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Published November 15th 2020
If your Facebook feed looks anything like mine, just about everyone from Sydney is either in or around Byron Bay or the Central Coast.
As much as I love beaches, warmth and coastal charm, with COVID-19 still lurking, I thought to myself – what other NSW holiday destinations are there?
Where do you go if you don't want to drive for eight hours one way to reach your destination, or if the prospect of catching a plane still feels uncomfortable? As many can't wait for the borders to open and to run away on an overseas trip, some people are not ready yet and wouldn't do so even if the borders opened and restrictions allowed it.
In this article, we take a look at some holiday destinations outside of the super popular Central Coast, Byron Bay and the Blue Mountains regions in New South Wales.
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1. Bathurst, Parkes, Orange and Dubbo Road Trip
If you're into the idea of avoiding the larger crowds of the Blue Mountains, you might consider a multi-stop road trip to Dubbo. If you stop by Bathurst, Parkes and Orange on the way, you'll get to enjoy a slice of some of the loveliest historical buildings. With plenty to see and do, including the Parkes Observatory (from which the Moon Landing was transmitted to the world, also featured in the Australian movie called 'The Dish'), as well as Taronga Western Plains Zoo, this is a road-trip that restrictions allow you to go on at the time of writing this article.
Just three hours away from Sydney is Mollymook, yet another sunny slice of paradise. Mollymook is on the South Coast of New South Wales. If you love seafood, you can find fresh locally caught seafood including local oysters, observe wildlife and have a truly relaxing time at this resort town. Aside from delicious fine dining, there is snorkelling, swimming and you may even see dolphins amongst the local wildlife. You could stay at luxurious accommodation, some of which may even include a spa bath in your room.
If you feel like visiting another coastal region on the North Coast, you could visit Port Macquarie. Port Macquarie is closer to Sydney than its other Northern brothers, being about a 4 hour drive away. You can choose to have an active holiday or to relax by the water. From historical treasures to mazes, aqua parks and beautiful wildlife, you could have a family holiday for even the most diverse tastes and interests.
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4. Nowhere (Stay-cation)
Alternatively, if you're a bit of a Nervous Nellie like me and you don't quite feel safe enough to emerge from home yet and visiting places, where there are hordes of holidaying humans, seems scary, there's still so much for you to do. Ignoring all of the beaches and parks in Sydney, you could always support a local cinema by watching some unique films online or even start an online dance class.
Many pilates and yoga studios have also started to offer online classes where they mightn't have previously. You could also take a look at some online educational courses - boring as it may sound, it could be fun to pick up a new language or even make some friends in online video games. If you've ever wanted to learn a musical instrument, you can pick up a ukelele for $20-$40 and learn from YouTube.
What are some other great local holiday destinations in New South Wales? What have you been doing to stay entertained, in lieu of travel?