Sydney Parramatta Park

Parramatta, a westerly suburb of Sydney, is easily accessible by train or by a nice ferry ride. Although it takes something over 1 hour to get there via the scenic waterway, it has a nice town centre with some good cafes and restaurants. Arriving by ferry gives you the opportunity to continue along the Parramatta River on foot until you reach Parramatta Park. The park is home to a world heritage site: Australia’s oldest public building, the Old Government House.

  • City: Sydney
  • How to get there: Take a ferry from Circular Quay Station to Parramatta Wharf. From here just follow the river on foot, it’s about a 30 min. walk to Parramatta Park.
  • Tip: After observing hundreds of flying foxes from Buttons Bridge, continue to walk towards Westmead Station and take a train back to central Sydney.
  • Ticket: You can use the Opal Card (top up) on the ferry and train services.
  • Transport information: Transport for NSW
  • Location: Parramatta Park

Sydney Blue Mountains

Although over 2 hours by suburban train out of Sydney city centre, a visit to the Blue Mountains and its attractions is probably included in many travel guides. However with the combined hiking and rail option described below this is a trip well worth doing.

  • City: Sydney
  • How to get there: Take the Blue Mountains Line from Central Station to Katoomba Station. Then it’s about a 30 min. walk to the (maybe a bit touristy) Three Sisters view point.
  • Tip: If you aren’t afraid of a strenuous hike, there is route option down the Giant Stairway towards Leura Forest and Cascades with a finish at the Elysian Rock Lookout. From there less than 30 min. later you’ll reach Leura Station (Blue Mountains Line) for your return trip to central Sydney. This is a hard walk with lots of steps but also rewarding views and some waterfalls. Total walking time around four hours.
  • Ticket: You can use the Opal Card (top up) on the Blue Mountains Line.
  • Transport information: Transport for NSW