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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I am a travel writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors and food! I love travelling and discovering hidden gems... experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass
Published May 9th 2018
Discover New South Wales and its beauty on a weekend away
New South Wales is distinguished by its spectacular coastal cities and breathtaking National Parks. It is also filled with iconic structures, rugged inland including the awe-inspiring Blue Mountains, dense rainforests, outback towns and winery towns.

There is a place to visit to suit all interests, making the list below perfect for your next weekend getaway!

1. Blue Mountains
Just 90-minutes from Sydney by car or two hours by train, the Blue Mountains are the ultimate city escape offering breathtaking views and some of the country's most dazzling natural attractions. Be amazed by the many lookouts with striking views of deep valley and troughs gouged out over millions of years. Some lookouts offering some of the finest views include Narrow Neck, Cahills, Wentworth Falls, Echo Point and Govetts Leap.

The Blue Mountains are home to the famous and striking Three Sisters.


If you are after an adventure and more adrenaline-filled escape, Scenic World offers heart-stopping rides into the depths of the Jamison Valley on the Scenic Railway and a journey over the canyon for breathtaking views of the mighty Three Sisters and beyond can be experienced with the Scenic Skyline ride.

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Enjoy a romantic picnic surrounded by breathtaking tranquil views.


2. Central Coast
The stunning Central Coast is quite charming with its gorgeous beaches, spectacular National Parks and waterways. There are plenty of attractions for all interests from water sports to bushwalking, mountain biking, whale watching (during migration season), wildlife sanctuaries to lookouts and beaches.

Explore the many natural wonders across the Central Coast.


Located North of Sydney and with its alluring mix of bays, inlets and lakes, and golden and white sandy beaches as well as scenic waterfront esplanades, Central Coast makes the perfect 'coastal' weekend escape.

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Enjoy the many secluded and picturesque beaches.


3. Country NSW
From World Heritage wilderness to acclaimed wine regions, Country NSW will certainly make that weekend escape special. There are plenty of things to do, see and experience with its historic towns that shaped Australia to nature experiences at the spectacular National Parks.

Enjoy a picnic 'on top of the world' at Mount Canobolas near Orange.


Ride a paddle-steamer on the iconic Murray River, meet exotic animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, visit the famous CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, explore 430 million-year-old caves or try your luck fossicking for gold and gems.

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4. Hunter Valley
Home to the country's oldest wine region and known as the wine country of New South Wales, the Hunter Valley is a two-hour drive north of Sydney and can be easily reached by car, bus, train or air.

A weekend escape the Wine Country offers an indulgent & relaxing getaway.


The Hunter region encompasses quaint towns and villages, rolling vineyards, gourmet delights, olive groves, splendid National Parks as well as some of the best wines at cellar doors, including the acclaimed Hunter Valley Semillon.

Explore the many attractions in the Hunter Valley region.


Hunter Valley offers the perfect romantic and indulgent getaway!

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Explore the many bushwalks at the surrounding National Parks.


5. Lord Howe Island
This World Heritage-listed paradise features the ultimate relaxing and unhurried getaway, where getting around by bike or on foot fits the idyllic place.

Experience paradise at Lord Howe Island. Image Courtesy from Lord Howe Island Tourism Facebook


Lord Howe Island is home to the famous twin peaks, breathtaking views and natural forest, making it perfect for bushwalking enthusiasts. If water is more your thing, you will certainly not be disappointed with the array of snorkelling opportunities and underwater discoveries, including hand-feeding fish on Ned's Beach.

Explore the majestic underwater world. Image Courtesy from Lord Howe Island Tourism Facebook


This paradise getaway is less than a 2-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane and there are year-round flights, including regular weekend flights.

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Lord Howe Island is truly a magical weekend getaway. Image Courtesy from Lord Howe Island Tourism Facebook


6. North Coast
Discover un-crowded beaches, tranquil rivers and lakes, World-Heritage rainforest and dramatic volcanic hinterland of the magical North Coast.

Port Stephens offers breathtaking views.


There are attractions and activities for all interests to enjoy from snorkelling and diving coral reefs in crystal-clear waters to watching playful dolphins and majestic whales (during migration season), kayaking or boat cruising to scenic drives including the Legendary Pacific Coast drive or touring the spectacular route through 48 National Parks and 12 State Forests as well as towns, villages and beautiful surfing beaches.

Lush bushlands, lookouts, beaches, walks are some of the highlights to enjoy at the scenic North Coast.


The North Coast certainly does not have a shortage of attractions, making a wonderful weekend escape to discover it all or simply sit back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

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Have fun with beach sand driving at Mungo Beach.


7. Outback NSW
With striking panoramas, historic colonial towns, rich indigenous culture and World-Heritage National Parks, Outback NSW is absolutely spellbinding.

Explore the awe-inspiring Outback- Image Courtesy from OUTBACK NSW Facebook


Discover the wonders that the Outback has to offer with rock art at Mutawintji National Park, a memorable drive along the historic paddleboat towns of the Darling River or explore the beauty of the world's oldest ritual human cremation site at Mungo National Park. Unlock secrets with Tri State Safaris for archaeological site experiences and a visit to the Walls of China rock formation is also an awe-inspiring attraction not to miss.

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There are many romantic spots that can be discovered on your weekend getaway to the Outback- Image Courtesy from OUTBACK NSW Facebook


8. Snowy Mountains
The Snowy Mountains can be experienced all-year round and offer an adventure wonderland of experiences, from a summit walk to Australia's highest peak to fly fishing in pristine mountain waters in warmer months, to skiing and snowboarding in colder months.

Snowy Mountains offers a romantic & breathtaking getaway- Image Courtesy from Snowy Mountains Facebook


Wine tastings and scrumptious foodie experiences to horseriding in the high country are some other activities to enjoy on this weekend escape.

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9. South Coast
With some of the whitest sands in the world to wildlife spotting, there is something for everyone to enjoy on this weekend getaway to the South Coast.

The South Coast is the ultimate weekend getaway with its striking beaches to breathtaking lookouts and walks.


Beautiful beaches, spectacular wilderness, adventure activities, delectable food and wine, fascinating Aboriginal cultural experiences, snorkelling and diving, striking National Parks, dense rainforests, headlands, rivers, native flora and fauna, mountains, quaint towns and villages, unspoilt environment all make up the ravishing South Coast region.

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Saddleback Lookout near Kiama, South Coast offers indisputable views.


10. Sydney
You do not really need to travel far to experience the perfect weekend getaway! Sydney offers an array of splendid beauty with its picturesque Sydney Harbour, idyllic beaches, wonderful National Parks, marvellous iconic structures, dazzling entertainment and fascinating heritage, there is always something new to discover and explore in Sydney.

Sydney is a hub for attractions as well as a wonderful scenic and relaxing getaway.


Sydney is known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city fans out from the sparkling harbour to iconic Bondi Beach in the east to Australia's oldest National Park in the south, making Sydney one of the perfect weekend getaways in New South Wales.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Sydney's iconic point of interests that can be explored many ways.
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Your Comment
A great list. I reckon you could spend a lifetime visiting places in Australia and still not see it all but I'm leopard to give it a go.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 142 days ago
Horrible predictive text. That should read "I'm prepared to give it a go."
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 142 days ago
I love the photograph of Seaman's Hut on the walk to Mount Kosciuszko. A good respite spot mid way from Charlotte's Pass to Thredbo. Take the time to read the story about the snowboarders who died on the mountain when their snow cave collapsed. One of the boys was known to my son. RIP Dean. I did the walk on 14th February 2005, still a little snow visible in patches. I rang my son for his birthday from the top - a Valentine's Day phone connection with mobile reception!
by Gloria (score: 1|82) 155 days ago
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