Sydney is a huge city filled with fun activities and exciting destinations. But what if you wanted to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city? A relaxing weekend getaway may be in line.
In just a few hours, you could be sipping away local wine in one of Hawkesbury’s finest wineries or trekking along the legendary trails in the Blue Mountains.
Make the most out of your next weekend getaway from Sydney. Here are 7 awesome weekend getaways you should definitely consider.
1. Hawkesbury Valley
One of Australia’s prime wine regions, Hawkesbury Valley is bound to fill you with unforgettable memories. The charming Hawkesbury valley is only an hour’s drive northwest of Sydney and is home to some of the country’s finest vineyards and wineries.
There’s always something to do here in Hawkesbury Valley. Explore the unique and country atmosphere of the historic towns of Windsor and Richmond, and learn more about the picturesque settlements of Lower Portland, Ebenezer, Pitt Town, and Colo.
With several National Trust listed buildings, the region offers a glimpse into the past, into the history and heritage of the nation. Enjoy Heritage trails, guided tours, and even a spooky ghost tour!
If good food and wine is your thing, then Hawkesbury will not disappoint. The region is home to NSW’s most fertile farms and finest wines. Take a trip to the country and discover a new way of living—a rejuvenating experience that will nourish both body and mind.
Make the most out of your weekend getaway in Hawkesbury by booking a room in Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley—the region’s largest and most well-equipped hotel. Located at the heart of the valley, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley provides visitors with easy access to the valley’s major destinations and attractions.
With more than 100 guest rooms, contemporary design and a passion for luxury, you know you’ll be making the most out of your stay. Learn more about the many accommodation options here.
From standard rooms to deluxe suites and ensuite spa rooms, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley is the ideal choice for any visit to the spectacular Hawkesbury Valley. Book your stay now and enjoy everything that Australia’s prime wine region has to offer.
2. Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains National Park is all about long walking tracks, breathtaking lookout points, magnificent waterfalls and abundant, wild nature. Doesn’t that sound amazing? The best part? This all-time favourite weekend getaway is just a two hour’s drive from the city.
The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is covered with tall eucalyptus trees that seem to stretch on forever. With 140 kilometres of walking tracks, abundant native bushland, and impressive rock formations, this natural wonder is bound to leave you breathless.
Take in the views of the legendary Three Sisters, a popular rock formation that is best seen from the Echo Point lookout. Take the family to Scenic World at Katoomba or explore the spectacular Jenolan Caves.
3. Shoal Bay
Shoal Bay is a must-visit destination in beautiful Port Stephens. Swimming in white sandy beaches, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and whale-watching are just some of the great experiences.
The two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney is definitely worth it. The waterfront is always teeming with activity. Enjoy your morning coffee with the sound of crashing waves in the background or treat yourself to a cocktail in the rooftop bistro at Mermaids Cafe.
A few miles to the east, you’ll come across the magnificient Tomaree National Park. Learn more about Australia’s World War II coastal defence by following the paved Fort Tomaree trail around the headland.
Continue by taking the Tomaree Head Summit walk for a breathtaking panorama of the bay’s deep blue waters. Watch out for the cute koalas that can be spotted in and around the park.
4. Hunter Valley
If you love nature and good wine, then a visit to the Hunter Valley is a must. World-famous wineries and luxurious hideaways await. Just two hours from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a perfect getaway destination for any occasion.
Go on a wine tour and enjoy the region’s well-known Semillon and Shiraz varieties. Gain insights into wine-making and learn exactly what goes into creating some of the world’s best wines! Some of the country’s best restaurants can also be found here.
The Hunter Valley is not just about wine. Experience the region’s natural beauty up close by bushwalking or trekking across the beautiful valley trails. Why not hop on your bike and cycle through the breathtaking mountain bike trails in Yengo National Park?
A visit to the Hunter Valley Zoo near Cessnock makes for a perfect family occasion. Meet the loud black and white ruffed lemurs and play with the cute and energetic meerkats!
The Kiama area features nine beautiful beaches and, of course, the famous Kiama Blowhole. This little paradise on the South Coast is a 90-minute drive from Sydney, accessible through the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive—an ideal weekend getaway destination.
Originally called Kiarama by the Aboriginals, the area takes its name from the loud noise that the sea makes as waves crash onto its rocky shore.
Enjoy the maritime atmosphere in one of the country’s most beloved harbours. Next to the 130-year-old Kiama Lighthouse, you’ll find the famous Kiama Blowhole: a natural rock formation that shoots seawater 20 metres into the air. Bring some extra clothes and prepare to get wet!
Kiama offers some of the most breathtaking coastal walking tracks in NSW. The 22km Kiama Coast Walk will take you all the way from Minamurra to Gerringong. Make a weekend out of it and explore this wonderful coastal paradise at your own pace!
6. Kangaroo Valley
Who doesn’t love kangaroos? If you’re looking for the perfect family weekend getaway from Sydney, then Kangaroo Valley is exactly where you want to be.
The two-hour drive from Sydney is totally worth it as you go through green pastures and sparkling creeks along the lush rainforest. Discover a whole new world of native flora and fauna away from the noise of the city.
The small—but friendly—community runs a local farmers market every second Sunday of the month. The small town also features plenty of cafes, restaurants and picturesque cottages.
7. Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay is said to possess the whitest sand in the world. Although a bit farther away than other destinations on this list (three hour’s drive from Sydney), this unique coastal area in NSW is definitely worth a visit.
The scenic Grand Pacific Drive offers a fast and beautiful route to Jervis Bay. If you’re not in a rush, you can switch to M31 and B73, making your way through the pictureqsue Kangaroo Valley along the way.
Swim in one of the bay’s white-sand beaches, including Hyams Beach, Huskisson Beach, and Pebbly beach. Go snorkelling or scuba diving and explore the bay’s rich marine life up close. Take a boat tour and go whale and dolphin watching.
Discover new walking trails and paths in the Boodere National park. There you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches and camping spots. Learn more about the region’s flora in the Aboriginal-owned Boodere Botanic Gardens, located inside the park.
Take a break from the city noise and plan your next weekend getaway from Sydney. Your next big adventure could be just a few hours away!