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12 Awesome Weekend Getaways from Sydney

While Sydney has a lot to offer to both tourists and residents, it doesn’t hurt to sometimes escape the city and have a relaxing weekend getaway.

Luckily, Sydney and New South Wales have lots of options for awesome weekend getaway destinations, and some of them don’t even require a lot of driving.

To help you find inspiration for your next long weekend, we’ve selected 12 Sydney weekend getaways that we’re sure you will enjoy.

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Sydney Tourism Guide – Top Things to Do and Best Places to Visit

A comprehensive Sydney tourism guide around top things to do and the best places to visit in Sydney, from hiking and sightseeing, to shopping and dining!

Sydney is Australia’s largest and most popular city, visited by millions of international travellers each year.

What sets Sydney apart from other international cities are the beautiful and world-famous Harbour, the unique landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, a near-perfect climate, a stunning coastline with countless beaches and also the thriving arts and culture scene.

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10 Pram Friendly Walks in and Around Sydney

Going for a walk with your baby or toddler is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, stay fit and spend quality time with your little one. But it can be quite challenging to find walking tracks that are not only scenic but also pram-friendly.

Below is a list of pram friendly walks in and close to Sydney where you can safely enjoy the outdoors with your baby or toddler. Most of these walks provide plenty of shade and have cafes and picnic sites along the way.

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Best Places to Stay in Byron Bay

— Where to stay in Byron Bay for your holiday? —
We have outlined the best places to stay in Byron Bay catering for different budgets, from luxurious 5-star resorts to comfortable 3-star hotels.

Tucked away in the far north of New South Wales, close to the Queensland border, Byron Bay is a popular beachside town that attracts a great amount of tourists each year. Despite its growing popularity and influx of visitors over the years, Byron Bay has always been able to maintain its pleasant laid-back atmosphere.

While there are may be lots of options for accommodation in and around Byron Bay, it’s challenging to find a good hotel that both fits your personal needs and has a great location. We’ve done the research for you and have listed some of the best places to stay in Byron Bay, from pure luxury to budget hotels in the centre of town.

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Top 10 Free Things to Do in and Around Sydney

Sydney is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but unfortunately it’s also one of the most expensive places to live or to spend your holiday.

However, with a near perfect climate and a great variety of natural and man-made landmarks and sights on offer, there are also lots of free things to do in Sydney.

To help you save some of your hard-earned dollars, we have compiled a list of our favorite things to do in Sydney without having to spend a single dollar. So once you’ve booked your hotel in Sydney, it’s time to start exploring this beautiful city!

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Where to Stay in Sydney (A Guide to the Best Places and Hotels)

— Where to stay in Sydney for your holiday? —
We have outlined the best areas in and around Sydney, including suggestions for great hotels catering for different budgets.

Choosing where to stay in Sydney for your upcoming holiday can be challenging task. Your hotel and also the area you’re staying in can make or break a holiday. This is particularly true for Sydney since the layout of the city is rather complicated.

We’ve made the process of deciding where to stay in Sydney a bit easier by identifying the five best places and areas in and close to the city. In addition, we’ve selected some of the best hotels in these areas. Hotels in different price categories, catering for all types of travellers.

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Hiking Etiquette (6 Things to Keep in Mind on the Trail)

Most of us love being in the great outdoors and hiking is one of the best ways to appreciate all the goodness that Mother Nature has to offer.

With the rise of Internet and WiFi in the last two decades, information about hiking trails is much more readily available than it was 10 or 20 years ago. As a result, hiking trails that were still undiscovered not too long ago, are now popular weekend destinations.

So with more people out and about on hiking trails, it’s perhaps a good idea to think about good hiking etiquette. The following things to keep in mind while on the trail often come down to plain common sense and having respect for our fellow hikers.

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Blue Mountains Tours – Which Ones Are the Best?

— Our recommendations for the best Blue Mountains Tours from Sydney —

One of the most popular tourist and weekend-getaway destinations in Sydney and New South Wales is the famous Blue Mountains, a World Heritage listed area less than two hours away from Sydney.

Blessed with various exciting walking tracks, beautiful lookout points, enormous cliffs, deep valleys and thriving rainforest and wildlife, the Blue Mountains is the perfect spot to rejuvenate and appreciate nature at its best.

One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of this popular national park is by booking a professional Blue Mountains tour. A day tour to the Blue Mountains is a great way to see all the highlights in comfort and style. This is especially true if you’ve never been there before and you don’t have your own transport.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Byron Bay and Surrounds

Tucked away in the northeastern corner of New South Wales not too far from the Queensland border, Byron Bay is a popular beachside town that attracts a great amount of travelers each year.

Despite its growing popularity and influx of tourists, Byron Bay has never lost its small town laid-back atmosphere.

Known as “Cavvanbah” by the local Arakwal people, Byron Bay and Cape Byron were named after Naval officer John Byron by Captain James Cook who arrived here in this area in 1770.

In the first half of the 20th century, Byron Bay quickly developed itself as a busy industrial port town, before it slowly turned into a holiday destination and surfing hot spot from the 1960’s.

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Cheap International Money Transfer to and from Australia

— What is the best way to transfer money overseas? —
Forget the banks and use an online International Money Transfer Service to transfer money overseas to and from Australia

It’s surprising that in the modern society we’re living in today, transferring money overseas from one bank account to another can still be so expensive and non-transparent.

Australian banks typically charge excessive fees for international money transfers and also give their customers the worst possible currency exchange rates.

Luckily though these issues can be easily prevented by using a specialised money transfer service that provide you with great benefits compared to banks.

HiFX, OFX and CurrencyFair are three of the best online money transfer services that can help you transfer money overseas to and from Australia without hassle and with the best exchange rates.

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