Driving Distance Getaways

Escape to the Country

With borders closing and the current situation ever changing, it may seem like international travel, and even inter-state travel may be a distance away.

 

So, if you’re still looking for a bit of a getaway, we’ve combed the state for some destination ideas. Here’s 4 to get you started!

The Blue Mountains – 2 hours from Cronulla

The Blue Mountains area is a vast 140km and includes many bushwalking tracks that even the kids can manage. Choose from a 3-day Six Foot Track from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves; or perhaps stroll along the 1.8km Princes Rock Walk to see Wentworth Falls, Kings Tableland and Mount Solitary.

On the way

  • Calmsley Hill City Farm
  • The Dairy, Western Sydney Parklands
  • Sydney International Equestrian Centre
  • Wascoe Siding Miniature Railway
  • Eurama Castle

Highlights

  • Three Sisters
  • Waradah Aboriginal Centre
  • Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
  • Botanists Way Discovery Centre

For the Kids

  • Scenic World at Katoomba
  • Hop On Hop Off Bus
  • Springwood Aquatic Centre
  • Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum

Kangaroo Valley - 2 hours from Cronulla

Drive less than 2 hours out of the city and you hit this tranquil, friendly corner of NSW. With wineries and sights to see, it’s a great grown-up escape.

On the way

Coastal Route

  • Symbio Wildlife Park
  • Kiama Blowhole
  • LIttle Blowhole

Inland Route

  • Fitzroy Dam &Yurrunga Valley Lookout Points
  • Tom De Burgh Look Out, Glenquarry
  • The Big Apple
  • The Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum

Highlights

  • Fitzroy Falls
  • Gerringong Falls
  • The Friendly Inn – a heritage listed pub
  • Hampden Bridge – Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge
  • Tallowra Dam

For the Kids

  • Kayaking at Kangaroo Valley Kayaks or Kangaroo Valley Safaris Kayak
  • Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Village Museum

The Hawkesbury – 3 hours from Cronulla

This green area, just under 3 hours from Sydney boasts a whole range of opportunities for fruit picking with the many groves and farms. Treat yourself to jams, chutneys, honey, cider and juices or wander through the many antique shops scattered throughout the small villages, along with their galleries and studios.

On the way

  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Somerset Outdoor Learning Centre
  • Hawkesbury Paintball

Highlights

  • Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail
  • The Secret Gardens and Nursery
  • National Parks – Cattai, Dharug or Scheyville
  • Hawkesbury Valley Winery Tours
  • Hawkesbury Paddle Wheeler

For the Kids

  • Alpaca Farm – Madison’s Mountain Retreat
  • Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours
  • The Australiana Pioneer Village
  • Wisemans Ferry Park

The Hunter Valley – 4 hours from Cronulla

With an association with wineries and distilleries, this beautiful open countryside setting will not leave you disappointed. Not only is it a well-loved heritage area, it’s the perfect location for a slower-paced getaway.

On the way

  • JD Tipper Lookout
  • Christie Gully
  • Walkabout Wildlife Park
  • Ploddy the Dinosaur
  • Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve

Highlights

  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Helicopter and joy ride flights
  • Breweries & distilleries, including Hope Estate, Millbrook Estate Winery & Distillery, The Garden Cellars and Hunter Distillery
  • Great North Road Convict Trail
  • The Vintage Golf Club
  • Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt

For the Kids

  • Go Karts
  • Hunter Valley Gardens
  • Hunter Valley Zoo
  • Richmond Vale Railway Museum
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