We have been travelling Australia on and off for years now but nothing beats the chance to have a little weekend getaway to escape reality and drift away into the dream lifestyle for a few days..
These 5 places are the areas we love to explore over a weekend close to Sydney. They are usually free or extremely low cost making it affordable for us as a family of four.
Newnes is located 2.5hrs from our place on the outskirts of western Sydney. It is within the Wollemi National Park and is currently free (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/newnes-campground ). The main camping ground is easily accessible to 2wd vehicles by dirt road and has amazing views right from your camp site. This area has very clean pit toilets, no power and an abundance of wildlife. There is a large amount of history here being an old shale mining industrial area. Be sure to go for a wander around the old ruins and take a drive out to the glow worm tunnels. If you are set up for it, there is also a vast variety of 4wding tracks for all levels of ability to enjoy.
Hill End, Nsw
Hill End is located just outside of Bathurst. The camping grounds are within National Park and come with a small National Parks Fee (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/hill-end-historic-site). What more could you ask for when going away; this place has it all . This camp ground is perfect for us with hot showers, flushing toilets, fire pits, laundry and a camp kitchen right in the middle of town. You can also have the choice of power or non powered sites. It is an easy stroll into town to walk the historical sites as well as visit the old pub, grab a refreshing coffee at the café and visit the information centre.
Yerranderie is a longer drive from Sydney but it will not disappoint. (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/yerranderie-regional-park). You can have the choice of power or non power sites and the views you will see here are absolutely incredible. There’s large mountains and steep drives as well as a huge collection of history you could spend weeks down here sifting through all the old silver mines of yesteryear.
Glen Davis, NSW
Glen Davis is only a short drive from Newnes. It has a lovely little camp ground with very clean pit toilets. The area has a large variety of animal life as well as a huge industrial history similar to Newnes. Glen Davis has a more recent activity having closed in the mid 1950’s. (https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/blue-mountains/lithgow-area/lithgow/attractions/glen-davis-ruins) . There are still buildings here to look at. Be sure to jump on the local tour of the old ruins every Saturday, its definitely worth your time.
Wombeyan Caves, NSW
Womebyan Caves is 2.5 hrs from our place on the outskirts of Western Sydney. We find it a perfect distance to get away for the weekend. Wombeyan caves is within the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and- accommodation/campgrounds/wombeyan-caves-campground) This area has powered and non powered sites, all with access to amenities, drinking water and bbqs.
Be sure to check out the places to stay close to Sydney. Get out there and have a go kickin’ up dust and makin’ tracks!