Sometimes we all need a few romantic getaways from Sydney that we’ve got some great ideas for you to discover.
When you’re looking for weekend getaways from Sydney it can be a bit overwhelming with knowing where to go. Do you head up North, South or even out West? We’ve kept all of our weekend getaways in NSW within a three hour drive of Sydney so you don’t have to spend the whole weekend stuck in a car.
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1. Scotland Island
We stayed at Scotland Island Lodge and even though we hadn’t ever heard of Scotland Island before and it was absolutely amazing!!
We had access to the lodge’s kayak to go to a secluded beach, had amazing home cooked meals and everyone on the island was so friendly.
It was mind boggling to know we were just 1 hour’s drive north of Sydney. I would recommend this place whole-heartedly.
2. Jonahs at Whale Beach
If you’ve not been to Jonahs Hotel and Restaurant at Whale Beach, this is an absolute gem of a romantic place to spend the weekend (read the reviews here). It’s situated right on the cliffs of the beach with a magnificent view. I’ve only eaten breakfast here but you can book a night or two for the weekend.
To really push the boat out, you could take the seaplane from Rose Bay and they’ll drop you right off at the hotel for lunch. I’ve been on the seaplane before and it was absolutely spectacular. That moment when you go out to the heads and up through Manly is just mind blowing. Click here to book your seaplane.
If you prefer, you can get a seaplane to Cottage Point Inn as well which we’ve done and it’s absolutely mind blowing. You won’t get much more of an awesome thing to do in Sydney to impress your date! Click here to book.
3. Avoca Beach
Avoca sort of reminds me of a smaller Byron Bay. It’s got a great chilled vibe to it. You could also stay in Terrigal around the corner which is a bit more lively if that’s what you’re looking for. I’ve written a blog post which includes all the info you need to know about Avoca in the link below!
4. Drive down to Wollongong
There’s so many things to do in Wollongong, it would be hard not to have a good time there. From Indian Temples to Buddhist Temples, to romantic waterfalls, lookout points and hikes, you’ll have an awesome time in the gong!
5. Jervis Bay
Who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend at some of Australia’s best beaches and apparently the whitest sand in the world at Jervis Bay? Jervis Bay is an awesome gem just a three hour drive South of Sydney. It’s totally worth it and there’s some brilliant things to do there.
6. Port Stephens
There’s so much to do in the area of Port Stephens, and Nelson Bay especially is a place that screams holiday destination.
With a harbour bigger than Sydney harbour and you’re pretty much guaranteed to spot a pod of dolphins whilst you’re there (book a tour here).
We hired this small boat for a few hours which was dirt cheap at $85 for 2 hours which was plenty of time. It’s great fun!
You can also climb up Mt Tomaree to see the incredible views of the beaches and then pop over to Anna Bay for camel and horse rides along the beach and sand dunes. If you’re really feeling adventurous, go sand boarding too!
Watch our video below
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7. Palm Beach
It’s so easy to spend a weekend in Palm Beach because there is a lot to do in this paradise of an area. Get yourself an airbnb, then I recommend spending one day at the beach (Avalon or venture down to Bigola), do the walk up to the lighthouse and stop off at The Boathouse for some food.
We also suggest jumping on the ferry at Palm Beach over to Great Mackeral Bay for a hike to the stunningly beautiful Resolute Beach (click here to read about it). You’ll feel like you are on a deserted island, it’s that gorgeous!
8. Blue Mountains
Thought Blue Mountains is all about hiking? Think again… we’ve found 30 amazing romantic things to do in Blue Mountains that you’ll be coming back time and time again to tick each one off your list.
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With so many beaches to choose from, Merewether has my pick as you can have a swim in the ocean baths or go for an awesome healthy meal at Blue Door Café, right on the beach.
There’s also more happening in Newcastle NSW than you think. Head over to Darby Street to get all the action of bars, restaurants and cafes that spill onto the street. Think of Melbourne and you could almost be there.
Newcastle is also the gateway to Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley which you could of course do a day trip to either or both when you’re staying in Newcastle.
11. Hunter Valley
Want a weekend away from it all? Go up to NSW’s famous wine region of the Hunter Valley. It’s jam packed with vineyards and you can book yourself on various wine tasting tours which include a good lunch.
Don’t forget to check out A Day On The Green as well as your favourite bands might be playing in one of the vineyards over summer. I saw The Rolling Stones there a few years ago and it was a great gig!
Watch our video about our weekend in Hunter Valley below!
I’ve only just heard about Peats Bite but it looks incredible.
With only 6 rooms available, you’ll need to snap up a date fast (they are currently booked out until June 2017, trust me, I’ve tried already!).
You can however, book yourself a day trip either on the Sydney Seaplanes or you can drive to Berowra Waters or Brooklyn and get their ferry service over as it’s only accessible by water. T
hey have a degustation menu on hand where you can just sit back and enjoy the views. It looks totally divine and also apparently a good wedding spot too!
1 night will set you back $740 for 2 people but you’ll be getting quite a lot for it including a full breakfast, a set lunch and a light grazing platter for two or you can totally splash out and pay $1110 for 2 nights accom. If you’re just after lunch, it’s $135 per person for 7 courses.
We too thought there wasn’t a lot going on in Canberra but turns out there is. From awesome art galleries, to beautiful wild swimming spots at the top of waterfalls, it doesn’t get more of a romantic getaways from Sydney right here.
Make sure you stay at the amazing Ovolo Nishi, it’s an amazing hotel!
Watch our video of our stay at Ovolo Nishi below
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15. Head up to Seal Rocks & Pacific Palms
We’ve been living up at Pacific Palms and we must say the beaches are back to back and they are some of the best beaches in NSW by a long shot. Honestly, if you’re looking to cut yourself off from the rest of the world, this is the place to come to.
Here’s our tips – make sure you visit Boomerang Beach, Elizabeth Beach and Shelly Beach in Pacific Palms. Kembali Restaurant in Pacific Palms serves up some awesome Balinese food too 🙂 When you go to Seal Rocks, you’ll honestly be scratching your head on how you haven’t been here before!
16. Japanese Bath House
For the ultimate romantic getaways from Sydney, get yourself over to Japanese Bath House located near to the Blue Mountains. They have five outdoor hot pools overlooking a valley, an awesome tea rooms and accommodation.
Watch our video review below!