From some of the oldest national parks to delectable food to spectacular festivals, Sydney is a winter wonderland for many reasons. The splendid harbour city shines with a vivid lifestyle and vivacious people, coupled with cosy ambiance and plenty of attractions. While winter is a great time to stroll across the city, there’s a lot more to check out. Don’t forget to choose bus charter in Sydney for a convenient ride while you explore winter travel ideas here.

 

Hunter Valley

Without any element of surprise, the Hunter Valley Region is a renowned holiday spot for people across the globe. As the weather cools down, and sky clears out in winter, it’s ideally the best time to pay a visit. There are over 150 vineyards, wineries and cellar doors with plenty of opportunities for sample tasting. Wine tours are conducted every other day, coupled with fresh local produce. The area is well aligned with dairy farms providing delicious cheeses, and over 100 olive groves generating high quality olive oil.

Soak up the expansive views of the countryside, as you enjoy a perfect picnic with friends or family. There’s also an option to enjoy floating view in a hot air balloon, rising high above the wineries, with parachuting and tandem skydiving options also available.

Blue Mountains

Hardly a couple of hours drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is an ideal setting for an adventurous and relaxing winter holiday. Listed as the World Heritage Site, the surrounding region is popular for its stupendous beauty, which you can discover on the many trails and paths made for bush walking. The paths will take you to some fantastic scenes of the waterfalls, valleys and mountains leaving you in complete awe. Embrace the rotational views of the Jamison Valley from the cableway or get the expansive views of the iconic Three Sisters from the Echo Point.

Separate tracks are also made for abseiling, canyoning, rock climbing and mountain biking. After discovering the magnificence of the outdoors, there is lot to see in the old-fashioned towns in the vicinity. Walk down the streets of Leura or Katoomba for confectionery stores, bookstores, art galleries and antique shops. Set up your camp and nuzzle up in front of a fireside to get the best of the winter season.

Mudgee

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to visit this delightful country-style of Mudgee, set in the charming Cudgegong Valley. There are many ways to explore this isolated region, as you wallop around the valley to explore the panoramic views of the rolling hills or take a leisure walk along the streets lined with trees. Discover the Dunns Swamp stone canyons by canoe or stream tour, or indulge in bushwalking through Goulburn River National Park or Wollemi National Park, with a chance to spot some aboriginal caves and native wildlife.

The region is widely popular for cellar doors and wineries that are known for distinctive chardonnays and red wines. With food festivals and markets held in winter, this is one unique countryside experience that shouldn’t be missed at any cost.

Bowral

Just a quick drive from the city, the cultural town of Bowral in the Southern Highland is an ideal winter escape for people of all ages and abilities. With plenty of galleries on offer, art lovers will be spoilt for choice, while history enthusiasts would love the age-old buildings at their display. Winter is the perfect time to get a real dining experience in Bowral, which is renowned for exceptional quality local produce.

Begin your trip with a delicious coffee on offer and conclude the same with delectable fruity wine crafted from local wineries. Don’t miss to check out the award-winning restaurant Biota producing fresh fares. Seasonal menus are offered here, especially the degustation menus for winter. With bushwalks and amazing gardens to discover, Bowral should definitely be in your list for winter travel itinerary.

Barrington Tops

This is one perfect winter escape for someone looking to indulge themselves in breathtaking scenery and rainforests. With cycling trails and walking paths spread across a wilderness of 83,000 hectares, there are plenty of secluded areas for bushwalkers to discover. Soothe your nerves, and respire in the fresh country air or simply relax in a secluded picnic area.

If you are looking for an adventure, go for night hikes that will lead you through the sundry landscape of subalpine woodlands, forests and subtropical rainforest. If that doesn’t satisfy you, there are other options including water rafting, mountain biking and horse riding. The area does receive a good amount of snowfall, giving it a captivating look and the wonderful feeling of sitting near the log fires.

Wollongong

Having some of the most beautiful beaches in the state, Wollongong is hardly 1.5 hours’ drive from the city. You may not prefer surfing in winter, but there are a lot more to be done within the vicinity.  Head towards one of the 17 patrolled surf beaches including Wollongong city, Fairy Meadow, Woonnona and Stanwell Park for a stroll, or outline your path to one of the splendid ocean rock pools stretch across the coast, ready to be explored. Sceneries apart, there’s a delectable range of culturally diverse and gourmet food available in town for you to feast upon.

Cessnock

Being the prime gateway to the Hunter Valley region, Cessnock brims with winter colours all through the season. There are stunning vineyard grounds with row upon row of grapevines. Dine at award-winning gourmet restaurants on offer, take part in cellar door tastings and visit dozens of wineries on offer. As you take a trip through the extension, you will be greeted with exceptional countryside views, or perhaps you can also choose to enjoy a hot balloon ride over the magnificent landscape.

If you are travelling in a group to any of these destinations, it is best to choose Sydney bus charter for a convenient group ride at a reasonable cost. The experienced driver will take you to your preferred locations, without you having to worry about the driving directions.

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