Sydney and Surrounds

Ancient mountains, tumbling waterfalls, meandering rivers, striking beaches, tree lined valleys and lush tablelands can be found all within a short drive from the bright lights of the metropolis of Sydney city and the sparkling waters of its harbour. This region boasts over 40 national parks and reserves including two World Heritage-listed national parks and the second oldest national park in the world.

A short drive west, will lead the visitor to the impressive blue-hazed cliffs and canyons of the Blue Mountains and its peaceful mountainside villages.

The traveller will find a captivating blend of natural attractions and a serene country mood as they drive north-west following the Hawkesbury River as it winds through the fertile Hawkesbury Valley.

Further afield visitors will reach the Upper Hunter with its gently sloping plains and rugged mountains this area offers simple relaxation and a taste of the good life with wine that has made the Hunter famous.

Visitors can relax and unwind as they drive south over the undulating green slopes of the Southern Highlands, through historic townships that lie between rainforest and beach.

Travellers will be content with choice of the fast pace of Sydney and the slower more leisurely tempo of its surrounds.

See the trip planner to plan your trip in this region.

Pictured Top: Luna Park, North Sydney. Credit: Sally Mayman; Tourism NSW

Pictured Below: Three Sisters, Blue Mountains. Credit: Tourism NSW