Family drives

Driving on good roads that take your family through impressive natural scenery, including World Heritage areas, is a pleasure. 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 Sydney Hang Gliding Centre. Experience Wollongong's splendid beaches and Kiama's famous blowhole.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton

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 BudgewoiCanton BeachNorah 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.