Sydney's Best Out-of-Town Restaurants, Cafes and Bars for 2024

From regional fine diners to country bakehouses to garden gin distilleries, these are the spots to plan a day trip — or a whole weekend away — around.
Concrete Playground
Published on May 02, 2023
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    Randy's Wine

    50 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach

    This sandwich spot turned wine bar from the crew behind Bar Elvina is dedicated to interesting vino and snacky plates to pair — plus, there's still a few top sambos.

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    La La La's

    16 Globe Lane, Wollongong

    A live music dive bar in Wollongong from the Yours and Owls crew.

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    Night Parrot Wine Bar

    69 Crown Street, Wollongong

    Sip natural vino and down dumplings at this late-night Wollongong wine bar.

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    The Black Cockatoo

    88 Kembla Street, Wollongong

    Hiding behind a non-descript door in a retail store is a raucous dive bar with a killer craft beer lineup.

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    Franks Wild Years

    2 Raymond Road, Thirroul

    You'll find this record store, bar and live music venue in the coastal village of Thirroul.

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    Resin Brewing

    8 Station Street, Bulli

    This south coast brewpub is located in a 130-year-old railway guesthouse.

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    Motel Mezza Social Bar

    98 Pacific Highway, Wyong

    For Middle Eastern share plates and playful cocktails, make tracks to this Wyong bar and restaurant.

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    Glamping at Nashdale Lane Wines

    125 Nashdale Lane, Nashdale

    A family-run vineyard with its own luxury glamping cabins among the vines.

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    Tropicana Social Club

    61 Trafalgar Avenue, Woy Woy

    Where fun times come with a side of pizza fingers.

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    Bar Toto

    83/189 Ocean View Road, Ettalong Beach

    Coffee cocktails, antipasti platters and cosy weekend vibes are what you'll find at this Ettalong nook.

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    Tathra Hotel

    8-12 Bega Street, Tathra

    Order a dozen oysters and a beer from the onsite brewery, then kick back overlooking the ocean.

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    The Savoy Long Jetty

    391 The Entrance Road, Long Jetty

    Drink cocktails in an old movie theatre on the Central Coast.

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    Pocket Bar

    74 Terrigal Esplanade, Terrigal

    A beachside bar serving up top-notch cocktails and fun snacks on the Central Coast.

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    Hillbilly Cider Shed

    2230 Bells Line Of Road, Bilpin

    This Bilpin gem makes award-winning ciders, using local fruit — and local fruit only.

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    Jervis Bay Brewing Co

    3 Duranbah Drive, Huskisson

    Park up in the dog-friendly beer garden to sample a bunch of local craft brews.

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    Courabyra Wines

    805 Courabyra Road, Tumbarumba

    An award-winning winery at the foot of the Snowy Mountains producing cool-climate pinot, chardonnay and sparking.

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    Cheeky Dog

    147 Soldiers Point Road, Soldiers Point

    Bannisters Port Stephens' chic (and pet-friendly) casual bar and eatery.

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    Seabreeze Hotel

    1 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay

    Live music, reliable pub feeds and boutique accommodation in the heart of Nelson Bay.

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    Shoal Bay Country Club

    35-45 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay

    This recently refurbished Port Stephens stalwart delivers holiday vibes in droves.

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    Husk Farm Distillery

    1152 Dulguigan Road, North Tumbulgum

    Australia’s first paddock-to-bottle agricole rum distillery, nestled into northern New South Wales.

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    Krinklewood Estate

    712 Wollombi Road, Broke

    A cellar door with certified organic drops and sweeping views across the Brokenback Range.

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    Bendooley Estate

    3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima

    An opulent, 200-acre property with Italian varieties and a bookshop.

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    Hungerford Hill

    2450 Broke Road, Pokolbin

    An architecturally stunning cellar door with a two-hatted restaurant.

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    Silos Estate

    B640 Princes Highway, Berry

    This old dairy farm is home to a cellar door with an art gallery and a farm-to-table restaurant.

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    Lowe Family Wine Co

    Tinja Lane, Mudgee

    Organic wines served in a stunning vineyard with panoramic views of Mudgee.

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    Ross Hill Wines

    134 Wallace Lane, Orange

    Visit this carbon neutral winery in Orange for cooking classes and a cherry blossom orchard.

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    Philip Shaw Wines

    100 Shiralee Road, Orange

    Find award-winning, cool climate drops and woodfired pizza served in a bluestone barn.

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    Illawarra Brewing Company Brewhouse

    83–85 Montague Street, North Wollongong

    Take a tour at this Wollongong microbrewery — then try the beer from the source.

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    Hope Estate

    2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin

    A sprawling vineyard in the Hunter with a winery, brewery and huge outdoor events space.

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    FogHorn Brewhouse

    218 King Street, Newcastle

    American eats, fresh brews and live tunes in Newcastle.

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    Five Barrel Brewing

    318 Keira Street, Wollongong

    Sink milkshake IPAs and hibiscus-infused brews at this Wollongong brewery.

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    Murray's Craft Brewing Co

    3443 Nelson Bay Road, Bobs Farm

    Road trip to this Port Stephens brewery for cheeseburger spring rolls and Coco Pops-inspired porter.

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    Bay Rd Brewing

    89 Donnison Street, Gosford

    A sprawling craft brewery and pub in the heart of Gosford.

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    Six String Brewing Company

    330 The Entrance Road, Erina

    The Central Coast's original craft brewery.

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    Distillery Botanica

    25 Portsmouth Road, Erina

    A stunning garden distillery on the Central Coast.

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