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19 Day Trips That Will Get You Out Of Sydney This Weekend

You won't want to stay indoors when there are locations like these to explore.

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1. For panoramic views and cultural history, head to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

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Travel 40 minutes north of Sydney to experience the beauty of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Walk through thick mangroves to discover sacred rock art along the Aboriginal Heritage walk before heading up to enjoy the incredible panoramic views of West Head lookout.

2. For beach-side relaxation and leisurely activites, head to Avoca Beach.

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An hour north of Sydney, this laid-back town on the Central Coast is all about rest and relaxation. With sandy beaches, scenic coastal walks, and the option to explore the waterways by kayak or paddle boat, there are plenty of leisurely activities to keep you entertained. And once you’re done having fun in the sun, walk on over to the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre where you can enjoy a film and some live music.

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3. For market treasures and one-of-a-kind doughnuts, head to Berry.

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Village charm, rolling green hills, heritage buildings, and friendly locals – these are the hallmarks of Berry, a town located two hours away from Sydney. A must-see is the Berry Country Fair with approximately 200 stalls selling local produce, books, plants, and other handmade products. And you can't leave without trying a freshly-made cinnamon doughnut from the famous Berry Donut Van.

4. For country charm and picture-perfect views, head to Leura.

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Sometimes referred to as "The Jewels In The Mountains Crown", Leura is the very picture of idyllic country charm. However it's during the springtime, when the main street is transformed into what feels like a season-long flower festival, that the town is at its most beautiful. Head up to the lookout on Sublime Point for a slightly different view that will make you feel like you're on top of the world.

5. For wine and riverside picnics, head to Morpeth.

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Morpeth is the boutique shopping and dining capital of the Hunter Valley, and it’s located just two hours north of Sydney. This historic town is home to a number of cafes, galleries, and even a converted Arnott's bakehouse. Finish up your trip by enjoying a riverside picnic with some gourmet cheese and a couple glasses of wine.

6. For surfing and art, head to Newcastle.

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Escape from the crowds of the city by driving two hours to Newcastle. Surf and sightsee along Nobby's Beach before heading into the CBD to explore Newcastle's emerging art scene. Between the regular mix of markets each weekend and the many boutique art galleries, street art, and music venues, you're sure to be inspired.

7. For blowholes and rock pools, head to Kiama.

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The two-hour drive to the seaside resort of Kiama is well worth the effort. The must-do, of course, is to visit the town's famous blowhole – located at the suitably named Blowhole Point. Don't forget about the four stunning rock pools situated along the coastline as well. And if you have time for a quick bite, Kiama's main street is laden with cafes, ice creameries, and restaurants.

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8. For horseback riding and outdoor adventures, head to Glenworth Valley.

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An hour north of Sydney in the beautiful hinterland region of the Central Coast lies Glenworth Valley. Immerse yourself in a day of adventure by exploring the surrounds on horseback. Or if you're a thrill-seeker, there's also quad biking, abseiling, and kayaking on offer. Finish off the experience by camping overnight on the scenic riverfront.

9. For natural beauty and crisp mountain air, head to the Blue Mountains.

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Just 90 minutes from Sydney, the Blue Mountains has some of Australia's most spectacular natural attractions. Experience the surrounds by hopping aboard one of Scenic World's glass-topped train carriages. Or if you’re feeling brave, head towards the Scenic Skyline and journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters. After a day of adventure, there’s the option to enjoy some scones and tea at the Hydro Majestic Hotel.

10. For ocean views and Instagram-worthy pictures, head to Royal National Park.

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The Royal National Park in Sydney's south is less than an hour's drive from the CBD. Featuring over a dozen major walking tracks and picnic areas, as well as three different lookouts, the hardest thing will be deciding what to do first. The Coastal Track is a popular option that offers sweeping views which are perfect for whale watching. And for those familiar with Instagram, it'll also take you past the iconic Wedding Cake Rock and Figure Eight Pools. Just remember to abide by all the regulations listed on the Royal National Park website when visiting these locations, and stay safe.

11. For quiet charm and romance, head to Berrima.

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If you need some peace and quiet, Berrima should be your next destination. A 90-minute drive from Sydney, the charming town is one of the best preserved examples of a Georgian village. Your first point of call should be Oldbucks Corner to peruse the interesting collection of shops selling speciality items and food. The Lolly Swagman is a must if you're after sweets from your childhood. Or if you're after something a bit more mature, there's ten wineries to choose from that are all within a 15-minute drive from the village centre.

12. For seriously good food and wine, head to Kangaroo Valley.

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Even though it's a two-hour drive from Sydney, the breathtaking mountain views of Kangaroo Valley are well worth the effort. As the town lies along the Kangaroo River, one of the best ways to explore is via kayak or canoe. Alternatively, there's the Fitzroy Falls walking track which offers both forest and cliff-side views, as well as the chance of seeing a platypus or lyrebird in their natural habitat. Refuel by making the short stopover at Southern Pies and Yarrawa Estate.

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13. For country sophistication and floral displays, head to Bowral.

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Located 90 minutes away from Sydney is the sophisticated country town of Bowral. Featuring beautiful parks and wine tasting in vineyards, it's perfect for a relaxed getaway. Visit during spring and you'll even catch a magnificent floral display at the Tulip Time Festival.

14. For golden sand and seafood delights, head to Palm Beach.

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Although technically still in Sydney, the hour-long drive to Palm Beach will have you feeling like you're a world away from the hectic city. The coastal suburb is lucky enough to have both pristine beaches and lush evergreen bushland to explore. Plus if you're a diehard Home and Away fan, you'll not only know that Palm Beach is the show's filming location, but will definitely want to go on the Flamin' Galahs Tour. Finish off the day by ordering fresh oysters at Jonah's Whale Beach.

15. For seaside thrills and cultural experiences, head to Wollongong.

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The beautiful seaside city of Wollongong is a 90-minute drive from Sydney. Home to stunning beaches, exciting water sports, thrilling skydiving, and extensive cycleways, the best way to experience Wollongong is outdoors. A short drive south will also take you to the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere where you can admire the scenery and enjoy vegetarian culinary delights.

16. For swimming in rivers and chasing waterfalls, head to Mermaid Pools.

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Situated approximately 75-minutes away, the hike to Mermaid Pools is one of Sydney's hidden gems. Once you reach the sandstone swimming holes you'll be faced with a choice on how to enter: jump from a height of either 10 metres or 20 metres. Yep, that's the only way in but it's worth the adrenaline rush. If you're game, head deeper into the bush to explore the rest of Tahmoor Gorge, but just be careful as there is limited signage.

17. For lush landscapes and fresh produce, head to Mount Tomah.

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Situated 90 minutes away from Sydney in the Blue Mountains is Mount Tomah. Boasting stunning panoramic views, the mountainside features thousands of plants from the southern hemisphere and around the world. And if you enjoy fruit picking, Bilpin's apple orchards are only a short drive away.

18. For beach-side laziness and spa treatments, head to Pearl Beach.

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The quiet seaside village of Pearl Beach is perfect for those looking for some rest and relaxation. A 90 minute drive from Sydney, you can spend your time lazing on the pristine sand and admiring the scenic views around you. While you're there, dine on some fresh seafood at Pearls On The Beach followed by a luxe treatment at the Central Coast Day Spa at Bells.

19. For river sunsets and ferry rides, head to Wiseman's Ferry.

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Just over an hour north of Sydney is the tiny settlement of Wiseman's Ferry. The town itself is little more than a few shops, some houses, and two ferries across the Hawkesbury which provide access to St Albans, the Hunter Valley, and Gosford. But it’s the isolation of Wiseman’s Ferry that makes it so tranquil. Cross the river to bush walk along the Great North Road or enjoy a peaceful riverside picnic while watching the sunset.

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