If you’re planning a holiday in NSW, one of the best ways to experience the true diversity and vastness of the state is to make it a road trip. NSW is easily one of the most naturally diverse landscapes in the country, encompassing desert, subtropical rainforest, beaches, farmland and even snowfields. Whether you’re chilling out in a Port Macquarie hotel, living it up in a Sydney apartment or camping out under the stars in the country somewhere, NSW has a lot to offer.
By driving through the state you’ll not only be able to access areas and locations you might ordinarily never have seen, but you’ll also be able to marvel at the range of scenery on offer. We’ve created a list of some of the best road-trip destinations in NSW, and you’re bound to find more than a few that you want to try out yourself!
The Snowy Mountains region of NSW is a stretch of country located about halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, just southwest of Canberra. Encompassing some dizzying alpine territory (including Mt Kosciusko, Australia’s tallest peak), the region is spectacularly beautiful during either winter or summer. Highlights in the summer include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting and other alpine pursuits, while in winter it is all about the Melbourne tours, snow sports—and of course, the après-ski!!
Along the Victorian border and out west to Moama and Echuca stretches the Cobb Highway, a meandering route through gum trees and farmland that takes in the best that Colonial NSW has to offer. Quaint townships with sandstone buildings and long histories dot the way through, and you’ll be enchanted by the old-world feel of life in the Murray Region.
The New England region of Northwest NSW is an historic area where tradition and country go back a long way. Glen Innes, Moree, Inverell and Armidale are all solid farming communities where there is also a strong Indigenous history and spirituality. Check into some charming Inverell accommodation or take a drive out across the flat, vast plains to get a feel for the farming Australia you rarely see in the guidebooks!
Northeastern NSW is the region of the rainforest, and it is here that some of the most beautiful and picturesque countryside can be seen. With coastal Byron Bay a main drawcard, there are so many smaller attractions around the seaside town that yield many rewards for the curious road-tripper. Hinterland towns and villages such as Kyogle, Alstonville, Rosebank and Bangalow are all stunningly gorgeous places to visit, with the region rich in coffee and macadamia crops.
If you get a chance, make sure you stop off at Minyon Falls, a beautiful waterfall that drops over 100 metres to the palm-fringed river below. Also, local farmers often sport ‘loyalty boxes’ out the front of their properties, where they offer their produce in return for your small change. The practice of loyalty boxes is a charming throwback to simpler times, and the fact that they can still exist is testament to the thriving community spirit of the towns in the Byron Hinterland.