NSW Hidden Gem of the month
EAST COAST AUSTRALIA MAP
Sometimes it's easier to understand where the places we write about are located on a map. You'll find all of our content on our East Coast Australia map so you can plan your next holiday, and of course find our hidden gems easily. Just zoom in to read our content.
THE INCREDIBLE OVOLO NISHI HOTEL IN CANBERRA
If you're heading to Canberra on a weekend from Sydney, make sure you stay at Ovolo Nishi Hotel. It's well located and is a stunning piece of architecture you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Read more about our stay at Ovolo Nishi below.
FIGURE 8 POOLS, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK VIDEO
Watch our hike to the mind blowing Figure 8 Pools in Royal National Park in Sydney.
SEA CLIFF BRIDGE LOOKOUT, CLIFTON
The insta famous Sea Cliff Bridge Lookout! This walk is only for experienced hikers as it's not safe for kids, but the lookout is brilliant.
PALONA CAVE WALK, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK
A hidden gem in Royal National Park is Palona Cave Walk. It's an easy 30 minute walk to get to the cave, perfect for families.
BLUE MOUNTAINS (and nearby)
There's so much more to the Blue Mountains than the Three Sisters. Get yourself a hire car if you don't already have one and go and explore our hidden gems in Blue Mountains. There's so many things to do in Blue Mountains, you'll never get bored. From an amazing Japanese Bath House to visiting incredible lookouts and loads of awesome hikes.
CENTRAL COAST, NEWCASTLE & HUNTER VALLEY REGION
After living in Newcastle for nearly a year, I can honestly say there's a lot more to this once industrial city than most think. From incredible beaches, excellent restaurants and loads of quirky and unique places to visit, Newcastle makes for a great weekend away from Sydney.
In the area you'll find the Hunter Valley, Australia's most famous wine region as well the Central Coast further down the coast and the incredible Port Stephens up the coast. Port Stephens is home to the Southern Hemisphere's largest sand dunes, as well as a harbour twice the size of Sydney Harbour! There's so many resident dolphins, that it's pretty much guaranteed you'll spot some. Port Stephens also has loads of activities for kids so it's a great weekend away for families.
BUDGET WEEKEND IN HUNTER VALLEY
Watch our video of Steve's surprise birthday in the Hunter Valley! From a sunrise balloon flight to finding budget friendly restaurants, self-guided wine tasting and so much more!
MOUNT TOMAREE, PORT STEPHENS
Whilst Mount Tomaree in Port Stephens looks like a challenging hike, we show you what to expect as it's not as bad as you might think!
The Mid-North Coast is one of the best areas of NSW to explore. Here you'll find the absolutely beautiful Seal Rocks & Blueys Beach in Pacific Palms and the incredible Ellenborough Falls which is the third largest single drop waterfall in Australia. Don't forget to visit South West Rocks which has a fantastic camping ground on the beach and of course Bellingen, our favourite small town in NSW. Here you'll find some of the best walks in NSW at Dorrigo National Park, as well as some incredible waterfalls to swim in. It's an explorer's paradise!
ELLENBOROUGH FALLS VIDEO
Ellenborough Falls is the third largest single drop waterfall in Australia! Situated near to Taree on the Mid-North Coast, it's a 4 hour drive from Sydney. Find out more about this beautiful waterfall to visit.
Everyone's favourite holiday destination is the beautiful coastal town of Byron Bay. Whilst it has become incredibly popular over time, it still has the charm it had years ago. If you're looking to go on holiday to a buzzing coastal town which has excellent food, fantastic shopping, and plenty of beaches to discover, then Byron Bay is the place for you. Make sure you take the time to check out the beautiful Byron Hinterland as well, it's stunning!
BEST BYRON BAY BEACH HOUSE ACCOMMODATION
If you're ever looking go stay at the most amazing Byron Bay beach house, look no further. We stayed right on the main beach in Byron which had floor to ceiling views out to the ocean. It was honestly amazing! Bring your friends and make the most of this incredible place to stay! Find out more about this awesome place to stay in Byron Bay in our review below.