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Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

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Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

I will be visiting the Sydney area on vacation with my brother from the 15th on January to the 29th. The only major commitment we have during that time is a wedding on January 25th. Other than that we are free to roam. I would love to be pointed at some places to check out by anyone that might have ideas.

Some things to note:

We have a car

We don't like cities very much

We are going to have basic camp/backacking equipment

We will not have a ton of other gear with us for activities so renting would be required

Outdoors/adventure/wildlife/wilderness/beaches/snorkel/surf/scuba/hiking/biking are preferred over museums/cities/going out/general urban things.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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1. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

You need to be aware it is school holiday time here, and most camping areas etc will be completely packed and possibly booked! I would ordinarily suggest heading to the south coast given your interests but you may find it hard to find camping at this point.

This is the area that would tick all your boxes http://www.southcoast.com.au/ visitnsw.com/things-to-do/beaches-and-surf/s… This is stunning country, a little research and you should find diving etc. I just hope for your sake it's not all booked!

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2. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

This a possible loop. As Fimum said it's the school holidays so it will be busy especially along the coast. I hope the Google Maps link works. Where do you need to be on the 25th, Sydney or somewhere else? Also give some thought to where you want to be on the 26th for Australia Day. Once you've had a browse of the websites let us know if anything in particular appeals to you and we can help with further details.

http://goo.gl/maps/QYHoY

www.visitnsw.com/destinations/blue-mountains

visitnsw.com/destinations/…southern-highlands

http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/ *

visitnsw.com/destinations/snowy-mountains/ko…

visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/batema…

visitnsw.com/destinations/…jervis-bay

* Canberra is a city, but it is known as the bush capital. You can find wild kangaroos 5-10 minutes drive from the city centre. The botanic gardens specialises in native plants with sections representing various regions of the country. A large part of the territory is national park and you can go on fairly easy hikes to see relics of Aboriginal habitation, early European settlement, and Australia's involvement in late 20th century space exploration.

Edited: 31 December 2013, 10:52
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3. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

If you're anywhere near the Northern beaches of Sydney you can do a lovely boat trip from Palm Beach around parts of the Hawkesbury.

If you like bush walks, Kuringi (sp?) chase is good

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4. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

When we lived in Canberra, we used to hike and camp in Namadgi National Park. One of the best trails for kangaroo sightings is the Yankee Hat hike where I guarantee you will see LOTS of kangaroos along the trail. (Great photo ops as they will practically pose for you!) At the turnaround point is a rock with Aboriginal rock drawings which is quite interesting.

There are several camping sites in the park, but I don't know if they are booked out in summer. (We did not camp in the summer months.) But even if you can't camp, Namadgi would be a great place to hike for a day.

…act.gov.au/parks-recreation/parks_and_reser…

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5. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

Well that's a bummer. Thanks for the heads up. We had no idea. We are somewhat in the dark for a friends wedding. The wedding is on the 25th in Canberra but other than that we have all kinds of time to do whatever we want.

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6. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

Thank you very much for the suggestions. That boat ride looks awesome. Do you know if you can reserve in advance or how long the ride is?

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7. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

The map totally worked. That loop looks like a great idea. Jervis Bay looks like a spectacular spot. We are both really into the outdoors so places like that are ideal even if they are a bit busy with the holiday. Katoomba looks great as well. Not that the rest of it doesn't those just look especially beautiful.

What kind of spot would be good to be at for Australia day? Since I don't know a lot about the holiday I'm not sure what kind of place we would want to be at for something like that. That's the day after the wedding and we will be in Canberra on the 25th so I don't know how far we will make it away from that area.

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8. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

Here's a link to the activities planned in Canberra for Australia Day. There will be a big fireworks display on the 26th which you might enjoy.

visitcanberra.com.au/Events/Major-events.aspx

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9. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

That loop was sort of a suggestion to include a range of interesting regions, but there's no need to try to include them all. It's perfectly fine to just choose what interests you most. In fact it's probably best to limit how many places you go. That's partly because the roads will be busy (it's an extreme example but the other day there were warnings to allow an extra hour for the Clyde Mountain route to the coast, it's usually about a two hour trip). Also because of the holiday accommodation situation, minimum night requirements and whatever (I don't really know much about campsites specifically).

If you are celebrating a wedding on the 25th and perhaps joining some celebrations on the 26th, be aware that we have strict drink-driving laws and the police will be conducting tests. So have fun but be careful and don't mix drinking and tiredness with driving.

Also be aware that the Australia Day weekend will be a long weekend (the Monday is a public holiday) so it will be particularly busy. Lots of people go to the coast that weekend so probably better to visit the coast earlier and take it easy around Canberra that weekend.

Edited: 01 January 2014, 04:54
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10. Re: Two weeks in the Sydney/Canberra Region... Where to go?

And NSW schools return on the Tuesday (staff) and Wednesday (students) so Monday will be very busy on the roads - particularly the major arterials coming into Sydney from the north & south. If heading back to Sydney for flights etc - factor this in and allow plenty of time