Sydney is one of those iconic destinations that’s up there with the likes of Tokyo, New York City and London. Read on for our Sydney Travel Guide.

Sure, Sydney has lots on offer; from the famous Harbour Bridge to cute one-of-a-kind finds like a cat café. But it’s what’s just a short trip outside of the city that has captured the hearts of Aussies and travellers alike.

Come check out the 5 places you must visit in and around the city with our Sydney Travel Guide. Cue ultimate wanderlust.

1. Watch the local surfers at Manly Beach

With its small-town, laid-back and beachside style, Manly is well worth a visit.

Plus, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro (or just wanna look on in awe), Manly Beach has some pretty rad surf to get excited about. Not to mention, there’s a ton of bars, shops and places to relax.

TOP TIP: Want to get away from the crowds on a busy weekend? Take a ten-minute stroll along the waterfront to Shelly Beach for a little slice of bliss.

Manly Beach Seafront View Sydney Travel Guide

2. Walk the coastal path from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach

The Bondi to Coogee trail is a unique 6km cliff top walk which takes you through loads of stunning views, beaches, cliffs, parks and rock formations.

From the trendy Tamarama Beach to the natural swimming pools of Bronte Beach, this two-hour coastal walk can easily turn into an entire day of exploring.

TOP TIP: Bring a picnic and your bathers. You’re gonna want to make the most of your time here.

3. Get in touch with nature in the Blue Mountains

Only an hour and a half from the city, the Blue Mountains are a nature-lover’s paradise.

Get your hiking boots on and get ready to gawk at the magical Wentworth Falls and Katoomba Falls. There’s also the stunning Govetts Leap lookout and Narrow Neck lookout to tick off your list.

TOP TIP: Watch the sun go down at the Three Sisters lookout – it’ll take your breath away. Cue Jurassic Park soundtrack.

4. Get your clink on in The Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is synonymous with wine, so make sure you visit one of the many local vineyards in this stunning region. There are breweries too if that’s more your thang.

Did someone say grape stomping? Believe us, it’s just as fun as it looks.

It’s not all about the alcohol. Go all out and sign up for a chocolate tasting for the full Hunter Valley experience. Yum.

Hunter Valley Vineyards Australia Sydney Travel Guide

5. Take time to relax in Port Stephens

This little gem isn’t far from Sydney and is well worth the trip. Endless hours of sunbathing and swimming await.

For something a little more adventurous, there’s dolphin cruises (eek!) and a hike up to the top of Tomaree Head for sweet views to keep you occupied.

TOP TIP: Try sand boarding. It’s well worth it, despite the fact that you’ll be finding sand everywhere for days to come!

Lookout in Port Stephens Australia Sydney Travel Guide

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Marianne Lampon
Originally from Cambridge, Marianne has officially caught the travel bug. A lover of movies and fitness, Marianne will always stop to pet dogs when she’s out exploring and will steal your food when you’re not looking.