Family drives

Highlights

Drive to wonderful attractions

Take the family on a scenic drive and discover NSW's beautiful and intriguing attractions, from World Heritage wilderness and animal encounters to gorgeous beaches and heritage tours. You can hire a campervan or a caravan and discover NSW at your own pace.

  • Kiama beach, South Coast
  • Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

Enjoy family road trips in NSW

Driving on well-maintained roads is a pleasure. Even better are good roads that take your family through impressive natural scenery, including World Heritage areas. The spectacular 138km Grand Pacific Drive winds south from Sydney and is one of the easiest routes to the NSW South Coast.

Attractions along the way include Symbio Wildlife Park, where you can take behind-the-scene tours for encounters with koalas. At Bald Hill in Stanwell Park, children as young as 14 can tandem hang-glide with HangglideOz. Experience Wollongong's splendid beaches and Kiama's famous blowhole.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Stanwell Park

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive is a series of trails that links Sydney with the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Head for Scenic World in Katoomba and ride the world's steepest incline railway into ancient Jamison Valley. Explore the Glow Worm Tunnel at Newnes Plateau, near Lithgow.

On the Legendary Pacific Coast drive, and just an hour from Sydney, is the gorgeous Central Coast. Take the family horseriding at Glenworth Valley and visit Elvis, a huge crocodile, at the Australian Reptile Park. Stay in holiday parks such as Budgewoi, Canton Beach, Norah Head and Toowoon Bay.

Travel to northern Country NSW to discover Tamworth’s musical history and take a family photo in front of the iconic Big Golden Guitar. In south-west NSW, the Snowy Valleys Way winds through the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. Take the family to the Boggy Creek Show, near Tumbarumba, for the superb horsemanship of Australia’s high country stockmen.

Find the NSW roadtrip adventure that suits you

  • Tumut, Kosciuszko National Park

    Kosciuszko Alpine Way

    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.

  • Skywalk, Dorrigo National Park

    Waterfall Way

    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.

  • Gundagai countryside, Riverina

    Snowy Valleys Way

    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.

  • Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains

    The Greater Blue Mountains Drive

    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.

  • Royal National Park

    Grand Pacific Drive

    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.

  • White Cliffs, Outback NSW

    Darling River Run

    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.

  • Deniliquin

    The Long Paddock

    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. 

  • Nimbin Rocks, Nimbin

    The Rainforest Way

    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.

  • Cowra countryside

    100 Mile Diet

    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.

  • Road trip, Bellingen

    The Legendary Pacific Coast

    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.

  • Shaw Vineyard Estate, Capital Country

    Poachers Way

    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.

  • Sea Cliff Bridge, Illawarra

    Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

    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.