Winter time in Sydney doesn’t mean the exploration stops! Although it can be a little cold in Sydney, we’re lucky to enjoy many sunny weekends and at the best hour of the day, some warmer temperatures!
So rather than spending hours on the couch watching Netflix, get yourself out there and plan that winter escape! Believe me, a couple of escapes and you’ll barely notice winter was here (or not) and it will be summer before you know it!
Here are some of my top winter escapes from Sydney!
1. Drive up to Palm Beach
From Sydney by car: about 45 minutes
From Sydney Central by bus: about 2 hours
Lovely by any weather, hitting up Palm Beach on Sunday afternoon is the perfect winter escape right on the doorstep of Sydney. My favourites? Lunch at The Boat House and then hike up the lighthouse. Plus, the drive up and back is really scenic. Stop at Whale Beach for a little extra beach time.
2. Go South and avoid the crowds
The drive south is as stunning and as it does get busy in summer, especially in Jervis Bay, going in Winter and beating the crowds is actually much better! Favourite stops for me? Wollongong and Hyams Beach.
Sydney to Wollongong by car: 1h15 minutes
Sydney to Wollongong by train: about 2 hours
You’ll need a car to go to Hyams Beach!
3. Go further South and discover the beautiful Shoalhaven region
I’ve discovered this part of New South Wales only recently during Summer but also for a surf trip during Winter. Guess what? It was rainy and cold in Summer and yes it was cold in Winter but still really fun and beautiful. My favourites? Mollymook beach, Green Island and its beach, Ulladulla and Milton. But I’ve yet to discover so many more places there.
There’s actually the 100 beaches challenge in Shoalhaven which sounds pretty fun and a good way to discover the region too!
4. Go feel the winter charm and go to the Blue Mountains
Now yes, it might be a bit contradictory to get into colder territories but there’s something very special about visiting the Blue Mountains in winter. The cold chill, the soft sunny light, a hot drink in hands and it makes it perfect! And the best about going to the Blue Mountains in Winter? You can go up and down those hikes and not feel like you’re overheating!
My favourites? I have a lot! Discover all my favourites places in the Blue Mountains in this article I wrote previously.
5. Go the whole way and get some snowy time in the snowy mountains!
Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte’s Pass… you call it! Why not make the most of the short winter here and hit the slopes this time. Just beware of planning well in advance as it can get a bit expensive but it’s so worth it once you are there! I’m actually going next weekend to the snow so will definitely report back on how it is.
In the meantime, check out my article from a few years ago about skiing in Australia!
Sydney to Thredbo: 5h30 minutes drive - maybe a bit more!
So do you have any road trips planned this winter? If so, let me know where you are going!
And special thanks to Honda Australia for letting me experience and capture their car on my latest road trips! It’s been an amazing partnership which I’ll tell you more about soon!