If you’re a Sydney local, free time is rarely spent indoors. And living in a city so blessed with natural attractions and year-round sunshine, why wouldn’t you want to spend your time outdoors?
So when it’s too cool for the beach, where do Sydneysiders go? Here are a few not so well known natural attractions less than an hour from Sydney:
1. Centennial Parklands
Less than 5 kilometers (3 miles) from central Sydney lies the much loved Centennial Parklands, over 360 hectares of land that encompasses three of the city’s parks.
As well as being a delightful place to walk around or have a picnic, there are heaps of activities, events and attractions that draw people to its green lawns. You can even go horse riding at the Park’s Equestrian Centre or play golf at the 18-hole golf course.
2. Japanese Gardens and Teahouse
Less than an hour’s drive southwest of Sydney is this delightful Japanese Garden. Part of the Campbelltown Arts Centre, the gardens are a cool and serene place with a traditional waterfall, Koi pond and traditional Japanese plants and buildings. The gardens are in the greater Sydney precinct of Macarthur, which is a pretty heritage town with its own botanic garden and wildlife trails nearby.
3. Royal National Park
Just 32km from Sydney lies the world’s second oldest national park. Here you’ll find cliff top and heath land walks, pounding surf beaches, rainforests and many walking and cycling trails.
4. Northern Beaches
Sydney’s northern coast stretches from Manly to Palm Beach and forms a peninsula that covers about 18 kilometers (11 miles) of gorgeous coastline. People come to enjoy the area’s many walks and surf beaches, dine in the local seaside restaurants and go boating in the sea and waterways.