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Wild swimming, art walks and islands: five car-free day trips from Sydney

Contrary to popular belief, some of the best bits of the city’s surrounds are accessible by public transport

With the Hawkesbury River to the north, the Royal national park to the south, and mountains and highlands to the west, you don’t have to travel far from Sydney to feel like you’ve escaped. When you’re trapped in crawling traffic on one of the city’s arterial roads, however, even short distances drag on.

Free from traffic and toll roads, Sydney’s local and regional train network can be pretty time- and cost-effective when it comes to skipping town. Before you attempt any day-long adventures via public transport, download the TripView app for travel times, and always check for track work.

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