Outside of the regular tourist attractions that comprise of famous landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the city areas, there is proof that it can be the journey that makes a destination worth it. Forget the tour buses – rent a car and see the sights at your own pace. Here’s some of the best scenic road trips around NSW with views to cruise to:
The Grand Pacific Drive
Beginning at the Royal National Park, this driving route takes you south of Sydney all the way down the coast, passing by Wollongong, Shellharbour and finishing at Kiama. The Sea Cliff Bridge is a big highlight of this scenic drive, as it offers wonderful views swerving out from the cliffs above the ocean. Both the journey and destinations of the Grand Pacific Drive are impressive and there are plenty of pit stops such as the Old Helensburgh Railway Station, Symbio Wildlife Gardens, the beaches at Stanwell Park, Nan Tien Temple, Jamberoo Action Park, Kiama Blowhole and many more!
The Legendary Pacific Coast
Instead of going south, this drive goes up along the Pacific Ocean coastline, with options for you to stop at the coastal areas of the Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens, Ballina and Byron Bay to hit the beaches and explore the forests of the national parks. The trip from Sydney to Byron Bay is abundant with water-based activities that the whole family can enjoy.
The Greater Blue Mountains Drive
A drive with so much variety, the Greater Blue Mountains Drive takes you on a great adventure of your own choice of either of the 18 discovery trails that branch out from the main route. Each of these trails explores national parks and conservation areas in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Make pit stops, explore walking tracks and admire the glorious view of the lookouts.
Sydney to Canberra
A little over 3 hours south of Sydney, Canberra is a vibrant capital city that is home to Australia’s Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Following the Princes Highway to Batemans Bay down the south coast, proceed to the Kings Highway and zoom through the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. The rich history of Canberra can be seen in the architecture of the city’s buildings and exhibits.
Darling River Run
Outback NSW can sound daunting with the idea of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, but the Darling River Run takes you from Walgett all the way to Wentworth in a span of 4 days. From outdoor adventure tours, wine tastings, and even water skiing, this multi-day road trip will leave you impressed with the Australian outback landscape as you venture through several iconic country towns such as Broken Hill and Silverton.
With so much to see around Sydney, NSW, make sure you plan your trips properly. Regardless of how long you’re driving, always remember to drive safely and be prepared!