Sydney is well-known for its beaches, extensive shopping places, and exceptional coffee but will all of that, living the busy city life can be a little overtiring. If you’re from Sydney, you can understand what we are talking about—constricting train rides, summer at Bondi that is cramped and crowded, or the long queue at cafes only to discover that they’ve petered out of almond milk.
If you feel that you need to breathe and need a break, you might want to look within New South Wales’s coasts and valleys for a weekender. Plus, you won’t need to file a Monday leave since you’ll leave the afternoon of Friday and return on Sunday night! Your boss won’t even notice that you’ve gone.
BLUE MOUNTAINS (1 hr 30 from Sydney)
It’s like you’re committing a big sin if you are visiting Sydney and not see the Blue Mountains, particularly if it’s just a stone’s throw away. Australians consider this as one of their favorite places in the world and is known for its picturesque foundation to the Aussie bush that serves for either the adventurous and cautious type equally well.
The Blue Mountains is best suggested to be done independently as tours often rush through some of the central sites, and you can stop at a zoo or at the Olympic Park en route. This usually leaves you with a couple of hours in the mountains prior to turning around and going back. If you don’t have a car, you can easily ride the train to get there with Sydney trains serving Katoomba, Wentworth Falls and Blackheath from Central Station.
HUNTER VALLEY (3 hrs from Sydney)
Want to relax with great wine and food as you mesmerize the scenic views? With just over three hours drive out of Sydney, this is the perfect getaway for busy city people. If you need to unwind, go ahead and check into accommodation and have a view of extensive valleys, and enjoy one of the best days and nights of your life sipping local drops.
If you’re looking for an award-winning and fresh taste, try visiting one of their restaurants there that taps local wines. A must-do at the Hunter Valley is visiting the Golden Door Spa Elysia, the most gigantic spa in New South Wales. You’ll enjoy their private sun gardens, spas and massage facilities. This is the place where great relaxation lives if that’s the type of weekend getaway you’re looking for!
BERRY (2 hrs from Sydney)
If you prefer a more low-key getaway, then head to the quaint and calm quiet place of Berry. This wonderful place is rich with rolling green hills, countryside cottages and friendly people. You can have early morning strolls, breakfast and yoga, dinner under the bright night sky.
You can have fun straying out to farmland also called as farmstay. Look for Willow Farm, which is known for having its own orchard for apple picking, lakes and creeks encircled by soft grass that are perfect for lunchtime picnics, and their rural, homely-styled homes for lounging. You can roam around and ask for restaurants that use local produced and interesting combinations of flavor, that’s a very friendly place and comfortable dinner option.
After you’re done having your lunch and all sorts of activities, you may head to Healing with Feeling for a quick massage or avail an aromatherapy session. This is will even help you to relax even more than you already are.
KANGAROO VALLEY (2 hrs from Sydney)
This place is labelled as “Australia’s most beautiful valley” because of its straggly landscape, the country town offers excellent tiny shops, old-fashioned cafes, and historic views. Forget the restaurant and head over to the farmer’s market on Sunday morning. After shopping for fresh fruits, native jams and spreads, and some pastries, you can go for a picnic around the Kangaroo Valley. They have plenty of picnic spots there with no reservation needed.
After having a chill day, you may drive out to Fitzroy Falls the next morning. You can park your car at the base, then climb out for the great landscape where you can view a glimpse of the entire valley.
JERVIS BAY (3 hrs from Sydney)
And of course, our list would not be complete is the sandy white beaches, crystal clear blue water and rich natural forests are not included. If you would love a view that’s facing out into the forest, they have elegant, self-contained villas where you can stay. For a more relaxing time, you can spend the afternoons resting on the desk spying passing kangaroos, sugar gliders and possums, or tour the state.
You must try any of their restaurants there that serve up fresh-caught fish, locally made desserts, and wines from the region. If you are already close to Jervis Bay’s captivating natural landscape and you don’t explore, you are completely missing out on everything! Aside from that, you may visit Booderee Botanic Gardens, where you can learn about wildlife and local food, or you can go for guided tour and explore the Cape St George Lighthouse ruins.