After living in Melbourne for 3 years, I’m returning to my home city of Sydney. I can’t wait to again appreciate the harbourside beauty and exploring this amazing area after so much time away. Within one to two hours of Sydney there are some incredible locations that are just calling for a road trip, here are my top 5:
The Blue Mountains is a Sydney icon. A popular tourist attraction but also a lovely escape for locals. It’s an easy drive in the car if you want to make a beeline for the B&B’s hidden in the hills surrounded by trees. For those looking for the more leisurely pace of life, there are plenty of famous places to stop along the way. The Leura lolly shop is a must, the incredible three sisters and a picnic at Wentworth Falls. (Photo from http://www.myopera.com.)
Royal National Park – Bundeena
The Royal National Park in Sydney’s South East is heritage listed and remains the World’s second oldest national park. Drive through the incredible Australian bush, around winding roads and take the road to Bundeena to enjoy the serenity of this coastal gem. Snorkeling, fishing, swimming and picnics are popular activities in Bundeena and you can be sure to find a secret spot just for you and your group.
Hunter Valley Region
One of Australia’s most popular wine regions has to be the Hunter Valley. Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway or a day trip with a group of friends, you will love the picturesque area that is the Hunter. Visit the Cellar Door and sample the magnificent wines, sample the many restaurants which boast local produce and enjoy watching a sunset over the vineyards.
For those who love the seaside, we highly recommend the real life home of the TV series Home & Away, Palm Beach. Although the area is famous for the filming of the popular show, it’s also an incredibly beautiful and relaxing area to escape to. Soak up the sun and if you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk up Barrenjoey Lighthouse for a spectacular view of this beautiful beach.
Jump in the car and head straight towards the incredible coastline of New South Wales south coast. You can tour around the cliff hugging beach roads or take the highway straight through until you hit the charming seaside town of Kiama. The famous blowhole is a marvel not to be missed and the fish and chips for lunch are second to none. Don’t miss out on the terrace shops for some unique and interesting gift items or pelican feeding time down by the fisherman’s wharf. (Photo from http://www.visitnsw.com.au)
For a great road trip alternative, why not choose Drivenow!
offer you the chance to take a road trip for next to nothing. Seriously, from $1 a day you could take a campervan from Adelaide to Brisbane or Darwin to Alice Springs. With a fuel allowance of $50 or more available and a range of Km included free, this is an affordable way to enjoy a mini holiday or a road trip to some great locations around Sydney.