May 28, 2020

Weekend Getaway: New South Wales

<p>New South Wales is a haven of holiday delights ready for exploration. Whether you’re looking to play sommelier and sample some delicious wines from Hunter Valley, trek your way through some Blue…

New South Wales is a haven of holiday delights ready for exploration. Whether you’re looking to play sommelier and sample some delicious wines from Hunter Valley, trek your way through some Blue Mountain trails, or make friends with some dolphins down at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales has got you covered. 

Rest and Relaxation

Looking for some R&R? Look no further than Hunter Valley. This sun spot offers an abundance of wineries for you to hop between (just make sure you sort out responsible transportation between one and another)! Hunter Valley’s Smelly Cheese Shop is also a great place to stop if you’re looking for an edible souvenir - although we can’t guarantee you won’t eat it before you get home!

Bike rides through the valley and hot air balloon trips will offer a new take on a region which offers plenty of chances for romance. The valley is also home to a number of luxury spas - perfect for melting away the stress of the last few months. If getting your heart pumping is what would make you feel refreshed, make sure to check out Werakata National Park (home to an abundance of native wildlife) for a day hike.

 

Adventure Lover

The Blue Mountains have no shortage of action-packed ways to pass your time, even if you’ve been before. An easy distance from Sydney, the Blue Mountains offer abseiling, canyoning, and exploring waterfalls, caves and rock jumps. All of these can be done on guided day tours, making it the perfect long weekend getaway; horse riding, water sports and fishing are also on the table.

Wanting to stretch your legs? Among the number of fantastic hiking opportunities in the Blue Mountains is also the Old Great North Road, famous as it was built by convicts in the early 19th century and spans 260km of rugged terrain.
 

Family Fun

Wanting a family friendly get away? Head to Coffs Harbour for a few days! There’s plenty of beach front accommodation, as well as something fun for everyone. Being based by the sea means the chance to go whale watching by boat, or heading to the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park for an afternoon.

The Big Banana Fun Park is also a great way to spend a day, as it boasts plenty of water rides, a laser tag arena, mini golf, and an ice-skating rink in the winter. In addition to this are the abundance of hikes at nearby Bongil Bongil National Park, perfect for anyone wanting some time to decompress in nature.

Imagery courtesy of Tourism Australia