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Top 3 Winter Getaways in NSW

Why escape Sydney’s winter weather when you can embrace it? Rather than dreaming of tropical locations over the next few months, we have five winter getaways which are cheaper than a one-way ticket to Europe – plus they’re so much fun!

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Blue Mountains Chocolate Festival

You might want to pack a few extra layers and thermals for a trip to the Blue Mountains, but the three hour drive is worth the wait. A brand new chocolate festival is taking place between between July 3-5 and will feature lots of delicious options for the entire weekend.

The special movie screening of Chocolat, featuring Johnny Depp, will be available to watch all weekend, while markets at Blackheath Public School will be open. You can also take part in the fine art of chocolate making at Whisk and Pin, or simply relax with a bag of chocolates at Hotel Blue in Katoomba.

Top 3 Winter Getaways in NSW

Hunter Valley

Since it might be too chilly for a weekend at the coast, why not head inland to the Hunter Valley for a relaxing getaway. Wine country isn’t all about spending half your day vineyard hopping (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The Hunter Valley is also home to delicious chocolate, gourmet food and local scenery – sure to keep you occupied and off social media!

Top 3 Winter Getaways in NSW

Kiama Coastal Walk

If you’re brave enough to head down to the coast for a weekend getaway, you must experience Kiama by foot. The stunning 22km coastal walk includes a breathtaking view of Blowhole Point and ends at Werri Beach where you can relax and enjoy some gourmet food and wine.

Top 3 Winter Getaways in NSW

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June 22, 2015

5 Things To Do In Sydney In Winter

If you live in Sydney, you are very lucky. It is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world and there is always something to do, but seemingly, more so during summer. With some of the most amazing beaches and the stunning harbour, Sydney has plenty to offer during the warmer months, but what about winter?

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If you’ve spent too much time curled up under a blanket in front of the TV lately, take some inspiration from the following list of things to do in Sydney in winter:

1. Bondi ice rink

You think Bondi is only good in summer? Put your ice skates on and change your mind! From June 20 to July 12, Bondi Pavilion will transform into a winter wonderland with its own ice rink. Enjoy the view on beautiful Bondi Beach while showing off your skills on the ice.

2. Art Gallery NSW

There’s nothing better than escaping a cold, rainy winter’s day and entering the magical world of a museum. The Art Gallery of NSW located in Sydne’s CBD offers over 30,000 artworks to inspire you and you don’t even have to spend a cent to see them. General admission to the museum is free!

3. Whale watching

If you’ve always wanted to see a whale but you don’t want to go on a whale watching cruise, then Sydney is the place to be in winter. Between May and November, thousands of whales are migrating and passing Sydney, so just keep an eye out! There are plenty of good vantage points; we especially like the many scenic lookouts around Watsons Bay.

4. Hire an igloo

Want the ultimate winter feeling? Gather your friends and hire an igloo as part of Sydney’s Winter Garden Festival. Ok, so the igloos aren’t made of ice, they’re inflatable. That doesn’t make it less fun, though!

5. Explore the Blue Mountains

Yes, you’ll need a warm jacket, but hiking in the Blue Mountains is a beautiful winter activity as the crisp winter air makes for an even more spectacular scenery than in summer. And if you’re lucky, you might even see a bit of snow falling from the sky!

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June 20, 2015

Picturesque Weekend Getaways in NSW

Need a much require vacation away from home? Even a short weekend getaway is enough to revitalise your energy and keep you determined for the week ahead. New South Wales is home to a variety of quaint locations which are only a short car ride away. What are you waiting for?

Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Home to some of the most luxurious food and wines in the entire state, Pokolbin is only a 3-4 hour drive away from Sydney city. Local wine tours are readily available, food is made fresh on site, and this rural town is home to a number of spa treatment facilities which will make you feel brand new.

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Byron Bay

Whether you want to relax or live it up, Byron Bay offers a variety of different activities which are couple and child-friendly. Visit some of the local beaches including highly rated Belongil Beach, go on a hike, and even pass by some of the vegan cafés such as Manna Heaven for some fresh, organic produce.

Picturesque Weekend Getaways in NSW

Blue Mountains

Escape the city-life for the serene backdrop of the Blue Mountains. Definitely check out the Three Sisters, one of the oldest sand formations in the entire country, and some of the local national parks including Wentworth Falls for some killer views and fresh air. Don’t forget to dress warm – the weather is known to take a dip, especially in the months between July and August.

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Perisher

For those adrenaline junkies, why not take advantage of the colder weather and take a trip to the snow. There are many child-friendly activities if you’re travelling with the entire crew, so there is always something to keep everyone happy. Ski, snowboard or just relax at the Perisher Ski Resort located on Kosciusko Road.

Picturesque Weekend Getaways in NSW

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August 8, 2014