We were all beginners once, right? There are a plethora of opportunities to bring out your inner adventurer in Sydney; regardless of your experience level! Here’s our list of awesome ideas for first-timer adventures near Sydney.


For newbies, converting the burning desire to explore into real action can be intimidating!

‘I’ve never gone exploring before, what can I do? I’d love to go camping but who can I go with? Where can I go? I haven’t got any kit! What the hell’s a she-wee?’

These are all very common questions I hear time and time again.

We have an abundance of resources for beginners here.

To make your life easier then, we’ve distilled the following list of ideas for weekend adventures near Sydney that are absolutely perfect for first timers; they’re low cost, massively fun, and perfect experiences to share with your mates.

1. Go on a Road Trip

Hire a car if you don’t own one, pack your camping essentials and pick a friend or three that you’re happy to spend time in an enclosed space with. For beaches try the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive, for rugged mountains the Kosciuszko Alpine Way and for ease of access and pure tune-blasting splendour have a go at the Greater Blue Mountains Drive.


2. Go Camping

It’s hard to beat a night at the billion star hotel. It’s free too which is always a winner in my book. Picking a spot that’s going to be private is what you should strive for. Avoid the big family holiday camps and instead aim for places a little more discrete such as Green Patch (Jervis Bay), Little Beach (Bouddi Bouddi NP) or Picnic Point (Mimosa Rocks NP).


3. Go Hiking

Stare at a map, find a mountain (or hill) and climb to the top of it. Simples. Whether you’re after a local afternoon escape, weekend away or a multi-day adventure trek – there’s a hike for everyone out there, including hikes you can do with your dog or your kids.

There are also many hikes around Sydney which are accessible by train. Whatever climb you and your friends decide to do you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views and a feeling of smug satisfaction at the top.


4. Go Paddling

We live in the world’s most beautiful city that is best seen from the water. Take it at your own pace and hire a vessel from Sydney Harbour Kayaks to explore Sydney’s islands, nooks and crannies. For the more adventurous we highly recommend a weekend paddling through Kangaroo Valley. Just a short drive from Sydney, with a tonne of wilderness to explore.

Fancy a SUP? Check out the five best places to SUP around Sydney.


5. Go Riding

If you don’t own a carbon fibre bike and/or sleep in lycra, fear not! As long as you can pedal a pushie, this one’s for you. Pack water, snacks and camera, and hop aboard your trusty steed. Two awesome rides include Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP (West Head/Akuna Bay) or from Cronulla to the Scarborough Hotel (via the Royal National Park) for the finest views in NSW and a well deserved pub lunch!

Once you start looking for adventures near Sydney, you’ll realise there’s a lifetime’s worth of exploring to do. So take the first step, dip your paddle in the water or borrow a tent. It’s all out there waiting for you to discover!

Feature photo by @aronhailey