Driving From Sydney to Experience the Sites of New South Wales Australia

The Blue Mountains in New South Wales Australia

    Distance: 1.5-2 hours from Sydney

    What you'll see: Home to some of NSW's most stunning scenery, it's not surprising that the Blue Mountains is Australia's most recently listed World Heritage site. The blue haze in the air is caused by the evaporation of oil from the eucalyptus trees.

    Things to do: Bushwalks, abseiling, rafting, canyoning and horse riding are all available in the region. Don't miss the awe-inspiring Three Sisters, the Sceniscender which descends to the bottom of the Jamison Valley, or the many caves and walks of the Jenolan Caves. For a more sedate experience, enjoy the village life of Katoomba and Leura, with their old style cafes and shops just waiting to tempt you.

    Our verdict: An easy day trip from Sydney but be tempted to stay overnight.
Hunter Valley Wine Country in New South Wales Australia

    Distance: 2 hours from Sydney

    What you'll see: Hunter Valley Wine Country is Australia's oldest wine producing region specialising in Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz varieties.

    Things to do: Enjoy a tipple (or ten) in the boutique wineries and vineyards – just hope that your designated driver waits for you! Or enjoy a picnic while you drink in the view: the stunning landscape is as varied as it is beautiful – and you'll see everything from farmland, pastures and rocky outcrops to sandstone cliffs, rugged mountains and spectacular rainforests of the Barrington Tops National Park. Explore Hunter Valley Wine Country on horseback, mountain biking, bush walking or a 4WD safari.

    Our verdict: Makes a great day trip, but an even better weekend or mid week break!
The south coast of New South Wales in Australia

    Distance: 2-3 hours from Sydney

    What you'll see: The South Coast is a unique combination of unspoiled beaches, picturesque seaside towns, rainforests, spectacular scenery and quaint rural villages.

    Things to do: Explore the pristine and uncrowded beaches that are perfect for scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and swimming. Get the sand between your toes on Hyams Beach (which boasts the whitest sand in the world), and don't miss a visit to the nearby Murray's Beach, a fantastic snorkelling spot. Other options include bush-walking, mountain biking or four-wheel driving through the national parks, or you can head inland to check out the arts and craft shops in the historic town of Berry.

    Our verdict: You'll need a few days to relax and explore the region properly.
Southern Highlands of New South Wales Australia

    Distance: 2 hours from Sydney

    What you'll see: The Southern Highlands is well known for its history, scenery, waterfalls, bushwalks, gardens, shopping and welcoming accommodation.

    Things to do:: The country towns of Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale are abundant with craft shops, antiques, galleries, nurseries waiting to be explored. Enjoy the warm country hospitality of the local restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, or wander through the weekend country markets where you can purchase an array of old wares, craft, cooking, preserves and produce.

    Our verdict: Perfect destination if you're after a weekend in the country or mid week break.
Pacific Coast of New South Wales Australia

    Distance: Minimum 1 day drive

    What you'll see: For those with a little more time on their hands, take the Pacific Coast Touring Route linking Sydney and Brisbane. Travel along the stunning coastline with its all year-round temperate climate.

    Things to do:: Don't miss whale watching at any one of the many beaches or on a cruise from May-July and September-October. Tour the Aboriginal galleries and cultural centres at Singleton, Forster, Tinonee, Nambucca Heads, New Italy and South Tweed Heads, or take a rainforest walk and spectacular skywalk at Dorrigo World Heritage National Park. If you get peckish, head to Wallis Lake where you can sample rock oysters fresh from the rack – or cast your reel for some of the world's best fishing in the many beaches, rivers and estuaries along the Pacific Coast route.

    Our verdict: A little further afield, this region has plenty to tempt.
The beautiful city of Melbourne Australia awaits you at the end of this drive

    Distance: Minimum 1 day drive; allow 2 days with a stopover

    What you'll see: Experience the best of Australia's heritage, untouched wilderness and unique coastal lifestyle when travelling from Sydney to Melbourne.

    Things to do:: Indulge yourself with the freshest seafood straight from the trawlers at Ulladulla. Visit the surfing kangaroos on Pebbly Beach, or take a cruise to Montague Island Nature Reserve to see the fur seals, seabirds and little penguins. There's also the chance to sample the boutique wines and award winning cheeses at Bega, or (at certain times of the year) you can go whale-watching at Eden.

    Our verdict: If you're after incredible scenery, there's no better way to cross the state.


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