Looking for long weekend ideas in Sydney? If you’re feeling like it’s time for some Sydney getaways, look no further.
There’s so many incredible places to visit in Sydney that we’re here to inspire you to have the best long weekend in Sydney!
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We’re going to share all of our tips to have the best long weekend in Sydney 2020. There’s literally something for everyone! If you’ve not explored the area around Sydney yet, this is your opportunity!
1. FOR THE FAMILY
Just 3 hours north of Sydney lies the ultimate family destination at Port Stephens. Expect to see something for everyone!
If you want a relaxing weekend away, then the Japanese Bath House in Blue Mountains is the place for you. A Japanese Bath House you say? That’s right. And did we mention it’s just $70 pp. It’s honestly one of the best things we’ve done near Sydney.
From a tree house to a backpackers, to an awesome couples retreat – there’s something for everyone!
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3. FOR THE CITY LOVER
Newcastle is located just a two hour drive north of Sydney and is often overlooked by many. We’ve lived there for most of this year and I can admit it’s a proper little gem. There’s so much to see there that you really need to check it out.
We were completely blown away by Canberra during our recent visit. If you’re looking for a weekend away near Sydney which has some of the best art currently in Australia as well as some awesome hidden things to do, you must check it out!
Expect the world’s whitest sand, the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen with pristine clear waters, plenty of dolphins, some of Australia’s best camping spots, and a vibe that’s comparable to Byron Bay. All of this is just a 3 hour drive South of Sydney at Jervis Bay!
6. FOR THE ONE THAT NEEDS SOME TIME OUT
If you need a bit of time out from your current life, I’d recommend Sunnataram Forest Monastery in Bundanoon.
They usually hold a meditation retreat once a month on a weekend but during long weekends the retreats last a bit longer. I’ve been to this place 3 times in the last year, it’s amazing! Expect a combination of walking and sitting meditation, dharma talks, tai chi and awesome vegetarian food.
If you want to get away from Sydney but not drive very far, Scotland Island ithe place to go. It’s an amazing little gem, located on Pittwater.
We’ve stayed at Scotland Island Lodge twice now and it’s absolutely perfect. Their home cooking doesn’t get much better, and you’ll be able to do various hikes around the small island (30 minutes each) and even hire out a kayak to get around the area. Just make sure you ask for the room with the spa 🙂
Want to travel a bit further away from Sydney? Check out some of our favourite places to visit in Australia!
12. FOR THE ACTUAL BYRON BAY LOVER
It’s not quite a 3 hour drive out of Sydney, but if you want to get far, far away, then Byron Bay is a must visit. Check out the most amazing airbnb right on the beach, and another amazing airbnb at the famous Wategoes Beach and my top 14 places to eat. Byron Bay is the quintessential Australian beach town to chill out and relax in.
We’re currently living in Pacific Palms which is near to Forster and I have to say this area is out of this world. Honestly we have back to back beaches that are so incredibly beautiful and deserted, it’s honestly one of the biggest gems in NSW.
Just a three hour journey from Sydney, if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is THE place to go!
You can thank me later for introducing you to paradise 😉
You know when you visit somewhere and you’re in two minds about whether to share it because it really is that amazing? Yep, well that’s Bellingen for you. It’s our absolute favourite place in the whole of Australia. Why? Expect 1 million year old rainforests in Dorrigo that will make you wonder how on earth they aren’t jammed packed full of people, incredible places to eat and awesome pubs.
If we could live anywhere, it would be in Bellingen. And it’s a 5 hour road trip from Sydney.
If you’re thinking of heading up to the Sunshine Coast for the long weekend and have no idea where to stay, check out our post which mentions the reasons to stay in either Noosa, Mooloolaba or Glasshouse Mountains.
We’ve written a lot of posts about the Sunshine Coast so start here with this one to start your adventure.