Crisscrossed by a network of well-kept highways and scenic, winding roads, New South Wales makes for some of the best road trips in Australia. Bypassing red outback plains, snow covered mountain and long lonely stretches of coast, they’re more than just thoroughfares – they’re paths of discovery.
Top-billed routes include the Kosciuszko Alpine Way, which connects NSW’s ski resorts to towns at the foothills of Snowy Mountains. It takes in Lake Jindabyne, the picturesque Crackenback Valley plus the road to Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak.
Learn about Australia’s colonial history and Aboriginal heritage on the Darling River Run that skirts the glorious outback landscape of the state’s far west. If country roads and quaint B&Bs are your thing, visit the winemaking districts of Orange to Dubbo and on to Mudgee. Continue south along the Castlereagh Highway into the heart of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains to see the incredible Three Sisters rock formation.
For a coastal sprint to take your breath away, follow the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney’s Royal National Park to the city of Wollongong. Ocean pools and beaches abound along the way, along with fishing villages and the Sydney Handgliding Centre at Stanwell Park. For rainforests and waterfalls set in a sub-tropical climate, explore the series of loops in the Northern Rivers region of NSW known as The Rainforest Way.