If you’re coming to Sydney for a visit and would like to see the surrounding area or just feel like getting away from it all for a day or more, here are just a few of the fabulous places you can visit just 2.5 hours drive or less from the city.
The Brokenback Range provides the backdrop to the Hunter Valley Wine Country, noted for its great wines, gourmet food, superb restaurants and cafes, luxurious resorts and rustic cottages. There are plenty of charming little villages and towns to visit when you’ve had your fill of good food and wine! And you can immerse yourself in NSW’s colonial history in towns such as Morpeth, Maitland or Wollombi. Visit historic courthouses, churches and post offices of imposing sandstone which all echo an intriguing colonial past.
A World Heritage National Park, The Blue Mountains has spectacular landscapes featuring native forests, waterfalls and lots of native wildlife. Just 2 hours from Sydney, there’s plenty to see and do, but bush-walking is one of the main attractions and there are options to suit everyone. No visit to the Blue Mountains would be complete without a visit to Internationally renowned Jenolan Caves, a unique network of limestone caves and majestic stalagmites and stalactites.
The Central Coast of New South Wales is an easy 90 minutes drive north from Sydney along the freeway, with pristine beaches, lush green valleys, rugged mountains and picturesque rivers and lakes. It offers an array of recreational pursuits including bushwalking, sailing, water-skiing, fishing and swimming in the tranquil lakes or unspoiled surf beaches. Take a stroll to the lighthouse at Norah Head or explore the surrounding scenic hinterland.
Kangaroo Valley, nestled between Cambewarra and Barrengarry Mountains, is a leisurely drive of around two hours from Sydney. The lush green pastureland of the valley makes a stunning backdrop no matter how long your visit. The tree-lined town of Berry, nestled beneath the rolling hills of the area, has plenty of old-world character and charm, whilst the historic Hampton Bridge over the Kangaroo River is the oldest and most photographed suspension bridge in Australia.
At approximately 2.5 hours drive from Sydney, the relaxing seaside atmosphere and slower pace of life makes Port Stephens an ideal short break or family holiday destination. It offers unspoiled waterways, golden sandy beaches, beautiful national parks, great places to eat and relax and a wide variety of outdoor pursuits. Port Stephens is perhaps best known for it’s resident pods of bottlenose dolphins. During the months of June, July, September and October, humpback whales can be seen as they pass through on their migratory journey.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your swimmers or your walking shoes, jump in your All Wheels rental and enjoy exploring everything NSW has to offer.