NSW, or New South Wales, is home to some of the most popular attractions in the world. From the Sydney Opera House, to Bondi Beach, these attractions get most of the glory while the rest of New South Wales is often passed over by tourist.
Just miles outside of the central business district of Sydney, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with unbeatable surfing, and coastlines, it’s worth planning a road trip on your next visit to NSW. 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:
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. Taking the Princes Highway to Batemans Bay down the south coast, proceed to the Kings Highway, through the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. Canberra offers rich history with its historical buildings and exhibits.
The Legendary Pacific Coast
Heading the opposite direction, you can cruise up the Pacific Ocean coastline, with options for you to stop at famous stops areas of the Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens, Ballina and the famous Byron Bay. Here you can to hit the beaches and explore the forests of the national parks. The trip from Sydney to Byron Bay is abundant with ocean activities that the whole family can enjoy.
The Greater Blue Mountains Drive
Just a short drive outside of Sydney, 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. This drive lets you take as many stops as you’d like, to explore walking tracks and admire the amazing views of the Blue Mountains.
The Grand Pacific Drive
Beginning at the Royal National Park, this beautiful driving route takes you south of Sydney all the way down the coast, passed 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 spectacular with plenty of pit stops such as the Symbio Wildlife Gardens, the beaches at Stanwell Park, Old Helensburgh Railway Station, Nan Tien Temple, Jamberoo Action Park, Kiama Blowhole and many more!
Darling River Run
Outback NSW can sound daunting with the sheer size, heat, and possibility to get stranded in the middle of nowhere, but you can’t miss the the Darling River Run. This drive 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! Driving out in the Outback can be dangerous.