Beyond Sydney are some great weekend getaways. The coast has some magnificent pristine beaches with decent sized breaks and there are many beach houses to rent. It's quite easy to find yourself on a long sandy white beach with no one else around. Perfect for a quiet, family trip.
You cannot live in Sydney and miss a trip to the famous Blue Mountains. It is only a 1.5 hours drive west or you can take a train to Katoomba from the CBD. Gorgeous cafes, quaint shops and amazing bushwalking and hiking can be found in this area. There are several adventure tourism companies operating in the area for canoeing (going down the waterfalls), rock climbing, abseiling and hiking.
The area also several nice day spas and boutique lodge accommodation:
North West of Sydney is the Hunter Valley which is a large wine region. It's an ideal romantic getaway for two, or a relaxed, social short holiday for a group of friends. Hunter Valley wines are world class and the area is known for its Semillons and Shiraz. You can join cellar tours or make your own way to each viney…