Taking a tour of the great state of New South Wales? From fine food and wine to breathtaking scenery, check out these 10 beautiful towns on your next road trip.
Rich in history, heritage and stunning natural beauty, Armidale is an exceptional spot to experience the very best of the great outdoors. With world-heritage listed national parks nearby, visitors can plunge into the depths of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, go rock-hopping with wallaroos at Cathedral Rock, and explore the splendor of Waterfall Way. Want to take things a little easier? Enjoy local produce and world-class wines grown in the area, too.
An easy two hours south of Sydney, Berry is an idyllic small town with plenty to do. Just minutes from some of the south coast’s most lovely beaches including Gerringong and Gerroa, you’ll easily find a patch of sand, as they’re far less crowded than their Sydney counterparts. The town itself has a range of restaurants to choose from covering all tastes and budgets from delicious pub grub to fine-dining options, such as the Hungry Duck. Visit on the first Sunday of the month and you can stroll through the Berry Fair, too. With rides, crafts and games to play – it’s an easy way to pass a lazy Sunday.
Just 40 minutes south of Sydney, Bowral is essential for road trippers who love a small-town feel with an abundance to do. Behind the historic facade of Bong Bong Street lies high-fashion boutiques and fine dining establishments. Visit during early September and you can enjoy the famed tulip gardens in all their glory. Wineries and stunning natural landmarks are a plenty. After a day of activity, stop by Gumnut Patisserie for one of the best chocolate croissants in the area.
New South Wales’ gateway to the sun-seared Outback, the old gold-mining town of Broken Hill is truly an oasis in the desert. Steeped in history and wonder, visitors can pan for gold, check out old mines and ghost towns, go stargazing in the desert, visit nearby national parks or enjoy art, culture and luxury in the town centre. Or, if you’re a Priscilla Queen of the Desert fan, you’re in luck. Frock up and embrace your inner drag queen at the annual Broken Heel Festival.
A stone’s throw away from the Queensland and New South Wales border, this coastal paradise is a contemporary hub of creativity and culture. Home to delicious food, vibrant markets, world-famous music festivals and some of the country’s best beaches, visitors to Byron Bay enjoy the best of sun, sand and surf in one incredible, beautiful location.
With a point break boasting one of the longest board-rides in Australia, Crescent Head is known as a surfing paradise, but there’s a lot to do for novices, too. Learn to surf like a pro with one of the Surfari tours available. Prefer to keep your feet on solid ground? You’ll find beautiful sandy beaches and coastal national parks that are great for bushwalking and watching whales and dolphins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a sleepy koala.
Known as the ‘Ute Capital of the World’, this unique riverside town is famous for the Deni Ute Muster. But that’s not all Deni has to offer. With the Edward River, a branch of the mighty Murray, running through the town’s centre, visitors can indulge in all manner of water sports including biscuit riding, fishing and high-speed skiing, with lessons available for beginners at bargain prices. Fine food is also in abundance – be sure to stop by Long Table Cafe for a delicious meal you’ll remember just as much as the holiday.
A true Sapphire Coast gem, Merimbula is a scenic seaside haven. Nestled between lakes, rivers and the Pacific Ocean, the town experiences exceptional weather all year round. Home to some of the best local produce in Australia, be sure to try Merimbula and Pambula oysters – creamy and delicious. Or head to Eden for a spot of whale watching. And don’t forget to stop by Bar Beach and its famous kiosk for a well-earned snack with spectacular views.
Situated in the NSW Central Tablelands, Mudgee is a small town with big impact. With some of the most fertile land in the state and award-winning restaurants and wineries dotted throughout the countryside, it’s the perfect place for the ultimate gourmet getaway. Thinking of visiting around September-October? Check out the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival.
In the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country lies picturesque Pokolbin. With the spectacular backdrop of the Broken Back Range, visitors will be delighted by the myriad of award-winning wineries, hatted restaurants, abundant farm gates and cellar doors, plus luxurious five-star accommodation. Travelling with the family? There are plenty of kid-friendly options too!
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