What if I told you that there are 6 places around Sydney where one can easily do one day trips from Sydney by train? Yes, Sydney is blessed with some amazing places around and those places are easily accessible by trains and public transport.
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Train journey from Sydney
New South Wales has a very good transport system. Be it trains, buses or the ferries, the public transportation is excellent and has access to many beautiful places. Sydney trains and the NSW regional TrainLink, part of Transport for NSW, are a great way to go in and around Sydney and to take one day trips from Sydney by train.
For a complete travel guide to Sydney, read the ultimate travel guide for Sydney post.
- Most journeys can be paid by Opal transportation or credit/ debit cards. The Opal transportation cards can either be purchased and toped up at supermarkets, news agencies or train stations themselves.
- Some of the train journeys especially regional need to be purchased online on the Transport for NSW website.
- Ensure to tap on and off at the train stations to be correctly charged.
- For up to date information on times, fares and routes, refer to the Transport for NSW website.
- There are visitor centres at each of the places where you can inquire and learn more about the place. The visitor centres also provide you with the local maps.
6 one day trips from Sydney by train
The Blue mountains
The Blue Mountains is a range of mountains in the west of Sydney. The reason why it is known as the Blue Mountains is because of the blue haze that the mountain range produces due to the dense Eucalyptus trees. The mountains are famous for its steep cliffs, waterfalls, Eucalyptus forests and the bush walking trails. Katoomba is the main town in the Blue Mountains.
If you are visiting the Blue mountains for the first time, then read my first timer’s guide to the Blue Mountains.
- Trains – There are frequent trains that run between Sydney Central train station and different towns of the Blue Mountains. Katoomba is the main train station to get off, especially if you need to go to the Three Sisters.
Do you love aboriginal culture? then definitely do the walk to the Red hands cave to see and get a glimpse of how the aboriginal history was in the Blue mountains.
Kiama is a coastal town located in New South Wales of Australia. It is famous for its Blowhole where the water shoots up into the air between the two cliffside caverns. It is a perfect coastal escape for anyone who wants to go out of Sydney.
Kiama has plenty of cafes and restaurants. It is a great place for a getaway from the bustling life of Sydney. For all the things to do in Kiama, read one day trip to Kiama.
- There are frequent trains between Central train station in Sydney to Kiama. The train journey takes around 2 hours 20 minutes.
Newcastle is a harbour city known for its beautiful beaches, this city is definitely one of my favourite cities to visit in NSW. It provides ample opportunities for coastal walks between Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach.
There are plenty of things to do at Newcastle and it is one of the best spots to see whales during the whale migratory season (between months of May and October). For all the things to do at Newcastle, read day trip to Newcastle.
- There are trains that run between Central train station in Sydney and Broadmeadow train station in Newcastle. The train journey takes around 2.5 hours and the trains are scheduled to run every 2 hours.
Gosford is a region in the Central coast of NSW. It is a great getaway on the Brisbane river, north of Sydney. Known for its famous Australian reptile park, Gosford is definitely worth a visit.
- There are frequent trains between Central in Sydney and Gosford and the train journey takes about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Bowral is the largest town in the Southern Highlands region of NSW state. Bowral’s history goes back to about 200 years and is very popular among the cricket lovers because of Don Bradman’s museum and his childhood home. For things to do at Bowral, read one day trip to Bowral.
- There are frequent trains throughout the day between Central train station in Sydney and Bowral train station. The train journey is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Dangar Island from Hawkesbury
Dangar Island is a hidden gem in Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. With just 300 people on the island, this is a great place to spend a day with family and friends. For things to do at Dangar Island, read one day trip to Dangar Island.
- Since Dangar Island is an island, the only way to get to the island is by a ferry. The 15 minutes ferry is run by Brooklyn Ferry Service that travel between Brooklyn at Hawkesbury and Dangar Island. The ferry timings are aligned with the train timings that reach Hawkesbury from Sydney and the train journey takes just over an hour.
Safety for solo female travelers
Traveling in and around Sydney is absolutely safe for solo female travelers. I have traveled alone on most of these trips and have never had any issues. But having said that, I have been cautious at all times, especially at nights. Like any other place, it is best to know your surroundings and whereabouts.
Download Emergency Plus app for any unforeseen situations. The app does not require mobile network and it shows the location of where you are. This is useful to let the emergency services know, in case there is any emergency.
If you are a tourist, always make sure to have a good comprehensive travel insurance to cover yourself in case of any emergency.
New South Wales is definitely a very beautiful state in Australia. From spectacular coastal line to the outback, it has everything. The national parks are also amazing and have really good hiking trails. I highly suggest visiting the above places as each one of them is beautiful.
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