As restrictions ease it’s time for that long awaited getaway. With international and some interstate travel still out of the question why not pack up the car and head out on a road trip. Here are a few of our favourite NSW drives.
The Grand Pacific Drive
This is a great drive for when you don’t have a lot of time off work. The Grand Pacific Drive starts at the Royal National Park just south of Sydney and takes you through 140km of dazzling rainforests and picturesque seaside villages while you take in the mesmerising coastline of NSW.
Traversing the iconic 665 metre Sea Cliff Bridge, The Grand Pacific Drive then makes its way into Wollongong, where you’ll find an abundance of things to do, see and eat.
Then on to the beautiful Kiama region and its famous blowhole. Stop and stretch your legs on a beautiful coastal walk or rainforest trail. You’ll find many wonderful attractions and activities, such as Australia’s highest zip-line and kayaking on the Kangaroo River.
Hunter to Broken Hill
Depending on where in the Hunter you’re starting from, a trip to Broken Hill is around 1100km. Stops along the way include Dunedoo, Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar and Wilcannia.
A trip inland is a great way to see Australia’s heritage. At Dubbo you can visit the Old Dubbo Gaol which has Australia’s largest collection of hangman’s knots or check out the iconic Royal Flying Doctors.
Cobar has a rich mining heritage which you can learn about at the Great Cobar Heritage Centre. The area also boasts amazing Aboriginal rock art and plenty of colonial buildings.
Finish up in the unofficial capital of Outback NSW, Broken Hill which was Australia’s first heritage listed city.
Discover NSW at your own pace on the legendary Pacific Coast Drive. From Sydney to Tweed Heads, it’s over 800km with plenty to see along the way. The Central Coast and Port Stephens regions are known for wonderful beaches and beautiful sheltered bays but in the colder months there is still an abundance of things to do.
Pitch a tent at one of South West Rocks campgrounds before exploring the historic ruins of Trial Bay Gaol on the cliffs above the sea or take in the views at Smoky Cape Lighthouse.
When you hit Coffs Harbour, take a side trip along the Waterfall Way to Armidale. Drive through lush rainforest and woodland to enjoy the lofty lookout platforms at Ebor Falls, unpack a picnic at the dramatic Dangar Falls or visit Dorrigo Rainforest Centre to discover ancient World Heritage wilderness.
When you finish at Tweed Heads you have better worked up an appetite because this town is becoming known as a culinary centre, serving up some of the region’s best fresh produce.
Tourist Drive 33
The perfect drive for a day trip, Tourist Drive 33 originally linked Sydney to the Hunter Valley. Much of the drive is along the original Great North Road which was built by convicts between 1826 and 1836 to provide an overland route from Sydney to Newcastle.
A popular route for motorbike riders and day trippers, Tourist Drive 33 showcases some of the most stunning countryside in NSW and steps back in time as you meander through the convict stone walls, bridges and culverts still in use today.
There are plenty of little townships to stop in along your journey including Peats Ridge, Kulnura, Laguna and Wollombi. Grab a bite to eat from a charming country pub or a quirky local café before quenching your thirst at one of the many boutique cellar doors.