Road Trips are fun! Don’t you agree? Whenever I even think of one, I get excited and want to hop into the car! Perhaps it’s the freedom of travelling at your own pace that excites me most. On our road trips on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii, we enjoyed the fact that we were allowed to sleep in the car wherever we wanted. Guess where we stopped most of the times!?! BY THE BEAAACH YO! Waking up to the sound of the ocean and skinny dipping instead of a shower – ah… the definition of perfection 🙂 Okay, before I am drifting away in good ol’ #travelmemories, here is today’s guest post on slow travel routes across Australia’s New South Wales.
Short Itinerary for Your Next Road Trip from Sydney
Fancy a slow travel itinerary around New South Wales? Home to the famous city of Sydney, this eastern Australia state provides travellers with a range of experiences, including a chill, and not to mention picture-perfect road trip! This article covers why taking a slow travel adventure across New South Wales could be the next great thing to do!
Home to Australia’s largest entertainment events, Sydney is Australia’s most populous city bustling with culture, events, music and much more. If you are into energetic music festivals, shopping, and sightseeing the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney should definitely be on your bucket list.
Since Sydney is a metropolitan city, the best time to visit the city for shopping is late mornings to avoid traffic, from 10 am onwards. For those of us who want to enjoy a night out, this fashionable city host Australia’s best names in the business, and Vivid Sydney in Winter. You could spend a month here if you’re energetic and enjoy the high life, and hustle and bustle on offer. However, if you like fine dining and the great outdoors….
Top 3 things to do in Sydney:
- Join a walking tour and stroll around The Rocks to learn about the history of this area!
- Make your way from Bondi to Coogee along the infamous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk!
- Give your legs a rest as you continue your explorations to North Sydney and catch the 30-minute ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf. Not only will you get to experience all that Manly has to offer but on your journey across the harbour, you will get outstanding views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Kirribilli House.
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2. Hunter Valley
Take a slow drive to Hunter Valley, home to the finest vineyards in Australia. The region is located two hours away from Sydney but is a must-do for a fine dining experience. The area boasts great local produce, providing numerous local restaurants with the freshest ingredients in a wide variety of cuisines, with multiple Australian owned establishments.
Perfect to spend the mornings and early afternoons, the Hunters Region also boasts great hiking trails for those who are into exploring flora and fauna and the natural environment. With the advantage of slow travel being the abundance of time, book a few days at a local Hunter Valley accommodation. The best way to get around various establishments in Hunters Region is by car, as it gives you the freedom to choose how you’d like to spend the time of your day. Just be sure to leave the driving to a designated driver if you plan on wine tasting.
Top 3 things to do in the Hunter Valley:
- Forget lunch today because it’s time to taste some of the best gourmet cheese and chocolate the region has to offer. Make your way to the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory tasting rooms and select the best option for you.
- Visit one of the 150 wineries and taste some of the most decadent wines in Australia! Book a wine tour to make your way around the area with a group. Some tours have lunch and/or food included so look out for good deals!
- Take a hot air balloon ride! The flight lasts for approximately one hour, travelling over Lovedale, Pokolbin, Broke or Rothbury, followed by a champagne breakfast at one of the gorgeous nearby wineries.
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3. Byron Bay
Complete your experience with a visit to the coastal town of Byron Bay, located on the New South Wales North Coast The town is famous for its amazing surf and sunsets, and retreat type vacation. Visitors can enjoy wide-ranging outdoor and water activities, such as surfing, snorkelling and even hot air ballooning. Join a relaxing day at the spa, or an outdoor meditation retreat.
Enjoy the spectacular views that the drive has to offer, along with the eastern coastal route. Located 8 hours’ drive from Sydney, visitors are encouraged to stop by other towns like New Castle and Macquarie for a meal and to check out small town living before finishing their drive.
Top 3 things to do in Byron Bay:
- Avoid the tourists and make your way to Wategos Beach. Just around the corner from Main Beach, Wategos is surrounded by a headland making it pretty perfect for swimmers!
- Stroll through the weekly local markets to try the local food and produce and pick up a few interesting souvenirs.
- Take a surfing lesson!!
New South Wales provides an exciting opportunity for slow travellers. The wide variety of accommodations, activities, and suitability across a wide range of budgets translates to freedom of choice to participate in activities at their own time. Travelling by car across the city of Sydney and country town seems to provide the best balance between freedom and convenience, while not placing any pressure on time constraints.
What are your favourite stops in New South Wales, Australia? Please share your travel tips and stories down below in the comments! Thanks and happy travels 🙂
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Or do you fancy another scenic drive? You might be interested in the Great Ocean Road starting from Melbourne.
About the author:
This guest post was written by Alex Johnson, a blogger and lover of the little things in life, from delicious brunch spots to interior design. Recently moving to Sydney, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer. Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts and others along the way!
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18 replies on “3 Must-Do Slow Travel Stops When Road Tripping Across New South Wales Australia”
Love all of these spots! Great recommendations!
Thank you, Cally and John, glad you like them! 🙂
Road-tripping is so much fun Julia. Especially in Oz. As Meg noted in comments; we could spend life times in one region or city even. I have heard awesome things of the Sydney area and saw some jaw-dropping scenery descending into the Gold Coast 3 months ago, before flying to New Zealand.
Yes, so true, it’s hard to even pick a few spots and yet, you have to start somewhere!
I love that you recommended top 3 things to do! Australia is a very beautiful country. Also, surfing is a good idea.
Thanks, Karla! Yes, there are so many other great things to do, it’s not meant to be a complete list, of course! 😉 Surfing is absolutely also fab in OZ! 😀
Sign me up for Hunter Valley. I am in need of some new wines to try and love getting to check them out at the winery. I love learning their history and what inspired them.
Oh, another wine-loving soul! 😀
Your trip looks really amazing but I especially liked the Hunter Valley! Road tripping is always a fun idea, I guess!
Yes, I am a big road tripping fan too! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and your comment!
I loved Sydney but would love to revisit the area in more depth and it sounds as if road tripping is the way to go. I’d beeline to Hunter Valley for the wine, cheese and chocolate (yum) then hit Byron Bay for the beaches. Ah, bliss.
Thanks, Carol! Yes, Sydney is great but the outside area is really a reason to go back again 🙂
We’ve had a chance to explore all these spots and they’re just as beautiful as you’ve described them. I only regret that we didn’t have more time to sample more wines in the Hunter.
Haha, there is never enough to sample wine, right!? 🙂
I could spend a lifetime in Byron Bay – definitely a good one for a slow stop. And the Hunter Valley too – so nice to kick back and embrace a slower pace to life, amid the beautiful countryside and wineries 🙂
Thanks, Megan! Yes, it is a really great area, always worth to go back to! 🙂
Great tips on what to see outside of Sydney, I would love to do a road trip in the area some day when I have more free time to visit this huge country.
You really need a loooot of time to visit Australia. In fact, if you don’t have time for an entire year, you most likely will need to go back and forth to see many parts of it!