We’re coming around to that time of year where public holidays are far and few between, so we have to make our own fun. What better way to celebrate the incredible ladies in our lives than hiring a car together and embarking on a girls’ getaway!

Grab your gal pals, hire a car in Sydney, choose from our list of girls’ weekend ideas, and hit the road – because, contrary to popular belief, those boots aren’t actually made for walking, they’re better for driving in.

The Epic Hen’s Weekend Getaway –Newcastle

163 km | 2.5-hour drive

Treat your bride-to-be to her last hoorah in Newcastle. The itinerary will be full of, boutique shopping and funky cafes along Darby Street, High Tea, and perhaps even a theatre show or some live music to get dolled up for.

There are also a number of great spas, such as the Royal Day Spa to indulge in a day of pampering with facials, manicures or massages for the whole group. Newcastle is also fast becoming a hot-spot for foodies, so there are plenty of options to enjoy a lavish dinner with the hen and all her ladies.

The Mother/Daughter Weekend – Hunter Valley

120 km | 1.75-hour drive

Where better to spend an idyllic weekend with Mumma dearest than in beautiful wine country. Why not splurge on a model from Thrifty’s Driver Experience Range to cruise around the valley, popping into a few of the 150 wine cellars at the Hunter.

Tip: We recommend Audrey Wilkinson Wines for its stunning views.

Of course, if you want to make it an unforgettable weekend with Mum, you could take her hot air ballooning over the luscious landscapes and rolling hills followed by a lovely walk through the surrounding state forests and national parks.

The BFF soul-searching journey – Byron Bay

820 km | 10-hour drive

What’s not to love about Byron? It’s full of experiences so grab your bestie and pack a suitcase because this trip is not short – but it’s the type of trip you’ll remember forever. The journey takes around 10 hours and could be split across two days. Stops include places such as Coffs Harbour where a photo with the Big Banana is mandatory. Check out our Exploring Sydney Coastal Drive for more ideas on where to stop.

Byron put bohemian on the map, so here you’ll enjoy the best farmers’ markets with the most delicious organic selections, baristas brewing the perfect cups of coffee, and the locals full of spirit and creativity.

The natural beauty of Byron is what makes it one of Australia’s most enchanted places.

The legendary surf, coupled with the stunning hinterlands and the magical vibe all over town allow for plenty of self-reflection, discovery, and absolute relaxation. So, once you’ve found yourself, you might even decide to relocate and create your own dreamlife.

For the Thelma and Louise Adventure Trip – Blue Mountains

62 km | 1-hour drive

Make sure you charge your phone because there are plenty of spots to Instagram at the the Blue Mountains.

Explore the heritage-listed national parks, hiking amongst the spectacular scenery of the Three Sisters or experience the ancient limestone of Jenolan Caves. Up the adventure ante and try abseiling, rock climbing or canyoning. One thing you don’t want to miss is the unparalleled panoramic views of the Scenic Cableway – the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere.

You’ll want a 4WD to roam around in, and, luckily, Thrifty have a range of them available from many of the Sydney car hire locations.

All you really need are your girls and your wheels. So, while Thrifty can sort you out with the latter, you just have to choose which girls’ weekend road trip sounds the most appealing to you!