Did you know that on Sundays travel throughout Sydney is only $2.80 for unlimited trips on train, bus, ferry and light rail? And you can travel quite a distance on that fare, so your family can have an adventure that doesn’t cost the earth. From local favourites like Taronga Zoo to places further afield like The Blue Mountains or Wollongong, there’s plenty to explore.
1. Katoomba, Blue Mountains
For just a $2.80 fare, you could take the family on a mountain adventure! Bushwalk through the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area surrounding Katoomba and stop at the Echo Point Lookout to see the famous blue haze the mountains are named for. Or, see the scenery from a carriage on the Scenic World Blue Mountains and take in views the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary and Katoomba Falls. The more adventurous might want to try abseiling, rock climbing or caving. Of course, in town, Katoomba is packed with postcard-perfect cafes and picturesque pubs that will tempt you with fresh, local produce, pus antique stores, clothing shops and more.
- Travel Time: 2 hours from Central Station to Katoomba Station
- What To Do: Take a packed lunch and bush walk to The Wentworth Falls Picnic area and The Valley of the Waters.
2. The Hawkesbury River
The Hawkesbury is packed with amazing things to do, from a packed picnic by the river to taking in galleries, museums and regular markets like the Windsor Mall Craft Market, held every Sunday from 9am to 3pm. At the Australiana Pioneer Village at Wilberforce you can see a blacksmith striking his forge as he turns out assorted ironware, hear bush musicians singing and make damper. Or try a sailing class, go-karting or try a guided bushwalk.
- Travel Time: 1 hour from Central to Windsor
- What To Do: Take in the surrounds from a saddle at Chapman Valley Horseriding
3. Wollongong & North Wollongong
Catch the train to Wollongong and enjoy the beaches and shady picnic spots under the Norfolk pines (best to do this trip in the warmer months!) or take advantage of any of the seaside activities like swimming, surfing or even paragliding. There’s a varied calendar of festivals, shows, concerts, recitals, exhibitions and markets, plus nearby is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, Nan Tien Temple, which offers tours.
- Travel Time: 1.5 hours from Central to Wollongong station
- What To Do: Get off at Kiama en route to see the Kiama blowhole
4. Cockatoo Island
Take a ferry to this historic island, which in itself is an incredible trip. Once you dock, alight the boat and rove across the island, where large green expanses of grass butt up against the blue water of the harbour. Explore its historical sandstone buildings, have a picnic or barbecue or stop by the cafe for cake, and if you want to stay the night there’s tent and ‘glamping’ options available.
- Travel Time: 20-30 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour Wharf
- What To Do: The heritage buildings will be ‘open house’ to peek inside on Sunday 26 May
5. Royal National Park, Bundeena
A picturesque town on the edge of the beautiful Royal National Park, Bundeena will charm you with gorgeous beaches, spectacular bushwalks and wonderful art. You’ll be intrigued by ancient Aboriginal rock carvings, and you can hire a kayak and paddle into one of the oldest national parks in the world.
There’s a small extra fee for the ferry to Bundeena after you get off at Cronulla, but once you land on the shores of the Royal National Park you’ll be glad you made the extra effort. The park boasts secluded beaches and easy walks, and there’s also plenty of opportunities for barbecues, fishing, bushwalking, birdwatching and whale watching while you’re there.
- Travel Time: 1 hour from Central to Cronulla, plus a ferry ride to Bundeena
- What To Do: The unique Moonwalk trail
Enjoy unlimited travel all day on Sundays for just $2.80 per person. You’ll just need an Opal Card to scan.
Click here for timetables and maps, and have a new adventure this weekend!