8 Sydney Weekend / Long Weekend Getaway Ideas

Hello friends! If you’re living in Sydney (or planning on visiting anytime soon) you would have noticed the temperature is dropping. As we are approaching the winter months, it is becoming much cooler and a lot of what Sydney is best known for – the beaches and coastal walks – are becoming less exciting as the rain and dreary clouds set in.

Here are some ideas for weekend getaways from Sydney – some of which are driving distance, and some a short plane ride away (hello cheap Jetstar airfares!)

Eight Sydney Getaways

  1. Hunter Valley

An annual trip for us is to the Hunter Valley, which is a short 2 hour drive from Sydney. The Hunter Valley is a well known wine region and is the oldest in Australia. A few nights here will take you on a mouth-watering, culinary expedition as you meander through the various wineries, cheese shops, popular restaurants and chocolate factories – Audrey Wilkinson Winery, Cafe Enzo and The Smelly Cheese Shop being some of my favourite. Bistro Molines has also been on my list for a while. I recommend you stay in / nearby Pokolbin which provides easy access to the wineries and food spots – last year we stayed at Chateau Elan which was truly a fairytale.

View of Hunter Valley vineyards, NSW, Australia
View of Hunter Valley vineyards, NSW, Australia

2. Melbourne

Most recently, we’ve been to Melbourne twice in the past month. Melbourne is just over an hour plane ride south of Sydney, and many Sydney-siders venture to this bustling city for weekend trips. The brunches, coffee and art scene are just a few reasons why we love visiting and will keep coming back. Melbourne reminds me of Europe due to its incredible shops, coffee culture and history. Last time we visited we stayed at The Stamford Plaza, but you can also venture south to Mornington Peninsula and explore a different side to Melbourne. Definitely recommend you eat at Chin Chin’s (get in early as it gets busy!) and grab a coffee from Brother Baba Budan.

Melbs

3. Tasmania

I’m yet to visit Tasmania, but everyone who goes keeps telling me how amazing it is. It’s an incredible part of the world (1.5 hour flight south of Sydney – I saw Jetstar doing $50 airfares there!), with a cutting-edge culture, gourmet cuisines and spectacular natural wonders. Mount Wellington, MONA, Cradle Mountain (Freycinet National Park), Salamanca Market, Bay of Fires, Wine Glass Bay – all very good reasons I am currently planning our trip here for August. The Saffire Freycinet resort looks like an absolute dream, overlooking the endless mountain ranges.

tassy

4. Jervis Bay

It can rain, it can be cloudy but there is something cosy about a seaside cottage in the spectacular Jervis Bay. In case you haven’t heard of it, Jervis Bay is home to the whitest sand in the world and clearest turquoise waters. We visited here last year and were mesmerised by this gem on the south coast of Sydney. There’s beautiful walks and national parks to explore, as well as many great food spots and cafes. I would recommend staying at Hyams Beach Seaside Cottages. 

jervis

5. Bowral

Bowral is a rural and idyllic town 2.5 hours south-west of Sydney. It’s a beautiful, quaint country town laced with vintage stores and buzzing cafes and restaurants. The cottages and properties here are to die for and anyone who visits comes back feeling refreshed and inspired by nature. Make sure you explore the Wombeyan Caves, Mount Gilbraltar and Bowral lookout. Check out this cottage. 

bowral

6. Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay is the eastern most suburb of Port Stephens and a two hour drive north of Sydney. Similar to Jervis Bay, Shoal Bay is known for its beautiful beaches and sand shoals scattered around the area. There are excellent bushwalking tracks, National Parks and Marinas, Dolphin and Whale watching cruises and if you have a surfer husband like mine, plenty of places to surf. The Ramada resort and spa is a beautiful place to stay.

shoal bay

7. Katoomba: The Blue Mountains 

Heritage listed restaurants, natural wonders of the world, spa resorts, steep cable car rides… sold yet? Katoomba is the main town nestled in the Blue Mountains, a rugged region a couple hours west of Sydney. The waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses are a must see, and you can also explore the sleepy yet beautiful town of Leura (make sure you check out the Flower and Gardens festival). Oh and don’t forget to see the Three Sisters sandstone formation. My bet would be to stay at an Airbnb here – this one looks nice… the view is actually incredible! Or here for a modern yet classic experience.

katoomba

8. Snowy Mountains

Every year we pack our ski gear and head to the Snowy Mountains region 6 hours south of Sydney. This region is best known for Kosciuszko National Park (my heritage is Polish so this place is quite significant to me) and of course Thredbo and Perisher. My recommendation is to visit in July / August when the slopes are pumping, and to stay in Jindabyne. You can also go mountain biking, horse riding, bobsledding… the list goes on!

snowy

What’s your favourite Sydney weekend getaway? 

Love A x

Traveling Abroad At A Young Age

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

One of the greatest things I have done in my life to date was packing my bags and leaving for Europe (from Australia) when I was 19. I lived and was based in London for six months while traveling all around Europe (you can read more about it here and here). It was magical and the places I saw have left a mark on my heart. Those trips are the reason I blog, love photography and have a serious case of the travel bug.

Continue reading Traveling Abroad At A Young Age

Memories of Thailand

387293_10150410903539952_2105938617_n

I was watching The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio last night which is a movie where in short DiCaprio ventures with a French couple to The Beach – which is a hidden island in Thailand near Koh Samui. Looking at all the beautiful cinematography reminded me of my visit to Thailand a couple of years back. Here are some of my photos from the gorgeous Phi Phi Island – just a short boat trip from Phuket.

Continue reading Memories of Thailand

Top 2015 Travel Destinations

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a well deserved break over the holidays and enjoyed time with loved ones. This Christmas was our first one as a married couple. It was wonderful being able to share it with my two families. Christmas in Sydney was beautiful. The weather was ideal and sunny and I think this has been one of the best summers yet! We spent the new year at Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Every morning we got up early, went to a new cafe followed by 2-3 hours at the beach in the warm sea water. My ideal summer!

Continue reading Top 2015 Travel Destinations