the stresses of city life!
These road trips are all about making the trip to Australia really worth while and introducing a little adventure into the girls’ life, although I have a feeling that even at such a young age they already have a good dose of wanderlust!
Thanks again to http://www.destinationnsw.com.au/ for the photos. They do better than my words for getting us all excited about the trip!