Day Trips for Seniors Sydney, Australia

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Day Trips for Seniors Sydney, Australia

Sydney and the surrounding area has many options for day trips and things to see.  A city alive with arts and culture offers a variety of activities for seniors to enjoy.  Picnic near the coast, take a cruise to watch whales or dolphins, bowling clubs, art galleries, and just outside the city you can enter into beautiful wine country.  The mild climate in the greater Sydney region allows for year round outdoor activities.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW) was established in Sydney in 1871.  With over 30,000 pieces of art in the collection it is the largest in Australia.  This massive collection is categorized into seven smaller collections including: Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art, Western art, contemporary art and photography.  Only 5% of the art in the collection is on display at any given time and exhibits are changed and updated continually.  Before heading to the gallery you can see what is currently being displayed online.  Admission to the gallery is free and over 1 million visitors come to the gallery annually.

 

The Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens situated next door to the Art Gallery of NSW is rich in history.  Before 1788 Aboriginals used the grounds for an initiation ground and the “Kangaroo and Dog Dance.”  In early 1788 the site for the future Royal Botanic Gardens became a farm and later the lands were set aside for the crown.  The Botanic Gardens were established in 1816 making it the oldest scientific institution in Australia.  Today there are many species grown from around the world as well as beautiful statues that are replicas of Ancient Greece.  The Royal Botanic Gardens suggest you do not miss these eight great sites while visiting the grounds.

 

Wine Country

Sydney is one of the only cities in the world lucky enough to have gorgeous wine country at it’s doorstep.  Southern Highlands a newer producer grows grapes for delicate white wines and pinot noir.  One hour away from Sydney you will find Hawkesbury with beautiful wineries and historic villages.  Two hours outside of Sydney is the oldest continuously planted region in Australia and the region produces semillon, chardonnay and shiraz.  There are so many wines to choose from, gently rolling hills, plains that stretch out onto the horizon and of course wonderful weather abounds.  Choose your favorite wine and there is likely a region within a two hour drive of Sydney to sample.

 

Dolphin and Whale Watching – Jervis Bay Marine Park

Two and a half hours south of Sydney you will find a marine park spanning 100 km of coast where you can watch many different animals in their natural habitat.  Jervis Bay is home to the weedy sea dragon, eastern blue devil fish, whale, bottlenose dolphin, little penguin, fur seal, and the endangered grey nurse shark.  Take a cruise from 1.5 hours to a full 8 hours to witness this breathtaking wildlife in action.

 

Picnic at Bobbin Head

Bobbin Head inside Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has great facilities for a picnic along with many attractions to take advantage of.  Take a walk through the bush, or relax with a fishing pole.  Views of the lake and trees will soothe your soul.  There are many picnic areas available for reservation or public use and gas and electric barbecues are available for use.  For more information on booking for exclusive use click here.

Sydney and the surrounding area has many attractions available for day trips.  Whatever your tastes whatever your budget, there is something enjoyable to see and do.

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