5 FUN GETAWAY DAY TRIPS FOR THE SEMESTER

1. Palm Beach

(Northern Beaches, 1 hour drive from Sydney CBD)

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This is the perfect option if you’re looking for a cost-efficient weekend getaway! You’ll be captivated by the lush bushland, golden sand and pristine blue of the Pacific Ocean. There’s plenty to see and do here. For those who love the water, you’ll be able to surf, relax in the rockpool, kayak and/or go sailing. For those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect place for a picnic under the pine trees.

2. Kangaroo Valley

(2 hour drive from Sydney CBD)

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For those interested in a bit more adventure, Kangaroo Valley may be just the place for you! If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, there are wine-tasting opportunities at the Yarrawa Estate and a chance to attend ‘Flavours of the Valley’, a cooking school that sources seasonal ingredients from local farmers. You can also go bushwalking, horse-riding and participate in valley yoga – the possibilities are endless!

3. Jenolan Caves

(3 hour drive from Sydney CBD)

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This is one of the largest, oldest and most spectacular tourist attractions in Australia! Not only are these caves rich in history – each cave is also unique, so you’re in for a real treat! If you decide to venture to the Lucas Cave, you’ll be able to explore the Cathedral Chamber and experience its famous acoustics. Meanwhile, for those who visit the Baal Cave, a lovely sound and light show awaits. Above ground, there are opportunities to explore Carlotta’s Arch, Blue Lake and the Jenolan River.  

4. Camden Valley

(1 hour drive from Sydney CBD)

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Camden Valley is filled with farmyards, mansions and churches – it’s the perfect getaway from the bustling city environment. For a truly unforgettable experience, it’s best to explore this place with Balloon Aloft – they’ll provide you with a bird’s eye view of the picturesque landscape, and potentially, if you opt to set off in the early morning, a beautiful sunrise too!

5. Hyams Beach

(Jervis Bay, 3 hours drive from Sydney CBD)

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Have you ever wondered where you can find a beach with the whitest stand in the world? Well, look no further than Hyams Beach! This is an area surrounded by bushland, so if you’re lucky, you may even be able to spot some kangaroos and king parrots. This is a great place to go surfing, snorkelling and diving. You can also go on bike rides to further immerse yourself in the wonderful scenery.

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