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Road Trips, New South Wales

Southern Highlands/Illawarra Coast

This drive is perfect for visitors to Sydney who'd like a taste of regional New South wales but don't have a lot of time up their sleeve. The Southern Highlands has long been the perfect weekend escape for jaded Sydneysiders looking to get away and unwind for a while. There is something for everyone - markets, antiques books and speciality shops; quaint historic villages, all surrounded by rolling green hills, rain forest and national parks. The drive returns to Sydney via the picturesque Illawarra coast.
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  • Waterfall Way

    Running between Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales coast and the inland city of Armidale, The Waterfall Way is a 200 kilometre drive along one of the most scenic routes in NSW. Passing through the picturesque New England Tablelands, the drive is a perfect deviation to make on a road trip between Sydney and Brisbane, allowing half the journey to be made on the coast road and half on the New England highway inland.
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    • Blue Mountains Loop Drive

      A day trip from Sydnry to the Blue Mountains which takes a different route up and down, incorporating the Nepean River and the town of Windsor, the stone fruit growing towns of Kurrajong and Bilpin, the mining town of Lithgow and the major towns and scenic attractions of the Blue Mountains. Along the way enjoy different views of the Blue Mountains to those traditionally seen, pass the Sydney 2000 Olympics Regatta centre, local produce stalls, the abandoned Lapstone and Glenbrook railway deviations and travel along the first road across the mountains. The tour commences from and finishes at Parramatta business district.
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      • Old North Road

        When travelling from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, it's so easy to put the brain on auto pilot and take the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway (F3). There is a longer (an additional 32 kms), slower, but far more interesting way - it follows the pathway of the pioneer settlers through the Hawkesbury and Macdonald River valleys to Bucketty, then Wollombi and on to Cessnock in the Hunter Valley. Along the way you'll see the workmanship of convict stonemasons who carved Australia's fight cross country highway through the Great Dividing Range.
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        • Gold Trails of the Central West

          The discovery of gold in the Bathurst region in 1851 marked the beginning of the Australian gold rushes and a radical change in the economic and social fabric of the nation. The Gold Trails experience encompasses mining landscapes such as the historic Hills End Site, Reefers Mill at Adelong and O’Brien’s Hill at Grenfell with relics of the mining boom days. There are social echoes of the bushrangers and Lambing Flat, and the unique painted murals at Eugowra celebrating the 1862 hold up of the gold coach at Escort Rock. You will also have the opportunity to fossick for your own golden treasure along the way.
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          • Upper Hawkesbury Valley

            Being the third settlement in the colony of New South Wales, The Upper Hawkesbury is full of history and heritage, and as such is an ideal place to visit for those who have an interest in the early days of our nation. During its first 100 years, the colony relied on the Uppper Hawkesbury River for its food. Today, it is steeped in history, with sleepy colonial era villages, Aboriginal habitation sites and convict relics awaiting discovery.
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            • Darling River Run

              The Darling River is one of the outback's most famous rivers. Starting near Bourke in central NSW and draining into the Murray in Victoria the Darling River Run snakes itself through black soil farming country. The Darling River Run is a 730 km drive that follows the Darling River from the outback town of Walgett in north-western NSW to Wentworth on the Victorian border. It's an amazing journey through isolated outback towns that were once thriving ports on the river - Bourke, Louth, Tilpa, Wilcannia and Wentworth.
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              • Pacific Coast Drive

                The Pacific Coast begins at Cape Howe, which marks the eastern extremity of the state border of Victoria and New South Wales, and extends to the northern tip of Australia - Cape York in far North Queensland. It was along this coast that Lieut. James Cook travelled on his epic voyage of exploration in 1770, mapping as he went and documenting for the first time the country that became known as Australia. This drive mirrors his journey, through Cook saw it all from a different perspective - he traversed the coast by sea.
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                • Thunderbolt's Way

                  Thunderbolt's Way is a 290km country road located in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. It is a popular & scenic route from Sydney to the Northern Tablelands & Queensland that avoids the busy Pacific & New England Highways. Thunderbolts Way is fully sealed & passes through thickly forested mountain areas with many nearby national parks & nature reserves. It is named after local bushranger Frederick Ward, alias Captain Thunderbolt, who roamed these parts in the 19th century.
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                  • Silver City Highway

                    Silver City Highway is a 683-kilometre-long road Buronga, New South Wales to the Queensland border via Wentworth, Broken Hill, and Tibooburra, in the arid Far West region of New South Wales. Parts of the highway north of Broken Hill are unsealed. The route passes through largely arid terrain, although there are multiple irrigated areas between Buronga and Wentworth in the highway's south.
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                    • Barry Way

                      Anyone who plans to travel between Melbourne and Sydney but wants to go the long way around through the heart of Australia's Alpine Country, Barry Way is for you. It is a combination of sealed and unsealed road linking Jindabyne in NSW high country to Lakes Entrance on the Victorian Gippsland Coast. During Summer, Barry Way is a popular route for adventuring cyclists. The road passes through some very remote and unspoilt wilderness in the Australian Alps, and provides views of the Snowy River valley and the surrounding mountains.
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                      • Snowy Valleys Way

                        A great alternative to the boring Hume Highway, this touring route is perfect for travellers between Sydney and Melbourne who have a little time up their sleeve to detour via the Snowy Mountains (it only adds 65 km to the journey). Coming from Melbourne, you take the Beechworth exit and literally head for the hills. The journey takes in the historic goldmining town of Beechworth; through "Man From Snowy River" country (Towong, Corryong), past the Kosciuszko Main Range and the towns of Tumbarumba and Khancoban; dams and power stations of the Snowy Mountains Scheme; the apple growing town of Batlow; before rejoining the highway at Gundagai.
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                        • Old Glen Innes Road

                          An idyllic country meander through the Northern Rivers region of NSW, the Old Glen Innes Road is a former stock route that passes through mountainous cattle country alongside clear, perennial flowing rivers whose gentle rapids give way to deep, rocky pools perfect for swimming. Set in the middle of cattle country, this heritage trail, linking Grafton to Glen Innes, travels along roads which Cobb & Co coaches trundled between the tablelands and the coast nearly 150 years ago.
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