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Natural Wonders of NSW… a memorable Day Trip from Sydney

Kiama Blowhole
Admiring the Kiama Blowhole

You don’t have to jump on a plane to enjoy the wonders of the world! All you need is a car to experience the magic we have on our own doorstep. Discover some of the beautiful natural wonders near Sydney just waiting to be explored.

Pack your camera, load the kids and hit the road. We’re ready to take you on a journey to some of the most incredible natural landmarks just a skip and hop (and one or two “I’m boreds”) from the North Shore. Buckle those seatbelts and let’s get travelling – locally, of course! Here are some amazing Natural Wonders near Sydney for you to check out:

Natural wonders north of Sydney

1. Caves Beach

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Caves Beach

Caves Beach is famous for its network of sea caves that you can actually set off and explore during low tide.  Simply head towards the Southern end of the beach and you’ll see a track over the rocks that leads the way.  Kids will love running through and exploring during low tide, and you can take a dip at the patrolled beach.

There’s plenty around the area as well. There’s a cafe nearby, small sand dunes for the kids to explore on their boogie boards and plenty more.

You can make a day of it from Sydney, or add it as a stop on a longer holiday. Either way, it’s well-worth the visit.

2. Capertee National Park

Take a tree to the second largest canyon in the world, next to the Grand Canyon. Who knew we had something so impressive right on our doorstep~ Sitting at 30km wide, Capertee Valley is the perfect spot to take the family and get out and explore. You can venture off on foot, or stay buckled in and check out the fire trails within the park. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot as you make your way along.

You can even turn it into a bigger trip and make use of the campgrounds within the park. Pack for a night or two and hike your way to the Valley Lookout where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the canyon below.

  • Where: Capertee NSW
  • Drive from Gordon: 3 hours 5 minutes

3. Stockton Beach Sand Dunes

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Stockton Beach Sand Dunes

Stockton Beach in Port Stephens has been the site of a number of shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites over the years! But that isn’t the reason you visit – it’s for the amazing beach sand dunes. They are the largest moving coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, spanning across a whopping 32km.

Some of these dunes reach over 30 metres, but you can pick one of the smaller hills for your sandboarding adventures! Take a 4WD, quad biking or sandboarding tour, or for something a little different you can saddle up on a horse or camel to explore.

  • Where: Stockton Beach (Port Stephens)
  • Drive from Gordon: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Website: portstephens.org.au

Natural wonders south of Sydney

4. Kiama Blowhole

Kiama Blowhole

If you ever need a reason to head down South for a holiday, make it to go check out the Kiama Blowhole. Kids will love it! Think of it as nature taking an opportunity to show off and you get a front row seat to the action.

This 2.5 metre opening in the rock can send the water more than 30 metres into the air! There’s a number of different viewing points, so you won’t miss the action while you’re there.

If you’ve got the time, you can also go visit the Little Blowhole, which also puts on an incredible display. While it might be smaller, it’s a lot more consistent when it comes to putting on a show.

  • Where: Blowhole Point Blowhole Road, Kiama
  • Drive from Gordon: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Website: visitnsw.com

5. The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool

This is one of those hidden gems that isn’t going to crop up on a Google search – it’s not to be confused with the Blue Pool in the Blue Mountains. Tucked away between Jamberoo and Robertson in Budderoo National Park, you’ll find an array of incredibly scenic walks that lead to plenty of lookouts and swimming spots.

You can hunt for tadpoles and frogs, explore the rocks, or just relax back in the blue natural pool. If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse as the sun hits it at the right angle, you will see it glow a completely amazing aquamarine colour.

6. Belmore Falls

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Belmore Falls

Belmore Falls is one of the most incredible waterfalls you can visit. Located in Morton National Park, you’re going to have to pack your walking shoes to get the view. The waterfall has an amazing two drops on the Barrengard Creek, with several lookouts along the way for you to step back and marvel at the view of Kangaroo Valley.

It’s a 1.8km return trip that will take you between 30 minutes and an hour depending on pace (and kids!).

Kiama is just an hour away if you want to plan a weekend trip that takes in Belmore Falls and Kiama blowhole in one!

  • Where: Belmore Falls, Belmore Falls Rd, Wildes Meadow (near Kangaroo Valley)
  • Drive from Gordon: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Website: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Natural wonders west of Sydney

7. Three Sisters

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Three Sisters

If you haven’t already ticked this one off your bucket list, then now’s the time to do it. The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains is a spectacular natural wonder near Sydney, thanks to the unusual rock formation that has taken place. Of course, there’s a story behind it! According to Aboriginal legend, it represents three sisters who were turned to stone.

Each one stands at 922, 918 and 906 metres tall! They’re hard to miss. Make a trip out of it and head along to Scenic World, where you will find the world’s steepest railway, elevated rainforest boardwalks and lots of fun.

  • Where: Cliff Drive, Katoomba
  • Drive from Gordon: 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Website: bluemts.com.au

    8. Lithgow’s Glowworm Caves

    Lithgow’s Glowworm Caves

    If you’re yet to make the trip, now’s your chance. You won’t be disappointed with this amazing natural wonder, so close to Sydney! The glow worms are located in the Wollemi National Park, close to Lithgow, in an old rail tunnel that runs for 400 metres. Don’t worry – the line itself was dismantled all the way back in 1940!

    To check out the glow worms, be sure to pack a good pair of walking shoes, with a torch to see your way through the tunnel. A head torch is even better so you can go hands-free!

    But that’s not even the best part: it’s completely free! You don’t need to jump on a tour – like some of the other glow worm caves around NSW. Simply load the family up and head off for a night adventure. Plus, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy in the Blue Mountains during the day.

    • Where: Wollemi National Park
    • Drive from Gordon: 2 hours
    • Website: visitnsw.com

    9. Jenolan Caves

    Jenolan Caves

    The Jenolan Caves are the largest, most famous caves in Australia, and this Natural Wonder is just a couple of hours from Sydney, they should definitely be on your bucket list. There are a number of different caves for you to venture into, including Lucas, Imperial, Chiefly, Plughole and more. Some of these have minimum ages and require a bit of abseiling to get deep into them – so choose wisely. You’ll find yourself wandering through the world’s oldest cave system.

    You can also set off on a bushwalk, spotting wildlife as you go, including the resident platypus, wallabies and lyrebirds. The Jenolan River Track takes you along the river through some amazing sites, which you can take at your own pace. Head onto the Three Sisters afterwards and tackle two incredible natural sites in the one weekend.

    • Where: Jenolan Caves, 4655 Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan
    • Drive from Gordon: 3 hours
    • Website: jenolancaves.org.au

          10. Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park

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          Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park

          Admittedly, this one is a bit more of a drive to get to, but it’s well worth the trip for a long weekend! It’s home to Australia’s first Dark Sky Park. The sole purpose of your visit is to stare off into the night sky and take in all the stars above.

          Pay a visit to the Warrumbungle Observatory where you can discover even more about the stars above and look through the telescopes for a better view.

          Of course, if you’re making the trip, then prepare yourself for a night of camping, literally under the stars. There are plenty of campsites for you to choose from, for a completely memorable night of stargazing.

          • Where: John Renshaw Pkwy, Coonabarabran
          • Drive from Gordon: 5 hours 30 minutes
          • Website: visitnsw.com

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