Jessica Testa - 7 Sep, 2020

8 Short Weekend Getaways in NSW

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Even when you feel like getting away from it all, it’s important to remember there’s no place like home. So why not look to take some time to relax and unwind in some of the most beautiful areas in New South Wales?

From quiet country towns to easy-going sandy beaches, there are a variety of options for whatever your preference. So if you’ve been working hard and saving up for a quick holiday, sit back and start planning your next long weekend getaway by considering some of the best destinations New South Wales has to offer. 

Hunter Valley

Firstly we need to mention a favourite getaway spot for many Australians, the Hunter Valley. Home to some of the best wineries and cellar doors, a wine tour is a must-do when visiting the beautiful vineyards of this well-known destination.

Food lovers can visit amazing restaurants, such as Muse Kitchen, Bistro Molines and Margan, and, if they are lucky, catch the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival where their taste buds will be well and truly tickled.

Don’t worry, kids can have some fun at the Hunter Valley as well. With family-friendly places including Hunter Valley Zoo, Hunter Valley Gardens, horse riding stables and bike trails, they’ll never be bored.

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You may not have expected to see Dubbo on this list, but it could be a solid holiday spot for your next long weekend. Take on Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Zoofari Lodge experience to get up close and personal with the beautiful wildlife that live there.

You’ll also be able to take a look at a slice of Australia’s history by visiting the heritage-listed Old Dubbo Gaol. The spooky and immersive Twilight Tours and Beyond The Grave Tour are not for the faint of heart. To get your mind away from the spirits of prisoners of the past, take a trip to where you can time travel back to the mid-1800s and experience Australian life back then.

Blue Mountains

As a World Heritage-listed site and beautiful natural wonderland, the Blue Mountains is a must-see at least once in a lifetime. You can explore the tracks and trails of Blue Mountains National Park, taking in the amazing views of sandstone cliffs, beautiful valleys, dozens of beautiful waterfalls and the famous Three Sisters at its various lookouts.

If you feel like getting your bike out, there are various trails you can take, such as Woodford-Oaks, Narrow Neck and Faulconbridge Ridge trails. Other heart-pumping activities include abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning.

Take in a piece of history by venturing into Jenolan’s fascinating caves where stunning crystal formations and pure underground rivers can be seen. With accommodation close by that is perfect for a tech detox, it could be just what you need to clear your head.

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Lake Macquarie

Sitting pretty right between Sydney and Newcastle, Lake Macquarie is more than just a body of water.

If sitting on the beach all day isn’t your style, get active with the wide range of activities you can do. Traverse the Caves Beach coastal track by hiking along the cliffs above the sandy bay towards Pinney’s Beach in Wallarah National Park. Clocking in at five kilometres, you’ll really get your steps up while exploring the trail. If you get lucky, you might see a humpback or southern right whale from the vantage point at Quarries Head if you are travelling in the chilly winter months.

Other activities include forest horse riding, boating and various water sports from kayaking to paddleboarding.

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South Coast

Create the perfect family holiday by renting a house down at the South Coast. With plenty of beautiful beaches to visit, it could be a great place to relax and breathe in the sea air after a tough few months.

If you’re looking to get out and about, take a bushwalk on the numerous walking tracks and trails or explore the cliffs, headlands and beaches Murramarang National Park. If you get lucky, you may spy a few of Australia’s best winged wildlife. Murramarang also has various great fishing spots where you may try catching your dinner. Some common fish include whiting, bream, flathead, luderick and tailer.

If you have little ones, check out Mogo Zoo, go on a Dolphin Watch Cruise at Jervis Bay Marine, head to Jamberoo Action Park Park or take them to Soulrider where they can learn surfing in different gorgeous locations including Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Narooma.

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a classic place to disappear to where there is something for everyone. With plenty of events to go to and various different types of tours to go on in the air, on the land or in the sea, your days will fly by quite quickly. A great spot for weddings, consider taking your party of guests on location if your special day falls on a long weekend.

There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars where you can get together with your friends and enjoy some of the best produce Bryon Bay has to offer. In a region that has a rich farming history, there are plenty of brands you can find that will allow you to experience this produce including The Organic Drink Co, Byron Chai, Byron Bay Macadamia Muesli, Byron Bay Honey and The Bay Smokehouse.

We all dream of having a waterside property, so why not stay in one of Byron’s Beach Holiday Houses and wake up to the sound of the waves crashing each morning?


Although most people may turn to a beach or national park for their holiday, some of the best experiences occur in Australia’s small towns. Berry could be a perfect choice if you’re deciding which one to go to.

With an abundance of small businesses to visit, your trip to Berry will allow you to support the locals through various shopping trips, walks through the markets and warm conversations in restaurants and cafes. Give camping or caravanning a go or stay in a cute little holiday house that’s close to everything you need.

With various events planned throughout the year, you’ll never run out of things to do.


Another gorgeous Aussie town that was also one of third-oldest colonial settlements, Windsor could be another great place to see some of Australia’s historical sites. Set out on the Windsor Heritage Walk to visit the 21 colonial buildings that are still standing today. Go down to the tranquil Hawkesbury River and do some of the fun activities available there, such as a river cruise, kayaking, picnics, fishing and boating.

There’s plenty of colour and life in Windsor as well. The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery houses collections by great Aussie artists and October’s Sydney Blues and Roots Festival will attract any music lover to the quiet town. Try renting a houseboat if you don’t get too seasick.

If you’ve already fallen in love with one of these incredible locations and would like to invest in a holiday home, find out whether it is the best choice for you. 

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Words by Jessica Testa

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