The Manly ferry passes the Sydney Opera House on a bright, sunny day.

Sydney Day Trip Ideas: Manly and the Manly Ferry

The Manly Ferry is a perfect way to get out on the water, see the islands, appreciate the view across the opera house and the bridge from the water, take in the mind-blowingly beautiful real estate along the coast, and sit back and enjoy being out on the harbor for a fraction of the price of a harbor cruise. And as a bonus, you get to go to Manly.

Sailboats in the waters off Hamilton Island, Australia.

Recreation on Australia’s Hamilton Island

Recreation on Hamilton Island is weighted heavily toward sailing and boating, since the area is so great for it, but you’ll also find a plethora of other activities from the usual vacation pursuits such as walking tours or a round of golf, and some not-so-usual pursuits such as art classes, and Go-Kart racing.

Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island, Australia.

Visit Australia’s Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, and when you first arrive, you may feel like you’re in a relatively large town. But, besides some rather gorgeous private holiday residences, this is pretty much a giant resort. Learn about the ins and outs of staying here, along with information a few key locations and getting around.

A koala clings to a branch.

Zoos and Animal Sanctuaries in Kuranda, Australia

If you’re a fan of things that creep and crawl, fly and flutter, you’ll find your fill in Kuranda’s zoos. Children especially enjoy these attractions, though there’s certainly enough to keep adults entertained with the sheer variety of species and the chance to sight wildlife up-close and personal without a trip into the bush.

Msuhrooms growing on a tree in Finch Hatton Gorge, Eungella National Park.

Visit Eungella National Park in Australia

Australia’s largest national park is famous for its platypus, the unique egg-laying mammal with its distinctive duck’s bill, which is notoriously shy and rarely spotted in the wild. A visit here virtually guarantees that you see one any time of year.

The Kuranda skyrail travels above the rainforest canopy.

Discover Kuranda, Australia

Quaint, colorful Kuranda is a day trip worth its while. This little village is bustling and brimming with things to do and see. From art galleries to markets, from animal experiences to hikes, Kuranda is like a vacation from your vacation. And it’s not just a destination—the journey there and back is just as exciting.

Zebra sculptures look out over the ocean in Sydney, Australia.

Bondi Beach to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi Beach hardly needs an introduction—its fame has spread beyond Australia’s shores. But one thing that is a must-do, even if it will take you away from the beach, is the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.

A tour guide answers questions for the women in his tour group.

Take a Walking Tour of Sydney

Taking a walking tour of Sydney is an excellent way to see the sights relevant to your interests and learn about the city and its history. Here are some recommended tours, both self-guided and with a group, that are among the most interesting, unique, and downright fun options offered.