6 of the best day trips from Sydney

Australia is huge! If you’ve only got a couple of days to explore, then day trips could be the perfect option for you. If you’re looking for a quick adventure not too far from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, consider taking these day trips!

Central Coast

The central coast is home to a collective of stunning beaches, so if you love the sand and the sea, you need to be there! With dozens of beaches available at your fingertips, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The area offers a chilled vibe and secluded hideaways so this is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Is the beach not your thing? If not, the coast also offers astounding bush and coastal walks as well as some amazing markets!

Royal National Park

The distance to this national park isn’t too bad for the visitors that don’t want to travel for more than an hour. There’s so much to do and see at the Royal National park! Whether you’re just sightseeing or after an adventure, this national park is the place for you. It’s the home of stunning waterfalls, coastal cliffs and the infamous Wedding Cake Rock. Whether you’re taking a dip, a hike or want to hire a canoe, this is the perfect spot!

Southern Highlands

Although this is a large area, dropping in at any city in the Southern Highlands won’t disappoint! If you’re looking to travel somewhere closer to Sydney, try stopping by Stanwell Park or Helensburgh! They have great lookouts for spectacular views and have beaches that are much quieter than the ones in larger cities. If you’re willing to go the distance, drive down a bit and check out Kiama. Whilst you’re there, go and check out the Kiama blowhole or stroll along the Kiama Coast walkway!

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is one of the top day trip destinations for visitors and for good reason! Both Sydney siders and visitors come to the Blue Mountains to immerse themselves in the lush landscape filled with dense eucalyptus trees. With more than 140kms worth of hiking trails, you’ve got plenty to explore! The location is also home to spectacular rock formations like the Three Sisters and Bridal Veil Falls! Whether you’re hiking, rock climbing or just having a stroll, Blue Mountains is the perfect place to visit.

Ku-ring-gai National Park

Ku-ring-gai is just a dash north from Sydney and it’s the second oldest national park in Australia! Filled with tranquil bays, waterfalls and stunning bushland, you’d be crazy to give this one a miss! You’ll be surrounded by an astounding view and it’s the best place for a kayak down the river or for some solid hiking. Without a doubt, you won’t regret spending your day here!

Palm Beach

If you’ve just visited Ku-ring-gai National Park, why not head up a bit to the breathtaking palm beach! Here you can snap a pic at instafamous Barrenjoey Lighthouse as it’ll give you a spectacular panoramic backdrop! The area is home to some of the best beaches and is the perfect place to settle down for a picnic.

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How to get great reviews for your property!

A property review can often make or break your property. They’re hard to get and can really impact future bookings! We’ve complied some tips so you can get those good reviews and new bookings rolling in!

Have a tidy home

First impressions always count! Many negative complaints and reviews always touch on the cleanliness of the property. A good way to avoid this is to have a cleaning checklist! Although it’s not necessary to have one, it’s a great way to ensure you never forget to clean anything for your next booking! Be sure to check areas such as the bathroom or the kitchen, as this is where a lot of mould and excess dirt can build up.

Ensure your property listing is accurate

A common mistake that hosts make is not providing an accurate description of their property. Guests are often unsatisfied if you have not listed having certain amenities! Be honest when writing out your description and clearly label the amenities you do and do not have. It’s also important to be clear on the location of your property. If guests are visiting your area, they might not have a car, so they want be nearby certain attractions or locations.

Ask guests to leave a review after their stay

Often when guests leave their accommodation, they’re most likely going to forget to leave a review, so just send them a friendly reminder! Some guests just honestly forget because they’re busy travelling home or to their next destination. If you politely ask for a review and your guests have enjoyed their stay, they’ll generally be happy to give one! If they don’t have the time for a long review, just ask them to give you a star rating or a follow on social media!

Communicate and respond quickly

Communication is key when you get a booking. Guests often have questions about the check in process, the amenities or location. As a general rule of thumb, you should always voluntarily communicate with your guests three times during the booking process. The first time should be when they make the booking or check in. This message should explain the check in process and any information about the property. The second time is when the guests have already checked in. This is called a checkup message and here you just ask if the guests are settling into your property or if they have any questions. The last message you need to send is the check out message! This message is for you to thank them on their stay and this is where you should ask for a review!

Go the extra mile

Providing a little something to make the guest’s lives easier! Whether it’s a little complimentary pack of chocolate or a small bottle of wine, these little gestures will make sure your guests know they are welcome! Most of the time these small things won’t cost much but the guests will remember the little things that made their stay special!

Have modern amenities

Although the most important thing about a rental property is having somewhere for your head to rest, the small and modern touches will go a long way for your guests. Having something like a smart TV or Netflix will be a nice little touch for guests that are looking to relax in the home or unwind after a long day of travel. Other small luxuries you include in your house could be things like board games, a coffee machine or a mini barbecue. These small amenities will go a long way with guests but if you can’t get any of these, you should at least have Wi-Fi available!

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8 tips for travelling with a backpack

Whether you want to travel for a long period of time or to a lot of places, a backpack might be the way to go. With your belongings on your back, you’ll have both hands free to navigate, explore and venture!

Only bring one or two pairs of shoes

Shoes often take up a huge amount of space in your luggage, so try and limit your options down to two! In most travelling backpacks there’s a compartment at the bottom for a pair of shoes so this will work perfectly. We suggest bringing one athletic pair for walking and travelling around and one pair for when you want to go out!

Use a quick dry towel

A quick dry towel will be your savior when travelling! A quick dry towel is often a little bit smaller and thinner than your average towel but is thinner! It dries much more quickly so you won’t have to worry about putting wet or damp towel back into your backpack. They’re perfect for beach holidays, camping or active travelling as they take up less room and will dry in a fraction of the time.

Bring lightweight clothing

As a general rule of thumb, you should pack enough clothes for seven day and then wash them. Ensure that you bring lightweight clothing to alleviate the weight of the backpack as well as a versatile range for a number of occasions. If you’re going to somewhere with a colder climate, consider layering up or grabbing some heat-tech clothing that doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Take essential and small toiletries

Whilst at home you might have several bottles of treatment, soaps and mosturisers, this is not the time to bring them. Bottles of toiletries will often take up lots of awkward and much needed space in your backpack. If possible, grab some solid toiletries to save you space or pack them into travel sized containers.

Get a bag cover

You never know what the weather is going to be like, so make sure you’ve got a bag cover to protect all of your goods! Some backpacks have a built in backpack cover but if yours doesn’t, covers are fairly inexpensive and don’t take up much room at all! It’s one small step to make sure you’re all covered for your travels. The last thing you want to do is run through the rain with your backpack and have all of your belongings soaked!

Keep your valuables close to you

If you keep all of your belongings in one backpack, it’s important that you have your belongings close to you where you can reach them. Most backpacks have small sleeves in the strap where you can put your wallet and passport with you, but if yours doesn’t, consider getting a money belt or a smaller pouch to store belongings.

Don’t pack it to the brim

Although you’re packing light when you have a backpack, it’s important not to pack it to the brim. Even though it’s tempting to bring everything along with you, it’s better to leave a little bit of space in case you purchase anything on your travels or if you don’t pack as compactly later on. The last thing you want to be doing is sitting on your backpack and squishing everything in before you have to leave to your next destination!

Pack the heaviest items in the middle

Whilst it not seems like much when you carry a backpack, you have to consider the impact it will have on your back. Pack your heaviest items in the middle of your bag so it balances the weight and doesn’t put as much pressure on your back! Subsequently, put your average weighted items up the top and your lightest down the bottom. This will help evenly distribute the weight in your backpack! Note: also place frequently used items such as tissues in the front compartments for easy access.

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Accommodation options starting from $100 or less!

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We’ve put together a few accommodation options that start at $100 or less, so you can spend more on your loved ones this Christmas!

Renovated Studio @ the Wines – Aberdare, Hunter Valley, Australia

Situated in the heart of the wine country, this refreshingly stylish and newly renovated studio offers everything you’ll need for a wonderful stay in the Hunter Valley. Relax with a King bed air-con/heating, built in cupboards, kitchenette with toaster, electric cook top, microwave, cutlery and crockery, new bathroom, quality bedding, essential supplies, shared laundry, ceiling fans and table and chairs to plan your day. Or enjoy free WiFi & Netflix on the Smart TV after a long day exploring.


Marine Court Kingscliff – Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia

Marine Court is affordable yet comfortable accommodation on Marine Parade, Kingscliff. Enjoy a short stroll to cafes, restaurants and the beach front retail strip. Park the car in the single lock up garage and walk everywhere.


Camawood 8 – Iluka, New South Wales, Australia

Set right on the bank of the Mighty Clarence River this second floor unit takes advantage of the sweeping views and features open planned living areas. Enjoy your own private balcony with beautiful river views, fish from the jetty in the complex. Store you boat in one of the 3 car spaces for the unit and put the boat in with ease as you are located next door to the boat ramp.


Resort on the Beach – Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia

This resort features a spa and large lagoon pool- great for kids as it has a steady gradient. There are tennis courts, a large gym and pushbikes to hire too if you feel like peddling in to Kingscliff along our boardwalk. Enjoy views of the stunning coastline,open park lands and nearby BBQ picnic areas too.


Riverside Delight – Greenwell Point, New South Wales, Australia

“Riverside Delight” is a luxurious water front property which has a large open plan kitchen, lounge and dining areas open to the undercover entertainment area which flows onto the fully fenced yard with jetty access. This truly is a Riverside Delight for the fisherman.


One Bedroom Units – Millingandi, New South Wales, Australia

The unit has one bedroom with a queen size bed all linen and bath towels are included. The kitchen lounge area has all that you need to keep you comfy with recliner chairs and free WiFi and cooking facilities to whip up your favorite meal. In the bathroom you have a shower and toilet that is private.


Gardina Place – Iluka, New South Wales, Australia

Location, location, location! This bright and spacious 2 bedroom unit is air-conditioned and located in an ideal part of town. Just an easy stroll to all of Iluka’s main attractions you’ll find yourself by the water or with a cool refreshment in no time. Walking into a real sense of home with comfy beds and fully equipped kitchen, there is plenty of parking available with a single lock up garage and also access to the secure court yard/ BBQ area.


Comfy Surry Hills Studio – Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia

This small but comfortable studio apartment is situated right in the heart of trendy Surry Hills. It is located above a restaurant on Bourke St and is only meters to shops cafes and bustling Crown St.

This apartment has been recently painted and it features polished floorboards throughout. There is a small balcony with a leafy outlook and the apartment benefits from an abundance of natural light and high ceilings.


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