In Australia, life revolves around nature and outdoor activities. Truth be told, the country is blessed with fantastic beaches, cute animals and gorgeous scenery. It would be a shame to stick to the central business district, wouldn’t it? So, to take your mind off things, why don’t you leave it behind for a bit, and drive away in your rented car to some amazing places around Sydney?
You have just attended a conference on the quality control of hand cream
Indeed, you need a break from moisture measurements. Drive 36 km south of Sydney, near Cronulla, to unwind at the Royal National Park. You can either trek the cliff-fringed coast, walk through eucalyptus bush lands, observe whales migrating, swim under the waterfalls in Wattamolla, or admire some aboriginal rock art.
Sir Bertram Stevens Dr, Royal National Park NSW 2233
Carrying a computer doesn’t count as exercise
Did you know that golf stimulates neurological performance? And it doesn’t matter if your handicap is 54, because the Coast Golf Club welcomes players of all skill levels and experience. Located in Sydney’s South Eastern suburb of Little Bay, 16 km from the city business centre, the venue also offers scenic ocean views. No doubt, you will also love the dramatic sea cliffs overlooking Botany Bay.
1 Coast Hospital Rd, Little Bay NSW
The only swimming fish you have ever come across are those on your screensaver
Only 17 km from Sydney, Bare Island is connected by a wooden bridge to the suburb of La Perouse. It happens to be a snorkeler’s paradise, where crystal clean water houses weedy sea dragons, grey nurse sharks, leatherjackets, goatfish, octopus, pineapple fish, red Indian fish and other aquatic life.
Bare Island, NSW
You’re an anthropologist stuck in a black suit rut
Just 28 km north of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is filled with Aboriginal heritage which boasts a symphony of scenic beauty. You only need to take a brief stroll through the bush to find the Aboriginal Heritage walk, which includes rock engravings and handprints made by the Guringai people.
Bobbin Head Rd, NSW
Somewhere deep inside, you know hard work is overrated
Who hasn’t heard of the famous Bondi Beach, 9 km from Sydney? It’s time to make your way towards the southern end of the beach, where the Bondi Icebergs Club has something quite unique to offer. Picture a saltwater pool doused with ocean water that splashes in from the surging breakers. For a small fee, you can swim in the main pool or relax on the 150 m2 sundeck.
1 Notts Ave, Bondi NSW