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Refresh with summer long-weekends

Kayaking, Pambula RiverCREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a paddle on Pambula River, Pambula.

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Refresh with summer
long-weekends

Kayaking, Pambula River CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a paddle on Pambula River, Pambula.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

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Your desk might be beckoning you back to the daily grind, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up that renewed, refreshed holiday feeling quite yet. From city escapes to beach breaks and more, New South Wales offers long-weekend adventures aplenty so you can hold on to those Feel New Summer vibes for a bit longer. Here are just a few short-but-sweet getaways to enjoy throughout January and beyond...

Be renewed by ocean views

The crunch of sand under foot, the zing of saltwater on the skin… long weekends in NSW keep the Vitamin Sea goodness flowing all summer long. Immerse yourself in the big blue with a Far North Coast stay at Yamba’s first boutique hotel, The Surf, ride the waves at Angourie Point, swim in famous ocean pools, hire a kayak and enjoy fresh seafood at the Pacific Hotel. The spectacular ocean scenes continue all the way down the coast to Narooma, where the Whale Inn offers relaxing stays surrounded by sparkling South Coast beaches and easy access to Montague Island –  the home of penguins, seals and humpbacks.

Rekindle your romance

Whisk your love away to the Hunter Valley for a wine-tasting tour by horse and carriage and cosy up in voco Kirkton Park’s romantic Manor Suite. Spend a luxurious few days at Albury’s CIRCA 1928, getting closer over indulgent couples spa treatments and hot-air balloon flights. Back in Sydney, book into one of the Harbour’s most exclusive stays at the Executive Harbour Bridge Suite at the new Crown Sydney, or the Harbour Suite at Park Hyatt Sydney, where a new chapter in your love story begins with Sydney Opera House views and butler service.

Revitalise in nature

Reconnect with your favourite people in landscapes that have inspired a million watercolour paintings. Spend a long weekend exploring the Mighty Murray River on a houseboat, cruising through peaceful scenery garnished with stately eucalypts, visiting charming Riverina villages, and unwinding with kayaking and fishing. Venture north to the Bonville Golf Resort, where you can have a hit surrounded by the Coffs Coast’s stunning wilderness. Or, continue north to the Tweed Valley, where Tallaringa Luxury Camping has outdoor baths and lush mountain views to soothe you, and you can refuel at the Husk Distillery and Tweed River House.

The Surf, Yamba CREDIT: Elise Hassey

The Surf is Yamba’s first boutique hotel. 

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The Surf, Yamba CREDIT: Elise Hassey

The Surf is Yamba’s first boutique hotel. 

#feelnew #feelnsw

Surfing, Cabarita Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Women heading out for a morning surf at Cabarita Beach.

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Surfing, Cabarita Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Women heading out for a morning surf at Cabarita Beach.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Refresh your thinking

Holidays are all about upgrading your perspective and in Sydney there’s a new discovery at every turn. Honour the rich heritage of the world’s oldest living culture at the Yabun Festival; experience the city’s rich Aboriginal heritage on a Burrawa BridgeClimb or Indigenous heritage tour of The Rocks and Barangaroo. Embrace a new point of view this Australia Day: in between catching the action around the Harbour  – including fireworks, ferry races, a Children’s Festival, live entertainment and more – why not cruise into the thick of it aboard a luxury cruise?

Re-energise with your tribe

Holidays are about shaking off your daily routine and sharing the fun of family life, and the good times roll all summer long in NSW. Fit a whole holiday’s worth of fun into a long weekend in Western Sydney with a staycation at Atura Blacktown, where child-friendly attractions like Raging Waters, Sydney Motorsport Park, the Skyline Drive In, Roadhouse Bar and Grill, the Cables Wake & Aqua Park and Sydney Zoo are all within easy reach. Up for a family road-trip further afield? Visit the Snowy Mountains for the Kids Summer Adventure Festival in Thredbo; or go west to experience the Tamworth Country Music Festival, see wild koalas in Gunnedah or camp amongst the giraffes at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

Unleash your sense of adventure

In NSW, a long weekend isn’t just a few days off work, it can become the highlight of your story as new experiences reawaken your senses. Spend a family-friendly few days at Wilga Station near Bathurst, where the 260-acre working sheep farm offers rural adventures and a five-bedroom country retreat to call home. Pack your bikes and head west to Country NSW and explore Mudgee, Mendooran and Dubbo along the Central West Cycle Trail. Or head south for a guided e-bike tour of  Mimosa Rocks National Park, taking in soaring clifftops and secret beaches along the way. Wherever your journey takes you, you’ll find inspiring memories to carry with you long afterwards.

Savour surprising new flavours

Summer’s all about fresh seasonal fare that nourishes both body and soul, and on NSW long weekends you’ll go straight to the source. Take a Sapphire Coast road-trip to Pambula and surround yourself in seaside seclusion at the Currajong Retreat, and spend your days learning to shuck oysters, taking the kids to Oaklands Barn for pony rides, and feasting on seafood at Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant and the Longstocking Brewery. Around Sydney, you can taste the world on a plate as Taste Cultural Food Tours guides you from one delicious multicultural precinct to the next. Or check into the SKY Suites urban resort and immerse yourself in Parramatta’s smorgasbord of dining options – including Maurice Terzini’s CicciaBella, where the risotto al limone is as moreish as the season itself.

BridgeClimb, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family enjoying the Burrawa Indigenous Experience at BridgeClimb, Sydney.

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BridgeClimb, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family enjoying the Burrawa Indigenous Experience at BridgeClimb, Sydney.

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Tathra Beach, Tathra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man heading out for a morning of stand-up paddleboarding at Tathra Beach, Tathra.

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Tathra Beach, Tathra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man heading out for a morning of stand-up paddleboarding at Tathra Beach, Tathra.

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Upgrade your playtime

Whether you’re catching up with the crew or taking the kids away for a few days, there’s a NSW escape to make your quality time together next-level. Book a Sydney staycation at A by Adina, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour or the Old Clare Hotel and spend lazy afternoons cooling off in sparkling rooftop pools. Or head to the North Coast for an unforgettable road trip through the hinterland, where you’ll relax together in ancient rainforests, towering waterfalls, refreshing water holes and world-class surf spots. Set up camp at the  Secret Lake Retreat in Lawrence, where you can recharge together with kayaking, birdwatching, hiking and cycling in some of the Clarence Valley’s most pristine bushland.

Retreat and recharge    

Upgrade your Me Time with a pampering escape that indulges every sense. Surround yourself with the World Heritage wilderness of the Blue Mountains at One&Only Wolgan Valley, Spicers Sangoma, Billabong Retreat, or the Japanese Bath House and Spa, for soothing treatments and your own private buro. Back in the Harbour City, check into The Darling and treat yourself to its invigorating spa experiences, including the Li’tya Ocean Dreaming Bath package that features a relaxing massage, a deep cleanse, and a revitalising bath to renew you inside and out.

Unwind among the vines

Keep summer’s quality wine times flowing with a long weekend in wine country. Book a short break at Nimbo Fork Lodge nestled in the Snowy Valleys, and sip award-winning drops at landmark wineries on an exclusive Vine to Wine Adventure. Stroll between the vines of the Southern Highlands, where you can base yourself at Osborn House near Mittagong, and visit cellar doors at Cuttaway Hill, Artemis and Tertini Wines. Head southwest to Wagga Wagga for tasting experiences at Borambola Wines and Cottontail Winery; or drive two hours north of Sydney to Pokolbin for a stay  in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region. As you clink glasses and toast the year ahead, you’ll already be planning your next, longer, visit.

For more information on how to have a Feel New Summer in Sydney and New South Wales, go to visitnsw.com or sydney.com 

Share your Feel New Summer moments @VisitNSW and @sydney with #FeelNSW and #FeelNewSydney   

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