Sydney is beautiful all year round, but it is during the fall that it truly comes to life and becomes a tourist hub. Hotel rates skyrocket and many locals take weeks off. In such a case, it is best to make a quick weekend getaway from the city. Here are five quick trip ideas that can be booked at short notice, for times when you need a desperate break from the usual grind:
- Pretty Beach House
The makings of a perfect weekend are all here – huge suites with vinyl players, open air plunge pools, a kitchen headed by Sydney icon Stefano Manfredi, the best local produce, an open area where guests can play the piano, and admire paintings by Australian artists. Pretty Beach House is also suitable for tourists, owing to its close proximity to Sydney. An hour away by road, it can be reached with a quick drive in a car rental.
- Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
At Emirates One&Only, the rooms are stunning and the dining space is divine, but the true highlight of the Emirates One&Only is its location. In a secluded corner of the Blue Mountains, this luxe resort is a dream destination. You can tour this expansive property on horseback, or even pick up the resort’s mountain bikes to explore around.
- Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley has been known for its award-winning wines, and with day spas, delicious dining options and premium lodgings scattered across the valley, there is something for everyone. Upon your arrival, hop into a hot air balloon, followed by a spa treatment and a lovely evening with a bottle of local wine.
This sleepy seaside town has been a favourite for many from Sydney. However, it has changed over the years, with the opening of chef Rick Stein’s famous restaurant. More recently, a new property has opened, called the Bannisters Pavilion, with a rooftop bar and stunning suites. There is also a lively craft circuit here waiting to be explored, when the sea is too rough to swim in.
- Southern Highlands
Away from the fancy dining of Hunter Valley and the picturesque views of the Blue Mountains, the Southern Highlands offer something that most of the destinations lack – peace and tranquillity. This misty region has rolling hills, dense forests, and quaint old villages that is accompanied with a cool climate.