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Reset on a NSW short break

Bondi to Manly Walk, Bondi BeachCREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a walk along Bondi Beach, Sydney.

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Reset on a NSW
short break

Bondi to Manly Walk, Bondi Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a walk along Bondi Beach, Sydney.

#feelnewsydney

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A weekend away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is a welcome break you need every now and again. New South Wales offers plenty of options for a quick trip away centred around natural wonders, with beaches, bushland and bountiful experiences ready to enjoy. Here are a few places to consider for your next weekend escape.

Sydney 
There’s plenty to see and do in the state’s largest city. Start with a 30-minute walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the city centre and enjoy sweeping views of the harbour and the Sydney Opera House. Catch the train back to Circular Quay, then hop on the ferry for an afternoon at Taronga Zoo — you can stay overnight at the zoo’s Wildlife Retreat or have a Roar and Snore experience. 

Make the most of the sunshine and tackle a section of the four-day Bondi to Manly Walk, an 80km track of iconic beaches, ocean pools and secluded picnic spots from Bondi in the Eastern Suburbs through the city and on to the southern end of the Northern Beaches.  

Looking for a bite to eat in the city? Popular Bondi Italian eatery Totti’s has a sister venue in the city centre, Bar Totti’s, which serves up amazing house-made antipasti. For more Italian fare, head to Restaurant Leo or Ragazzi, which have revitalised the nearby Angel Place. And if you’re looking for bars, find a seat at Cantina OK! or PS40, or Maybe Sammy in The Rocks. 

Stay at the minimalist Little National Hotel Sydney in the city for easy access to the Barangaroo dining precinct; or soak up harbour views from your room at Pier One Sydney Harbour - a stone's throw away from Circular Quay. 

Taronga Zoo, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Curious giraffes peering over their enclosure at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

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Taronga Zoo, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Curious giraffes peering over their enclosure at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

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The Shoalhaven  
The Shoalhaven region of the South Coast, around a three-hour drive south of Sydney, shines with 170km of pristine coastline. There are many beaches to choose from – you can swim at the calm Callala Beach or Scottish Rocks, or camp at Green Patch. Book a tour with Dolphin Watch Cruises, or a whale-watching cruise with Jervis Bay Wild for the ultimate Jervis Bay experience during whale migration season (May to November). 

At Stonegrill steakhouse in the bustling coastal town of Huskisson, you cook meat or seafood on a heated volcanic stone yourself. Explore the region’s increasingly sophisticated wine offerings at Two Figs Winery, or have lunch at Cupitt’s Estate, a destination in itself only minutes away from the South Coast towns of Milton, Mollymook and Ulladulla

Stay on the coast at Bangalay Luxury Villas, on the beach at Shoalhaven Heads, or book an escape for the whole family at The Shore at Gerringong, The Pause, The Shed Gerroa or Beach House Gerroa, at the other end of Seven Mile Beach from Bangalay Luxury Villas. And Kangaroo Valley Getaways can match you with your ideal holiday home in the lush Shoalhaven hinterland. 

Whale Watching, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

Humpback whale breaching off Jervis Bay on the south coast of NSW.

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Whale Watching, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

Humpback whale breaching off Jervis Bay on the south coast of NSW.

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Blue Mountains 
A 90-minute drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is home to incredible outdoor activities and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Soak up breathtaking views of the Jamison Valley with a Scenic World experience, from the world's steepest passenger railway, to the recently launched Beyond Skyway experience. Go canyoning, abseiling and rock-climbing via High and Wild Australian Adventures and Blue Mountains Adventure Company

Head to Red Door Café in Leura for breakfast, or if you’re in this charming village later, have lunch at Leura Garage and enjoy afternoon tea at Megalong Valley Tea Rooms. Over in Bilpin, at the foot of the mountains, the High Hopes Roadhouse wine bar, by the crew behind Bondi institution Sean’s, is a great spot for refreshments after visiting local attractions such as Hillbilly Cider and Bilpin Cider or picking fruit at Bilpin Fruit Bowl.  

Sip pre-dinner drinks at Champagne Charlies at The Carrington in Katoomba, then enjoy dinner with a view at Echoes Restaurant & Bar, or Bar NSW at the Lookout. For self-contained accommodation just five minutes from town, Parkside Blackheath is an elegant restored 1930s cottage.  

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains CREDIT: Filippo Rivetti

Sunrise over the Three Sisters and Mount Solitary in the Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba.

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Three Sisters, Blue Mountains CREDIT: Filippo Rivetti

Sunrise over the Three Sisters and Mount Solitary in the Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba.

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Mid North Coast 
Go on a jet ski experience, river cruise or dolphin spotting on the pristine waterways of Port Macquarie, a four-hour drive north of Sydney, with Port Jet Cruise Adventures. A camel safari along Lighthouse Beach with Port Macquarie Camels may be more your speed, or you can get up close to a koala at Billabong Zoo.  

For lunch, head to The Hilltop Store in Sawtell, a 90-minute drive north of Port Macquarie. Another nearby lunch option is the refurbished The Kiosk Sawtell

Fresh oysters are shucked to order at Hamiltons Oysters in Tuncurry, an hour south of Port Macquarie. And off the Pacific Highway in Wauchope is Bago Maze and Wine, where the vineyard, cellar door and a hedge maze are surrounded by eucalypts. 

Just a short drive from Port Macquarie, Telegraph Retreat Cottages cater to couples and families. And inland from the coast, Cottonwood Cottage near the laid-back town of Bellingen is a Hamptons-style barn for two.  

Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope CREDIT: Destination NSW

The architecturally designed native Lilly Pilly hedge maze at Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope.

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Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope CREDIT: Destination NSW

The architecturally designed native Lilly Pilly hedge maze at Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope.

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Country NSW 
For a taste of the good life, you can’t beat Orange, a 3.5-hour drive west of Sydney. At Ferment, a slick wine centre showcasing 19 wineries in the region, you’ll get a well-rounded introduction to the local wine scene.  

While you’re in town, hop into Jumbled store to browse its interesting edit of homewares, fashion and art. Then head to Byng Street Local Store for brunch. For a sophisticated dining experience, make a reservation at Lolli Redini. Stay at The Oriana, which has rooms to suit couples and families alike. There’s the farmers market on every second Saturday, and just 15 minutes from Orange is the family-friendly Heifer Station Wines and its petting zoo.  

Three hours south of Sydney, between Canberra and the South Coast beaches, you’ll find the country town of Braidwood. Don’t miss Braidwood Bakery and its excellent pies and pastries, and find treats for the drive back at The Boiled Lolly. Stop off at the Braidwood Farmers Market for regional produce if you’re visiting on the second or fourth Saturday of the month. Extend your stay at Mona Farm, a restored homestead with luxe self-contained accommodation outside of Braidwood.  

In the heart of the Riverina, named for the mighty Murray River that flows through the region, you’ll find the town of Wagga Wagga. Start your weekend early on Thursday at the Riverina Producers' Market at Wagga Showgrounds. For dinner that celebrates local produce, dine at The Roundabout Restaurant or The Oakroom. Set up base at The Houston, a boutique hotel created within the grand neo-gothic Belmore House. 

Heifer Station, Orange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Group of friends enjoying a private food and wine tasting experience at Heifer Staton Wines, Orange.

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Heifer Station, Orange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Group of friends enjoying a private food and wine tasting experience at Heifer Staton Wines, Orange.

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