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Incredible road trip adventures to take from Sydney

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Looking for a long weekend escape? Buckle up and take a road trip to some of NSW’s best kept secrets. Taking a road trip is a great way to see the diverse range of national parks, historic towns, outback and beaches that dot the landscape of New South Wales.

Below is a compilation of road trip destinations built for a good time, whether you’re exploring yourself or with a group of friends.

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Jervis Bay

With some of the whitest sand beaches in the world and gentle aqua waters, Jervis Bay is one of Australia's most popular seaside destinations. With some of the whitest sand beaches in the world and gentle aqua waters, Jervis Bay is one of Australia's most popular seaside destinations.

Jervis Bay’s famous white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters are amongst the safest and most beautiful in the world.

Coastal, marine and hinterland National Parks offer fantastic bushwalking, cycling tracks, Indigenous culture, camping spots, cliff-top lookouts and maritime heritage.

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Teeming with native Australian wildlife, our resident dolphins play in the bay all year round. See kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, and many rare bird and animal species in the wild.

One of the best places in Australia to witness whales on their annual migrations, humpbacks and southern right whales can be seen both offshore and inside the calmer waters of the bay from June through to November.

The many bay and ocean beaches, lagoons, secret coves and hidden creeks are perfect for swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing, standup paddle boarding and surfing.

Unspoiled coastal and country villages have local produce markets, boutique shops, art galleries and a terrific museum. The area boasts world-class cafes, restaurants, pubs, wine bars and a burgeoning music scene.

Choose from all kinds of quality accommodation from luxury to budget: couples’ retreats, camping (eco-luxury or bush), boutique B&Bs, motels, hotels, cabins and self-catering holiday homes.

Jervis Bay is central to all the South Coast has to offer: Kangaroo Valley, Berry and Ulladulla all the same distance away and we are close to all the south coast wineries.

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Bowral

With colourful tulips, culinary experiences and creative flair, the charming town of Bowrl in the Southern Highlands is the perfect country escape. Discover delicious restaurants and wineries, splendid gardens and cricket legends.

Bowral is the largest town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, Australia about 90 minutes south of Sydney. In the past, Bowral served as a rural summer retreat for the gentry of Sydney, resulting in the establishment of a number of estates and manor houses in the district.

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 Corbett Gardens is the centrepiece of the annual Tulip Time Festival in September, when more than 100,000 tulips bloom. This beautiful park is enchanting at any time of the year, with its seasonal colours. For spectacular views of the town and beyond, visit Bowral Lookout.

Bowral is a gourmet getaway, with fresh produce and cool climate wines a feature. Visit the cellar door of Centennial Vineyards and dine at the highly acclaimed Biota Dining. Other great restaurants include Onesta Cucina and Ludo. There’s also a handful of charming country pubs.

Surrounding towns and villages include Mittagong, Moss Vale, Roberston, East Kangaloon, Glenquarry and Kangaloon.

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Jindabyne

Jindabyne is located 471 km south west from Sydney via the Hume Freeway, Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road. It is 73 km from Cooma and 991 metres above sea level.

The town was originally spent "Jindaboine" which was a local Aboriginal word for "valley".

Jindabyne is the starting point of the Alpine Way which was constructed by the Snowy Mountains Authority and opened in 1956. It is a dramatically beautiful road which winds through the Snowy Mountains to Khancoban offering spectacular views of both the mountains and Murray 1 and Murray 2 Power Stations which are hidden in gorges on the far side of the range.

The best way to enjoy Lake Jindabyne is to take the Lake Jindabyne Community Trail which winds around the lake from Banjo Paterson Park for 9.51 km until it reaches Hatchery Bay. The first section, which passes the statue of Count Paul Strzelecki, some works of sculpture and The Clay Pits is 4 km and is a sealed path which is shared with cyclists. The second section, which is a dirt path, starts at Widows Inlet and continues around the shoreline to Hatchery Bay. It is proposed that south of Banjo Paterson Park the trail will continue across the Jindabyne Dam Wall and for over 7 km until it reaches the Tyrolean Village.

Lake Jindabyne is recognised as one of the best trout fishing destinations in the Snowy Mountains. It is fed by the Snowy, Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers and holds brown, rainbow and brook trout as well as Atlantic salmon. The excellent Snowy Mountains Fishing website (http://snowymountainsfishing.com.au) notes: "There are no boating restrictions on Lake Jindabyne and there is a concrete boat ramp near Snowline Caravan Park, along with numerous other launching points around its foreshores for smaller boats. All methods of fishing are permitted however, as with all waters within the region, a New South Wales Freshwater Anglers Licence is required. These licences may be purchased online, or at fishing retailers in the region." It also has information about the Gaden Trout Hatchery and Steve Williamson's Trout Fishing Adventures.

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Mudgee

Mudgee is situated 266 km north-west of Sydney via Katoomba and the Great Western Highway. It is 454 m above sea-level.

Mudgee is an attractive and sophisticated country town of fine old buildings, located in the broad, picturesque and fertile Cudgegong River Valley. Surrounded by gently undulating hills it is noted primarily for more than 40 superb vineyards and outstanding providores, cafes and restaurants which accompany the vineyards and cellar doors. The area is also known for for its fine wool, beef, fat lambs, cereal crops, lucerne, vegetables and honey. It is the third largest grape growing region in New South Wales.

It is claimed that 'Mudgee' is a corruption of a Wiradjuri Aboriginal term, 'Moothi', meaning 'nest in the hills'. 

One of the attractions include the Mudgee vineyards. The Mudgee area is now the third largest wine growing area in New South Wales. There are over 40 vineyards in the valley and most have cellar doors. To find out more in detail about the individual wineries check out https://www.mudgeewine.com.au/wineries which lists the wineries to the north, east and west of the town and provides hot links to the specific winery websites.

Another place to explore is the Mudgee honey haven. Mudgee Honey Haven is located at 2 Hill End Road and accessed by driving north-west on the Castlereagh Highway. By the usual standards of honey shops, it is huge and offered all kinds of honey-related products - pure honey, creamed honey, gourmet honey, beepower active honey, beeswax, beeswax furniture polish, candles and soaps made from beeswax, skin and healthcare products and even honey wine (that's mead). The shop is open daily and there is an 18 hole putt putt course and live bees on display

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Nambucca Heads NSW

Nambucca Heads is a town on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire.

The Nambucca Valley is popular holiday destination and a perfect choice to discover more. On top of all the attractions of a pristine coastal location, the Nambucca Valley offers an amazing range of activities and tours. Immerse yourself in the history of the river and local towns, experience the diverse artistic culture and visit the many museums, galleries and markets.

An enchanting seaside destination, Nambucca Heads is at the mouth of the meandering Nambucca River on the mid North Coast of NSW. Natural beauty abounds, from the uncrowded beaches to the sparkling estuary where dolphins play and the littoral rainforest in the splendid coastal national park.

The name Nambucca is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘entrance to waters’, and you can discover the tranquil waterway with Nambucca River Cruises. You might encounter bottlenose dolphins frolicking and hunting in the estuary as white-bellied sea eagles and ospreys soar above.

For sweeping views of the beaches, tidal mouth and beyond, visit the Captain Cook Lookout above pretty Shelly Beach. The observational deck is a superb vantage point for whale watching, with pods of majestic humpback whales migrating along the coast every year between May and November.

Monica Limanto