Sometimes, you need a weekend away with friends to relax, to reconnect, or just to escape the daily grind. However, it can be hard work to organise a group getaway – especially if you draw the short straw as the organiser! There are so many things to consider, like the best time to travel, where to go, what to do, and where to stay.

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for your next girls’ getaway, then we’ve got you covered. In this list, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. We’ve found some of the best destinations and accommodation in New South Wales for a girls’ getaway that are all within three hours drive of Sydney.

Sydney Weekend Getaway Regions

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CENTRAL COAST COOL

Just over an hour’s drive from Sydney is the Central Coast, an amazing weekend destination that is far from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery and fascinating coastal towns, your girls’ getaway will be filled with relaxing moments on unspoilt beaches, dining at chic cafés and restaurants, and activities that are sure to raise your adrenaline level.

If water sports are your thing, then the Central Coast is a perfect fit. The region boasts a myriad of beautiful beaches that are perfect for swimming, snorkelling or surfing. Many of the popular beaches are patrolled, like Avoca Beach and Terrigal Beach, while others are pristine and secluded, such as Lobster Beach and Little Beach in Bouddi National Park. For fun-filled group activities, why not try some water skiing, diving or perhaps even water-powered jet packs?

After your beach time, the Central Coast has plenty of great restaurants and cafés to discover too. Check out Cowrie Restaurant in Terrigal, Avoca Sands Café in Avoca Beach, or Bells at Killcare Restaurant in Killcare Heights, which are all renowned for serving the freshest local produce and flavours.

If you prefer something more low key where you can reconnect with nature, go on a coastal walk at Bouddi National Park. This 8-kilometre walk runs from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach and is filled with sweeping views, shady rainforest and inviting picnic spots. There’s a photo opportunity around every corner and you might even see migrating whales from the Gerring Point lookout.

Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel & Spa

Central Coast, New South Wales


Located just one hour north of Sydney, Bells at Killcare is a boutique hotel offering superb accommodation, a multi-award winning restaurant and spa.

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Le Chateau

Central Coast, New South Wales


Experience French chateau living and utmost privacy at Le Chateau, a stunning holiday home with 8 bedrooms ideal for families or groups of up to 18.

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The Glasshouse MacMasters Beach

Central Coast, New South Wales


Escape the city bustle at The Glasshouse in MacMasters Beach, a modern & spacious 5 bedroom home with a pool, tennis court and expansive grounds.

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The Residence

Central Coast, New South Wales


Set amongst the pristine hinterland of Matcham, The Residence is a 6 bedroom holiday retreat offering both relaxation and recreation in spades.

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Elanora

Central Coast, New South Wales


Situated near the beautiful Wamberal Beach, Elanora is an amazing resort-style retreat with 6 bedrooms ideal for families or groups of up to 16.

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WINE & DINE HUNTER VALLEY

Two hours north of Sydney is one of the favourite weekend destinations for Sydneysiders – the gorgeous Hunter Valley. Your girls’ getaway will have a smorgasbord of fabulous activities to choose from, including plenty of wine tasting and fine dining. Of course, there are more adventurous pursuits too, such as hot air ballooning over the valley and bushwalking in the surrounding State Forests & National Parks.

The Hunter Valley is a well-known paradise for wine lovers and couples, but it can also be a lovely place for a girls’ getaway. With over 150 cellar doors, you and your friends will be spoilt for choice. Stop by the Small Winemakers Centre in Pokolbin and sample the showcased award-winning wines from multiple wineries all in one central location. In addition, you can visit some of the popular favourites in the region including Audrey Wilkinson Wines for its spectacular views and amazing vintages, and Harkham Winery for its hand-picked natural drops.

The region is also fast becoming a foodie destination. From casual bites to artisan cheeses and fine dining, there is a flourishing restaurant scene that will definitely excite your flock. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights at some of Hunter’s best dining destinations such as the Muse at the Hungerford Hill wineryRestaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyards Estate, and Circa 1876 at Pepper’s Convent.

Finally, one of the most unforgettable ways to experience the Hunter Valley is in a hot air balloon. Time your group’s picturesque aerial adventure at sunrise or sunset to witness the beautiful landscapes, rolling hills, and expansive vineyards of the region in their best light.

Lodge at Mount Rivers

Hunter Valley, New South Wales


A beautiful holiday retreat in the upper Hunter Valley, the Lodge at Mount Rivers offers families and groups a taste of real Australian luxury.

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Alphawood

Hunter Valley, New South Wales


Set in the Hunter Valley near the foodie haven of Polkolbin, Alphawood is a luxury hilltop retreat with outstanding views over surrounding vineyards.

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Loggerheads Homestead

Hunter Valley, New South Wales


Loggerheads Homestead is ideal for families or groups of up to 12 people who are looking for a secluded and sophisticated country getaway.

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Spicers Vineyards Estate

Hunter Valley, New South Wales


Located in the tranquil heart of the Hunter Valley, Spicers Vineyards Estate features twelve spacious and luxury suites perfect for an indulgent girls’ getaway.

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Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat

Hunter Valley, New South Wales


Perfect for large families or groups, The Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat is an amazing luxury retreat with 11 bedrooms in the heart of the wine region.

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BLUE MOUNTAIN MAGIC

If you’re looking for jaw-dropping scenery on your girls’ getaway then the Blue Mountains is the perfect destination. Only two hours west of central Sydney, you and your group can enjoy clean, crisp mountain air that is sure to melt your cares away. One of the best ways to experience the Blue Mountains is to explore the region’s heritage-listed national parks – there are plenty of hiking trails, picnic spots, and lookouts that are absolutely Instagram-worthy.

Explore scenic lookouts like Bluff Reserve and Perry’s Lookdown on a day tour of the area. You can also challenge yourself with a hike through the Three Sisters Walk in Katoomba, or experience the stunning limestone landscape of the Jenolan Caves.

Aside from the fresh air, the spectacular scenery and the walks, the Blue Mountains is also known for its distinct ‘Mountain Cuisines.’ From Katoomba to Blackheath and Leura to Blaxland, there’s definitely an abundance of culinary delights. Grab your girlfriends and indulge in an impeccable dining experience at Darley’s in Katoomba or enjoy modern Australian cuisine with a French influence at Silk’s Brasserie in Leura.

You can also experience the Blue Mountains from a different angle with plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities. You can try abseiling, canyoning, rock climbing, or even 4WD adventures throughout the region. Another must-do for your girls’ getaway is the Scenic Cableway in Katoomba. Here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Blue Mountains from the steepest and largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere.

Waldara Farm

Blue Mountains, New South Wales


A perfect destination for events and family gatherings, Waldara is an 800-acre country property tucked in the picturesque Central Tablelands.

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Banjara Retreat

Blue Mountains, New South Wales


Boasting an intimate setting and complete privacy, Banjara Retreat in the majestic Blue Mountains is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway.

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Mending Wall

Blue Mountains, New South Wales


Set upon five acres, this spectacular holiday home is a striking countryside residence hidden away at Mt Irvine in the Blue Mountains

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SUBLIME SOUTH COAST

Tempting you with pristine beaches, untamed coastlines, and spectacular scenery, the South Coast of New South Wales will provide the ideal atmosphere for a relaxing or adventurous girls’ weekend getaway. The variety of experiences and activities in this region will also surprise you – catch a glimpse of migrating whales and dolphins in Jervis Bay, shop and dine in Berry or enjoy a picnic along any of the gorgeous beaches.

This premier region also boasts a magnificent diversity of natural attractions and wildlife that you can discover with your group. The rugged coastline offers adventures such as swimming with seals as well as coastal walks and surfing. Seaside towns and fishing villages along the coast also specialise in serving the freshest local seafood… be sure to try the oysters, which are sure to impress!

Only two hours from Sydney and surrounded by lush dairy country and spectacular scenery is the gorgeous village of Berry. This food and wine lover’s paradise offers the peace and serenity of the countryside with plenty of activities to entertain, such as local wine tours, dining at superb restaurants such as Queen St Eatery and South on Albany , rejuvenating spa treatments, and boutique shopping.

A little farther south and less than three hours from Sydney is the beautiful Jervis Bay. Here, you can relax on the powdery white sands of Hyams Beach or go on a dolphin and whale watching cruise in the delightful town of Huskisson. Rich with Aboriginal heritage, the Booderee National Park is also an excellent location for your group to go swimming, bushwalking, and bird watching.

The Headland by Dovecote

South Coast, New South Wales


A stunning architectural masterpiece, The Headland is a 4-bedroom holiday home on the picturesque NSW South Coast that caters for up to 8 guests.

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The Range by Dovecote

South Coast, New South Wales


Perfect for romantic or intimate family getaways, The Range is a stunning 2 bedroom retreat near the idyllic coastal town of Gerringong.

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Gaze North Mollymook

South Coast, New South Wales


A 3 bedroom luxury holiday home with direct access to the beach, Gaze North Mollymook offers families and groups a superb coastal escape in NSW.

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Wilburra

South Coast, New South Wales


Set within 40 hectares of bushland & comfortably accommodating up to 10 guests, Wilburra is one of Kangaroo Valley’s most prestigious properties.

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Eagleview Park

South Coast, New South Wales


A modern countryside retreat for groups of up to 12, The House at Eagleview Park boasts 5 bedrooms and a superb location on the NSW South Coast.

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SYDNEY STAYCATION

With so much happening in your own backyard, there’s no need to head far just to enjoy a weekend getaway with your girlfriends. There’s plenty to explore right here in Sydney that will excite even those who think they’ve experienced all that the city has to offer. Whether you’re after a girl’s night out, a shopping adventure, or chilling at the beach, there are loads of activities to experience here throughout the year.

Considered as one of the best foodie destinations in the world, indulging in sumptuous flavours and alfresco dining at one of the many waterfront restaurants in Sydney should definitely be at the top of your to-do list. If you prefer to get out on the water, a sunset cruise around Sydney Harbour might be the perfect pre-dinner option, and there is nearly always a bountiful collection of shows, theatre productions or events for later in the evening, no matter when you’re visiting. When looking for great restaurants, you don’t have to look for long. Sydney’s food-scene is outstanding with fine-dining restaurants such as Rockpool Bar & Grill, Quay and Nomad.

Definitely pack your beach gear because Sydney offers over 100 different beaches to explore. Bondi Beach is certainly the most famous, but there are plenty of other quieter beaches that are equally as beautiful. If you’re looking for something more adventurous to do, you can head out to the harbour at Clovelly for an underwater scooter tour or perhaps to try a stand-up paddle boarding session at Manly Wharf.

There’s also nothing like some retail therapy on a getaway, and with Glebe and Kirribilli markets on your doorstep, you can all bond over a spot of shopping. Fill your wardrobes with new clothes and jewellery direct from emerging designers without the high price tag. There’s also entertainment and coffee carts at both markets, so you can grab a coffee and enjoy some music once you’re shopped out.

The Old Clare Hotel

Sydney, New South Wales


Nestled in the heart of Sydney, The Old Clare Hotel is a stylishly-designed boutique hotel with a collection of 62 fabulous and well-appointed rooms.

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Larmont Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales


Boasting unrivalled location and bespoke amenities, Larmont Sydney is an urban boutique hotel ideal for those keen to experience the soul of Sydney.

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Veriu Broadway

Sydney, New South Wales


Offering a bespoke collection of stylish suites in the heart of Sydney, Veriu Broadway is a designer hotel perfect for larger groups.

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Spicers Potts Point

Sydney, New South Wales


Enjoy a quiet weekend without leaving the city at Spicers Potts Point, a refurbished 19th century boutique hotel close to Sydney CBD and the Harbour.

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Looking for more options? We’ve hand-picked a fabulous collection of spectacular accommodations for your indulgent girls’ getaway with a range of boutique hotels, beach villas, and lodges. Treat yourself, stay in style, and start planning your girl’s getaway today!

Get in touch with one of our Getaway Specialist to help you plan!

 

Image Credit: Tourism Australia/David Ireland & Myka Photography