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TRAILS THAT ARE EASILY DIGESTED (September 3 2002)

Entrée offers a visual feast of some of New South Wales' most picturesque countryside but save room for main course, a cornucopia of culinary sensations.

Tourism New South Wales' Classic Country Drive touring route starts and ends in Sydney and winds its way through Katoomba, Bathurst, Orange, Cowra, Blayney, Young, Yass, Canberra, Goulburn and Mittagong.

When you take a break to stretch your legs there's plenty of opportunity to stretch your taste buds and sample gourmet produce at places such as JD's Jam Factory in Young, the Mart Deli and Hobbit Farm Goat Cheese in the Canberra region and the Huntley Berry Farm at Orange.

And whether it be a cheeky chard, a crisp white blend or a bold red you fancy the opportunities to taste and spit out (don't forget you're driving) the nectar of the gods are plenty along the Classic Country Drive. You can always buy a few bottles at the cellar door to take with you.

If you're feeling very relaxed after all that culinary indulgence you may want to quietly drive through the many scenic towns along the way or stop and enjoy the ambience of the quieter country lifestyle. Or if you find you are full of energy and adventure you can take a hot air balloon ride or even trek through an underground maze of limestone tunnels (Jenolan Caves).

The Classic Country Drive is a treasure trove of experiences – taste, sightsee, explore – so consume and be consumed by this fantastic New South Wales food and wine trail.

To download a Classic Country Drive touring map go to www.visitnsw.com.au.

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