New South Wales is enormous, and while it may be known for its beautiful beaches, there’s still plenty to explore as the sun sets on autumn and the cold weather is upon us. From breathtaking hikes and spectacular views in the Blue Mountains, to delectable flavours and luxurious accommodation in the Hunter Valley, there is something this winter for everyone.
With a vast expanse of terrains across the state, you can feel like you’re living it up in a Swiss chalet or relishing the culinary delights at a vineyard in France, all just a few hours from Sydney. So, throw on your uggs and a chunky knit, dust off the skis, and fill your thermos with something hot and delicious – let’s hit the road for the best winter escapes New South Wales has to offer!
Just over an hour from Sydney, the Blue Mountains region is perfect for a daytrip or a weekend away, and is jam-packed with outdoor adventures. There are plenty of picturesque towns and landmarks to stop at, so you can take in the views as you journey up the winding Great Western Highway. Visit the iconic Three Sisters near Katoomba, an extraordinary sandstone rock formation that can be accessed via The Three Sisters walk and features some of the best views in the area.
For something a little more challenging, take the Echo Point to Scenic World hike via Giant Stairway for more breathtaking sights. You can also jump on the Scenic Railway train, which boasts the steepest railway incline in the world at 52 degrees.
After your blood-pumping adventures through the wilderness, head to the Hydro Majestic Hotel in nearby Medlow Bath for a bite. From casual eats at the Boiler House Restaurant, to a traditional high tea complete with stunning views over Megalong Valley, the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel is a brilliant way to top off your trip.
To find out more about winter escapes in New South Wales, read the Winter 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: Blue Mountains (C) Tyson Mayr.