If you’re looking for the best weekend getaways from Sydney, then look no further. We’ve curated a list of luxurious New South Wales retreats that are suitable for all sorts of occasions, all within 2 hours or less from central Sydney. From luxury holiday homes and exclusive lodges to boutique hotels and beachside villas, each of these wonderful retreats promises an idyllic escape from the daily grind.

Palm Beach

Style:  Summer Playground
Distance:  60 – 90 Minutes from Sydney CBD
Attractions:  Palm Beach, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm Beach Golf Course, Hawkesbury River Cruises, Home and Away Tour

Popularly known as the set of iconic Australian television soap Home and Away, Palm Beach is a long and lovely paradise at the exclusive end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, fringed by the surf on one side and a tranquil strip on the other, where the calmer strands are perfect for young kids. This amazing suburb offers plenty of activities and unique experiences that will keep couples and families entertained, such as kayaking, river cruising, and whale watching.

Central Coast

Style: Seaside Sojourn
Distance:  60 – 90 Minutes from Sydney CBD
Attractions:  Gosford Classic Car Museum, Bouddi National Park Coastal Walk, Glenworth Valley, Beachfront Cafés

Drive just over an hour north of Sydney and you’ll discover a great destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The NSW Central Coast is a region brimming with picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, and exciting outdoor activities. Coastal towns such as Terrigal and Avoca are the places to go for those looking to relax by the seaside, enjoy scenic coastal walks, and explore the vibrant food scene.

Blue Mountains

Style:  Mountain Adventure
Distance:  90 Minutes from Sydney CBD
Attractions: Three Sisters Rock Formation, Jenolan Caves, Scenic World, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, National Parks

Surrounded by spectacular scenery and fresh mountain air, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is perfect for those who want to relax and unwind in tranquility. This idyllic destination also offers numerous exhilarating activities, including rock climbing and abseiling, guided walks to waterfalls and cliff top lookouts, and even learning about the region’s ancient Indigenous heritage.


Style: City Staycation
Distance:  0-30 Minutes from Sydney CBD
Attractions: Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Royal Botanic Garden, Word-Class Dining, Theatre & Entertainment

Sometimes, there’s no need to head far just to enjoy a weekend getaway. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and stunning attractions, Sydney offers a myriad of delightful activities that will certainly excite just about everyone throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing time on the beach, craving for exceptional cuisines and world-class wines, or getting a taste of the local attractions, you can have it all in your own backyard.

Looking For More Options?

If you’re happy to drive a bit further than 90 minutes, we have some of the best boutique hotels, holiday homes and luxury retreats available across New South Wales. Each of these amazing retreats promises a perfect weekend escape from Sydney.

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