Jeez, it really is so good to get away. And who doesn’t deserve a break?
Flushes the cobwebs out, clears the mind.
Here is a list of 25 of the best family weekend getaways from Sydney, plus a few more too. So, grab a cup of tea and let’s plan a lovely weekend away with kids for your family.
You know you deserve it!
Contents of this post
- 1. Blue Mountains: The Fairmont Resort
- 2. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
- 3. Del Rio Riverside Resort, on the Hawkesbury
- 4. Jervis Bay Stays: Clear Waters and Beaut Beaches
- 5. Kiama Harbour Cabins + Kiama
- 6. Big4 Sunshine Resort at South West Rocks
- 7. The Novotel Northbeach Wollongong
- 8. The Gibralter Hotel In the Southern Highlands
- 9. Canberra: The Nation’s Capital
- 10. Orange in the Central West NSW
- 11. Bathurst: Gold and So Much History
- 12. The Western Plains Zoo and Dubbo
- 13. Jamberoo Action Park: Warmer Weather Weekends Away
- 14. Broke Fordwich in the Hunter Valley
- 15. The BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park Hunter Valley
- 16. Dangar Island In The Hawkesbury River
- 17. Lake Macquarie
- 18. Nelsons Bay and Port Stephens
- 19. Forster Family Weekends Away
- 20. Newcastle Weekends Away
- 21. Wisemans Ferry on the Hawkesbury
- 22. Picton and Thirlmere Weekends Away
- 23. Wolgan Valley Resort: Blue Mountains Ultra Luxury
- 24. Thirroul: Beaches, Pools and Play
- 25. Camping Weekends Away
The Blue Mountains are understandably high on the list of NSW family getaways. So close to Sydney and yet so very different. The Fairmont is the most family-friendly of the Blue Mountains resorts for families. Kids are very welcome and there are many, many activities for both adults and children to enjoy.
You will find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Kidzone with three themed play rooms, gym, yoga and tennis courts, gorgeous gardens for walking and playing, golf course nearby, library, board games, shops, spa, babysitting and even a cinema.
1 Sublime Point Road
2780 Leura, Australia
Phone number: +61 2 4785 0000
And when in the Blue Mountains, check out all the other fun stuff to do on this post:
You might even want to spend one day going further afield, have a look at:
Check out the Hunter Valley when you are in search of NSW family holidays which will suit the adults as much as the children. The food and wine of the Hunter Valley are outstanding, but fear not as there are terrific activities for kids to do too.
The Crowne Plaza has terrific facilities for families, including a kids club and a great pool.
You can read our full review of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on this post.
Find all the fun activities in the Hunter Valley for kids on this post.
Just one and a half hours from central Sydney, this family resort has great amenities and riverside frontage, and comes highly recommended by watersports’ lovers.
Del Rio accommodation: You can stay in villas or cabins, some are budget priced and others are more luxurious. There’s a three bedroom house and a four bedroom for rent too, plus lodges which sleep 32 or 20 people. You can camp in your own tent or bring a caravan too.
Del Rio activities: There are so many fun things to do at Del Rio. Go fishing, play golf, launch your boat, enjoy bush walks or cycle around, there’s a jumping pillow plus kids activities. Have a swim at the pool, frolic at the water playground, play putt putt golf, basketball or netball… try water skiing!
Top of the Family Weekend Getaways NSW list for many people is the delightful and very beautiful Jervis Bay, about 3.5 hours south of Sydney. People come for the clear, clear blue waters, the dozens of beaches that, with no surf, are perfect for young children.
They then come back for the great places to eat and drink coffee, the many beaut walks and the interesting seafaring history of the area.
If you’re keen to find a great place to stay quick smart, try the Huskisson Booking.com page here.
Or read more about places we recommend on this article:
Where To Stay At Jervis Bay With Kids
Then you’ll need to check out our guide to all the best things to do at Jervis bay on this article:
You might also enjoy reading about Currarong and the Beecroft Peninsula, on the north side of Jervis Bay.
5. Kiama Harbour Cabins + Kiama
If you prefer not to drive too far from Sydney for your family weekend getaways then the seaside town of Kiama might just be the place for you. Kiama Harbour Cabins are such a family friendly place to stay.
Then read our article giving you the best things to see and do with kids in Kiama.
This is a truly excellent family resort in an area which has dozens of fun things to do with kids. But the Big4 Sunshne is so good you and the family could easily just hang there for at least a couple of days. There are lots of great family friendly activities at the Big4 Sunshine, the pool, water playground, great jumping pillow and playground, go karts and much more.
You can camp, of course, or bring your caravan and then there’s a wide range of cabins to choose from too.Check NRMA South West Rocks Prices + Availability Here
7. The Novotel Northbeach Wollongong
There’s heaps to do with kids in this industrial city just south of Sydney, and the Novotel is a very family-friendly place to stay there.
Read our review of the Novotel below and you’ll find also links with details of lots of fun stuff to do in and around Wollongong.
Just a 1.5 hour drive from central Sydney, and far less from the southern suburbs, the Souther Highlands make a great escape for families. The Gibralter Hotel in Bowral is a terrific base for families.
Check out the Southern Highlands when you need a really quick and simple weekend away with kids, the drive is short and there are many things to do to keep the kids happy.
Check out this post on Things To Do in Bowral and Berrima With Kids.
9. Canberra: The Nation’s Capital
Probably the most popular weekend getaway with kids for Sydney families is a weekend in Canberra, Australia’s capital and a surprisingly family-friendly place to visit. To get you started, check out this post:
Then you can find out all the fun stuff to do with the kids in Canberra on this post:
10. Orange in the Central West NSW
Just a four hour drive from Sydney, with lots of fun stuff to do along the way, a visit to Orange makes a lovely expedition for weekends and longer.
To get started, have a look at all the family accommodation options in Orange on this post:
Then use the post below to plan all the fun Orange activities you’d like to do with the family:
And there’s also an article about the places to stop and where to eat on the journey out to Orange. Check out:
11. Bathurst: Gold and So Much History
Bathurst is a vibrant and bustling small city with great countryside activities on offer, plus interesting historical places and a growing food, wine and craft beer scene.
And of course there’s the famous Bathurst Racing Track too at Mount Panorama.
Find out where is great to stay in Bathurst with kids and all the fun stuff to do there on this detailed post:
12. The Western Plains Zoo and Dubbo
It’s a very long drive out to Dubbo from Sydney but well worth the journey, plus it feels like a real adventure! The Western Plains Zoo is the main drawcard for this Western Sydney city, but there are plenty of other things to see and do both in Dubbo and on the journey there and back.
Check out the three articles below for ideas on where to stay in Dubbo and what to do when there and also about the road trip.
13. Jamberoo Action Park: Warmer Weather Weekends Away
For families with primary school aged children Jamberoo makes a wonderful weekend getaway from Sydney. It is not at all far away, there’s the water park to wear out the kids and then some lovely countryside around to relax in.
Read about Jamberoo and find ideas for places to stay close by on this post:
14. Broke Fordwich in the Hunter Valley
For a quieter visit to the Hunter Valley check out the Broke Fordwich area. You’ll find all sorts of foodie things to do and fun places to stay too, and a very cool drive cross country to get there. Check out this post:
Here’s another fun place to stay in the Hunter Valley. This tourist park has camp sites and caravan spots, plus cabins of all sizes. There’s a huge pool area and other fun stuff for kinds to do after a day out and about seeing the sights.
Heading north from Sydney, a rather secret and special and one of the most beloved family weekends away can be found on the small and peaceful Dangar Island in the Hawkesbury River.
This is a quiet spot with lovely holiday houses to rent and quiet watery activities to enjoy. A place to escape to when you need a real rest.
Just a bit north of Sydney, close to the Central Coast and south of Newcastle. Lake Macquarie is a gem and makes a really easy weekend away. You will be spoiled for choice at Lake Macquarie, just check out all the family fun here.
18. Nelsons Bay and Port Stephens
Just north of Newcastle but a world away from any hustle and bustle is the lovely Port Stephens area. The largest town is Nelsons Bay and that’s where the dolphin and whale cruises leave from. But Anna Bay is where you’ll find the famous camels and the sand dune.
This is NSW holiday heaven. Check out our detailed post here:
19. Forster Family Weekends Away
Forster is one of those beach side destinations that kids visit and then will never forget. There’s so much outdoor stuff to do, and it’s good for winter as well as for summer. Forster is a firm family favourite and visited again and again by many families. Find out why on this post:
20. Newcastle Weekends Away
For an urban weekend getaway in a location that is a LOT less hectic than Sydney, head north and check out Newcastle. A highly praised location, you’ll find both indoor and outdoor activities with enjoy, great food and fab beaches. Read all about the fun things to do on this post:
If you do not want to drive too far from Sydney then how about a weekend away at lovely Wisemans Ferry. There’s all sorts to do with the kids, slowly and peacefully.
Check out all the fun stuff at Wisemans plus where to stay and where to eat on this post.
Wisemans Ferry With Kids: What To See + Do
This lovely inland area south of Sydney makes a very easy weekend away as well as a great day trip for Sydney families.
There are gardens, historic buildings, great views, national park with great walks and lots of historic buildings. Fling in great food and you can easily spend a happy weekend here.
Check out the post here:
Wolgan Valley is a very special place… and also extremely expensive! This is a resort which is best for special events and anniversaries rather than just a rejuvenating weekend away with the kids…. unless you are very well off. If you are, pop up any weekend!
The accommodation is very luxurious, you have your own little house with its own pool. Then there are many really interesting and exciting activities to do, with expert guides. I loved the horse riding and looking at the night sky.
Address: 2600 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley NSW 2790
Phone: 02 6350 1800
See more photos and read more about our luxury stay at Wolgan Valley on this post:
24. Thirroul: Beaches, Pools and Play
Read all about weekends away in Thirroul for families on this post.
25. Camping Weekends Away
You’ll find some wonderful and very affordable places to go camping or caravanning with the family on this post!
You might be interested in Sydney caravan or camper trailer hire, if so click here.
More Ideas Throughout NSW
Where’s your favourite NSW spot for a family weekend away?
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We’ve got so much more of NSW to explore. Can’t wait!
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