Weekend Holiday Ideas New South Wales

New South Wales Weekend Holiday Ideas

New South Wales Weekend Holiday Ideas

BridgeClimb Presents – Things to do in Sydney

Sydney is a great city. It’s big and busy and bustling and there’s always a million things going on. But sometimes the things we love about city life are the exact things we need a break from. Another amazing thing about Sydney is that there are masses of brilliant getaways within driving distance! Here are some of our top locations for a well-deserved few days away.

New South Wales Weekend Holiday Ideas Kiama 

An easy 2 hour drive from Sydney, south along the coastal road to Melbourne, Kiama is a quiet little seaside town, the perfect place to come and relax. There’s enough to keep you entertained but not so much you’ll be rushing to get around it all; a good selection of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants as well as plenty of walking tracks, markets most weekends, lovely coastal drives around the area and even a few wineries. And of course we can’t forget the famous blow hole which is a most impressive attraction for this small town.

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Bowral

Another quaint little town but this time it’s about an hour and a half inland towards Canberra and is full of lovely boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and, perhaps most importantly, pie shops! Famous for its flowers, Bowral is best in spring or autumn so that you can explore the host of beautiful gardens in bloom, many of which are parts of grand old estates. It is also where the famous cricketer Sir Donald Bradman was from so the Oval and the Cricket Hall of Fame are both worth a visit. As if cricket and flower gardens weren’t twee enough, you can even take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the tiny town!

New South Wales Weekend Holiday Ideas The Blue Mountains

Well known but well worth the trip, the Blue Mountains feel a million miles from Sydney, when they’re only actually an hour outside the city. A great winter destination, the charming towns of Katoomba and Leura feel alpine with fresh, crisp air; just make sure your accommodation is well heated and you wrap up! There’s plenty of bushwalking to enjoy, and places for afternoon tea to warm yourself up. Of course there are all the tourist attractions too such as Wentworth Falls, The Three Sisters and the Scenic Railway. No matter what you do, it’s a real peaceful paradise.

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Weekend Holiday Ideas Visit Port Stephens

Drive three hours north on the coastal road towards Brisbane and you’ll find Port Stephens. A nice seaside town with a few restaurants and bars, the main attraction here is its frequently passing sea visitors. This is a great place for whale watching during the migration season, between May and August, and then again from August to mid-November as they head back south. It is also home to a large colony of dolphins so a boat trip is highly recommended. The fun isn’t all aquatic though, you can also find Koalas here and some more adventurous pursuits like dune racing, horse riding on the beach and there’s also a stingray visitor center.

Day Trip to Hawkesbury River from Sydney

This hidden gem is only a short 45 minutes from Sydney, and the fact that it’s lesser-known only adds to its appeal. Perfect for anyone who fancies sailing, you can also hire a houseboat to cruise the tranquil river. If that’s not your thing there are restaurants and accommodation right on the river. If you’d like some experience on the water you can hire kayaks or take skippered boat trips to visit the many towns and villages along the river. The Farm Gate Trail is a great drive, where you can stop at the local farmers’ establishments along the way to try their produce.

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The Central Coast 

An hour north of Sydney you’ll find a selection of small towns right on the beach, the Central coast. The range of facilities in each varies and whilst they aren’t that impressive, you’ll still be able to enjoy the odd coffee and nice brunch. Anyway activities tend to focus around the water. You can fish, surf, water ski, and even dive at Avoca beach where the HMS Adelaide sank. Some of the well-known beaches include Avoca, Ettalong and Copacabana have small townships with their own markets once a month. Terrigal is perhaps one of the busiest places with 4 star hotels with swimming pools and a wider range of restaurants and bars available.

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Orange NSW

It’s not Hunter Valley, but that’s not a bad thing. The drive to Orange will take you about 3 hours but you can fly here with Regional Express in under an hour. There’s plenty to see, and indulge in, with historic buildings, cafes, restaurants and of course wineries. The area’s cool climate means it produces wonderful Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz grapes so get yourself to a cellar door! Take a wine tour or some of the great drives in the surrounding areas to visit more towns as well as Lake Canobolas. The Wine Week in October sees the place really come to life.

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