MySydneyLife is taking over the blog again this week with her top picks for day and weekend getaway's around Sydney.
The Weekend Getaway
Palm Beach | the ultimate coastal Sydney day trip
Palm Beach is a cruisy hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD. The drive itself is absolutely breath-taking – first you take in the stunning harbourside suburb of Mosman and Pittwater before you hit the Northern Beaches, where you are treated to sparkling azure water so clear you can see where the rocky outcrops meet the crashing waves. The winding road through Avalon and Newport Beach let you borrow the locals view, even just for a moment – leaving you thinking, this certainly has to be heaven. My favourite spots in Palm Beach most certainly have to be The Boathouse and Cranky Fins.
The Boathouse Palm Beach
The Boathouse is the epitome of Palm Beach cool. Perfectly perched overlooking the pristine water, expect delays, but the experience is more than worth the wait. Make sure you send a scout ahead to grab a table, while the rest of the crew wait in the line (for potentially up to an hour however the people watching make it pass quickly).
The restaurant is beautifully styled with white washed walls, gorgeous fresh seasonal blooms, a large communal dining table and little nooks and crannies and a large expansive deck which extends along the pier. Grab a seat, the weekend paper, some delicious eggs and a large coffee and settle in for a treat.
Apart from the deliciously fresh modern Australian cuisine, there is a daily fresh market where you can pick up your very own blooms, fresh eggs, milk, cheese and bread.
If you don’t fancy the wait at The Boathouse, head on over to Cranky Fins, a funky retro Mexican eatery where the tacos are fresh and the cocktails are tangy. Tucking in to a bucket of prawns and a cocktail or two, whilst taking in the people watching from the balcony, makes the perfect Saturday or Sunday afternoon treat.
Southern Highlands | spend a day or the weekend
Berry is a picturess town a mere 153km from Sydney, however an absolute world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Set amongst the rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands, Berry is a gorgeous quaint country town, perfect for a Sydney day trip or a relaxing weekend away.
Filled with beautiful home wares and antique stores, you can easily lose a few hours along Berry’s high street before either popping in to the pub for a pint or sampling one of the delightful restaurants. My favourite definitely has to be Berry Sourdough Café – the modern Australian menu is fresh and delicious and the pastries are definitely hard to resist. If you have a sweet tooth however, you can’t by-pass the famous Berry Donut Van, which has a permanent residence along the high street. Every donut is made fresh to order and is delivered piping hot with a crispy coating of cinnamon sugar – delish!
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, or even more relaxing than Berry, then head down the road about 20 minutes and you will find Kangaroo Valley. Even quainter than Berry (which is hardly even possible) is the sweetest little village which runs alongside a small river. Kangaroo Valley is ripe for bush walking where you can visit the three gorgeous falls, take in the stunning views of the valley or even take a canoe trip down the river. Whether you choose to camp or enjoy your create comforts, for a relaxed and restful weekend, Kangaroo Valley has it all.
Shoalhaven Region | a restful weekender
The Shoalhaven Region boats some of NSW’s most spectacular coastal scenery. It’s a little further away, approximately 3 – 4 hours from Sydney, but boy does life move at a difference pace down here. If you are looking for total rest and relaxation, then the Shoalhaven Region is your ticket.
Technically the whitest sand in Australia, think crystal clear water as far as the eye can see, the purest sand you have ever felt that, practically melts in your hands, and barely a soul as far as you can see (well, I did visit in the mid of winter). Apart from a scatter of homes that boast the best backyard in the world, there isn’t too much else to Hyams Beach which is part of its attraction. Bring a towel, sunscreen and a good book and settle in for the day with a picnic – amazing.
A beautiful sleepy coastal township and the perfect city escape – a lovely spot to take in watching dolphins, whales and the spectacularly clear waters in the bay. If you are looking for a spot of Glamping, then definitely check out Paperbark Camp, with a fine dining restaurant and an ‘open air’ tub on your tents balcony overlooking the tranquil surrounding bushland, this is 5 star luxury camping and a fun alternative to either a local hotel or BnB.
Danielle Williams-Smith | www.mysydneylife.com.au