Some of the best ways to experience New South Wales, Australia is
through one of the many NSW touring routes. From the local tourism drives
to the extended touring routes, some within specific regions, others crossing
the breadth of the state, others extending across state and territory borders and even across
There are many touring drive that you can do, some following major highways, the
route often given its own unique name, that reflects the type of tourism drive,
such as Pacific Coast Touring Route, the Outlander's Way, and the Savannah Way.
For accommodation information, just follow the links to our various listed towns
and destinations. More information can be had from the local visitor information
centres along the various touring and drive routes.
New South Wales Touring Routes Attractions
Australian High Country
The "High Country" or the "Australian Alps" is where some of
Australia's myths and traditions of Australian identity were born. This is where
Australia's most famous man of the mountains - The Man from Snowy River came
from, captured in the poem "The Man from Snowy River" and written by one of Australia’s most famous
Barton (Banjo) Paterson.
The "High Country" is a vast region that stretch for nearly 400 kms from
Canberra in the ACT, crossing state borders through New South Wales and
Victoria. It is an area of over a million and a half hectares, encompassing
rocky landscape, national parks alpine and protected areas. It encompasses the
Snowy Mountains, which are the highest section of Australia’s Great Dividing Range.
This region is located in the south-western corner of New South Wales, with the
Kosciusko National Park covering most of the mountains, stretching from the
Victorian border to the ACT. The Snowy Mountains region includes Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest
peak and is only a six hour drive south of Sydney.
The Australian High Country offers a number of drive options that take in a
number of snowfield townships, national parks, and natural attractions such as
Lake Eucumbene and ‘high country’ wilderness.
Travellers can enjoy the Snowy Mountains Highway, a road that climbs through
mountain woodlands to the open, treeless plains of
Kiandra and Long Plain and then drops
into the picturesque valleys of
Tumut. The drive also offers some
interesting diversions include the historic Currango Homestead, Blue Waterholes
and Yarrangobilly Caves.
Other options include the
Khancoban-Cabramurra Road, the scenic
Alpine Way and the Victorian
Great Alpine Road.
Australia's Country Way
The Australia's Country Way is one of those enjoyable long distance drives that
links you from
Tamworth, across the New South Wales and Queensland
Kingaroy and ending in
No matter which way you do this tour drive, or even just a section of it, there
is a smorgasbord of sights and activities. This drive is more about savouring
the journey then reaching a destination. From winding roads to kilometres of
crops and grazing livestock, rugged gorge country and amazing granite
formations, cosmopolitan cities to historic towns imbued with history, all this
There is a plethora of accommodation options along the way, from your roadside
motel to boutique hotels, romantic B&Bs to farmstays, pub accommodation to
luxury retreats, just make sure you book ahead, especially if there are events
happening along the route, as they may be booked out.
The Blue Mountains Driving Route
Whilst there are a number of driving routes that take in different parts of the
Greater Blue Mountains, there are two popular drives known as "The Botanist Way"
and "The Tablelands Way".
The Botanists Way
drive links the Hawkesbury Valley and Lithgow along the
Bell's Line of Road
and Chifley Road, offering a chance for plant lovers to get up close and
discover the botanical attractions in the area. The drive crosses the Great Blue
Mountains World Heritage Area, with the magnificent views of the Blue Mountain
wilderness on both sides of the road.
The Tablelands Way provides access into many of the region’s more remote
treasures, where you can follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin or step
into the shoes of some of Australia's pioneers. It is a themed touring route
that runs along the western fall of the Blue Mountains region connecting the
Capital Country of Canberra and Goulburn with the Hunter Valley.
Whilst there is a train route through the Blue Mountains that can take you
from Sydney to beyond Lithgow, many self-drive travellers can start their
self-drive tour from the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Driving along the
Great Western Highway you pass the first township of Glenbrook, and ascend the
mountains pass a number of Blue Mountains townships and villages to Katoomba,
home of the 'Three Sisters'. From Katoomba, the road takes you to Mount Victoria
where you have the option of heading north to Bell (and the Mount Tomah Botanic
Gardens) or continue on the Great Western Highway just pass Hartley with the
option of turning on to Jenolan Caves Road and following the narrow road as it
winds it way around the side of the mountains.
There are a number of drive options, depending on time and what you want to
experience, in one of Australia's most renowned and spectacular touring routes.
Check out the
Blue Mountains Drive website for more information.
The Fossickers Way
One of the oldest and most picturesque touring routes in New South Wales, this
drive takes you through one of the richest gem areas in Australia. The leisurely
drive is away from the mad rush of traffic found in the bigger metropolitan
cities, and allows you to take in the beautiful country scenery, encompassing
steep wooded hills, native forest and wide fertile valleys fringed by a haze of
The route takes in: Nundle (Historic gold town);
Tamworth (Country music
capital); Manilla (Paragliders heaven);
Barraba (Bird watchers
paradise); Bingara (Gem on the Gwydir); Warialda (Place of wild honey);
Inverell (Sapphire City);
Glen Innes (Celtic Country); and Emmaville (Home of the panther).
Encompassing nine member towns in seven shires in the northern region of New
South Wales, visitors can explore the many other treasures from quaint villages,
heritage and history. There is fossicking for semi-precious stones, gold and
other minerals, museums and art galleries, bush walks and bird watching, fishing
and water sports, country music and performing arts, wineries just to mention
some of the things to see and do.
If you have not experience outback country Australia, then this driving route is
one worth starting.
Great Inland Way
The Great Inland Way is one of those great drives in Australia, that actually
Cairns, providing a sort of "off the beaten track" inland
drive, as an alternative to the
Pacific Coast Touring Route. You can
opt to only do the New South Wales section of the drive, from Sydney to the
border village of Hebel just on the Queensland side of the border.
Pacific Coast Touring Route
This wonderful drive starts in
New South Wales and follows the east coast
all the way to Brisbane or continue on to
Tropical North Queensland.
Of course you may opt to drive from Cairns to Sydney or start in Sydney, NSW and
end in Brisbane or you can just do the
New South Wales section of the route, starting or stopping at
most of our major towns and cities to be found along the coast, the New South
Wales section of this route takes in the tourism regions of the
Mid North Coast
and the Far North
Coast / Northern Rivers. The Pacific Coast touring drive not only takes in
the many wonderful towns and villages along the way, but provide for some great
side detours along the way.
Check out The
Legendary Pacific Coast - Sydney to Brisbane website.