Aussie’s love a three day weekend and what better way to enjoy that extra 24 hours away from work with a short getaway. Whether you are looking for that romantic weekend getaway or you’ve got kids to entertain, we are sure to have some great location ideas for you.
Grab your bags, pack the car and come with us as we take you to four of the best weekend getaway spots NSW has to offer – and all within a three hour drive of Sydney.
Just two and a half hours from Sydney, Kangaroo Valley offers some of the most breathtaking scenery this close to the heart of the city. With a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and needs, it seems that whether you are looking for that romantic weekend getaway or a fun experience for the kids, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for here.
From active outdoor adventures such as horse-riding, bushwalking and kayaking, to the more sedate 18 hole golf course and guided eco tours there is something for everyone.
If you really want to experience the true beauty of the area we recommend you detour through the Budderoo National Park where you will be rejuvenated and enchanted by the pristine rainforest, misty waterfalls, and stunning lookouts.
Ideally suited to: Romantic Weekend Getaways and families with older children (7+)
A quaint country town, Gerringong is perched on a hilltop and offers panoramic views of Werri Beach and the surrounding countryside. Offering horse-riding, bicycle hire, wind-surfing and golf (to name a few) you’ll find it very difficult to get bored, and with a variety of accommodation options there is sure to be something to match your needs and budget.
We recommend checking out the beaches, with both Werri and Seven Mile Beach accessible at all times, and a great place to walk and unwind for the day. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to spot the pod of dolphins that frequent the area. If a little more excitement is up your alley, then be sure to visit Jamberoo Recreation Park and/or the Kiama Leisure Centre.
Ideally suited to: Families with children (0 – 12 years old)
No list of weekend getaways would be complete without a mention of the iconic Blue Mountains, and with the variety of accommodation and extracurricular activities available, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find the perfect long weekend getaway package to suit your needs.
Whether you choose to explore the mountains on horseback, on foot, by guided 4WD, or even by Segway – be sure to include the famous Three Sisters in your list of destinations.
Check out the official Blue Mountains World Heritage website for genuine offers and last minute deals and start planning your weekend today.
Ideally suited to: Romantic Weekend Getaways and families with older children
Located on the north coast of New South Wales about 540 km north of Sydney, Coffs Harbour is a vibrant coastal city. According to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Coffs Harbour has the most liveable climate in Australia. Nestled between a high mountain backdrop and dozens of beaches, this laid back city is simply stunning.
Along with its natural beauty and clean air Coffs Harbour is near numerous national parks, including the dolphin marine magic centre with its iconic pet porpoise pool. No weekend would be complete in Coffs Harbour without a visit to the Big Banana amusement park, from their famous banana smoothies to family friendly activities this place is perfect for families and kids at heart.
Some would argue that we have saved the best for last, and if white sandy beaches and pristine clear waters is your thing, then perhaps ‘some’ would be right.
Located 3 hours from Sydney on the South Coast, Jervis Bay is the perfect place to see nature up close and personal. With a variety of animals, including echidnas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and hundreds of species of birds and other animals, there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone – of all ages. And did we mention the dolphins and whales? That’s right – come to Jervis Bay for a weekend getaway, because whether you are a family of 5 or just looking for a romantic weekend away, there is always things to see, and memories to be had. Ideally suited to: Everyone!