Sydney is often the first point of call for tourists visiting Australia, but it’s a hot holiday destination for Aussies themselves. Organise your Sydney 4WD hire and prepare to visit a thriving city with an enormous amount of attractions and fun things to do. Adding to Sydney’s charm and appeal is its close proximity to other fabulous tourist destinations – The Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and South Coast are all on Sydney’s doorstep.
Here are a few suggestions of things to see and do:
Iconic Sydney Attractions
Iconic Sydney Attractions- there are a few iconic attractions within the city area that you really need to see before you head out on the open road or hit the 4wd tracks. These include:
- Sydney Harbour Bridge-if you could only see one attraction on your Sydney holiday it would have to be the bridge or the coat hanger as it is affectionately known. It is the epitome of Australian tourism and is a definite must see. The bridge can be walked or climbed for a panoramic view over the harbour and surrounds. There are self-guided walking tours that take you across the bridge (it’s free to walk across) while the Bridge climb takes you all the way to the summit.
- Sydney Harbour- Seeing the bridge is one thing but let’s not forget about the stunning harbour as well. Enjoy this beautiful body of sparkling water on one of the many cruises (morning tea, lunch or dinner), on a ferry, or even from a kayak. Public ferries from Circular Quay to Manly, Mosman and Taronga Zoo are a great way to see the bridge and cruise the harbour too.
- Sydney Opera House-one of the busiest arts performing centres in the world and a definite architectural wonder. Its unique shell appearance has visitors flocking in the millions every year to see this iconic landmark. Take a tour, see a show and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the numerous restaurants in the vicinity. They are top class and offer great views of the bridge too.
- The Rocks-this historical area is close to the central business district, the Bridge and Circular Quay. There are many old buildings here including two of Sydney’s oldest pubs and the area has a unique and colourful history that you can discover on a walking tour. There are craft shops and markets here and plenty of cafes and restaurants tucked away on cobble style streets.
- Bondi Beach- a very popular place for tourists from around the globe. There have been numerous Australian TV shows filmed here and you don’t have to look too hard to spot a celebrity. The Bondi to Bronte walk is a great way to soak up the stunning views over the coast and you can spend some time strolling Campbell St and the adjoining side streets visiting cafes, pubs and trendy stores. Have a meal at the famous Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. Other popular beaches in Sydney include: Manly, Coogee and Palm Beach.
- Luna Park- a fabulous fun park with thrilling rides and sideshows situated at the northern end of the bridge at Milsons Point. From some of the rides you can enjoy stunning views over the harbour and the city. A great day out for the family.
- Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk- one of the tallest observation towers in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy panoramic views over Sydney from the observation deck or an open air experience on a skywalk. There’s a 4D cinema experience plus cafes, shops and more.
- Taronga Zoo and other animal/ wildlife parks- there’s more wildlife parks in Sydney than you would expect and they are all worth a visit. Taronga Zoo is one of the oldest and biggest, you can catch a ferry to it too which makes it a great day out; Wild Life Sydney Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium are located next to each other at Darling Harbour while at Featherdale Wildlife Park situated in the suburbs you can pat koalas and handfeed kangaroos.
The Blue Mountains are so close to Sydney that it is possible to pop up for a day trip in your Sydney 4WD camper hire. However, to really enjoy the area and see all it has to offer it’s recommended you stay a few nights. The start of the mountains area is around a 90 minute drive from Sydney, but you really need to see more than the popular tourist areas in the foothills (Leura and Katoomba) to really get the best out of your experience make your way further to Lithgow and the Jenolan Caves precincts.
- Three Sisters- the most popular and iconic sight within the mountains. You’ll find this fascinating rock formation at Echo Point in Katoomba. Learn the fascinating Aboriginal legend of how the rock formation came about and be sure to see it at night as it is simply stunning lit up.
- Scenic World-Experience the skyway, walkway, cableway and railway. See the stunning beauty of this region from the sky and through glass bottom floors. Enjoy 360 degree views of the Three Sisters, Jamison Valley, Katoomba Falls and more.
- Wentworth Falls- as the name suggests there is a spectacular waterfall located here and some of the best bushwalks are here too (check out Valley of the Waters Walk). Spend 10 mins or a full day walking it’s up to you.
- Norman Lindsay Gallery- visit the home of Australian artist and writer Norman Lindsay. Gallery, cafe and landscaped grounds all here, a great placeto spend a morning or afternoon.
- Six Foot Track- This is a must for hikers and long bushwalk lovers. Track runs form Katoomba through to the Jenolan caves and there are campsites and cabins along the way. The signs detail the points of interest including the famous Explorer’s Tree.
- Jenolan Caves- there are 11 fantastic caves here open for viewing and numerous tours you can jump aboard to explore them including: guided, self-guided, night tours and children’s tours. Take the challenge of adventure caving or head out on an Aboriginal guided bushwalk.
- 4WD Tracks- There are some great 4WD tracks within the Blue Mountains National Park and there is also the popular Lost City Lithgow track
The Hunter Valley is renowned as a first-class wine destination but there is a lot more to discover in this neck of the woods. It’s only a few hours north from Sydney in your Sydney 4×4 hire or Sydney camper hire so it can be done as a day trip but to really experience all this amazing region has to offer you need to stay a few days or even a week.
- Wine country-the region boasts over 150 wineries now so choosing which ones to visit can be a tough task. There is a good mix of big name wineries alongside boutique wineries located here. Enjoy as many as possible on an organised tour or a self-drive tour if you prefer. Many have fabulous restaurants too, so you can enjoy a bite to eat while you are there. Some of the big name wineries include: McGuigan, McWilliams, Tyrells and Brokenwood. There are plenty of fabulous accommodation options to be found ranging from camping and caravan parks through to B&Bs and luxurious resorts.
- Hunter Valley Gardens- You’ll find this treasure trove in the heart of vineyard country and it’s a definite must do. There are walking trails and ten feature gardens to explore. Ride the train or stroll through the village shops. There is always something happening at the garden like special high teas or other festivities. A really wonderful day out.
- Golf- If you are an experienced golfer or even a novice, the Hunter Valley is home to several leading golf courses designed by golf professionals such as Greg Norman. Check out Cypress Lakes, Hunter Valley Golf and The Vintage.
- Bushwalking- Head to the national parks for some scenic walking tracks. The Watagans National Park has several excellent walks with picnic spots and fabulous nature views while the Werakata National Park in the southeast offers walking and cycle tracks.
- 4WD Tracks-The best 4WD tracks in the Hunter Valley wine country vicinity are at Wollombi. Try the Great North Road, Watagans National Park, Yengo National Park and The Convict Trail.