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Need to get out of Sydney? We’ve put together three of our favourite short trips.

See the world’s whitest sand at Hyams beach

“You can impress an Australian with a city,” actress Rose Byrne observed dryly, “but you can’t impress them with a beach.” She’s right: Australia is all over the beach category, and two-and-a-half hours’ south of Sydney is Hyams Beach, the official home of the world’s whitest sand. This entire area is stunning but incredibly low-key, with great restaurants, barefoot beach cafés and kangaroos that graze on the suburban streets at dusk. Dolphins can often be seen playing in the bay here too. Hire a weekend holiday house.

Glamp on an island

Many Australians have no idea that there are eight islands in Sydney Harbour. Not all are open to public but Cockatoo Island – home to several cafés, bars and eateries – is. Catch the F3 ferry over for some afternoon drinks, and if it all gets too much you can glamp overnight in semi-permanent tents from just over £40 a night.

Sleep at a designer secret

Everybody’s making a fuss about designer Collette Dinnigan’s new suites at boutique hotel Bannisters, found four hours’ south of Sydney on the gorgeous South Coast. Just nearby, however, is something much better: Collette’s own private weekender, Milton Surf & Stables, which she rents out on Airbnb under her husband’s name from just £165 a night. The designer has exhibited at Paris Fashion Week, so her style is impeccable – and so is this place. Our pleasure.

Hyams Beach

Cockatoo Island

Bannisters

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