Katoomba Falls

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?

With so many options with 2 hours of 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.

North of Sydney

Head North over the Harbour Bridge and you are greeted by the green expanse of stunning national parks like Ku-ring-gai Chase and Brisbane Waters National park.

In under 2 hours you have:

  • The Hawkesbury River waterways
  • Ettalong and Pearl Beach
  • Bouddi National Park
  • Terrigal

Add another hour

  • Lake Macquarie
  • Newcastle
  • 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.

Within 2 hours west of the city, you will find:

  • Katoomba and Blackheath
  • Megalong Valley 
  • Jenolan Caves 
  • Bathurst 

Another hour or two for some of our favourite spots, including food and wine hotspots and the national capital. 

  • Orange 
  • Mudgee
  • Canberra

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:

  • Wollongong
  • Kiama 
  • 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:

  • Kangaroo Valley
  • Jervis Bay with its white sand beaches 
  • Batemans Bay 
Grand Pacific Drive Stanwell Tops Bald Head

Exploring NSW Grand Pacific Drive

Sydney to Wollongong via the Grand Pacific Drive – NSW’s Answer to the Great Ocean Road in Victoria (193km return to Sydney) This weekend away