For my year in Sydney I jam packed it full of self guided day trips, weekends away and mini holidays.
Here are some of my top weekend away trips I’ve done so far…. 😀
I suprised my boyfriend Sam by (vaguely) planning a trip to Jervis Bay area. Hiring a car for a few days, deciding on a camp spot for night 1 and booking a swanky eco lodge for night 2 was actually all I did…the rest of it we free-styled en route.
I was really excited to see the whitest sands in the world at Hyams beach, and seeing as we were in low season, pretty much zero tourist, very special!
Bikes were an amazing way to explore the areas around Jervis Bay.
On night 1 we camped out at ‘Honeymoon bay’. Kangaroos jumping around our tent & beach on our doorstep 😀
On our second night we stayed in an amaaaaazing eco lodge called Paperbark Camp. Bonfires, free kayaks & paddleboards, hot water bottles and hot drinks delivered to your bed….it was heaven for a night!
Wow. Maybe the most underrated place I’ve visited in Australia. What I totally loved about it here is how make-shift my trip was as there is barely a convenience store in site, the campsite we stayed in didn’t even have drinking water.
This meant we needed to spark up conversations with fellow campers to use their water and become creative over how we could cook our pasta.
I’m not exactly sure why I felt this place was so special but I think, being quite a hidden place to get to, having our campsite right on the beach and jumping in the sea for sunrise with nobody else around was a magical Morning.
Really beautiful place which felt pretty undiscovered. Not much to write home about in terms of restaurants or bars there, however, we stayed in a lovely Air bnb close to the beach with kangaroos on the doorstep.
What I’d highly reccomend doing in this wine district is hiring bikes to explore the vinyards (& do some offroading!)
There are so many vineyard to visit (well over 100 in fact). I’d say planning around 4/5 with a longer stop at one of them for lunch makes a perfect day.
Until you realise the bikes need to be returned in 10 mins and have 3km to cycle to get back in time…whoops!
I’ve taken 3 trips there so far. All to different areas of the mountains and each amazing.
I’ve written a Blue Mountains blog post here with more details on each route I’ve tried.
For beauty, my favourite has been Blackheath trails but for ease and amenities, I’d say walking from the 3 Sisters viewpoint to Leura Cascades is a great route for a Blue Mountains first timer!
Plenty more of these to come 😉