If you’re keen to escape from Sydney this upcoming Easter long weekend, we’ve come to your rescue! We think it’s high time we start showing love to some other regions in New South Wales. We’ve got a lot to offer, including beautiful beaches, stunning forests, incredible views, and a whole lot of history.
1. Grand Pacific Drive
An unbeatable road trip, whether it’s an escape from Sydney for the day or a segment of your journey further down south in the campervan. The fun starts in the Royal National Park, with winding roads nestled in rain forests just a stone’s throw from the coast. Stop at Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops to take in stunning ocean views and see the hang gliders take off.
2. Blue Mountains
It’s Sydney’s backyard wilderness; a playground for hikers, climbers and antiques fossickers. Once encountered, the rugged beauty of the one-million-hectare World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is never forgotten, whether it’s the cascading Wentworth Falls (“exceedingly well worth visiting”, wrote a young Charles Darwin in 1836) or the charming towns of Leura and Katoomba that smooth the rough edges of the ranges.
3. Jervis Bay
An outdoor lover’s playground in the summer – Jervis Bay is your hub for gorgeous beaches, nature walks and an abundance of native animals. Located on the south coast of NSW, the bay is about a 3-hour scenic drive from Sydney. Park up the campervan and stop for the day at Hyams Beach, well known for its iconic crystal blue waters and some of the whitest sands in the world.
4. Hunter Valley
A leisurely 2-hour road trip north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s major wine regions. An ideal holiday destination for lovers of the finer things in life. You can discover superb vineyards, wineries and indulgent food. Stop off at Broken Back Range for the best of the Hunter, with attractions such as farmer’s markets, food and wine tasting tours, and hot air ballooning. Wine time, anyone?
5. Northern Beaches
The coastal route along the northern beaches is a locals' secret -- it steers past Manly, Freshwater, Dee Why and Whale Beach in less than two hours. Beaches on one side, lagoons and lakes on the other.
Photographs courtesy of Evan Kirby, Grand Pacific Drive, Gray Line, Visit NSW, Manly Australia.