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Published August 2nd 2012
Save Your Sanity
So it's been a while since you've had a holiday and it's still some time before you are due to take one. But you are feeling restless and need to get out of town for a few days. Here are some awesome places that will help to clear the cobwebs and give you a new perspective.
Batemans Bay is located approximately 5 hours south of Sydney and boasts some of the most spectacular and unspoiled coastline of beaches, river estuaries and headlands. Explore the region's historic villages, relax in cafes, wander through craft galleries and snap up local artworks.
Things to do:
Experience the living conditions of miners and early settlers at Old Mogo Town Gold Rush Theme park, visit Pebbly Beach and interact with kangaroos who graze freely on the beach and are happy to be patted and photographed. Enjoy an 18 hole themed Batemans Bay Mini Golf Course, take the kids to Birdland Animal Park, pick your own blueberries, marionberries, youngberries, strawberries, boysenberries, blackberries at Clyde River Berry Farm, explore Mogo Zoo or visit one of the many stunning beaches including Long Beach, Surfside Beach, Corrigans Beach, Caseys Beach, Sunshine Cove, Denhams Beach and many more.
Port Macquarie is a beautiful coastal town, rich in history culture. No matter what your age, there is plenty to keep you entertained.
Things To Do: If you are after some action and adventure, then try skydiving at Extreme Velocity, water skiing, or horse riding. If you are travelling with kids, you will enjoy a journey back in time and experience village life as it was in the 1880s at Timbertown, visit Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park or go camel riding on Lighthouse Beach, pick strawberries and tomatoes at Ricardoes or visit the Koala Hospital. Spend a day at one of the many incredible beaches such as Flynns Beach, Rainbow Beach, Town Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Oxley Beach. Find more things to do at Port Macquarie.
Forster is situation on NSW North Coast – approximately 3 hours north of Sydney. It is a popular family destination as it offers plenty of fun activities and stunning beaches.
Things to Do: Take part in one of many water activities, including diving & snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, fishing and swimming, go sand dune riding at One Mile beach, spend a day at a family friendly Tuncurry Beach also known as Nine Mile Beach or chill at Pebbly Beach, Forster Burgess Beach, Forster or visit Great Lakes Historical Museum or Little Darlings Doll Museum & Café.
Bathurst is a vibrant city located approximately 4 hours west of Sydney and offers the best of country life with a large variety of attractions, activities and facilities.
Things to do: Visit the National Motor Racing Museum, Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum, - and District Historical Museum. Check out Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Abercrombie caves or book for a fast jet adventure flight. Go for a swim at the Bathurst Aquatic Centre or interact with farm animals at the Bathurst Farm Experience. Explore 3000 acres of picturesque country on a dune buggy or pan for gold at Bathurst Goldfields Education And Function Centre.
Stay At: Magnolia Manor Luxury Hotel, Rydges Mount Panorama Bathurst, Charlotte Apartments
Coffs Harbour is located approximately 5 hours north of Sydney and offers the best of both worlds – relaxing environment but also plenty to see and do.
Things to Do:
Visit The Clogbarn Holiday Park which features miniature Dutch village with a working model railway, set in beautifully manicured gardens, go ice skating or water sliding at the Big Banana, take a helicopter tour, swim with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, go camel riding, bird watching, bushwalking or bike riding. Enjoy some retail therapy, whale watching or rock climbing. The list goes on …
Ophir is located approximately 30 minutes north of Orange and about 4.5 hours north west from Sydney. This is the ultimate destination if you want to get away from it all.
Things To Do: Ophir Reserve is a picturesque picnic and camping ground on Summer Hill Creek and offers visitors plenty to see and do – take a bushwalk along one of the walking trails, explore some of the gold mines in the area, pan for gold or bring a tent and camp for a night or two and toast marshmallows on a camp fire.
Camp at Ophir Reserve, Ophir Tavern Orange