4 week­end get­aways for un­der $400

Get out of the big city with these wal­let-friendly travel itin­er­ar­ies.

Time Out (Sydney) - - Travel - By Re­becca Russo

AS MUCH AS the city has its perks, there’s re­ally noth­ing like ditch­ing the nine to five and hit­ting the road. Armed with a tank full of petrol (or a topped-up Opal card), you’ll be sur­prised how far your dol­lar can stretch out­side the big city. Stay sea­side in Jervis Bay Bud­get: $250 Three hours south of Syd­ney is a lit­tle patch of par­adise called Jervis Bay, and it’s here where you can take ad­van­tage of the great out­doors’ best fea­tures. The spec­tac­u­lar bay plays host to over 90km of nat­u­ral beaches and a range of wa­ter-based pur­suits, in­clud­ing dol­phin and whale spot­ting ( www.dol­phin­watch.com.

au. From $50), char­tered sail­ing and kayak tours ( www.jervis­baykayaks.com. From $55) from what is claimed to be the world’s whitest stretch of sand, Hyams Beach. Pitch your tent right in the thick of it at Bris­tol Point Camp­ing

Ground, lo­cated within the beau­ti­ful beach­side Bood­eree Na­tional Park ( Jervis Bay Rd, Jervis Bay 2540. 02 4443 0977. From $17 a night). Af­ter­wards, pop into Husky Bak­ery and Café and get a chunky steak pie for $5 ( 11 Cur­ram­beene St, Huskisson 2540. 02 4441 5015) or dig into a size­able burger at 5 Lit­tle Pigs ( 64-66 Owen St, Huskins­son 2540. 02 4441 7056. 5lit­tlepigs. com.au). Go cav­ing in the Blue Moun­tains Bud­get: $300 Wan­der among the steep cliffs, eu­ca­lyp­tus forests, water­falls and swimming holes in this rugged re­gion of NSW and be re­warded by pic­ture-per­fect vis­tas prime for on­line brag­ging. Adren­a­line junkies can get their kicks within the beau­ti­ful bush­land on ab­seil­ing ad­ven­tures with High n Wild, who run half- and full-day ab­seil­ing jaunts start­ing from $135 ( www.

high­and­wild.com.au). Then head over to the 400-mil­lion-year-old Jenolan Caves, a lime­stone labyrinth with more than 40 kilo­me­tres of cave pas­sages to ex­plore with your trusty head­lamp ( 4655 Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan 2790. From $40). Keep things on the cheap by stay­ing at the Blue Moun­tains YHA where there’s a log fire and easy ac­cess to Echo Point and the Three Sis­ters ( 207 Ka­toomba St, Ka­toomba 2780. 02 4782 1416. From $25 a night). Trawl for an­tiques in the South­ern High­lands Bud­get: $350 Whether you’re a fan of an­tiquing, hik­ing or tuck­ing into fish and chips in lit­tle beach­side towns, it’s never a bad idea to head south­west to the High­lands. Most of this area is well ser­viced by train lines, so you can get there pretty cheaply with­out a car. Check in at the charm­ing

Bun­danoon Ho­tel; it’s warm and cosy just like an old pub should be ( 6-18 Erith St, Bun­danoon

2578. 02 4883 6005. From $89 a night), then head to Dirty Jane’s in Bowral. This part-gallery, part­mar­ket cov­ers three ware­house spa­ces. Trawl through rows of well priced fur­ni­ture, light­ing, vin­tage cloth­ing, jew­ellery and more, then fin­ish it up with a high tea at Dirty Jane’s Tea Sa­lon for $29 per per­son ( 13 Banyette St, Bowral 2576. 02 4861 3231. dirty­janes.com). Take a culi­nary tour of Orange Bud­get: $250 Out over the other side of the Blue Moun­tains lie the western plains of NSW in­clud­ing Orange, a re­gion fa­mous for cold cli­mate pro­duce like truf­fles, nuts, berries and wine. Make spend­ing an af­ter­noon at De Salis Wines a pri­or­ity ( 125 Mount Lofty Rd, Nash­dale 2800. 0403 956 295. www.de­sal­iswines.com.au). The next day, make a bee­line for Fac­tory Espresso ( 135 Kite St, Orange 2800. 02 6360 2858) for a shot of cof­fee and to Scrump­tious on Sum­mer ( 142-146 Sum­mer St, Orange 2800. 02 6361 7200. www.scrump­tiouson­sum­mer.com.au) for a hearty brekky that’ll cure that han­gover. Rest your head at 35 Kite St ( 35 Kite St, Orange 2800. 02 6361 8114. www.apart­mentson­park.com.au. From $135 a night), a cute two-per­son cot­tage op­po­site leafy Cook Park. ■

Jervis Bay

De Salis Wines

Jenolan Caves

Dirty Jane’s

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