A Weekend in Canberra

View over Canberra from Mount Ainslie Lookout

View over Canberra from Mount Ainslie Lookout

Canberra is the national capital of Australia and an ideal weekend-away destination from Sydney – especially for overseas visitors.

The city has many wonderful museums, galleries and monuments that will give visitors to Australia an insight into our history, culture and society.

By car, Canberra is an easy 3.5 hour drive from Sydney. It is impossible to see all the sights of Canberra in one weekend but here are a few recommendations to choose from.

Canberra & Region Visitors Centre

Firstly, it’s a good idea to stop at the Canberra & Region Visitors Centre on 330 Northbourne Ave, Dickson (1300 554 114) – you will pass it on the way into Canberra from Sydney. Pick up copies of brochures and maps to help you find your way around.

Parliament House Canberra - House of Representatives

Parliament House Canberra – House of Representatives

Parliament House

We recommend taking a tour of Parliament House. There is a free tour that takes approximately 30-45 minutes. The tour includes the Marble Hall entrance, the Great Hall, the Senate, the House of Representatives – with an interesting and informative guide.

Visit the top of Parliament House for excellent views over the city.

For more details on tours see – www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament/Tours (more…)

By |2018-08-27T15:41:03+10:00November 30th, 2012|Categories: ACT - Canberra, Australia|0 Comments

Sydney to Port Macquarie – June Long Weekend 2012

Seal Rocks NSW

Seal Rocks

For those who enjoy driving holidays, this is a good route to explore the NSW coastline between Bulahdelah and Coffs Harbour and get a glimpse of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

You will see some of the best waterways, the best beaches and national parks in NSW.

During winter, the area is far less crowded than in summer, the days are sunny but not too hot and the air is crisp and clean.

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Blue Mountains – A Day Trip from Sydney

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

If you are visiting Sydney, we can recommend a day trip to the Blue Mountains.

Anytime of year is good however it is a bonus if you can see the mountains in autumn or spring.

If you have the time, we suggest doing a circular route – driving out of Sydney along the M4 onto the Great Western Highway through Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath. When you reach Mount Victoria we recommend returning to Sydney via the Bells Line of Road.

It is a big day out but you will certainly see a lot.

Driving time to Katoomba is about two hours from Sydney. (more…)

By |2018-08-27T15:41:05+10:00July 13th, 2011|Categories: Blue Mountains, Australia, Katoomba, New South Wales|0 Comments

Jindabyne

View over Lake Jindabyne

View over Lake Jindabyne

Jindabyne is the gateway to the snowfields of the southern Kosciuszko National Park – Perisher, Charlotte’s Pass, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Thredbo.

We arrived in Jindabyne the week before the official opening of the 2011 ski season. In previous years we had passed through Jindabyne on the way to the snowfields without giving it much thought. However, after staying a few days we discovered that it is a very pleasant town.

At this time of year there is an influx of young people looking for jobs for the ski season. Everyone we come across is incredibly friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. (more…)

By |2018-08-27T15:41:06+10:00July 6th, 2011|Categories: Australia, Jindabyne, New South Wales|0 Comments

Sydney to Broken Hill via the Murray River

Sydney – Goulburn – Crookwell  Cootamundra – Echuca – Swan Hill  Mildura – Wentworth  Broken Hill  Silverton – Dubbo – Sydney

Line of Lode Miners Memorial & Restaurant, Broken Hill

Line of Lode Miners Memorial & Restaurant, Broken Hill

An area of NSW that we didn’t know well was the Murray River and Broken Hill region so we did a driving trip along the Murray River, out to Broken Hill, returning to Sydney via Dubbo.

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Day Trip from Sydney to Wollongong via Royal National Park and the Seacliff Bridge

One of our favourite day trips from Sydney is the drive south via the Royal National Park, through the towns of Stanwell Park, Austinmer and Thirroul to North Wollongong. A highlight of the trip is the Sea Cliff Bridge and the spectacular coastal views.

Leaving Sydney we drive out past the airport, following the signs to Rockdale/Wollongong. Just beyond the airport, there are good views over Botany Bay from along the Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands. The foreshore of Botany Bay has been landscaped in recent years to provide a walking/cycling track and grassed areas for picnicking.

Royal National Park

Once through the southern suburbs of Sydney take the turnoff to the Royal National Park. Established in 1879, it is Australia’s oldest national park and covers an area of 132 sq kms. The Royal National Park was the second national park to be established in the world, after Yellowstone in USA.

The Royal National Park is the beginning of what is known as the Grand Pacific Drive – from Sydney to Wollongong and beyond.

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By |2018-08-27T15:41:07+10:00July 1st, 2011|Categories: Australia, New South Wales, Wollongong|0 Comments

Jervis Bay – Weekend Trip from Sydney

Visiting Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa, Berry, Huskisson, Kangaroo Valley, Burrawang and Bowral.

We left Sydney on a Saturday morning, hoping to stay a night in Huskisson. The plan was to explore the coast between Sydney and Jervis Bay over the next two days. It was what we call in our family ‘a flash tour’ – touching on many places in a short time, with a view to going back to where we liked the best.

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By |2018-08-27T15:41:07+10:00June 2nd, 2011|Categories: Huskisson, Jervis Bay, Australia, New South Wales|1 Comment
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