The 10 Best Weekend Getaways From Sydney for Boutique Hotel Lovers

There are loads of great weekend getaways from Sydney. The city has so much to offer – like Watsons Bay Sydney– but it is nice to experience something not so big city and a bit more non-urban Australia. Why not add a weekend getaway to your Sydney Itinerary?

Here are the 10 Best Sydney Weekend Getaways along with boutique hotel recommendations – and some food and wine choices of course!

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1. Best Weekend Getaways from Sydney – Mount Kosciuszko

Why Go to Mount Kosciuszko?

To climb Australia’s highest mountain of course! And to see the little-discussed ski fields of Australia. Yes, it does snow in Australia!

people walking to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko - a great weekend getaway from Sydney
Heading to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko

Things to do in Mount Kosciuszko

1. Climb up the highest mountain in Australia

I did quite a bit of pre-research on this and it was quite hard to figure out which route to take for the Mt Kosciuszko Walk. As always it was much easier once you arrived and then all the brochures you needed were at the Valley chairlifts and quite a few are available online.

We began our walk in Thredbo at the bottom of the chairlift and went up the Meadows Nature Track. This was a lovely peaceful walk – hardly anyone on it.

We followed the path to where it meets the more challenging Merits track. This stretch was steep! Lots of water needed. This walk takes you up to the top of the chairlift where you join the Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk.


⇒ Planning your trip to Sydney? Don’t miss my post on the best Sydney itinerary for a 3, 5 or 7-day visit.


blue lake near the top of Mount Kosciuszko
The beautiful Blue Lake near the summit of Mount Kosciuszko

From here the track got busy. We did the walk on Easter Saturday so I guess that is to be expected. From the top of the chairlift, it is a 9km round trip and relatively steepish. There was every type of nationality and language being spoken as we passed people along the way to the Mt Kosciuszko Summit. And very brave people with prams!!!

We decided to take the chairlift town as round trip from the village it had been a 24km walk up and down Mt Kosciuszko and we were rather weary.

signs for different paths to take up Mt Kosciuszko
Which way?

We had a beautiful blue sky day and the scenery was stunning. Such a beautiful walk and so peaceful if you could ignore the many others seek serenity!

In hindsight, another nice option for the Mount Kosciuszko walk would have been to take the Merritts Traverse vs the Meadows walk. The more full-on option is to hop in the car and start the walk at Charlotte’s Pass.

At the very top, this connects with the Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk. This one is about 42km round trip.

We did a packed lunch which was perfect. The only place to eat is the restaurant at the top of the chairlift. Which was nice (see the highest section) but I’m sure would have been busy and is a bit slow. Much nicer to stop and sit on the trail and eat and watch the world go by.


⇒If you’re heading to Queensland check out my posts on the best Brisbane Boutique Hotels and my Gold Coast Itinerary.


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The highest toilet in Australia!

2. Enjoy the Highest…..

So there is a lot of The Highest in Australia action here! Of course, the summit of Mt Kosciuszko is the Highest Point in Australia. If you then head to the very nice Eagles Nest restaurant you can enjoy the highest coffee in Australia, the highest beer, the highest scones – anything you can consume can be posted on facebook as the highest of its kind in Australia!

And when you get to Rawson’s Pass you can also visit the highest toilet in Australia!

The bar at Eagles Nest restaurant in australia
Eagles Nest Bar

3. Enjoy some Mt Kosciuszko Restaurants

So apparently this used to be a pretty average region for coffee. That is until Central Road 2625 opened up. It is in the main village square in Thredbo and has a very inner suburban feel and the fab coffee to match!

We also did breakfast at Central Road 2625 on our final morning and it was fantastic. As I had burnt so many calories the day before I went all-in with the pancakes, banana, bacon and maple syrup. A fantastic breakfast! It’s not quite keeping up with the restaurants in Barangaroo or the best brunch places Melbourne has on offer but it is pretty darn good!

pancakes with bacon, syrup and banana on a white plate
A brilliant breakfast at Central Road

Mt Kosciuszko Accommodation

Thredbo Village is the main place to stay for the Mount Kosciuszko walk and it is very cute. Loads of lovely chalets and a nice little main square and road. Thredbo Village was much nicer than what we could see driving through Jindabyne which is the town at the bottom of the mountain.

Red chalet in Thredbo Village
Our chalet

We got a chalet which was fab – over 3 floors and massive. Our Thredbo chalet even had a sauna! We ended up cooking and staying in the chalet both nights as we had a nice wine and the living room was so big and comfy!

We found our place through stayz.com and the chalet was owned by Visit Snowy Mountains. Our Chalet was called Knickerbocker. It has a lovely terrace with a bbq and everything you could possibly need.

In Thredbo, boutique hotel options are rather limited. Well, there aren’t really any and a chalet is the best option.

However, if you definitely want to stay in a hotel there are some absolutely fine options – they just aren’t boutique hotels. Imagine more your typical ski accommodation set up of the light wood and tiled floors and you will get what I mean!

The best options that are in Thredbo Village so have good access are:

The family-run Denman Hotel

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The most deluxe accommodation in town – and an amazing location in the centre of town – is at the Thredbo Alpine Lodge

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For a more European feel and fantastic views check out Candlelight Lodge

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thredbo village main street
Thredbo Village

Getting to Mt Kosciuszko

Make it a road trip! It is the best way to get around and see stuff. We started from Sydney and headed South. We had a lovely lunch in Mittagong – The Glass Café – where I had a very tasty hamburger and a chocolate milkshake (going to burn all those calories climbing the next day)!

If you love the outdoors check out my posts on a day by day guide in the Everest Base Camp Trek Blog, the best things to do in the Verbier Summer, Climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, my Cappadocia Itinerary for Turkey Inside the Volcano Iceland and Yosemite in One Day.

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Time for a pie

On the way back we headed into Bungendore and enjoyed a great lunch at Gunnadoo pies. What a fantastic name for a pie shop! And the pies were outstanding.

⇒ Looking to visit a few more major Australian attractions? Check out this post on 10 Popular Australian Landmarks

2. Sydney Weekend Getaway – Bowral

Why Go to Bowral?

It’s New South Wales’ Cutest Country Town! And as it is only a 90-minute drive it is a perfect short break from Sydney!

Things to do in Bowral

1. Hit the wineries

The Southern Highlands is quite a big area for wine – and drinking it is one of the best things to do in Bowral! First up after passing Canberra is Lark Winery – it is very well signed from the Hume highway.

Lark Winery has a fabulous Rose that is heavy on the shiraz and the restaurant looked lovely (I didn’t think to book and they were full up when we got there).

Much closer to Bowral we headed to the lovely Artemis Winery where I picked up some lovely chardonnay. If you’re a fan of Australian wine don’t miss my post on things to do Mornington Peninsula – one of Australia’s loveliest wine regions.

The outdoor seating area at Lark Winery with a view of the vineyards
Lark Winery, a perfect stop on a weekend away near Sydney

However, the highlight was Centennial Vineyards. It does appear to be the main winery in the area. Centennial Vineyards has a large cellar door area where I discovered their sparkling shiraz which was fantastic. We then went on to have a wonderful lunch in the Centennial Vineyards restaurant.

Everything we ate at Centennial was lovely but the highlight was the fig, walnut and blue cheese salad. The cauliflower gratin was pretty sensational as well. All washed down with some pinot noir..

We did a brief stop at the Artemis winery and picked up some pinot noir. It is worth a visit.

two glasses of wine and a price list at Centennial Vineyards
Wine time

2. Go Bra and Antiques Shopping

It’s all happening in Bowral New South Wales! And some of the purchases are not as you might expect. There is a great Bendon outlet on the main street – so a bit of bra shopping in Bowral!

There a couple of fantastic classic bookshops and loads of lovely shops selling candles etc. One of the big Bowral NSW attractions is antiques and they have loads.

blue wall with lots of framed pictures and ornaments in a shop in bowral
Quirky Bowral

There is a fantastic antique warren called Dirty Jane’s just off the main street which is like entering another world. I’m not that into antiques but I loved exploring this place.

Every nook and cranny at Dirty Jane’s Bowral is filled and it appears every stallholder is also a stylist in their spare time as they all look fabulous!

My favourite was Suzie Anderson Home – visiting her “stall” (it is much more than that) is like a mini trip to Southern France. Her taste is immaculate.

bowral things to do
Antiques Shopping

3. Enjoy Bowral’s Restaurants

Our hotel recommended the Bowral Hotel for dinner. We did have a lovely meal at the Bowral Hotel – a delicious lamb rump with polenta and spinach for me – but the pub was dead. It was easter Sunday so I guess it was only going to go one way or the other!

There is a nice outdoor seating area at the Bowral Hotel that is also smoking friendly. The outdoor area is pretty much on the Bowral main street so we enjoyed a bottle of Veuve sitting on the wonderfully named Bong Bong Road!

bottle of veuve clicquot in an ice bucket on an outside table at the bowral hotel
Time for some Veuve

On one of your trips into town make sure you get a coffee at Elephant Boy. This little café is fantastic. Elephant Boy Bowral is decked out like a library or bookshop and also has lots of you guessed it elephants all over the place.

And then it has this sort of Indian feel to it as well – and some amazing looking cakes. And most importantly Elephant Boy has fab coffee!

Bowral Boutique Hotels

You must stay at Links House – this is one of my favourite boutique hotels I’ve stayed in a long time. Links House Bowral is boutique adventurer heaven – high thread count and loads of character!

The rooms are lovely but the best thing is the shared spaces and fabulous service. There is a lovely outside courtyard/winery at Links House that begs for wine to be drunk.

⇒ Planning a trip to Melbourne? Check out my posts on the Best Place to Stay in Melbourne for Boutique Hotel Lovers and the best Brunch Places Melbourne!

bedroom with double bed at Links House Hotel Bowral
Bedroom at Links

There are also sitting rooms in the front of Links house where port is suggested. The manager is an absolute delight and the night manager was the same. So genuinely friendly and helpful. I can’t say enough good things about Links House! Oh, and there is also a great DVD selection and a fabulous breakfast.

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poached eggs with hollandaise sauce on a white plate at Links House
Breakfast at Links

If you would like to check out some other Boutique Hotel options in Bowral, for those who are keen on full country house glamour, you might like the Milton Park

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If you are happy to stay a bit out of Bowral and are looking for luxury check out Peppers Craigieburn Resort

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Getting to Bowral

It takes about 1 ½ hours to drive from Sydney to Bowral traffic dependent of course. This makes it one of the best Sydney getaways for a weekend.

⇒ If you’re staying in the Southern Highlands avoid the hassle of figuring out which wineries to visit and making sure you don’t swallow with a Southern Highlands Wine Tour. It includes pick up and drop off from your hotel, lunch and up to 5 wine door visits.

3. Short Trips from Sydney – The Blue Mountains

Why Go to the Blue Mountains?

This stunning mountain range is only one hour from Sydney. The Blue Mountains are possibly the most popular Sydney day trip – but an even better choice for weekends away near Sydney.

Things to do in the Blue Mountains

1. Visit The Three Sisters

A Blue Mountains getaway is not complete without seeing the Three Sisters. These three rocks form the iconic image most associated with the Blue Mountains. They are absolutely stunning.

I highly recommend going to see The Three Sisters Blue Mountains at the end of the day in the magic light the hour before sunset when they positively glow.

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The Three Sisters, perfect for a Sydney weekend away!

You can see the Three Sisters from Katoomba’s Echo Point. It is well signed and has a huge car park. Once you’ve arrived there it is a 5-minute walk to get to the viewing deck for the Three Sisters. You can decide from there how far down you want to walk to get shots

2. Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls are lovely! You can park not too far away and then head down to see them. This is an easy option. The better option is to include Wentworth Falls in a hike – see below! Several hikes around the Blue Mountains involve visiting Wentworth Falls.

wentworth falls in the blue mountains
Wentworth Falls

3. Go on a hike

We started our hike from the Conservation Hut – also where we were able to park although it was a bit of a walk to get from the car to the start of the track. We took the overcliff and undercliff paths – walking to Wentworth Falls and then heading back.

It was a relatively easy-going walk but a decent workout. There were quite a few steps and ups and downs! It took about 3 hours to get to Wentworth Falls and back. Definitely, take water and snacks with you as once you start walking there isn’t anything on the way.

lyrebird lookout in the blue mountains
Lyrebird Lookout

4. Enjoy the Food 

Head to the super cute town of Katoomba for Blue Mountains restaurants. Katoomba is filled with art deco buildings, antique stores and generally cute restaurants, shops and galleries.

The highlight of Katoomba Blue Mountains is the Paragon, a heritage-listed 1916 art deco café. And its specialty is handmade chocolates which are delicious! You will have earnt your chocolate after doing all those walks during your Blue Mountain weekend getaway!

The Paragon restaurant in Katoomba Blue Mountains
The Paragon

Have a wander around Katoomba as there are many interesting shops and cafes that are worth a visit. This is heaven if you are into antiques.

Blue Mountains Boutique Hotels

For somewhere quite different and rustic check out the Old Leura Dairy.

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If you’re after a more traditional luxury country getaway try Lilianfells Resort and Spa. This stunning property is right on the edge of the national park making full-on day walks and evening luxury very compatible!

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Somewhere Extra Special

If you’re looking for luxury weekend getaways Sydney options, you cannot beat the stunning Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. The resort is located on a 7000-acre conservation area and consists of 40 private villas, each with a private pool and fireplace. You can also enjoy fantastic treatments at the on-site Spa.

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One & Only Wolgan Valley terrace with a view
The Stunning One & Only Wolgan Valley – Photo Credit Luxury Lodges Australia

⇒ Planning a weekend away with the one you love? Check out this post on the most romantic weekend getaways from Sydney

How to get the Blue Mountains

We drove to the Blue Mountains which took about a good hour but there are lots of public transport options and a hop on hop off bus once you get there. The Blue Mountains is one of the top short breaks from Sydney and super easy to get to and get around.

⇒ It is also possible to take the train – check out this great post on Blue Mountains Itinerary by Train Options. As Sydney’s most popular day trip there are lots of day tour options. Avoid the hassle of hiring car and dealing with Sydney traffic (which is terrible!):

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4. Weekend Trips out of Sydney – The Golden Door

Why go to The Golden Door?

For one of the most detoxing and relaxing weekend trips near Sydney.

Things to do at the Golden Door

When it comes to relaxing Australia has some fantastic options like the Daylesford Spa region in Victoria. The Golden Door is one of Australia’s top health spas. It has a stunning location in the Hunter Valley. However, you won’t really be exploring the Hunter Valley as it is full of wine and there is no wine at the Golden Door. And no caffeine!

But there are many fantastic things to do at The Golden Door from early morning classes of Tai Chi Qi Gong to interesting and different seminars from all types of practitioners. Different types of classes are then held throughout the day.

The Golden Door Spa is open and ready for you to come and have treatments. And there are loads of kangaroos just hopping around the property which I really enjoyed!

morning work out area at the Golden door spa
Morning workout spot at the Golden Door

I highly recommend the deep water running in the pool. Good fun and a great work out you don’t really feel till after. I took a cooking class with their chef whilst there which was excellent.

I picked up on some great tips on cooking with lower fat/calories without compromising taste which I am still using to this day.

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What to Eat at The Golden Door:

The food at the Golden Door is absolutely delicious – albeit the portions can feel a little small if you decided to go down the heavy exercise route.

How to get to The Golden Door:

The Golden Door is 2 ½ hours from Sydney so it is perfect is you’re looking for short breaks from Sydney. It is an easy drive or they run a shuttle service.

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Gum Trees

6. Beach Getaways from Sydney – The Northern Beaches

Why go to the Northern Beaches of Sydney?

This is where Home and Away is set and filmed. Need I say more?

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Typical Australian beach

Things to do in the Northern Beaches

Visiting the Northern Beaches is a very easy thing to do from Sydney – depending on which ones you want to visit it is only about an hour’s drive. But much nicer to experience the Northern Beaches properly with a weekend.

This area is all about visiting beaches – here are a few to get you started:

Palm Beach is the home of Home & Away and has the fabulous Barrenjoey Lighthouse which provides amazing views.

Avalon is the classic aussie surf beach

Narrabeen is for hard core surfers, not so great for swimmers. There is a fantastic walk between Narrabeen and Warriewood Beach.

Northern Beaches Boutique Hotels

In PalmBeach, you can stay and eat at the beautiful Jonah’s. 

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Miramare Gardens in Terrey Hills is a gorgeous boutique hotel.

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Waves up close

Northern Beaches Restaurants

In Palm Beach check out the Boathouse for great views and food. Narrabeen has several interesting restaurants clustered around the water – Barbuto for meat, Limani for seafood and Ocean’s for a great breakfast.

How to Get to the Northern Beaches

Like most of Australia, the easiest option is to drive. The Northern Beaches begin only 20km north of the Sydney CBD so it is one of the closest weekend trips from Sydney Australia.

Or kick back and relax in an air-conditioned coach that does all the driving for you and gets you to Palm Beach plus other key sites and allows you to ride the Manly ferry back on a Northern Beaches day tour from Sydney.


⇒If you’re heading to Perth don’t miss my posts on the Perfect Perth Itinerary for Boutique Hotel Lovers and my complete guide to Perth’s Rottnest Island Day Trip.


6. Weekend Trips from SydneyKangaroo Valley

Why go?

It’s called Kangaroo Valley! It’s a stunning inland valley located along Kangaroo Lake.

close up of a kangaroo
A familiar sight in Australia

Kangaroo Valley Things to do

1. Explore the Kangaroo River

Use a kayak or a canoe to explore the lovely Kangaroo River 2. See Some Waterfalls Fitzroy Falls and Gerringong Falls are both only about 20km from Kangaroo Valley 3. Go Walking Kangaroo Valley is surrounded by Morton National Park which has loads of great walks.

Kangaroo Valley Boutique Hotel

Crystal Creek Meadows features boutique cottage accommodation in a lovely 16-acre garden.

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Fields on the road

Kangaroo Valley Restaurants

The Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop is at the Barengerry Old Store and claims to have the best pies in the world! For a good old aussie pub atmosphere visit The Friendly Inn Hotel.

Head to the Woolshed Restaurant at the Kangaroo Valley golf club for a decadent dinner. The Yarrawa Estate has a cellar door as well as crops from macadamias to avocados.

How to Get There

Kangaroo Valley is about a 2-hour drive from Sydney so perfect if you’re looking for weekend adventures Sydney has on offer.

⇒ Australia is a great jumping-off point to visit beautiful tropical Samoa! Check out my post on the 9 Best Resorts in Samoa.

7. Weekend Getaways Sydney – Jervis Bay

Why go to Jervis Bay?

The stunning white sand Australian beaches of which you have dreamed.

australian sea front coastline with beach
Deep sigh

Things to do in Jervis Bay

1. See whales and dolphins

The annual whale migration takes place May through November when they visit the sanctuary. Huskisson is the centre for whale and dolphin watching cruises as well as deep-sea fishing.

2. Go to the Beach

Jervis Bay is filled with3.  perfect beaches with crystal clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling, scuba and swimming.

3. Go bush at Booderee National Park

Go swimming, bushwalking or bird watching in this beautiful National Park.

5 Best Jervis Bay Day Tours 

Jervis Bay Boutique Hotels

Experience luxurious glamping at the lovely Paperbark Camp. That is pretty much it when it comes to boutique hotels. If that doesn’t suit have a look at taking an apartment or a villa/cottage – this is a great link to use  – or have a look at these lovely cottages.

sandy stairs down to a beach and blue sea water
Heading down to the beach

Jervis Bay Restaurants

Jervis Bay has become quite the foodie destination! Even if you aren’t staying at Paperbark Camp try their treehouse style restaurant The Gunyah. Asian highlights are Wildginger or The Waterhouse.

If you have a car check out the fishing village Greenwell Point, about 20 miles south of Jervis Bay. Have lunch at Pelican Rocks for some great fish and chips.

How to Get to Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay is about a 3-hour drive from Sydney, one of the slightly longer short trips from Sydney for the weekend.

8. Weekends from Sydney – the Hunter Valley

Why go to the Hunter Valley?

Wine, wine and more wine.

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The lovely Hunter Valley

Things to do in the Hunter Valley

1. Take a Wine Tour

When in Rome! The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region. Here are a load of companies that can drive you around so you can relax and enjoy sipping!

2. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Float over vineyards as the sunrises

3. Gastronomy Shopping

There are loads of wonderful little shops crammed full of delicious gourmet cheeses, relishes, chocolate etc etc etc. Try the Lovedale Smokehouse and the wonderfully named Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop.

⇒ For more information about how to enjoy a Hunter Valley Getaway click here 

Hunter Valley Boutique Hotels

Spicers Vineyard Estates is the most luxurious option in the Hunter Valley.

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If you would like to stay at an actual vineyard have a look at Harkham Wines.

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A cosy option is Little Orchard Cottage.

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If you’re after more than a weekend you could fill yourself with wine and cheese for a couple of nights and then head to the Golden Door to work it off!

motel sign in small australian country town
Somewhere to sleep

 Hunter Valley Restaurants

The Hunter Valley has a fantastic range of delicious eating options. Starting with breakfast check out Margan, Café Enzo or Two Fat Blokes. If you’re after some local steak try Circa 1876. The flagship Hunter Valley Restaurant is Muse Restaurant.

How to Get There

The Hunter Valley is about a 2 ½ hour drive from Sydney. It is perfect if you’re looking for romantic getaways from Sydney.

If you don’t have time to stay overnight there are quite a few fantastic tour options from Sydney. You can try the classic full-day wine tour, or perhaps combine your wine with some local wildlife or combine wine with both a cheese and a chocolate tasting!


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9. Weekend Flights from Sydney – Lord Howe Island

Why go to Lord Howe Island?

Have a World Heritage Island experience close to Sydney – only 400 visitors are allowed on this 11km long island at a time.

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Some stunning water

Things to do on Lord Howe Island

1. Dive, snorkel, and swim

2. Take long walks across the island and hang out with the seabirds

3. Go Fishing

Lord Howe Island Boutique Hotels

Capella Lodge Lord Howe Island
Infinity Pool at Capella Lodge – Photo Credit Luxury Lodges Australia

The stunning Capella Lodge is the top of the range option on the island. It is the ultimate in barefoot luxury with its 9 suites. The lodge boasts amazing views of both the sea and the mountains.

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Pinetrees Lodge and Arajilla Resort are also lovely boutique options.

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Lord Howe Island Restaurants

Anchorage is the number one restaurant on the island. Greenback Eatery is the choice for seafood. The restaurants at Capella Lodge and Arajilla Resort are also both highly rated.

How to Get There

If you have a yacht then this is one of the two ways to get to Lord Howe Island! Otherwise, Qantas Link runs out of Sydney most days and Brisbane on weekends.

Lord Howe Island is a two-hour flight from Sydney. Lord Howe Island is perfect if you’re looking for romantic weekend getaways Sydney has to offer.

Flights to Lord Howe Island 

10. Weekend away Sydney – Mudgee

Why go to Mudgee?

Eating and drinking heaven – Mudgee is NSW’s latest gastronomy hotspot.

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Wind farms on the road

Things to do in Mudgee

1. Winery tour

Learn more – and taste more! – of this lovely region on a Mudgee Wine Tour. 

2. Mudgee Farmers Market

The Mudgee Farmers Market is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month. The Mudgee food and wine festival takes place in September.

3. Explore Wollemi National Park

For dramatic scenery, canoeing and fantastic walks check out Wollemi National Park. 

Mudgee Boutique Hotels

There are loads of gorgeous boutique hotel options in Mudgee. At the more stylish end is Trelawney Farm

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Try Mudgee’s Getaway Cottages for something more rustic

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Two great guesthouse options are Mudgee Homestead and Rosby.

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The big sky of Australia

Mudgee Restaurants

Starting with breakfast and/or coffee check out Market Street Cafe, The Butcher Shop Café and/or Elton’s. The top two options for lunch and/or dinner are Pipeclay Pumphouse and The Zin House.

How to Get There

Mudgee is a 3 ½ hour drive northwest of Sydney.

⇒ And finally, another great option for a weekend getaway from Sydney is WollongongClick here to read all about Things to do in Wollongong

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The stunning Three Sisters

Flights to Sydney:

Yes, I am afraid it is a very long flight and there is no way around that! A stopover in Asia is often a good idea to break things up.

Flights to Sydney 

⇒ If there was ever a time to fly business class it is when you fly to Australia! Check out my reviews on these airlines which fly to Australia: Qatar Airway Business Class Review, Air France a380 Business Class Review, Thai Airways Business Class Review and Malaysia Airlines Business Class Review.

And as you may have heard Australia is big! Often the easiest to get to most of the Sydney getaways above and to be able to explore them properly is to hire a car. 

Tours:

Heading to Australia solo? Group tours can be a great option. Here are a few websites worth visiting if you’re looking to join a group tour:

Just You Holidays Australia, 

Exodus Holidays Australia, 

Explore Holidays Australia  

G Adventures Australia


If you’re planning some solo travel don’t miss my posts on the best Singles Holidays over 40, the 30 best singles travel groups, Bali Retreats for Singles and some fantastic solo spa breaks.


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stairs leading down to a beach near sydney australia

23 thoughts on “The 10 Best Weekend Getaways From Sydney for Boutique Hotel Lovers

  1. Liz Gen says:

    I’m suddenly missing Australia. There are so many things to do and many places we haven’t explored yet. My husband and I can’t wait to go back and explore. I’ll take note of this gateway list.

  2. Denny George says:

    Very informative post for anyone visiting or staying at Sydney. I think I personally would enjoy hiking at Blue Mountains the most of all suggested getaways.

  3. LaiAriel Samangka says:

    Wow, there’s so much to see and experience in Sydney. It has long been my dream to come and visit this place. I find Mt Kosciuszko an interesting mountain to climb, since I always love trekking so much. And knowing that it is the Highest Point in Australia, I should really come here. Thank you so much for this!

  4. Tamshuk says:

    Wow, this is such an amazing and informative post. So many exciting options to explore the places around Sydney. I’ve always wanted to visit the Blue Mountains ever since I started planning for Sydney. Hopefully someday I will be able to travel to these beautiful places.

  5. Blair Villanueva says:

    OMG this is a comprehensive itinerary in Sydney! Thanks for compiling this places for us. I am sold! I want to visit Sydney soon.

  6. Chad says:

    oh my, the place looks amazing and the scenery….OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! I would love to go there for a few weeks.

  7. Marie Phillips says:

    Wow, there are so many places to go and all of the food looks amazing but especially that first breakfast. I had never heard of the Golden Door. It is beautiful.

  8. Nyxie says:

    I’ve love to go and visit Australia, sadly at the moment that’s not advised. I have family out there so I’ve always been intending to go at some point and to various places while there, not just their home land.

  9. Ruth I says:

    So many great outdoor stuff to do right over Sydney. Great food and wonderful destinations to experience. One of my favorite places to travel

  10. Hannah Marie says:

    The antique shop to me is the showcase of this post. I am an antique lover myself and those are pretty interesting ones. Sydney is awesome!

  11. Heidi says:

    One of my dreams is to visit Australia. Visiting the highest toilet was not on my list, but it sounds pretty funny!

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