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Best mini road trips from Sydney?

Where are the best destinations outside of Sydney to take a road trip? Preferably within 5 hours of Sydney.  Looking for some scenic stuff! 

9 Answers

top answer by
David from Sydney

Hi Emily,

Here are my favourite drives out of Sydney:

1. From Sydney, head out to Windsor (New South Wales), then Richmond (New South Wales), following the signs out of Richmond to Lithgow. This will take you on the less touristy route across the Blue Mountains. You head all the way to Lithgow, or even further to the wine area of Mudgee.

2. Head south out of the city, and then take the spectacular Lawrence Hargrave Dr (Grand Pacific Drive) road south to Wollongong and Kiama.

3. The trip north of the city through St Albans mentioned by Michael is also a great drive. Head north across the bridge, following the signs to Epping on to the M2 motorway. Take the M28 exit, and then get on to New Line Road, then Old Northern Road.

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  1. Windsor (New South Wales) (city)
  2. Richmond (New South Wales) (city)
  3. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  4. Lithgow (city)
  5. Mudgee (city)
  6. Lawrence Hargrave Dr (attraction)
  7. St Albans (city)
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answered by
Michael from London

My absolute favourite is St Albans. It is on the old convict road heading north from Sydney to the Hunter Valley (look up "Great North Road, Sydney" in Wikipedia for the historical stuff). Some of the road is not sealed, particularly if you keep on going through to the Hunter Valley, but it does not need a four wheel drive. 

The trip takes in the Hawkesbury River and some beautiful Aussie bush scenery. The pub at St Albans is a must. It makes the whole trip outstanding.

Have a great time.

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  1. St Albans (city)
  2. Hunter Valley (attraction)
  3. Hawkesbury River (attraction)
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answered first by
Michelle from Melbourne

Well, a lot depends on what your definition of scenic means but there are a few I'd definitely suggest. One is to the Blue Mountains - this is an easy-ish drive out of central Sydney with some lovely towns, great scenery and, even though it's very touristy, I'd recommend you try the Scenic Railway, which is said to be the steepest passenger rail line in the world.

Even closer to central Sydney, the drive up to the Northern Beaches is also very pleasant - lots of places to stop off, eat, drink and, of course, the beaches are very nice.

A bigger day trip would be to the Hunter Valley where you can go winery hopping.

The drive down to Canberra takes about three hours. You can plot a route that takes you through some nice countryside.

Going south via the coast road will take you through the Royal National Park and you could go all the way through to Kiama, which is a nice country town. Further south is Batemans Bay which has a great fishing culture with a good waterfront.

If you wanted to go further inland Mudgee or Orange (Australia) are both good food and wine destinations. There's some spectacular scenery at Jindabyne, which is at the foot of the NSW ski resorts - a great spot all year round. 

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  1. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  2. Northern Beaches (attraction)
  3. Hunter Valley (city)
  4. Canberra (city)
  5. Royal National Park (attraction)
  6. Kiama (city)
  7. Batemans Bay (city)
  8. Mudgee (city)
  9. Orange (Australia) (city)
  10. Jindabyne (city)
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answered by
Anneli from Sweden

If you have the chance you should drive up to the Blue Mountains and visit Jenolan Caves It's a really beautiful place with a few hikes and caves to check out.

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  1. Jenolan Caves (attraction)
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answered by
Michele from Brunswick Heads

Blue Mountains is an easy drive from Sydney with some amazing scenery and great hiking trails. The Three Sisters is in Kootoomba, a lovely village with a historic hotel and nice resturants. 

Forster is north of Sydney, about three hours, the Great Lakes Drive is very scenic, there are beautiful beaches and I reccommend Pacific Palms as a place to stay. 

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  1. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  2. Forster (city)
  3. Pacific Palms (hotel)
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answered by

drive up north coast to the Port Stephens area - about 3 hrs from Sydney or down the south coast to Mollymook or Jervis Bay also about 3 hours from Sydney. Both directions take you to coastal towns with beautiful beaches. The south coast drive is probably more scenic  though.

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  1. Port Stephens (attraction)
  2. Mollymook (city)
  3. Jervis Bay (attraction)
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answered by
Justin from Phoenix

I loved Katoomba. It's about two hours by train away from Sydney. Great hiking, good food, nice and cool.

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  1. Katoomba (city)
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answered by
Lila from Jupiter

If you can take a day to go to the Blue Mountains, there is some gorgeous hiking:

You can take a train there from Sydney, which is pleasant. You get off at Leura:

Depending on the season there are some fantastic gardens too:

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  1. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  2. Leura (city)
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answered by
Liz from Nijmegen, Netherlands

Blue Mountains National Park, you can catch the train from Sydney Central Station or book a tour.

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  1. Blue Mountains National Park (park)
  2. Central Station (attraction)
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