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Top Weekend Road Trips and Scenic Drives in NSW

August 9, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

V8 Supercars Sydney Motorsport Park 400 will host the highly anticipated round nine of the V8 Supercars Championships from 22 to 24 August 2014, with a weekend jam packed of V8 Supercar action.

Ahead of the V8 Supercars Sydney Motorsport Park 400, V8 Supercars Driver Mark Winterbottom shares his favourite drives in NSW.

“One of my favourite places to drive has always been from my home in Doonside to Lithgow where I used to race go karts once a month when I was younger. The trip up the Great Western Highway was always great for taking in a view of the beautiful Blue Mountains. There are so many trendy little cafes to stop off along the way that have incredible food and coffee. The Leura Garage is my best pick for food.”395866_num989020_600x600

Some of the most popular NSW drives include the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, the Legendary Pacific Coast along the North Coast, the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Wollongong and the spectacular Kosciuszko Alpine Way in the Snowy Mountains.

Other scenic drives are along the Waterfall Way on the northern tablelands, or the gourmet food and wine trail at Poacher’s Way, and the historic Long Paddock drive that follows the old stock routes of Country NSW. The Darling River Run takes you on a great journey into Outback NSW, travelling fromWalgett in north-western NSW to Wentworth on the border.

Top Weekend Scenic Drives in NSW:

  • The Grand Pacific Drive – is a 140 km coastal drive from south of Sydney, winding  past glittering beaches and small coastal towns, crossing the Sea Cliff Bridge on its way to Wollongong.
  • The Greater Blue Mountains Drive – includes 18 separate discovery trails that branch off the main route, each one taking you on a unique adventure. The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area which stretches from the Upper Hunter, to Mudgee, Goulburn, the Southern Highlands and the Hawkesbury is the link that connects the national parks and conservation area together. Along your journey visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah, Grose Valley lookouts and walking tracks.
  • Kosciuszko Alpine Way – is a drive that passes through the picturesque mountain valleys of Thredbo village and Dead Horse Gap to Khancoban. A short 175kms with spectacular scenery, you’ll spot Australia’s tallest peak in sight and an abundance of flora and fauna. The majority of the drive is through Kosciuszko National Park which can be covered in snow during the winter.
  • Pacific Coast – takes you through some of the most striking landscape in NSW. Starting in Sydney, you’ll pass through 48 national parks and 12 state forests along the drive. A continuous stretch of surf beaches, national parks and hinterland makes this drive worth it.
  • Waterfall Way – is a scenic drive from Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast through the tablelands of the New England region. The 191 km route spans Bellingen, up to Dorrigo and further onto Armidale, through an ever changing landscape of national parks to lush countryside, rainforest and wide open plains. Along the way, Dorrigo National Park has a series of elevated boardwalks allowing you to see the natural beauty and wildlife of a subtropical rainforest.
  • Fossickers Way – explore New England North West for historic villages, picturesque landscapes and Australian country hospitality. Enjoy a visit to Nundle Woollen Mill and the Golden Guitar at Tamworth – the nations country music capital. If you feel lucky try your hand at fossicking for sapphires.
  • Darling River Run – takes you on an outback adventure rich with indigenous culture and history that follows the Darling River from the outback town of Walgett in north-west NSW to Wentworth on the Victorian border. This is an amazing journey through isolated outback towns that were once thriving ports on the river – Bourke, Louth, Tilpa, Wilcannia and Wentworth.

For more information on V8 Supercars Sydney Motorsport Park 400 visit www.v8supercars.com.au

For more information on Sydney and New South Wales, visit www.sydney.comor www.visitnsw.com

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