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A Weekend on the Beach: Coastal Getaways Near Sydney

Dreaming of soft, golden sands? There’s no need to jet off to far-flung places when the most beautiful coastal towns in the world are right on Sydney’s doorstep. From national parklands and rugged rainforests to charming fishing towns and surfing hotspots, there's a coastal getaway to suit every traveller. Kick back and settle into one of these beautiful beachside staycations.

Pacific Palms

A small coastal town on the Mid North Coast and 3.5 hours drive from Sydney, Pacific Palms is a coastal escape hotspot. Perfect for a weekend stay, the area boasts beautiful natural surroundings, including Smiths Lake, Blueys Beach, Booti Booti National Park and the Green Cathedral.

Eat: Kingfisher Cafe

Local favourite Kingfisher Café showcases contemporary Australian cuisine by using seasonal ingredients from local producers. The menus are crafted week-to-week, but you can expect fresh seafood, quality meat and decadent desserts.

47/285 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach

Stay: Blueys Retreat

Set in a village environment, Blueys Retreat offers luxury accommodation with spectacular coastal views. Choose from one, two and three-bedroom villas, with everything you need for the ultimate city escape… pool, spa, tennis court, clubhouse and dining.

285 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach

Play: Booti Booti National Park

An 8km peninsula between the ocean and a lake, complete with pristine beaches and lush rainforests. There's plenty to discover at Booti Booti National Park. Make sure you schedule in a whole day to hike, swim and sight-see.

Avoca Beach

A coastal village known for its sparkling sea, laid-back lifestyle, and warm and friendly locals, Avoca Beach is a Central Coast gem brimming with charm. It’s not surprising that it becomes a hub of activity during the warmer months, with well-heeled Sydney families arriving en-masse for a relaxing sojourn.

Eat: Bombini

Situated on a leafy two acres, Bombini is all about sustainable, modern Italian dining, using fresh produce from the on-site gardens. Enjoy a three course à la carte menu in the restaurant or antipasto and cocktails at the terrace bar.

366 Avoca Dr, Kincumber

Stay: Avoca Palms Resort

Only a few hundred metres away from the water, enjoy beautiful views of Avoca beach and lake from Avoca Palms Resort. Choose from 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, and enjoy all the resort amenities. Think pool, spa, sauna and gym.

194 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach

Play: Aquafun Park

For small and big kids alike, Avoca’s Aquafun Park on Avoca Lake will have everyone splashing around for hours. Take a lesson or hire your own pedal boat, kayak or paddle board and create your own under water adventure.

15 Ficus Ave, Avoca Beach

Palm Beach

Palm Beach, at the tip of Sydney’s Northern Beaches peninsula, is where Sydney’s top wheelers and dealers come to play. Sun-loving days with the glistening waters of Pittwater on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Palm Beach is the epitome of Australian beach life. Even though you're only 1 hour outside of the CBD, we guarantee you'll feel hundreds of miles away.

Eat: The Boathouse

Sitting pretty on Pittwater, The Boathouse is a destination within itself. Open for breakfast and lunch only, this Insta-worthy café doesn’t take reservations, so arrive early to grab a table with water views and delicious brunch fare.

Governer Phillip Park, Palm Beach

Stay: Jonah’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel, Sydney

It’s pure indulgence at this luxurious coastal boutique hotel. Jonah’s showcases all the beauty of the peninsula, with deluxe retreat rooms that come complete with a private balcony with stunning ocean views.

69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach

Play: Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

Nestled at the tip of the peninsula, Barrenjoey Head is Palm Beach’s crown jewel. Take the trail up to the working lighthouse which has incredible views of the coastline, Pittwater and beyond. 


A peaceful pocket of the Central Coast, Killcare is all about slow and steady living. Right on your doorstep, explore the beautiful beaches and natural landscapes. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, the area is perfect for weekenders looking to escape the city grind. For the foodies, Killcare is known for its authentic beachside charm and award-winning dining.

Eat: Bells at Killcare

Using fresh, local ingredients to create fine-dining Italian cuisine, Bells at Killcare is a haven for foodies. Feast al fresco on the veranda and enjoy glorious garden views. 

107 Scenic Road, Killcare Heights

Stay: Bells at Killcare

Surrounded by gorgeous, rugged coastline, the multi-award-winning Bells at Killcare looks like something straight from a postcard. Made up of a series of beautiful luxury cottages, elegant villas and lavish suites – you will never want to leave!

107 Scenic Road, Killcare Heights

Play: Bouddi National Park

In all its rugged beauty, Bouddi National Park is one place you'll want to keep coming back to explore again and again. Enjoy secluded beaches, coastal walking trails, mountain bike trails, incredible views and fabulous camping and picnic spots. 


Unassuming yet utterly alluring, Mollymook, on the South Coast of New South Wales is beautiful all year round. With Ulladulla and historic Milton close at hand, the thriving community is bonded by a strong surfing culture and the forested mountains. You'll be forced to slow down, and take in all that this coastal town and its surrounds have to offer.

Eat: Rick Stein at Bannisters

Rick Stein at Bannisters is a major drawcard for gourmet travellers. With a nod to Rick Stein's typical Asian-style cuisine, expect fresh seafood and vibrant Asian flavours. 

191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach

Stay: Bannisters by the Sea

Situated on the coveted frontage of Mollymook beach, Bannisters is a stunning hotel with 32 beautifully appointed rooms awaiting your visit. If you’re willing to splash out, upgrade to a Spa Retreat room to score an outdoor Jacuzzi.

191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach

Play: Bogey Hole

A popular natural feature, Bogey Hole is a large tidal rock pool down Mollymook Beach’s southern end. Perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling and sun bathing, make sure to head down at high tide.

Jervis Bay

Just a 2.5-hour drive south of Sydney, Jervis Bay is a unique landscape bordered by coast and bushland. The renowned white sand beaches provide the perfect backdrop for a summer getaway. Make time to explore Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, Booderee National Park Botanic Gardens and famous Hyams Beach.

Eat: The Gunyah

Aboriginal for meeting place, The Gunyah restaurant at Paperbark Camp is the dining room, reception and communal lounge. Take a seat on the deck and enjoy a three-course meal surrounded by nature.

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

Stay: Paperbark Camp

The safari-style retreat in the heart of the bush, Paperbark Camp features 12 canvas tents each with a bed, ensuite and wraparound verandah. This is glamping at its most luxurious.

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

Play: Jervis Bay Marine Park

Close to neighboring Huskisson and forming part of Booderee National Park, make the most of the natural playground and snorkel through Jervis Bay Marine Park. You may just catch a glimpse of a reef fish or ray.

4 Woollamia Road, Huskisson