Within two hours of plenty of temperate coastal towns, water-sports locales, and valuable nature areas, Sydney is more than just a large and bustling city; it's a great hub in which to explore numerous adventure avenues.
For the more leisurely embarker, you can jet up the coast to Newcastle or south to tinier, more unique communities like Jervis Bay and Kiama, where warm sand and sun are forecasted daily. Then again, the beaches around Sydney are close and often packed on nice days; Bondi Beach and Manly Beach are among the most popular, with a number of high-end amenities and attractions, as well as good conditions for surfing. If you're sick of Sydney beaches, then head just south to the city of Wollongong via the incredibly scenic Grand Pacific Drive (or more timely Princes Highway) to relax on any of its 17 beaches. Yeah, if you didn't notice, there are no shortage of beaches in the state of New South Wales.
Of course, many of you aren't going to want to lay around and bake the whole time you're in Sydney. We don't blame you. Thankfully, the sublime Blue Mountains are just west of the city and home to great hikes, rock outcroppings, and more. Just south, you'll find Royal National Park, which combines the best of of ocean, heathland, and forest. To the north is Wollemi National Park, home to glow worm tunnels and kayak trips. We don't suggest going too far east, unless you're looking to swim the 1,200 miles to New Zealand. If that's the case, you're certifiably insane.
And also kind of awesome. Mostly insane, though.
There are also plenty of distance hikes available (the Great North Walk), scuba diving sites (the aforementioned Jervis Bay), and plenty of local forests for those who want more of a nature experience. All in all, Sydney is near enough to a large variety of adventure activities that you'll not need (or want) to go anywhere else in Australia. Consult our activity listings for exactly which you'd like to partake in.