Sydney Getaways and Staycations

Katoomba Falls from the Scenic Skyway

Weekends Away and Short Breaks from Sydney

Are you planning a weekend outside city? Want to add a short break away to add another dimension to your Sydney holiday? Need a staycation?

With so many options with 2-3 hours from the centre of Sydney 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. 

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Places to Visit North of Sydney

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

Key spots north of Sydney include: The Hawkesbury River waterwaysthe Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Hunter Valley and nearby Maitland and Morpeth.

Getaways 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.

A little further west of the mountains you will find: Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee and 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 Illawarra gems like Wollongong, Kiama and Gerringong. 

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 ValleyJervis Bay with its white sand beaches, Mollymook and Milton and family favourite Batemans Bay with Mogo Zoo.

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.