Drives and road trips
This 140km coastal drive from south of Sydney winds past sparkling beaches and coastal towns, crossing the dramatic Sea Cliff Bridge on its way to Wollongong. Located between Coalcliff and Clifton, the bridge is a great spot to break your journey.
Park your vehicle at the northern or southern end of the bridge and walk across this spectacular piece of engineering to savour the ocean views. Take a short stroll or allow an hour for a return walk.
NSW road trips and scenic drives
The best scenic drives take you on road trips of sheer pleasure and discovery. In New South Wales, there are tourist drives and scenic road trips that let you explore at your own pace, spend time with the whole family on a new adventure or meet new friends in a holiday park.
The following itineraries will help you get started with tips on where to stay, what to see, where to eat and the best time of the year to travel. Some of the most popular NSW drives include the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, the Legendary Pacific Coast along the North Coast of NSW, the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Wollongong and the spectacular Kosciuszko Alpine Way in the Snowy Mountains.
Other scenic drives are along the Waterfall Way on the northern tablelands of NSW, the Poacher's Way, a food and wine trail with gourmet offerings along the way and the historic Long Paddock drive that follows the old stock routes of Country NSW. The Darling River Run takes you on a great journey into Outback NSW, travelling from Walgett in north-western NSW to Wentworth on the Victorian border. Before you travel, find out about current road conditions across New South Wales.
Make your way through picturesque mountain valleys, along the streets of quaint country villages, past snow-capped peaks and amongst the many varied wilderness areas of the Kosciuszko National Park. Admire the dramatic and beautiful scenery that lines the roadside as you travel between Jindabyne and Khancoban.
Head from Coffs Harbour towards the New England region and discover several national parks, ancient rainforests, lush countryside and vast open plains. Stop along the scenic drive as you make your way from the coast to the tablelands and explore the many ethereal waterfalls scattered along the route.
Explore the scenic foothills of the Snowy Mountains as you make your way along an enchanting backdrop of the national park. Pass through quaint historic towns including Gundagai, Tumut, Corryong, Tumbarumba and Beechworth and sample the region’s cool climate wines direct from cellar doors and local eateries.
Tour the 18 different discovery trails that branch off from the main route and enjoy world heritage-listed scenery along the way. Explore a selection of the many natural attractions of the Blue Mountains region, including Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and the scenic lookouts and walking tracks of the Grose Valley.
Follow this scenic southerly route as it heads from the Royal National Park towards Wollongong, and further south to Kiama. Explore seaside villages, swim at quiet sandy beaches and marvel at areas of ancient rainforest along the way. Stop and enjoy the sweeping coastal views offered from Sea Cliff Bridge, Stanwell Tops and Bald Hill Lookout.
Make your way alongside the Darling River, from Walgett to Wentworth, and experience life in Outback NSW. Savour the natural beauty and ancient formations along the length of the route and stop to learn more about the rich indigenous culture of the region. The riverside towns of Bourke, Louth, Tilpa and Wilcannia are scenic spots to stop, revive and survive.
Experience the wide open spaces, sun baked dunes and lush wetlands of Outback NSW as you make the journey from the twin towns of Echuca Moama on the NSW border towards Wilcannia. Discover the iconic rural towns of Bourke, Broken Hill and White Cliffs as you follow plenty of farmland along a stock route that is still in use today.
Travel through the ancient World Heritage-listed rainforests of Northern NSW and spot rare and endangered native animals along the way. Break the route up into short day trips departing from Murwillumbah, Lismore, Casino or Kyogle and stop and enjoy a spot of canoeing, bushwalking and bird watching in charming countryside settings.
Make your way to Country NSW and enjoy the region’s food and wine - from flavoursome dishes and fine wines locally grown in Orange, Cowra, Dubbo and Mudgee. Sample wines direct from the cellar door, purchase produce straight from farmer markets or dine in fine eateries as you make your way through the rich cuisine and farming region.
Pass through the Central Coast, Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Byron Bay as you make your way north on the iconic drive from Sydney to Brisbane. Passing miles of coastal scenery including many spectacular national parks, abundant state forests, golden surf beaches and friendly villages, there’s plenty of picturesque spots to stop and admire views on the coastal road trip.
Journey to the region surrounding Canberra and sample the fine food, wine and art produced by a range of talented local chefs, winemakers and artists. Visit the towns of Gundaroo, Yass, Hall, Bungendore and Murrumbateman along the way and enjoy the high quality produce and discover the handcrafts and local produce of local businesses and artisans.
Explore the scenic South Coast on the coastal roads that connect Sydney and Melbourne. Travel past seaside towns and quaint villages while delighting in the ever-changing landscapes of the route, varying from pristine beaches, including Jervis Bay and Montague Island, to lush national parks. Stop and savour flavoursome local produce and fresh seafood along the way.
Avoid driving tired and reach your destination.
When driving, always consider how tired you are – fatigue is one of the top three contributors to Australia’s road toll.
Ensure you have had enough sleep before your trip and share the driving wherever possible. When driving on Australian roads take advantage of the many ‘rest areas’ available, regardless of whether it’s a long-distance or short-distance trip.
Easily locate rest areas and plan your rest breaks for your next journey by visiting www.rms.nsw.gov.au
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