Living so far away from home can be tough but the positive side to this is your family get to visit you. My mum is visiting me with her partner in October and I am putting a list of ideas for them…Check out the list below!
Palm Beach (Home and Away) – A day trip to the beautiful northern beaches is a wonderful way to get out of the city. I would recommend renting a car, you can take the bus if you want (I did do this with my Mum and it was incredibly long). When you arrive at Palm Beach you have a selection of cafes on the beach front and if you are lucky you may catch them filming Home and Away. If you walk along the beach you can walk up to the light house. When you reach the light house it will give you a great bird’s eye view of Palm Beach. On the drive back if you fancy a stop off for food and a drink there is a great pub called The Newport that looks over the water and has a big beer garden out back.
Hunter Valley Day Tour – If your parents are partial to a drop of wine then Hunter Valley should be on the list. It is an early start but you are in the Hunter by 10AM. You spend the day being bused around the beautiful scenery and sipping on delicious wine. At lunch time you stop for food and are also right by the famous Hunter Valley Cheese Shop. It is a great way to get a few bottles of wine and cheese for a night in with your parents when you get back. Hunter is a beautiful part of NSW full of rolling hills with vineyards and farms through out the area. I also did my farm work in this area hence the photo below ( apparently I don’t ever take photos of vineyards). The journey back to Sydney has everyone on the bus trying to stay awake …the day drinking does take it out of you. There are so many companies that do these trips you will be able to find one to suit your needs. Click here for all the info on Hunter.
Centennial Park– Rent a bike or a golf buggy bike and cycle around Centennial Park. It is an easy ride around the circuit and you can stop off and have a bite to eat and a drink. Highly recommend the share platter from Centennial Homestead. Also if you stick around until the late afternoon the sun setting behind the skyline is pretty awesome to see.
Watsons Bay Hotel – Great spot for tea with a view your parents will not forget. Nearly every visitor we have had in Sydney we have taken to Watsons Bay Hotel. Eating outside while the sun sets on Sydney is a great experience for any age. The food is good the view is even better. It is always busy when we go but we always manage to get a table for ourselves as you cannot book. Make sure you have your camera to capture a family photo with the sun setting on the Sydney skyline.
Manly– Heading over to Manly on the ferry is like visiting the seaside back home. You get to go across Sydney’s beautiful harbour seeing the iconic sights of the bridge and Opera House. When you arrive into Manly and walk through the town centre you feel like you’re on holiday. When you are in Manly there are shops. Cafes, beaches and the national park at your fingertips so you will find something to do with any type of parent.
Sydney CBD – There are some things that are a must and a visit to the Opera House is one. You can have a drink in the Opera House Bar and then take a walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens. The Rocks is also a short walk away and is full of Sydney’s history and beautiful shops and cafe’s. Queen Victoria Building is spectacular in the CBD with its old fashioned look and vintage looking shops. The QVB is beautiful at Christmas they go all out with their decorations. If your parents like to shop then obviously Pitt Street Mall is on the list as well as a quick trip up the West Field Tower. For views of the city I much prefer the O Bar of Palisades Hotel. If your parents are adventurous check out the bridge climb or kayaking at sunrise.
Blue Mountains – It is on every visitors to do list is the Blue Mountains…Just a short 3 hour car or train journey from the CBD, it is easy to get there. You can go hiking, mountain biking, scenic world or just hang out in Katoomba. The weather is always different in the Mountains compared to Sydney. Make sure you have a look before you set off! Layers are key. The town before Katoomba on the train called Leura is also pretty little country town. Most places in these areas close early so better to get off earlier. Click here for more information on the Blue Mountains.
Beaches and Walks – If your parents are purely here for beach and social time with you then they are spoiled for choice. There is of course the famous Coastal walk in the Eastern Suburbs which goes past the pictures-res beaches of the east. The Manly to Spit walk will take you by the bluest waters you have ever seen around Sydney. Lots of little beaches to stop off at and have a swim. The northern beaches and southern beaches are all equally impressive you will not be short of choice of beaches to show your parents. Beach details for the East Click Here.
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