Whether you are looking to shake up your routine, want to escape with a loved one, or simply need a reason to get out of Sydney, there are lots of great weekend getaway from Sydney just a few hours away.
In 2000, the Blue Mountains region was named a World Heritage Area by UNESCO leading to an increase in local and international tourists to the area. The entrance to the Blue Mountains is located in Glenbrook/Lapstone, just 50 minutes away from Sydney’s city centre, however, the most popular tourist destinations is actually Leura/Katoomba, located 30 minutes further.
Katoomba is the largest and most visited town known for its artsy/hippie population, and its smaller neighbour, Leura is a picturesque village known as the shopping destination of the region. There are hundreds of walks in the Blue Mountains ranging from short 1 kilometer trails to multi-day hikes. The area is also popular for sightseeing tours, mountain biking adventures, fantastic canyoning, 4-wheel driving, horse riding, caving, abseiling, and more.
There is no shortage of accommodation options in the Blue Mountains. You can find anything from basic camping to high-end resorts. There are options to fit any budget and any type of travelers.
Hunter Valley is renowned for being one of Australia’s best wine regions. Its rolling green hills and beautiful vineyard views create the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend away. There are over 150 cellar doors in the region and plenty of new wines to be discovered!
The town of Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley, offers fantastic accommodation options ranging from basic hotels and B&Bs to high-end resorts with golf courses, swimming pools, and fitness facilities.
You can spend days exploring the wineries, taking in beautiful views, and enjoying local restaurants that serve up great local produce. For a special reason to head up to the Hunter Valley, check out its monthly event calendar, as the region frequently hosts food, wine, music, and entertainment festivals. Don’t be surprised to see artists like Sting, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, or Billy Idol on the list of upcoming gigs and performances in the Valley.
Located two hours north of Sydney, Newcastle is a perfect getaway from the busy and touristy life of Australia’s largest city. Newcastle is perfectly situated on a pristine coastline and features great surfing beaches, spectacular high rock walls, and a calm harbour area. As is the case with a lot of beaches in New South Wales, the surf in Newcastle is perfect for beginners to intermediates. But the bonus is that Newcastle’s Nobby’s Beach is not nearly as busy as some of the beaches in Sydney.
Darby Street and Beaumont Street offer great shopping and dining options, while the Queens Wharf area is a great place to enjoy a few drinks with a lovely view of the Hunter River.
There are plenty of affordable accommodation options starting from as low as $25 for a hostel bed, to around $100 for a self-serviced apartment only 10-minute drive away from the beach.
No visit to Newcastle would be complete without a stop at the Fort Scratchley Historic Site. The site pays homage to one of the great naval bases for the Australian Navy during WWI and WWII and offers great aerial views of the city.
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