Weekend getaway series: Sydney
Not everyone can afford to spend weeks or months relaxing on a beach in southern Europe, road tripping across the vast landscapes of the US or cycling the beautiful coastlines of Asia.
But we all deserve a break now and again – and even if they are short, and not so far away from our own backyard, a weekend getaway can be just what you need to recharge your batteries and unwind.
If you live in Sydney, we have some great weekend road trip ideas for you and your family, friends or partner.
And if you live in another area of Australia, never fear – stay tuned for our next instalment of weekend getaways near you!
Often an overlooked area of the state, the Southern Highlands has plenty to offer, especially in its largest town, Bowral.
Boutique stores, gourmet food, beautiful gardens and antique shops are the main calling cards of this part of the world, offering visitors a truly unique experience each time they stay
Soak up the serenity by walking up to one of several lookouts near Bowral that offer views over Mittagong, Moss Vale, and the mountain ranges near Bundanoon.
Don’t forget to check out the Donald Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame while you’re there for a bit of a history hit!
A quiet escape less than two hours from the bustling city, this part of NSW is particularly magical during spring and autumn.
Leura is the perfect base for hiking, climbing or biking in the nearby national park, and has quite a few curious and quaint boutiques lining its picturesque main street– it also boasts some impressive luxury accommodation and fine dining options for romantic getaways
Head up there during the spring to see the beautiful cherry blossom trees down the main street of Leura in full bloom – an amazing sight to see!
Another weekend destination that offers natural beauty and a serene setting within two hours reach of Sydney is NSW’s Central Coast
You don’t have to choose between frolicking in the ocean or escaping into the bush here – Ettalong provides your gateway to absolutely stunning national parks and walking tracks set around some of countries most beautiful coastline. It’s also home to one of the largest undercover markets on the NSW Central Coast.
It’s an easy drive north following the signs for Newcastle – or better yet, follow the coastline up the Northern Beaches and catch a ferry across to Ettalong Beach to enjoy the lovely views.
Unexpectedly, the country city of Orange in Central West NSW is actually well known for producing apples – there’s even a festival dedicated to the humble fruit – and it is also a beautiful place to enjoy the autumn months as the leaves turn fire engine red and orange
Located about 4.5 hours drive west of Sydney, this city is a little more of a drive, but well worth the travel time. Tour some of the local wineries, enjoy locally grown produce (including lamb from nearby town Cowra!), or head to local fishing spots with a boat.
What’s a weekend getaway without wine? Cessnock is the gateway city to NSW’s Hunter Valley region, which is known throughout the nation for it’s fantastic winery tours and beautiful countryside scenery.
If wining and dining isn’t your thing, the area also offers a range of exciting outdoor activities, such as hot air ballooning, golfing and skydiving.
Check out the range of wine tasting tours in the area to take full advantage of your proximity to quality vineyards – a number of wineries also produce wonderful cheese and meat products to go with that second glass of red too!
Above image (hero) courtesy of Visit Southern Highlands