Getaways

Katoomba Falls from the Scenic Skyway

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 
Jervis Bay NSW White Beach

Why You Should Visit Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay should definitely be on your shortlist if you are looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Sydney. Another in our Beyond Sydney series, Jervis Bay is a relatively undiscovered, nature lovers paradise with crystal clear waters and white

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 starts with one of Australia’s newer tourist routes, The Grand Pacific Drive. Officially the drive

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. 

Kingsliff Beach early morning

Why Visit Kingscliff NSW

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

A Fiji Cruise Getaway

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