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The Best Weekend Getaways Near Sydney

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published May 27th 2020
Time to jam-pack those weekends with these getaway ideas
With state travel restrictions easing as of 1 June 2020 (at time of writing), there is no better time to fill those weekends with the perfect weekend getaways near Sydney.

The list below features something for everyone, including coastal to the bush, rainforest to mountain, and countryside to urban getaways.

The getaways below are also close to Sydney, so you will be able to spend more time at your destination.

1. Wollongong

This beachside city is not only home to shops, bars and restaurants, but it is also lined with spectacular beaches, walking trails, lookouts, Wollongong Botanic Gardens. It is also home to the only two lighthouses located close to each other in the east of Australia.

Accommodation includes bed & breakfast, hotels & motels, cottages, holiday parks, camping, retreats, and cabins.

Click here Day Trip to Wollongong article.

Click here for different routes to get to Wollongong.

Enjoying the tranquility at the Japanese Exhibit at Wollongong Botanic Gardens


2. Kiama

With a combination of beaches and rolling green hills, Kiama makes for an ideal coastal weekend getaway.

There are boutique stores, amazing coastal scenery, walks, the famous Blowholes, cafes & restaurants, lookouts, Kiama Lighthouse, and much more attractions and activities to enjoy.

Accommodation includes self-contained, holiday homes, hotels, motels & resorts, caravan, camping & holiday parks, B & B Stays, farm stays, and more.

Click here for a list of Top Things to do in Kiama.

Kiama Lighthouse can be seen from the Blowhole


3. Newcastle

If you after a city-feel weekend getaway, Newcastle is the one. It might have slight "industrial" vibes, however, it is home to some of the best beaches and coastal walks, as well as nearby the Stockton Sand Dunes.

Other attractions include Nobbys Lighthouse, Blackbutt Nature Reserve, Newcastle Museum, memorial, coastal and bush walks, beaches galore, lakes, parks, nature reserves, and nearby National Parks.

Accommodation includes hotels & motels, holiday parks & camping, beach houses, apartments, and villas.

Image Courtesy from Newcastle, Australia Facebook


4. Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands feel like you are a world away, yet it is only 1 hour drive from Sydney.

There is so much to do, see and experience, making the Southern Highlands a must weekend escape. You can't help but fall in love with its countryside beauty, rolling green valleys, cool temperate climate, and picture-perfect villages.

Attractions include spectacular waterfalls, an array of National Parks, boutique wineries & cellar doors, jaw-dropping views & lookouts, bushwalks, cycling trails, museums & galleries, and much more.

Accommodation includes hotels & motels, villas, cottages, camping & holiday parks, homestays, guest houses & self-contained, resort, B&B Stays, and more.

Click here for Day Trip to Bowral.

Click here for Top Attractions in Bowral & Surrounds.

Click here for Southern Highlands Tourist Drives.

Click here for Top Attractions in Southern Highlands.



5. Jervis Bay

Explore the charming seaside towns and villages scattered around Jervis Bay, from Callala Bay to Hyams Beach and beyond.

Jervis Bay is famous for its white-sand beaches, sparkling blue waters and abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of things to do, see and experience, including beaches, national parks and Jervis Bay Marine Park, which is a haven for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, little penguins, sea dragons and migrating whales. Plus coastal beach and rainforest walks, water-based activities, camping, and much more.

Accommodation includes self-contained & homestays, B & B stay, camping & holiday parks, pet-friendly & adults only stays, and more.



6. Hunter Valley

The Wine Country of Australia, Hunter Valley is Australia's premier wine-growing district. It has more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, and it is only two hours' drive from Sydney, but you could be forgiven for thinking the Hunter Valley is much further from the city.

Hunter Valley is home to an abundance of world-famous and award-winning wineries & vineyards, gourmet cafes & acclaimed restaurants, magnificent natural attractions, delicious local produce, cheeses galore & cheese tastings, various museums, historical tours, gardens, and much more.

Accommodation includes retreats, hotels & motels, cottage & cabin stays camping, villas & apartments, self-contained & homestays, and more.

Wine tasting time!


7. Central Coast

The Central Coast is a short drive from Sydney (1-hour drive), and it is where beautiful beaches meet pristine national parks and stunning waterways.

Explore the region's natural treasures, enjoy outdoor adventures, meet native animals & birdwatch, sample local fresh food and wine, and discover the thriving arts scene.

Accommodation includes hotels & motels, B & B stays & homestays, camping, caravan & holiday parks, resorts, and more.

Enjoying the tranquil sunset at Long Jetty


8. Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is home to some of Australia's most dazzling natural attractions and charming country villages.

There are breathtaking views everywhere you look, from deep valleys formed over millions of years to spectacular limestone & sandstone cliffs. There is an array of lookouts, bushwalks & multi-day treks, waterfalls, picnic spots, gardens, caves, and if you are feeling adventurous, Scenic World is home to the heart-stopping glass-topped railway and scenic skyway which journeys high over canyons.

Accommodation includes hotels & motels, B & B stays, camping, caravan & holiday parks, romantic retreats & honeymoon stays, luxury resorts, pet-friendly & adult only stays, cabins & chalets, guest houses, and more.



9. Canberra

The capital of Australia, Canberra is home to state-of-the-art museums & galleries, Parliament House & Old Parliament House, War Memorial, Telstra Tower, Botanic Gardens, Australia's only aquarium and zoo in one, wetlands, and much more.

Accommodation includes hotels & motels, B & B stays & self-contained, camping & holiday parks, pet-friendly stays, wildlife lodge, apartments, cottages, and more.

View of Canberra from Mt Ainslie Lookout


10. Hawkesbury

Hawkesbury is home to beautiful historic towns, World Heritage sites, delicious fresh produce, national parks, gardens, lookouts, and an array of land and water activities, including bushwalking, horseriding, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking and waterskiing.

Accommodation includes B & B stays & guest houses, cottages, motels, resorts, houseboats, camping & caravans, and more.

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