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.
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.
Where to stay
Enjoy a relaxing break from the stresses of city life in one of these superb holiday accommodations. Situated on the Central Coast is Macmasters Beach House, a 4 bedroom beach house with a quintessential Australian coastal style and relaxing ambience. Another popular choice is Boardwalk, a 3 bedroom beach house with direct access to the golden sands and turquoise waters of North Avoca Beach. Offering 25 private cottages, villas and suites in beautiful surroundings, Bells at Killcare Hotel & Spa is a beautiful boutique coastal retreat with a world-class restaurant and luxurious amenities on-site.
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 winery, Restaurant 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.
Where to stay
If you are looking for a truly memorable weekend getaway with the girls, spend your days at some of the best accommodation options in the region. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley is Spicers Vineyards Estate, a luxuriously appointed retreat with a sparkling outdoor swimming pool and world-class food & wine. You can also indulge in true luxury and absolute privacy at one of the five self-contained spa villas in Cedars Mountain View. Another hidden gem is Casa La Vina, a tranquil retreat with three exclusive villas that reflect a rustic, western feel.
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.
Where to stay
Escape to the serenity of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains at one of these amazing accommodations. Ideal for a small group of friends looking for the ultimate country escape, Angel Wing is an award winning 4 bedroom holiday home surrounded by spectacular views. Another perfect escape is Spicers Sangoma Retreat, a luxurious African-inspired retreat nestled amongst bushland. In addition, the Fairmont Resort is an impressive resort-style hotel with comfortable guestrooms and world-class leisure facilities that will cater to everyone’s needs.
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 award-winning restaurants, 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.
Where to stay
Set near the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Jervis Bay is Paperbark Camp, a forefront of ecotourism & luxury camping in Australia. For groups who are looking for a relaxing countryside getaway near Seven Mile Beach, Wolseley House is a grand luxury manor with four elegantly appointed bedrooms. Alternatively, Wilburra offers 4 stylish bedrooms surrounded by bushland filled with kangaroos, wallabies and other native wildlife in Kangaroo Valley.
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.
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.
Where to stay
Indulge in a fabulous staycation in one of these gorgeous accommodation options in Sydney. Offering two renowned restaurants & an ever so cool bar on-site, The Old Clare Hotel is an industrial-chic boutique hotel with 62 stylish rooms in Chippendale. Situated close to some of the city’s best bars, cafés, and restaurants is Veriu Broadway, a serviced apartment hotel with a stylish collection of suites and loft-inspired living. Alternatively, you can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful girls’ getaway experience without leaving the city at Spicers Potts Point, a charming boutique hotel with 20 elegantly appointed rooms.
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!
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