New South Wales’ best road trip destinations

Sydney might be the biggest and most populous city in Australia, but it’s surrounded by beautiful coastlines, mysterious rock tunnels and some of the prettiest landscapes in Australia.

Have you ever wanted to just get in the car and get away from it all?

The classic Aussie road trip is a rite of passage, with a number of people being able to recall piling into a car with mates and heading towards the horizon.

But Australia is such a huge country – where should you go?

Luckily for you, we’ve got that covered. In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you the most awe-inspiring and best road trips in each Aussie state and territory.

This week we’re travelling over to New South Wales. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with its winding highways, flowing river crossings, sprawling mountain ranges and everything in between.

The Kosciuszko Alpine Way

New South Wales’ best road trip destinations - Kosciuszko National Park is one of NSW's great treasures, Australian Outdoor Living.
Kosciuszko National Park is one of NSW’s great treasures.

This relaxing drive begins in the nation’s capital and winds its way through beautiful alpine forests and historically significant countryside.

Go on adventure in the heart of the high country; walk Australia’s highest peak in Mt Kosciuszko and go fly-fishing in crystal clear waters.

Or, if you prefer a cooler climate, you can ski or snowboard during the winter months.

During the warmer parts of the year you can traverse the same mountains on foot or by mountain bike. There’s truly something for everyone!

Mollymook Drive

The leisurely drive down to Mollymook from Sydney is both relaxing and awe-inspiring. Take the day off, jump behind the wheel and prepare yourself for the coastal drive of a lifetime.

Mollymook is just a short, three-hour drive from Sydney, making it the perfect destination if you’re after a relaxing day trip.

Enjoy award-winning restaurants and picturesque beaches and swimming holes and go snorkelling around the rocky headlands and central reef.

Mollymook offers a relaxing weekend holiday with your partner or your entire family, and it’s right on your doorstep!

The Darling River Run

The Darling River runs 2,740 kilometres through outback NSW. It’s also home to one of the most incredible and best road trips in the country!

This 730-kilometre drive will give you the chance to experience some of Australia’s most sought after outback scenery.

Map reading skills are essential in this one, because there are so many optional detours that have to be seen to be believed.

We suggest allowing about a week to fully immerse yourself in the historical significance of the area.

This road trip is truly the best way to experience everything outback New South Wales has to offer!

Thunderbolts Way

Located in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Thunderbolts Way is the best route for those wishing to take a leisurely drive through sprawling farmland and countless rivers and streams.

The drive starts in Gloucester and winds through a number of thickly forested mountain areas and nature reserves.

Rent a kayak and explore Barrington River, then continue to Walcha and enjoy a day of hiking, bushwalking and horseriding.

If you’re into the camping lifestyle, spend the entire weekend out there and pitch a tent in one of the many campsites in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

The Rainforest Way

New South Wales’ best road trip destinations - The Rainforest Way is perfect if you're after a relaxing drive through a lush, green paradise, Australian Outdoor Living.
The Rainforest Way is perfect if you’re after a relaxing drive through a lush, green paradise.

Driving down the Rainforest Way will let you experience World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests and some of Australia’s most beautiful national parks.

Some of the landscapes in this part of the state include ancient volcanic plugs and craters and the stunning Mount Warning, as well as mesmerising plains and rivers.

Beginning in Byron Bay, you’ll drive through quaint towns like Murwillumbuh and Uki, after which you can immerse yourself in nature at Mebbin National Park.

From there it’s on to Lismore, Casino and Tabulam, where you can enjoy the stunning Yabbra State Forest.

This route is only 224 kilometres long, meaning you can experience everything it has to offer in just one weekend!

Do you know of any road trips in New South Wales that are great for weekend, or even a week away? Let us know!

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