Best Fun Filled Weekend Getaways From Sydney

Sometimes the best things are available nearest to your home itself. While for the world, Sydney might be a complete tourist destination in itself, the Sydney-siders would like to go out of the glittering city at times in order to experience what nature holds in store for them. Some of the best weekend trips from Sydney can take you to quaint alleys, different environs and historical buildings that might have failed to create an impression in front of the overwhelming city of Brides. So here are some most popular weekend destinations near Sydney that can bring out the best of Australia and are yet so close to the bedazzling city:

Weekend Getaways within 1 hour from Sydney

1. Blue Mountains

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The blue hazed beauty of Blue Mountains will give you enough reason to take that trip of weekend away from Sydney. People who visit this place get enamored of the all-enveloping one million hectares of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and bushland.

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2. Palm Beach

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Located at just an hour’s drive from Sydney, Palm Beach looks glorious with the city’s most northerly stretch of sand. Spread over south from Barrenjoey Head, this beach’s golden sands and sparkling blue waters are ideal for relaxing, strolling, swimming and surfing. Must see attraction here is the Barrenjoy Lighthouse. Choose this place for your Sydney Weekend escapes!

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3. Wollombi Valley

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Located at the Southern end of the NSW Hunter Valley, alongside the historic Convict Trail, the Wollombi Valley is an ideal place for a rejuvenating break and for watching wildlife. Since there are a number of luxury hotels and resorts here, Wollombi valley has become one of the best places for luxury weekend getaways from Sydney.

Weekend Getaways within 2 hours from Sydney

1. Bowral

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Although a small town, Bowral attracts the people staying in Sydney with its nascent but definitely growing culture of restaurants, cafes and some of the most beautiful and quaint vintage stores that make it a haven during weekends. From vintage haul to world class dining experience, this place is one of the perfect weekend getaways located at 1-hour drive near Sydney.

2. Wollongong

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Endowed with a dramatic landscape where pristine beaches border the high mountains, Wollongong is one place that will definitely make you take a trip outside Sydney. The city is affectionately known as 'the gong'. Apart from the cultural and natural attractions, the city is a must visit if you are seeking some thrill and adventure. Surf the waves of Wollongong and experience the marine beauty with its spectacular underwater currents.

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3. Mount Wilson

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You don’t need to travel to Europe to see those tiny and picturesque calm villages. Nestled in the mountain rainforest, Mount Wilson is one place for Sydney siders if they wish to experience the European feel. The best time to visit Mount Wilson will be Autumn when deciduous trees turn red and amber to render a stunning sight.

Do keep in mind that the town has no petrol pumps or shops. Some people might find it to be difficult but for some it might be like revisiting the past times.

Weekend getaways within 3 hours from Sydney

1. Berry

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Located on the Southern Highlands of NSW, Berry is an ideal choice for a Sydney weekend escape. Much of the beauty of this place can be attributed to its vintage charm that can take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. There is good food on offer, beautiful streets to stroll upon, historical buildings to wonder at, and cute specialty shops for collecting antique pieces.

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2. Gerroa / Gerringong

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This coastal town certainly knows how to attract the citizens of Sydney. Recently blossomed with tourism, this once upon a time a motel town has become the talk of the much bewitched Sydney. Today, there are holiday parks, B&Bs and pub stays to keep you stuck to the city. Alongside, there are picturesque surroundings that overlook the coastline and Mount Coolangatta.

3. Bathurst

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Sydney might be one of the most glittering cities of the world, but it can definitely tire us at times. In order to escape that rush, plan a weekend getaway to Bathurst- a quaint university town with a number of historical buildings to be proud of. While you are on your visit to Bathurst, visit the Hill end to witness the history coming alive with colonial buildings and majestic olden era homes. This is one of the most coveted weekend getaways at just 3 hours from Sydney. A weekend in Bathurst is a travel back in time indeed!

4. Jervis Bay

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Jervis Bay is for people who are interested in moving out of their comfort zone and want to cuddle with nature to the most. Jervis Bay is a marine reserve nature playground that dazzles with pristine white sands and exotic wildlife. There are walks and camping areas to keep your adventure spirits high! Other attractions here include, Whale and dolphin spotting cruises and snorkeling opportunities.

So where are you planning to go this weekend? Plan a perfect weekend getaway with Sydney trip planner.

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A lover of literature, Neha wants to understand world through the prism of books. Nuances of words, spoken or written, entice her to delve into the human psyche. A voracious reader of Partition and feminist literature, she desires to deconstruct and unlearn the congealed forms of knowledge system.

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