Yes, Sydney rocks! There is no doubt about this. Come summer, and if you are a beach bum, you will just love the amazing troika of sun, sea and sands. If you are not, well, honestly, you might end up becoming one. After all, besides Manly and Bondi, there are scores of beaches strewn all along the amazing coastline of the city.
But there’s more to the state of New South Wales (of which Sydney is the capital) than this bustling megalopolis. If you are that quaint-town-by-the-sea kind of person, you will adore the many townships and hamlets that dot the coast of the blue Pacific, north and south of Sydney. Gorgeous turquoise waters, glistening green lagoons and waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and dense forests sum up the quintessential beachside experience in these places. If you do have time to explore more of this place outside Sydney, here’s a short list of 5 gorgeous coastal havens that you can head to from Sydney:
1. Lake Macquarie
Distance from Sydney: 125 km to the north