Woman walking through the scenic grounds of Centennial Vineyards, Bowral.

10 of the Best Sydney Day trips with Car Next Door

Are you interested in exploring more destinations around Sydney? One of the best ways to explore is to rent a car with Car Next Door and indulge in a Sydney day trip. We’ve listed some of the top locations you can visit during your stay at Vulcan Hotel.


1. Palm Beach

Aerial overlooking Kiama Blowhole Point, Kiama.

One hour north of Vulcan you’ll find the iconic Palm Beach, a narrow peninsula surrounded by water that features on Australia’s soap ‘Home and Away’. If you’re travelling in summer, hit the waves at the northern end for surfing or the south end for a swim in the ocean pool. If you’re travelling to Palm Beach for Winter (or anytime), take a hike from Little Head to Barrenjoey Head,
Lunch: La Boca Palms


2. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Man enjoying a morning walk along Resolute Beach in Ku-ring-gai National Park.

Are you in need of an escape with some quiet and nature? Head north of Vulcan Hotel, Sydney to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia’s second-oldest national park. Full of rainforests and mangroves that hug the ocean, this destination is full of historic importance and breathtaking scenery.
Lunch: BYO from the Hornsby Organic Markets or Berowra Waters Inn.

3. Blue Mountains

Aerial overlooking a waterfall in the Blue Mountains National Park.

The Blue Mountains are a perfect day trip from Sydney with Car Next Door. Around 1 - 2 hours from the Vulcan, spend the day exploring the walking trails, waterfalls, dramatic lookouts and gardens. Some of the highlights we recommend are the Three Sisters Walk, Scenic World Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves,
Lunch: High tea at the Hydro Majestic


4. Wollongong

 Exterior view of the Wollongong Art Gallery

Wollongong is known for its world-class beaches, playful adventures, arts and iconic attractions. There are a plethora of activities, whether you’re seeking adrenaline (skydiving), a game of golf with friends or a walk around the botanical gardens or Wollongong Art Gallery. Drive your Car Next Door just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Sydney for the perfect day out.
Lunch: SoCo Kitchen


5. Berrima

Autumn at Bendooley Estate, Berrima.

Take a day trip from Sydney to the historic town of Berrima, under two hours from Vulcan Hotel. The cool climate and crisp air provide the perfect pinot noir, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc for you to sip and taste. Explore the history and heritage of Berrima by foot with the Berrima Heritage Walk (discover buildings dating back to the 1830s) or the Berrima River Walk.
Lunch: Eschalot


6. Kangaroo Valley

Self-driving couple enjoying scenic views across Kangaroo Valley.

Rent your car through Car Next Door and discover the relaxing yet adventurous region of Kangaroo Valley. Investigate the waterways with kayaks and canoes, or stay on land with an abundance of walking trails and mountain biking trails on offer. If you don’t need adventure, discover the galleries and boutiques of the heritage village.


Lunch: Hampden Deli


7. Royal National Park

Sunrise at Curracurrong Falls and Eagle Rock in the Royal National Park, Sydney.

Rent a car and visit the second oldest national park in the world, Royal National park. Under an hour's drive from Vulcan, this national park offers walking tracks, picnic spots and some stunning lookouts. If you’ve packed the hiking boots, a 1-hour hike to the Figure Eight Pools will take your breath away, not from its difficulty, but from your surroundings.


8. Kiama

Aerial overlooking Kiama Blowhole Point, Kiama.


Road trip to Kiama on the Southcoast of NSW with Car Next Door, just 1 hour and 45 minutes from Sydney. The seaside town is known for its rolling green hills, rugged coastline, rock pools and one of the world’s largest blowholes. Take a wander up Kiama’s main street for lunch or a little afternoon treat at one of the ice creameries.
Lunch: The Hungry Monkey


9. The Entrance

 Tourists watching the popular daily pelican feeding at The Entrance on the state's Central Coast.

If you want to escape Sydney, but don’t want to get too lost in nature, take a day trip to the central coast town, The Entrance. This coastal town offers beaches, lakes, biking and hiking along with markets, museums and plenty of restaurants and cafes. If you’re in town at 3:30 pm, visit the waterfront at Memorial park for the daily pelican feedings
Lunch: Anywhere along the foreshore or high street


10. Bowral

Couple enjoying the annual Tulip Time Festival in Corbett Gardens, Bowral.

Just under 90 minutes from Vulcan Hotel, you’ll find yourself in the Southern Highlands and Bowral. A great day trip from Sydney year-round with museums, boutiques, gardens, nature reserves and local experiences such as wineries to explore. Visit during the Tulip Time Festival in May to see this picturesque town full of colour.
Lunch: Harry’s on Green Lane


If you’re looking for some ideas for day trips from Sydney, we have you covered. Our top 10 list will show you some of the best places to visit that are within easy reach of Sydney. So what are you waiting for? Book your accommodation with Vulcan and car with Car Next Door today!