If you live in Sydney, you have a lot to see within the city. If you are a Sydneysider (as the people of Sydney are called) you must have seen everything within the city and thus have to go outside for your weekend breaks. No sweat, here are some of the best family-friendly weekend getaways from Sydney in 2018. These weekend getaways are both great and cheap, so easy on your pocket.
After all, who doesn’t love weekend getaways? They are quick, cheap and help you bond with your family and kids. Whatever location you opt for, please ensure you have travel insurance. Check out best travel insurance advice for Australians.
Short weekend breaks from Sydney
1. Central Coast (85 kms from Sydney)
The Central Coast, just an hour north of Sydney is a great weekend getaway for family and kids. It has what one calls – something for everybody in the family. Starting from the beaches to adventure biking, diving, water activities, shopping, excellent dining options and heritage sites. In fact, you can also try horse riding, quad biking and abseiling at Central Coast. Such a varied experience makes it a perfect weekend getaway for families of all sizes. Don’t miss the Glenworth Valley and the Bouddi National Park.
2. Royal National Park (35 kms from Sydney)
The Royal National Park is a little South of Sydney. We are sure your family will love it because this is the world’s second oldest National park. If you want to try a BBQ or swimming in the lagoon, try the Wattamolla picnic area – your family will love it. Down here you can also camp, or go on a mountain bike ride to free up all the stress. If you love to drive on beautiful roads, don’t miss the chance to drive on the Grand Pacific Drive. More about Royal National Park.
3. Newcastle (160 kms from Sydney)
In 2011, Newcastle made it to Lonely Planet’s must see destination list. If you are a surfer, you probably already heard of Newcastle or have already visited. This great weekend getaway for your family and kids has beautiful beaches and excellent food options thus making it an ideal destination. Don’t miss out on the dune buggy fun at Stockton.
4. Mudgee (265 kms from Sydney)
If you are looking for a quite family weekend getaway, Mudgee is your place. Mudgee has fine wines and fresh produce but very few tourists which makes it a peaceful holiday. This countryside has plenty of walking paths which make for a romantic and tranquil walk and it also has historical buildings which you will like. Your family especially the children can star gaze at the Mudgee Observatory, feed the ducks at the Lawson park, have a nice picnic at The Drip or hire a bike and cycle around.
5. Kiama (120 kms from Sydney)
If your family loves surfing you must visit Kiama because it will be a perfect family weekend getaway. It is a quick drive from Sydney – just two hours south of Sydney. Besides the surfing you can also check out the protected Seven Mile Beach, the Kiama blowhole and the Jamberoo Action Park (the biggest water theme park in the region). There is also a lot of Gold in Kiama, so if you have a passionate golfer in the family bring him along or work on your handicap before you take this weekend break.
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6. Bowral (120 kms from Sydney)
Just 120 kms from Syndey, this makes for a quick weekend getaway with family – just 90 minutes and you can reach your holiday destination. Bowral is at the base of Mount Gibraltar and in the past has played its role as a retreat for the rich. The place is full of gardens and tulips in spring, so your family will best enjoy a visit to this weekend getaway during the spring months. This is definitely your destination if you love cricket and as a result also love Sir Donald Bradman – for here you can see The Bradman Oval and International Cricket Hall of Fame.
7. The Blue Mountains (75 kms from Sydney)
The Blue Mountains are known for their hiking trails, and excellent cuisines not to mention a good amount of boutique shopping.
So choose this weekend getaway only if your family loves nature and majestic mountain views. Depending on the season, the Blue Mountains take a hue of its own – this getaway is glowing in autumn, cool and composed in winter, frighteningly colorful in spring and amazingly refreshing in summer. Two of the hotels stand out in this excellent weekend getaway for your family – the Hydro Majestic and the Lilianfels.
8. Canberra (290 kms from Sydney)
Canberra is the capital of Australia and is 102 years old at the time of writing this article. Just half hour by air from Syndey, Canberra can be a great weekend getaway for your family if all can leave on Friday evening itself. Some of the good places to see in Canberra for all members of the family are: the Australian War memorial, Lake Burley Griffin, National Gallery of Australia, and the Parliament House. The kids in the family may also love the National Dinosaur Museum and the Big Splash Waterpark. Canberra for the Weekend break.
9. Byron Bay (770 kms from Sydney)
If your family loves music, there is no better weekend getaway for your family than Byron Bay. Just make sure you plan your getaway after knowing the dates of the numerous music festivals which get hosted there – Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, the Falls Music and Arts Festival and the Mullum Music Festival to name a few. There is plenty of shopping as well what with the popular Bangalow Market and the Byron Farmers Market drawing a lot of visitors. If you want to get away from the usual weekend attractions, try surfing and kayaking – if you are lucky you may even see dolphins. Do note that Byron bay is 800 Kms from Sydney and may involve traveling by air to cut downtime.
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10. Gerringong (130 kms from Sydney)
If you and your family members just want to chill on the beach this is the best destination for a weekend break. Werri Beach, the best surfing beach in the region is located in Gerringong. If you are into wind surfing, nothing can be better than the Seven Mile Beach. This town appears to attract tourists who like the finer things of lifestyle – such as amazing cuisine, high-quality fishing experiences, green golf courses etc. When you are in Gerringong, definitely go try the popular Crooked River Winery.