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The Illawarra
The area around Wollongong to the south of Sydney is a great place to explore for the weekend. Forget the freeway, head down there on the scenic route, through the Royal National Park and the small coastal coal mining villages north of Wollongong. Stop to admire the stunning coastal scenery at one of the many lookouts en route. In Wollongong, visit the City Gallery with its soaring architecture and interesting collection. Further south, Minnamurra Rainforest Centre provides a unique look at the native flora and fauna of the area. Kiama, with its famous blowhole, is a pretty seaside town. Birdwatchers should head for Barren Grounds Bird Observatory near Jamberoo, where wildlife-watching activities are regularly scheduled. Accommodation bargains from needitnow.com


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Hunter Valley
The Lower Hunter Valley is known for its fine wines, fine dining and relaxed atmosphere. You may like to spend time visiting some of the many wineries and tasting the wines. Several wineries have excellent restaurants, where you can sample their wines with lunch or dinner. Be sure to visit the historic village of Morpeth with its heritage buildings and crafty shops to browse. If you have more time, check out the wineries of the Upper Hunter Valley, and the horse industry around the town of Scone. Reduced price accommodation for next weekend from needitnow.com


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The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains have long been a favourite retreat for stressed-out Sydneysiders. If you are feeling energetic, there is a huge range of walking tracks to suit all abilities, many offering spectacular views of the mountains. There are many waterfalls in the area, which are especially spectacular after rain. For gentler pursuits, try Leura with its excellent cafes and restaurants and many delightful shops. The Toy Museum at Leuralla in Leura is well worth a visit. If you need serious pampering, try a day spa - check out the one at Lilianfels in Katoomba. Check out bargain accommodation for next weekend from needitnow.com

The City
For a relaxing weekend without the stress of driving long distances, how about staying right in the heart of the city. Many inner city hotels have a gym or a pool for the energetic and some even have a day spa for the ultimate in pampering. Get up late and discover the whole of Sydney at your doorstep. Walk through the historic Rocks area and browse the weekend markets both there and in front of the Opera House. Stroll through the Botanic Gardens and around to Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Visit the Museum of Sydney with its exciting and sometimes quirky displays of Sydney's past. You could even take a harbour dinner cruise - complete with vibrant and entertaining show. Amazing city deals from needitnow.com


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