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Published October 27th 2019
From astounding scenery to quaint villages & beyond
Sydney is home to spectacular locations imaginable, from harbours to secluded beaches to valleys, making it the perfect excuse to escape each weekend and experience something different.
Escape the busy city life this weekend and indulge at one of Sydney's surrounding astounding scenery. The list below features mini-breaks that ensures the perfect weekend escape getaway to relax and unwind.
1. Lake Macquarie
Boasting with the largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia and combined with easy access to spectacular beaches, makes Lake Macquarie nature's paradise.
Where to Stay: Secluded rural cottages, restored heritage buildings, beach holiday parks, Bed & Breakfast, mountain cabins, glamping, beach houses, hotel, motel & resorts, and campsites. Click here for all details.
5. Blue Mountains This World Heritage Site is a rugged region known for dramatic scenery. It encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries, and gardens. It is also home to some of the best bushwalking trails and stunning natural beauty in the country.
6. Bowral Bowral is the largest town in the Southern Highlands as well as being a picturesque town that is home to wineries, natural beauty, great eats, pastures and rolling hills, and the famous Tulip Time Festival.
Distance: 1:20- 2 Hours approx. from Sydney CBD.
Why: Quaint towns and village weekend escape
Attractions: Eclectic mix of eateries, including hatted restaurant Biota, wineries & vineyards, boutique shopping, country markets, Bradman Centre- Bradman Museum & Oval, gardens, quaint villages nearby including Mittagong, Moss Vale, Robertson, Berrima, and more, galleries, including the Milk Factory Gallery, Corbett Gardens, Mount Gibraltar Reserve, scenic drives & tourist drives, lookouts, Southern Highlands Wine Trail, and more.
Where to Stay: Hotel, motel & resorts, boutique stays, Bed & Breakfast, camping, lodges, hut stays, farm stays, cottages, heritage stays, and caravan. Click here for details.
Known as the Wine Country, the Hunter Valley is home to world-class wineries, gourmet restaurants, and spa retreats. It is Australia's oldest wine-making region as well as the finest wine regions.
Distance: 2-3 Hours approx. from Sydney CBD.
Why: Winery & foodie weekend escape
Attractions: Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley Zoo, winery & vineyard trails, including the Wine Country trail, tastings & tours, cheese factories & shops, chocolate factory, scenic drives, National Parks nearby, walking & cycle trails, art galleries & studios, eateries including vineyard restaurants, hot air ballooning, horse riding, breweries & distilleries, market events, golf & aqua golf, Mortels Sheepskin Factory, Segway tours, and more.
Where to Stay: Cottages, Bed & Breakfast, boutique stays, hotel, motel & resorts, fireplace stays, homestead stays, winery & vineyard stays, and guesthouses. Click here for details.
8. Wisemans Ferry & Hawkesbury The beautiful wilderness of Hawkesbury is home to historic towns, World Heritage convict road, and other historic towns surround the region. There are plenty of outdoor adventures enjoy too, from bushwalking, horseriding, mountain biking, and more.
Distance: 1-2 Hours approx. from Sydney CBD.
Why: Wilderness weekend escape.
Attractions: Wisemans Ferry car crossing, Hawkesbury River, galleries & museums, eco-tourism activities, horse riding, walking & cycling trails, scenic drives, National Parks, historic & heritage activities, tours, gardens, and more.
Where to Stay: Bed & Breakfast, farm stays, hotel, motel & resorts, serviced apartments, executive, health, country & honeymoon retreats, camping, cabins, houseboats, cottages, self-contained, riverside accommodation, and motor inns. Click here for details.
9. Central Coast The Central Coast is a place where beautiful beaches meet lush National Parks and pretty waterways. There is an abundance of nature treasures to explore and experience. Unleash your adventurous side, discover pristine beaches, explore nature trails, or just relax and unwind.
Distance: 45mins-1:20 Hour approx. from Sydney CBD.
Why: Coastal and adventure weekend getaway
Attractions:Australian Reptile Park, Mt Penang Gardens, Chocolate & Nougat Gosford Factory, coastal towns including Terrigal, The Entrance, Woy Woy, and more, Gosford Regional Gallery, Edogawa Commemorative Garden, jet ski safaris, Aboriginal experiences, Norah Head Lighthouse, beaches galore, Pelican Feeding at The Entrance, history tours, National Parks, walking & cycling tours, lookouts, adventure activities, and more.
Where to Stay: Eco cabins, Bed & Breakfast, hotels, motel & resorts, beach houses, retreats including rainforest retreats, executive stays, villas, budget & luxury stays, and camping. Click here for details.
Not just is Canberra one of the youngest cities in the world, it is ranked third in Lonely Planet's top cities to visit in 2018 and it boasts with nature intruding elegantly into urban spaces, exciting boutique precincts, gastronomic delights, cultural must-dos, and must-visit attractions.
Where to Stay: Hip hotels, lodges including wildlife lodge, Bed & Breakfast, one-of-a-kind apartments, glamping, hotel, motel, resorts & apartments, cottages, camping, hut stays, and homestead stays. Click here for details.