10 Epic Outdoor Attractions in Sydney and New South Wales That Will Leave You Breathless


Farah Fazanna •  Jul 28, 2023

Welcome to the breathtaking landscapes and thrilling adventures that await in Sydney and the captivating state of New South Wales. From the majestic Blue Mountains to the fascinating Port Stephens and the magical Jervis Bay, this region is a treasure trove of outdoor and adventure-packed attractions that will leave you exhilarated and craving for more. Need help planning your next trip? Let's embark on a journey of discovery and immerse yourself in the vibrant and joyous spirit of these remarkable destinations! 🤩

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10 outdoor and adventurous activities to do in Sydney and New South Wales, Australia

1. Iris Alpaca Lodge Farm: A personal encounter with alpacas

Experience cuteness overload at the Iris Alpaca Lodge Farm. Get up close and personal with these charming creatures as you feed, pet, and learn about their fascinating lives. The farm's picturesque setting provides a delightful backdrop for an unforgettable encounter with these fluffy companions. Feel free to bring bananas, the alpacas love them! In Iris Lodge Alpacas, there are more than 80 alpacas for you to feed and pet. You can feed alpacas, llamas, sheep and cows here too. Perfect for little ones! 😁

Opening hours: 12:30pm -1:15pm (every Friday, Saturday, Sunday). 3pm – 3.45pm (school holidays)

Address: 33 Dunks Lane, Jilliby NSW 2259, Australia


Nearest halal food:The Saanjh, 13A Howarth St, Wyong NSW 2259, Australia

P/S: Looking for more animal encounters in New South Wales? Check out more fun attractions on Klook including Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and Wild Life Sydney Zoo! You can also get the Taronga Zoo Ferry here!

2. Quad-biking in Port Stephens: Explore the sand dunes

Feel the adrenaline rush as you glide down the vast sand dunes of Port Stephens on a quad-bikingadventure. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider, this exhilarating activity promises loads of fun and excitement. Ride down the slopes on a sandboard and embrace the thrill of flying across the golden sand 🥳. Fun fact: the Port Stephens sand dunes are the highest-moving coastal sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere!

Muslim-friendly restaurant in Port Stephens:Cook-a-barra Restaurant & Function Centre, 476 Marsh Rd, Bobs Farm NSW 2316, Australia.

3. Hot air balloon ride: A bird's eye view over the Hunter Valley

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Experience the Hunter Valley from a whole new perspective with a captivating hot air balloon ride. As you gently ascend into the morning sky, the picturesque vineyards, rolling hills, and sprawling landscapes come to life in a breathtaking panorama. The tranquil journey offers a sense of serenity and wonder, as you float above the stunning wine region. Feel the cool morning breeze on your face and soak in the golden hues of the sunrise as you glide effortlessly through the air. It's a magical and romantic adventure that allows you to appreciate the Hunter Valley's beauty in a truly unique way, creating memories that will last a lifetime 🥰

Muslim-friendly restaurant in Hunter Valley:Leaves and Fishes, 737 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale NSW 2320, Australia

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4. Fruit picking: Perfect for the whole family

Try fruit picking at Darkes Glenbernie Orchard at Darkes Forest, a sixth-generation family farm where visitors can head out into the grove of 22,500 trees and pick their own fruit in season. There are a variety of fruits such as peaches, nectarines and apples for you to pick! The fruits are available according to the season, so do check before booking your tour. There’s also non-alcoholic cider that you can try!

Muslim-friendly restaurant nearby:Uluwatu Blue, 1/109 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Stanwell Park NSW 2508, Australia

If you’re in Bilpin, head over to Bilpin Springs Orchard, which is known for its delicious apples and pears. You can also pick their own berries and stone fruits during the harvest season 🥰

Another great fruit-picking spot in Bilpin is Pine Crest Orchard. It has over 15 varieties of apples, as well as cherries, peaches, and nectarines. If you visit during the summer months, you can also bring home some sunflowers! Bilpin is located near the Blue Mountains, so it’s a great idea to stop by if you’re in the area!

5. Blue Mountains: A tapestry of natural wonders

Prepare to be enchanted by the awe-inspiring Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder. Embark on invigorating bushwalks, hike through lush rainforests where you can discover the rich flora and fauna, and marvel at the iconic Three Sisters rock formation. The breathtaking vistas and cascading waterfalls will paint a memorable experience 😍

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While you’re here, Scenic World should be on your itinerary! Descend into the Jamison Valley on the world’s steepest train, the Scenic Railway, or glide on the Scenic Cableway past Orphan Rock and the iconic Three Sisters. Enjoy a stroll beneath the ancient rainforest canopy at your own pace along the 10-minute, 30-minute or 50-minute Scenic Walkway. The 720-metre journey on the Scenic Skyway provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary and Jamison Valley. Then, you can return to the main building via the Cableway or the Scenic Railway where you’ll glide past ancient sandstone cliffs, epic valley views and the spectacular Katoomba Falls. 😍 Check out the Scenic World website to plan your trip!

Opening hours: 10am - 4pm (Monday to Friday), 9am - 5pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Address: Violet St &, Cliff Dr, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia

Nearest halal food: Gasiinsamut Thai Fusion, 172 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia

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6. Jenolan Caves: Nature's masterpiece underground

Venture deep into the mystical underground world of Jenolan Caves, a labyrinth of intricate limestone formations. It’s also one of the oldest caves in the world! Marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites that have been shaped over millions of years 😍 Join a guided cave tour (there are different types of tours and you can choose based on your fitness abilities!) and discover the hidden wonders, including the awe-inspiring Lucas Cave and the mysterious Temple of Baal.

Address: 4655 Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan NSW 2790, Australia


Muslim-friendly restaurant nearby:Tempus Katoomba, 66 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia

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7. Whale and dolphin watching: A majestic marine spectacle

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What’s a trip to Sydney without spotting some dolphins and whales, right? Jervis Bay is where the goods things are at. Enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise where if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see these magnificent sea mammals and if you’re lucky, you can spot seals, penguins and sea birds too! During the annual whale migration season, from May to November, you can see whales as well!

Muslim-friendly restaurant nearby: Nana On The Bay Thai Restaurant, The Wool Rd &, Burton St, Vincentia 2540, Australia

P/S: Enjoy a whale-watching cruise in the heart of Sydney or one that includes lunch (or breakfast!)

8. Kayaking in Shoalhaven: Enjoy the turquoise water

Immerse yourself in a world of water-filled bliss in the magnificent Shoalhaven region! With its breathtaking coastline and serene waterways, this paradise is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. Picture yourself paddling along the sparkling ocean, where playful dolphins often grace your presence and, from May to November, the majestic sight of whales passing by. Get ready for an unforgettable kayaking adventure with Sea Kayak Jervis Bay and explore the pristine Jervis Bay Marine Park. For an unforgettable memory, dive into an underwater wonderland or snorkel among vibrant marine life on guided tours catering to all skill levels 🤩

Muslim-friendly restaurant nearby:Albert n Miso, 12/5 Burton St, Vincentia NSW 2540, Australia

9. Coastal walks: Breathe in the ocean's magic

Lace up your walking shoes and embark on the stunning coastal walks that hug the shores of Sydney and New South Wales. Bondi to Coogee, Spit Bridge to Manly, and Royal National Park's Coast Track are just a few examples of these captivating trails. Along the way, you'll be rewarded with sweeping ocean views, hidden beaches, and an invigorating sea breeze 😄

If you’re in Sydney, one of the best walks to take that’s beginner-friendly is the Bondi to Coogee walk. Taking about 2 to 3 hours, this scenic 6km coastal walk is popular for a good reason - the coastline is spectacular from every direction, plus there are many gorgeous sights you can’t miss on the route. Gordons Bay is a good place to swim and snorkel as it’s less crowded!

There are several ocean pools and local swimming spots along the way, such as the IG-worthy Bondi Icebergs Pool (which is one of the iconic sights to see when you’re in Sydney!) and Congee’s rock pools, Giles Bath — don’t forget to bring swimwear! While you’re there, check out the women's only McIver's Ladies Baths, Australia's last remaining women's-only seawater pool!

#HHWTtip: Note that the Bondi Icebergs Pool is closed on Thursday mornings for cleaning and will usually re-open by 10am. You have to pay a small fee of $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12 years old to swim in the ocean pool. If you’re coming with your family (i.e. 2 adults and up to 3 children), you can enjoy a discounted fee of $25 for all.

Halal restaurant nearby:Ed Ae' Unique Thai Cafe 1982, 704A George St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

P/S: Sydney has plenty to offer! Check out more fun attractions on Klook including Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Sydney Opera House guided tour and Sydney Harbour helicopter tour.

10. Sydney Harbour Bridge climb: Reach new heights

Challenge yourself and conquer one of Sydney's most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can choose from four types of Climbs: the signature Climb, the Summit Insider, the Ultimate Climb and the Burrawa-Aboriginal Climb. Just choose one that suits you the best! Strap on your harness and climb to the summit, where panoramic views of the city, the glittering harbour, and the Opera House await. It's a thrilling experience that combines adventure, history, and unmatched beauty 🤩

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Psst… Check out more fun attractions on Klook including Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Adventure and a sunset cruise!

Sydney and New South Wales are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and nature lovers alike. Whether you choose to embark on thrilling activities like cave tours or quad biking, whale watching or simply enjoy the breathtaking coastal walks, Sydney and New South Wales offer a diverse range of outdoor and adventurous attractions perfect for all ages! The region's vibrant spirit, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality make it an irresistible destination. So pack your bags, unleash your adventurous spirit, and let Sydney and New South Wales leave a memorable mark on your heart with their boundless charm and endless adventures! 🥳

P/S: Enjoy up to $30 off Sydney and New South Wales attractions on Klook! Find out the promo code on their website.

This article is brought to you by Destination New South Wales.