I’ve been thinking a lot about weekend getaways from Sydney because, well, let’s face it, we all need a break from the city every so often and there are so many holiday worthy spots so close to the city that’s worth a blog post mention.
Here’s my 16 romantic weekend getaways from Sydney. I’ve also decided to keep it just within a 3 hour drive of Sydney because no one wants to spend their entire weekend traveling!
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1. Scotland Island
Last Easter we decided to take a last minute holiday and wanted to stay somewhere near Palm Beach. Once we looked up places to stay on airbnb, we didn’t realise what a gem we actually found. We stayed at Scotland Island Lodge and even though we hadn’t ever heard of the island before 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. 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 Sydney Seaplanes there from Rose Bay and they’ll drop you right off at the hotel. 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.
3. Avoca Beach
I recently spent the weekend in Avoca and absolutely loved it. There are loads of gorgeous hidden beaches around and I loved the unique picture house there. 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. Love cabins
I have wanted to stay in these treetop Love Cabins for so long now! A friend of mine took his girlfriend there for the weekend and proposed. Apparently it’s a common place for engagements to take place! You can even do the guided glow worms hike in the evening as well. How romantic would this be?
5. Jervis Bay
Who would want to spend the weekend at some of Australia’s best beaches and apparently the whitest sand in the world? You could get an airbnb or why not try camping. I’m really keen to camp at Cave Beach or Honeymoon beach sometime soon although from what I could see, you’ll going to have to book up Honeymoon Bay about six month’s in advance.
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. We hired out a 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.
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. The other day, I suggest jumping on the ferry at Palm Beach over to Great Mackeral Bay for a hike to the stunningly beautiful Resolute Beach. You’ll feel like you are on a deserted island, it’s that gorgeous!
8. Blue Mountains
I absolutely love going up to the blue mountains, there’s something that’s just so calming and peaceful about it and there’s loads to do. There’s loads of amazing hikes to do, lots of awesome vintage shops, and the views are just mind blowing. Don’t forget the drive down to Jenolan Caves is just incredible as well.
I always think Newcastle is a bit underrated. I go up there quite often as the other half’s family live there and it’s so beautiful, you could easily spend the weekend there and not get bored. I really love hanging out at the beach in Newcastle which can easily rival the beauty of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. 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 Newie, 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 vlog about our weekend below!
12. Peats Bite
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. They 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.
13. Pearl Beach
I found this beach recently and it totally had that summer holiday vibe to it. A chilled beach with an awesome restaurant right on the beach called Pearls On The Beach, Pearl Beach reminded me of Palm Cove near Cairns for it’s beauty and chilled out vibes. I’d be staying here in a flash!
TIP, there’s an awesome pub around the corner in Patonga, understandably called, Patonga Beach Hotel which has won awards for the best country pub. I absolutely loved this pub as it’s on the water and it had a very British, chilled out vibe. It’s a proper gem!
15. Kangaroo Valley
Belmore Falls, Kangaroo Valley
Kangaroo Valley is about a 2hr drive from Sydney and if you haven’t been yet, it’s an absolute magical gem of a place. There are so many wild swimming spots you can hike to such as Fitzroy Falls, Belmore Falls and Carrington Falls. Imagine spending time with your loved one hiking through the bush to be greeted with the most romantic waterfall you can have a swim under at the end? Beautiful! It’s also just a 30 minute drive over to Berry as well.
I’ve driven through Berry a few times now and always say the ‘we should stay here sometime’ speech to the other half as it’s the cutest little town and as I’ve heard, if you’re a foodie then you’ve come to the right place. The countryside around there is spectacular and it’s at the gateway of the stunningly beautiful Kangaroo Valley.
Is there anywhere I’ve missed off the list? I’d love to hear from you so let me know in the comments below
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