Last week’s warm weather teaser has us all thinking about what our next holiday could look like. With so much uncertainty about border closures, transport and generally staying safe, we’ve come up with our top holiday locations right here in our home state! With travel restricted across the world, not just in Australia, we really are so lucky to live where we do. NSW has so many stunning holiday destinations, and whether you’re looking for excitement or relaxation, there’s got to be something on the list to tickle your fancy!
1. Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is the breath of fresh air you need after travelling through Sydney. Due to its dense eucalypt population, the atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter shorter wave-length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour. The stunning mountainous landscape is the crown jewel of the area, lending itself to a range of beautiful bush walks and outdoor experiences. The whole region is world heritage listed, meaning the pretty little historic towns are protected and maintained to perfection. With such a varied range of activities and accommodation, the Blue Mountains is perfect for any type of getaway – from family holiday to romantic weekend away.
2. Byron Bay
Byron Bay is home to Australia’s most eastern point, and is know for stunning beaches, beautiful food, and a laid back, relaxing atmosphere. You might spot a busker waiting to turn into an international hit artist (hello Tones and I), or be lucky enough to run into a Hemsworth brother! Byron lives up to its ‘most famous town in NSW’ name with welcoming locals and activities galore! In usual times, it hosts amazing music festivals and that artistic culture is apparent even when the town is quiet. Learn to surf, dine well, work on your tan or jump out of a plane – there’s plenty to keep you smiling at Byron Bay!
3. Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo National Park is only an hour from the Coffs coast but it feels like another universe. With stunning waterfalls and a viewing platform out over the dense rainforest, the sea of green is a rare and beautiful sight in NSW, especially after the devastating ’19/‘20 fire season. Enjoy this spectacular view reaching all the way to the sea and set yourself up a picnic at one of the many BBQ facilities. Surrounding towns are full of funky cafés, great coffee, and hidden gems in boutique, locally owned stores. Stay in one of the quaint bed and breakfasts for a low key and special experience of this area.
4. Mt Kosciuszko National Park
Mt Kosciuszko National Park covers 7 individual areas – Thredbo/Perisher, Lower Snowy River, Khancoban, Selwyn, Tumut, Yarrangobilly and High Plains. Depending on the time of year, these areas all offer different options for amazing getaways. If you can catch it, the snow season at Thredbo/Perisher is world-renowned and an absolute must for those who love winter sports. High Plains is a beautiful spot for Summer holidays, boasting horse riding, bike trails, caves and gorges for the outdoor adventurers. If you’re looking for an alternative to the coastal options, Mt Kosciuszko National Park has you covered.
5. Broken Hill
Jump in the car and head west.. for about a day. 12 hours drive from Sydney is a true outback city in every sense. Broken Hill is a living, breathing time capsule where the mining history and rising art scene blend together to create a stunning combination of what makes Australia great. It’s a place of huge skies, red rocky earth and a fascinating and internationally significant story. Broken Hill is Australia’s first heritage listed town, so if you’re interested in history, this is the destination for you! There are plenty of charming outback towns along the travel route that will also have you feeling connected to our country in a completely different way.
Referred to as the jewel of the South Coast, Kiama is famous for it’s blowhole, which is one of the world’s largest natural waterspouts. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxing adult’s getaway with a first-class golf course, high end dining options and opportunities to get into nature in both rainforests and the coast. Just a short two-hour drive from Sydney, it’s a must do for city-siders, without the hectic road trip north!
7. Hunter Valley
More suited to a girls’ trip or romantic weekend away than a family holiday, the Hunter Valley boasts over 150 vineyards, making it true wine country. If you’re all about the good life, with great food and great drinks, you’ll love every second of your time in this beautiful area. There’s lots to explore, like art galleries, breweries and distilleries, outdoor adventures and 5-star golfing. It’s also famous for stunning early morning hot air balloon rides, showcasing the stunning valley in all its glory. There’s been many a proposal up there in the air! If you’re at that stage in your life, the Hunter Valley will set you up for success!
Mudgee is another stunning wine region that can be enjoyed by the whole family. With all the features you’d expect including fantastic wine and food. You may not expect great bike tours, fossicking for gold and wonderful museums. Holidays should be relaxing and Mudgee has you sorted with a range of wellness services for that well-deserved pampering. There are some pretty special heritage listed pubs in the area that are a must see. It’s a little bit of a drive from Sydney at just under 4 hours. If you’re looking for a change from the typical beach destination, then Mudgee could be for you.
9. Port Macquarie
Needing no introduction, Port Macqaurie ticks all the boxes for a 5-star coastal holiday. Days can be whiled away on our beautiful water ways, with whale watching, paddle boarding, water skiing or swimming. Magnificent walking tracks, a plethora of delicious dining options and bars as well as a rising arts and culture scene will leave you entertained and relaxed in equal measure. Just a few hours drive up our beautiful coastline from major NSW cities, Port Macquarie is a playground for kids and adults alike. It’s also home to your favourite club – and we can’t wait to see you! Take this year as an opportunity to explore this amazing state we are so lucky to live in and enjoy the shorter travel time to one of these beautiful locations.