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Top five road trips to take from Sydney

[ 0 ] 29/02/2012 |

With regular flights to Sydney being available, convenient departure times and dates are easily arranged.  Yes, it is a long haul, but ask anyone that has been to Australia and they will tell you that it is certainly worth it.  If you do decide to make the journey consider taking one of the road trips that are recommended whilst you are in Australia.  The city of Sydney is a great starting point for a variety of such trips. Here are the top five medium and longer-haul road trips to whet your appetite.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney to Melbourne: the Sapphire Coast

The coastal drive on Princess Highway from Sydney to Melbourne is a delight. It is peppered with pretty towns by the seaside and historic villages that are always good for brief stopovers.  You could stay in the beautiful, scenic Jervis Bay area 197 km south of Sydney and enjoy scuba diving and fishing, or at the coastal town of Eden 350 km further on, the home of whale-watching cruises. There are tranquil beaches and bays, plus in excess of 30 national reserves and parks to visit along the way. Coastal delicacies include fresh seafood and Australia’s rich dairy pastures line parts of the route, with many exquisite cheeses as well as local wines available in the area’s shops.

Melbourne

Melbourne

The Greater Blue Mountains

Although the foothills of the Greater Blue Mountains start only 50 km west of Sydney, a great circular road trip based around the main route can include up to 18 separate discovery trails, each one of which has its own unique features. This is a network of conservation areas and national parks in the designated World Heritage Area, with stunning landscape including the spectacular Wentworth Falls, and great places to stay, such as the small town of Leura, the ‘Garden Village’, and Katoomba, the chief town of the City of Blue Mountains. This trip offers access to fabulous mountain views and bushwalking expeditions.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Sydney to Brisbane

North of Sydney, another coastal road winds its way to the capital, Brisbane, along the Pacific Highway. Some 216 km along the way, visitors can stop at Stroud, an historic village mostly built by convicts in the 1830s, and then at Tinonee, which has lots of art galleries and craft shops. The historical city of Port Macquarie, with its Billabong Koala Park, is a stimulating place to stay, full of interesting visitor attractions. The last 549 km on this route includes the popular holiday destination of Coffs Harbour, delightful beaches, including Sapphire and Emerald, and long stretches of national parks leading to Brisbane.

Sydney to Fraser Island

Another extended and exhilarating road trip is Sydney – Fraser Island, via Brisbane. From Brisbane travel to Rainbow beach and roll onto the ferry. Composed entirely of sand, Fraser Island is a popular spot for a weekend getaway and travelling the length (123 km) and breadth (22 km) of it is a great fun journey. There are long sandy beaches and more than 100 fabulous freshwater lakes. A four-wheel drive can negotiate sandy paths and beaches, as well as the island’s rainforests. Camping on the beach is allowed and there are resorts at Kingfisher Bay and Eurong Beach.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Sydney to Noosa

To extend the Sydney-Brisbane road trip, travel on to explore Noosa, where there is lots of accommodation to suit all budgets and a plethora of restaurants, shops and tourist activities. Great beaches are popular with surfers, with lessons available for beginners. On the way enjoy the North Lakes area and the Glass House Mountains National Park, before travelling by the long string of sandy beaches to Noosa, the Sunshine Coast Region.

Don’t forget to read our Australian driving guide before embarking on any road trips down under

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