Top 5 Destinations to Unwind in NSW, Australia

The state of New South Wales in Australia, is absolutely stunning, making it an extremely popular destination for travelers from all over.  It’s here you get a little bit of everything, the perfect mix of beaches, parklands and the true blue Australian outback.

Life can get the better of you every now and again and sometimes you just need a few days to sit back and unwind. New South Wales has some perfect destinations for you to relax and enjoy some time to yourself. Read on to find the top 5 destinations to unwind in NSW.

Byron Bay

If laying in the sun and strolling through the streets of beach towns is calming to you than look no further than Byron Bay. Famous for their alternate way of living and notoriously laid back vibe, Byron Bay situated on the mid north coast of New South Wales is extremely popular with both local and international visitors.

Take a trip to the weekly markets and grab a bite to eat, or pick up a few fascinating mementos. Cool off afterwards with a dip at Main Beach, one of the most stunning beaches in the state. However if you want to avoid the crowds and feel a little less like a tourist than make your way around to Wategos Beach. Just around the corner from Main Beach, Wategos Beach is bordered by a cliff, making it a great destination for swimmers!

The Blue Mountains

Photo Credit: John Cooke

The Blue Mountains is a lovely all-natural phenomenon that every person ought to aim at travelling to once at the very least. There is lots of relaxing activities to do here for those wishing to check out the World Heritage listed location.

The Blue Mountains lies south west of Sydney, covering over 1400 square kilometers. It’s massive! If driving from Sydney it will take you about an hour and a half, however if you’d rather catch the train this will take you just over 2 hours.

Jenolan Caves are among one of the most well-known in Australia positioned in the Blue Mountains. You can explore the caves and the surrounds on a lovely bush walk. If you are in the area after dark I recommend hanging around and taking a stroll to explore, as many parts of the caves are lit up at night time and it is extraordinary to see!

Jervis Bay

Just under three hours south of Sydney, is the beautiful Jervis Bay. The town is perfectly situated bordered by white sandy coastlines and exceptional national parks.

Travel to Booderee National park, a destination of all-natural charm where you can get involved in many different activities such as surfing, whale watching and the option to learn about the Koori culture through Booderee’s Aboriginal interpretive program. It’s right here you’ll discover some extraordinary walking tracks and also the ideal swimming area that’ll have you feeling relaxed!

Port Stephens

The flawlessly placed community of Port Stephens is situated on a peninsula just north of Sydney. Surrounded by a gorgeous coastline, this is the perfect place to come for a relaxing holiday in the warmer months, and to get your feet sandy.

If you have an interest in a bit of extra exercise, think about hiking up Mount Tomaree. When you arrive at the top you will have the ability to obtain one of the most amazing views of the peninsula, it’s a terrific place for photo ops so make sure to take your camera.

After your walk, you could cool down at one of the 26 beaches that border the coastal town, possibly take a surfing lesson or go for a relaxing paddle boarding session. Lay on the beach, go for coffee, there are plenty of things to do that will have you feeling calm and rejuvenated in no time!

During the colder months, any time between May to September, Port Stephens is a great place to spot whales migrating north along the coast. This can easily be seen from the shores of one of the many local beaches.


Although Sydney’s hustle and bustle might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a destination to travel to in order to unwind, there are a bunch of relaxing activities to get involved in to help you relax.

The beautiful Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is a 6 kilometer course that twists around the coastline beside Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. This is a fantastic means to fit a little relaxing workout right into your travels whilst also taking in the sights and discovering the rockpools, coastlines and parks you will certainly pass on your journey. As soon as you reach Coogee take a walk down the main street and choose one of  the cosy coffee shops to grab brunch.

Another great way to unwind is taking the stunning ferry trip across to Manly. Manly is a residential area in North Sydney that welcomes the best job and life balance, with coastlines amongst their business district.

Do yourself a favour and catch the thirty minute ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf. Not only will you get to experience all that Manly has to offer but on your journey across the harbour you will get outstanding views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Kirribilli House, which I find to be incredibly relaxing.

After you return from your trip to Manly, take your time to stroll around The Rocks area, located just beside Circular Quay. This is suburb filled with history and a tale to tell around every corner. With cobblestone streets, charming coffee shops, boutique stores and some of the country’s oldest pubs, this is a great place to to take a relaxing walk and explore.

There are so many great places in Australia’s state of New South Wales to sit back, relax and unwind. But these are my top five places that I know will help me feel rejuvenated and refreshed, only after a few days!


An adventurous traveller who simply wants to explore this incredible world we call our home. Originally from the States, she has recently moved to Sydney to enjoy the golden sandy beaches and friendly culture of the great Land Down Under.

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