NSW - Family self drives

Jun 02, 2020
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Family Drives

A family road trip is guaranteed to create long-lasting memories, and NSW is the perfect place to do it! Watching the impressive natural scenery, including World Heritage areas, pass you by is the ultimate way to see more of NSW. The spectacular Grand Pacific Drive winds south from Sydney for 138km and is one of the easiest routes to the NSW South Coast, hence its popularity.

Break up the drive and visit attractions along the way; stop off at the Symbio Wildlife Park where you can experience behind-the-scenes tours to get up close and personal with the koalas - a great activity for families! At Bald Hill in Stanwell Park, children as young as 14 can tandem hang-glide at the Sydney Hang Gliding Centre. Alternatively, stop off at one of the beautiful beaches in Wollongong and take a dip in the sea before checking out Kiama's famous blowhole.

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive is a series of trails that link Sydney with the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Head for Scenic World in Katoomba and ride the world's steepest incline railway into the ancient Jamison Valley - an experience not to be missed. If heights aren’t your thing but caves are, explore the Glow Worm Tunnel at the Newnes Plateau near Lithgow.

Follow the Legendary Pacific Coast drive just an hour from Sydney to arrive at the gorgeous Central Coast. This route has a number of family-friendly activities along the way, including horse riding at Glenworth Valley and Elvis, a huge crocodile at the Australian Reptile Park. Some good holiday parks on this drive include Budgewoi, Canton Beach, Norah Head and Toowoon Bay.

Travel to northern Country NSW to discover Tamworth’s musical history and take a family photo in front of the iconic Big Golden Guitar. In south-west NSW, discover the Snowy Valleys Way which winds through the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. A visit to the Snowy Valleys is also a MUST; enjoy great skiing and snowboarding in the cooler months or bushwalk, mountain bike and horse ride during the warmer months. Another popular stop-off point is the Boggy Creek Show - near Tumbarumba, here you can marvel at the superb horsemanship of Australia’s high country stockmen.