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Rediscover NSW with these short breaks

23 Jul 2021

Explore, wander, and maybe even get a little lost in NSW’s backyard. If you’re needing a little escape from the humdrum, get busy dreaming of your next quick getaway with us. There’s never been a better time to take a short break to reset or recharge. Get out to the unknown to somewhere new, or rediscover old favourites, it’s up to you. 

Here are some short getaway ideas to inspire your next trip.

The Hunter Region

Just a two-hour drive from Sydney, Huntery Valley is a no-brainer for a quick escape - whether for a romantic weekend getaway for two, or some family downtime. Spring is the best season for a visit, with relatively pleasant weather. 

NSW Hunter Region hot air ballooningCouple arriving for a sunrise hot air ballon ride in the Hunter Valley.
Image credit: Destination NSW

Unwind at a day spa, sample delicious local produce, or explore the region on an e-bike.

Popular highlights:

  • Whet your lips wine-tasting
  • Go hot-air ballooning
  • Explore the Hunter Valley Gardens

Nearest park: Discovery Parks - Harrington Beach or Discovery Parks – Lane Cove

Lane Cove National Park

Looking to do a digital detox and unplug from the world? Lane Cove National Park is a great place for it. Just 10km from Sydney CBD, pack the bags for the weekend and head into this picturesque bushland. Looking for more than the great outdoors? The township of Lane Cove is filled with plenty from amazing street art to local events.

Lane Cove Kayaking

Head into town or immerse yourself in nature completely and explore the park on foot, canoe/kayak, or bike – it’s up to you!

Popular highlights:

  • Go paddling on the Lane Cove river
  • Bushwalking through the national park
  • Birdwatching

Nearest park: Discovery Parks – Lane Cove

Byron Bay

With its stunning beaches and laid back coastal charm, Byron Bay makes an easy choice for a short weekend escape. While it’s known for its iconic surf break The Pass, you don’t need to be a surfer to be able to enjoy this seaside town. 

NSW byron bay horse riding toursCouple enjoying a horse-riding experience near Tyagarah Beach with Zephyr Horses in Byron Bay.

Image credit: Destination NSW

Byron Bay offers plenty for those who prefer to be on the ground from its guided tours, picturesque walks and hikes, community markets, to arts and culture festivals. 

Popular highlights:

  • Personalised horse-riding tours on the beach
  • Enjoy a Pinot & Picasso (paint and sip) experience
  • Visit the Lord Byron Distillery 
  • Experience the Cape Byron Walking Track

Nearest park: Discovery Parks - Byron Bay

The Central Coast

Nsw central coast mooney mooneyGuest examining a freshly farmed pearl on a tour of the Broken Bay Pearl Farm, Mooney Mooney.
Image credit: Destination NSW

The Central Coast needs no introduction, after all, it’s already a popular favourite of local Sydney-siders for a quick and easy weekend getaway. Known for its beautiful harbourside, quaint local villages, and lush national parks, the Central Coast is the perfect destination for families looking to entertain the little ones! 

Popular highlights

  • Go on a Sydney Oyster Tours - Mooney Mooney
  • Experience a Darkinjung Aboriginal Education Tour
  • Participate in a pearl farm experience
  • Explore the Bouddi National Park

Nearest park: Discovery Parks – Lane Cove

Coffs Harbour

Relax and recharge at Coffs Harbour with the family. Home to the iconic Big Banana (one of Australia’s famous Big Things), stunning beaches, and marine sanctuary, this coastal town will keep everyone busy with its list of attractions! 

Nsw coffs harbour big bananaMother and daughter enjoying a toboggan ride at The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour.
Image credit: Destination NSW

Go tobogganing at the Big Banana Fun Park, learn about marine wildlife rescue and conservation, or enjoy whale watching at Muttonbird Island Reserve.

Popular highlights:

Nearest park: Discovery Parks – Emerald Beach

The Blue Mountains

Recharge the soul with a trip to the Blue Mountains. A place steeped with ancient cultural history and Dreamtime stories, the Blue Mountain offers the promise of serenity and healing for the weary individual. 

Nsw jenolan cavesThe scenic River Cave system at Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains.
Image credit: Destination NSW

Experience the multi-award-winning Aboriginal walkabout adventure in the Blue Mountains, ride on the world’s steepest railway, and visit Jenolan Caves, one of Australia's most spectacular cave systems.

Popular highlights:

  • Go on an Aboriginal walkabout adventure
  • Visit Scenic World, and ride in the Scenic Skyway
  • Visit Jenolan Caves
  • Marvel at the world’s second-largest canyon, Capertee Valley

Nearest park: Discovery Parks – Lane Cove