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Recommendations for a day/1 night trip out of Sydney--or not

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Recommendations for a day/1 night trip out of Sydney--or not

We are coming to Australia for the first time this Dec. from the US. We are attending my brothers wedding in Margaret River in Western Australia. We will be staying there for a week at a nice beach resort. We are coming to Sydney for 4 nights at the end of our trip and are trying to decide if we should spend all 4 nights in Sydney or should spend 1 night somewhere else (within an hour or so from Sydney). A friend recommended Balmoral, Manly Beach, and Wollongong as good places to see. Do you think it's worth it to go out to one of these places? Which is the best? Or should we just spend all 4 days in Sydney.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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1. Re: Recommendations for a day/1 night trip out of Sydney--or not

It largely depends on your interests. If beaches are high, then the three places below are lovely beaches (Balmoral and Manly are in Sydney). But if you feel that the WA stay has enough 'beach', then spend the days in the city. You can go to Manly on the ferry from the centre of the city and it makes a good day trip.

Another idea for a long but interesting day trip from Sydney would be to get the bus to Palm Beach and take the ferry to Patonga (and back). In this you get beaches, Australian bush/forest, a ferry trip and the experience of a non-touristy area all in one package.

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2. Re: Recommendations for a day/1 night trip out of Sydney--or not

The Blue Mountains are popular as a day or 2 day trip from Sydney. If you stay overnight it gives you time to visit Jenolan caves as well.

There is a FAQ on day trips on the right hand side of this page (click on Sydney Top Questions in the box titled "more about Sydney" if you are viewing this in the expanded version.

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3. Re: Recommendations for a day/1 night trip out of Sydney--or not

December is our summer holidays & it will be hot so staying near a beach would be ideal IMO, it will also give you a chance to taste a litle of Sydney's beach culture.

Balmoral Beach is stunning, unfortunately there is no hotel near the beach.

Manly is your best option regarding finding plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets.

For additional info on Manly - regarding accomodation - & what to do click on the link below.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g255060-d257487/Sydne…

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