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Alpine Way
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The Fossickers Way
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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 the continent.

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 poets, Andrew 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 Talbingo and 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 Sydney, via Tamworth, across the New South Wales and Queensland border, through Toowoomba, Kingaroy and ending in Rockhampton.

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 and more.

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 Greater 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 blue ranges.

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 connects Sydney to 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 Sydney, New South Wales and follows the east coast all the way to Brisbane or continue on to Cairns in 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 Sydney. With 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 Central Coast, Hunter Region, 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.
Spectacular escarpment of the Blue Mountains in Australia.
Spectacular escarpment of the Blue Mountains
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