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
In under 2 hours you have:
- The Hawkesbury River waterways
- Ettalong and Pearl Beach
- Bouddi National Park
Add another hour
- 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.
Within 2 hours west of the city, you will find:
- Katoomba and Blackheath
- Megalong Valley
- Jenolan Caves
Another hour or two for some of our favourite spots, including food and wine hotspots and the national capital.
ContentsHow to Plan a One Day self-drive Blue Mountains ItineraryGeneral advice for driving to the Blue MountainsItinerary One – Exploring the Blue Mountains with a car and a cameraWentworth FallsLeuraKatoombaBlackheathLincoln RockItinerary Two – One day with lots of bushwalking.Wentworth FallsOption
A Self Catered weekend in Blackheath at Illalangi Cottage ContentsWhy Choose Blackheath for your Blue Mountains weekend?Where we stayedOur Blackheath ItineraryDay One – Bushwalks and fossickingDay Two – Sunrise and GardensDay Three – Food and views for milesPlaces we are
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:
- Kangaroo Valley
- Jervis Bay with its white sand beaches
- Batemans Bay
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4 hours or more
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