Lauren | Feb 3, 2018 | 0
Grand Pacific Beach Drive and Other New South Wales Road Trip Destinations
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There is more to New South Wales than Sydney.
When you talk about Australia and the NSW, most foreigners tend to imagine the Opera House and Sydney. In fact, there is one Sydney address that anyone from Gen Z (and probably Gen Y) and their parents would know by heart — P Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney. Hello Disney fans!
As beautiful as the Sydney CBD is, there’s so much more to New South Wales than that. When you’ve had your fill of the bright and buzzing city, book a Sydney car hire and take a low down drive to some of NSW’s most beautiful road trip destinations:
Take the Grand Pacific Drive (Sydney to Wollongong)
If you drive 140km south of Sydney (along the coast), you’ll cruise past shimmering beaches and quaint coastal towns. Take your car on a picturesque ride from the CBD, heading from the Royal National Park, crossing the dramatic Sea Cliff Bridge, and making your way to Wollongong. You can even go further south to Kiama. Make sure to stop along the seaside villages and treat yourself to amazing culture, spectacular food, and soak up the glorious sun in the quiet, sandy beaches. The nature lover in you will marvel at ancient rainforests along the way.
Go along the Darling River (Walgett to Wentworth)
If you want a trip that’s a little more on the rough and tough side, take a car that can tough it out along the Darling River. Experience life in the Outback as you go from Walgett to Wentworth. There’s nothing quite like the natural beauty, history, and culture behind the ancient formations. Stop to learn and soak in the rich aboriginal stories and traditions of the region. If you can take the heat and the terrain, your eyes will feast on scenic spots and your senses will come alive in each of the riverside towns along your journey.
Discover the World Heritage Sites (Gondwana Rainforest)
Australia has no shortage of World Heritage-listed and accredited sites, and the Northern parts of New South Wales is no different. Discover rare and endangered endemic species of both fauna and flora along the way. There are quite a few sites to visit so you may want to break up your route into short day trips.
- Learn all about the rare wildlife and stunning botany of the region (Murwillumbah World Heritage Rainforest Centre. There are loads of venues for birdwatching if you bring your own binoculars.
- Sight-see the Tween Volcanoes along the river.
- Go on foot and discover the canopy-hidden Minyon Falls (Nightcap National Park).
- Rest, relax, and shop at the quirky villages of Nimbin, Tyalgum, or Channon. Loads of local crafts and food to be had, trust me.
- Stretch out your legs and go bushwalking and find #instagramworthy spots and snap away.
- Go canoeing along the river.
An NSW Foodie Adventure (Mudgee, Cowra, Orange, Dubbo)
If the most adventurous part of you is your tastebuds, then you ought to head out to the New South Wales countryside. There you’ll find some of the most delectable dishes and finest wines you’ve ever tasted. Most, if not all, locally grown in Mudgee, Cowra, Orange, and Dubbo. It’s not like your typical liquor store or restaurant experience; in the countryside you get to sample perfectly aged wine straight from the cellar door of vast vineyards, and delight in the freshest produce straight from the orchards or farmer markets, or even taste your way through fine eateries that provides the rich cuisine of the region.
Remember than one of the best and cheapest ways to travel around the NSW is through a Sydney car hire. Anyone from outside of Australia would need their respective travel licences but if you have one it’s well worth it. While some guided day tours could easily cost as much as $80 a pop, a rent-a-car can get you from Point A to wherever your heart desires for a little as $22 per day. Just be sure to book one before you head to Sydney for a fun-filled holiday. Happy and safe travels!
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