Weekends and Short Breaks from Sydney
Are you planning a weekend outside Sydney? Want to add a short break away from the city to add another dimension to your holiday? Need a staycation?
With so many options with 2-3 hours from the city, you could quite easily do something different every weekend for a year.
As often as we can, we leave the city to explore the rest of NSW and sometimes further afield. When we do, we share our best experiences here.
Check out all our Getaway Ideas
North of Sydney
Key spots north of Sydney include:
- The Hawkesbury River waterways
- Ettalong and Pearl Beach
- Bouddi National Park
- Lake Macquarie
- Port Stephens
- Hunter Valley
West of Sydney
Head west out of the city and before you know it you have reached the UNESCO World Heritage wonderland of the Blue Mountains. While most visitors spend a day here a weekend or more is an excellent idea.
To west of the city, you will find:
- The Blue Mountains
- Megalong Valley
- Jenolan Caves
South of Sydney
Head south of the city and the first thing you hit is Australia’s oldest national park and the beginning of some of the prettiest coastal areas in the state.
In under 2 hours, you will find the Illawarra gems of:
- Gerringong and Gerroa
Another hour down the road and you come to the Shoalhaven and believe me that extra hour in the car is well worth your time!
Here you will find:
4 hours or more
Below we share places a little further afield that might work as a stopover on your trip to Australia or some of our favourite places around the country.
In our series “Beyond Sydney” we highlight beautiful places in NSW that we feel deserve more attention. Today Maureen from So Many Places So Little Time tells us why she thinks we should visit Kingscliff, a gem on the NSW
Did you know Fiji is only a 4-hour flight from Sydney? That if you leave at breakfast time, you can be tucking into lunch on a sandy beach cocktail in hand?
Try a Hop on Hop Off Tour
No car? If you want to explore the north coast of NSW consider a hop on hop off bus pass.