With the bustle of city life injecting itself into our daily lives, it’s easy to take Sydney for granted. But it’s a gorgeous city in one of the most picturesque natural environments in the world.

If you’re keen for a getaway this weekend, you’re spoiled for choice. Jump in a GoGet and take a day trip to any one of these cracker country locales and you’ll thank yourself.

Not in Sydney? Read our guides for Adelaide, Brisbane, and Melbourne!

The Royal National Park

The Royal National Park was the second national park ever declared in the world. Walk the coast for magnificent views, or explore temperate rainforests, open woodlands, and estuarine systems. This park is situated only 45mins south of the Sydney CBD, the perfect long weekend getaway.

The Royal National Park Coast Track

Kur-ing-gai Chase

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park lies where the Hawkesbury River meets the sea. It’s a melting pot of winding creeks, sheltered beaches, hidden coves and wide expanses of deep blue water. Here you’ll see everything from wildflowers, sandstone ridges, dense forests and mangroves. The scenery has a rich Aboriginal heritage and a strong sense of history.

The park is just 30mins north of Sydney CBD, and accessible via walking tracks from Bobbin Head, Berowra, Cowan, Brooklyn, or from the northern beaches peninsula. If you’re keen for a picnic but not a walk, try Bobbin Head or Brooklyn’s Flat Point Rock

Ku-ring-gai national park view over the water

Lane Cove

Lane Cove National Park is well within the Sydney city limits, but often forgotten about as a destination. Just 20 minutes’ drive from the Sydney CBD, Lane Cove National Park provides a great day out for picnicking, bushwalking, and canoeing along the peaceful Lane Cove River.

The Lane Cove River Tourist Park offers camping, well-set-up cabins or tent sites, with barbecues and camp kitchens to make this an enjoyable experience, giving you time to soak up the atmosphere.

Lane Cove National Park from De Burghs Bridge

The Blue Mountains:

90 minutes’ drive from Sydney CBD is one of Australia’s most famous national parks. There are walks suited to every fitness level, as well as places to hike, cycle, canoe and sleep under the stars at camping grounds. The Blue Mountains get their characteristic blue haze from the mixing of sunlight with drops of oil released by the eucalypts that blanket the region’s vast tablelands and valleys, just to inspire you further!

If you’re keen to camp, we’ve got a list of the best places to camp in the Blue Mountains, which could help get you on your way. Otherwise, head to Katoomba for a day of sightseeing, or hit the many antique stores on your way along the highway, from Faulconbridge to Blackheath.

The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains