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Published May 13th 2021
Take the back roads, go on tourist drives, experience it all
Sydney is home to endless scenic drives, from coast to country and in between.
The list below features the top Scenic Countryside Drives:
The Country Roads. Drives include less than five hours from Sydney, making it a perfect weekend getaway or an epic day trip (starting early, of course).
1. Sydney to Kangaroo Valley
Escaping to the countryside will not be complete without visiting or staying in Australia's most beautiful valley, Kangaroo Valley. This small town runs through the Southern Highlands valleys and features rolling hills, green fields, quaint farms, wildlife-rich rainforest and spectacular attractions.
Enjoying an afternoon scenic stroll at Fitzroy Falls Reservoir
Kangaroo Valley has it all when it comes to country accommodation. You will find anything from family-friendly camping, holidays houses and luxury homes, cottages and cabins, dog-friendly stays, B&B stays, budget stays, caravan parks, farm stays and more.
The drive is approx 85km from Sydney and arriving in Picton feels like stepping back in time.
This historic rural town was once New South Wales' first European settlements, making Picton a fantastic spot for historians and architecture buffs, where many of the buildings date back to the 19th century, including the railway tunnels and one of the oldest hotels in Australia, the George IV Inn, where the first beer was poured in 1835!
This country town is home to the stunning Picton Botanic Gardens, Stonequarry Creek webbed with walking and cycling trails, pick-your-own fruit experiences, homemade beers, farms, and endless countryside charm.
Sitting at 661 metres above sea level and being approx 118km southwest Sydney, Bowral is the largest country town in the Southern Highlands. It is home to green pastures, rolling hills, beautiful gardens, antique and up-market boutique stores, wineries, art galleries, fresh local produce and fine food eateries, nature galore and more.
Bowral is a gourmet getaway with its fresh produce and cool climate wines. Places to eat include visiting a cellar door including Centennial Vineyards, dining at a highly acclaimed restaurant including Onesta Cucina.
There is also an array of charming country pubs, wine tasting tours, quaint cafe and more.
Where to Stay:
Accommodation includes Manor and B&B stays, holiday homes, and boutique stays, motels, farm stays, and more.
The historic service centre and the main city in the Southern Tablelands, Goulburn is located where the Mulwaree and Wollondilly Rivers meet and approximately 196km southwest of Sydney via the M5 Motorway and Hume Freeway.
Goulburn is one of the earlier inland settlements in New South Wales and is home to various attractions, including The Big Merino, Belmore Park, museums, historic cemeteries, rail heritage, gardens, Grafton Self-guided Walk, The Old Goulburn Brewery, and more.
It is also home to an array of significant historic buildings discovered on the Historical Walking Tour.
River crossing on our bushwalk at Bungonia National Park
Indulge your senses with Goulburn's diverse spread of local food and beverages, including high quality, fresh, regionally grown produce, exotic cuisines, local cool climate wines, quaint pubs, and more.
Surrounded by endless rolling farmland, Jamberoo is one of Sydney's gorgeous country towns. This historic dairy town is located west of Kiama and is approximately 114km south of Sydney via the Princess Highway and Albion Park.
The breathtaking views from Saddleback Mountain Lookout
Located around 3.5 hours from Sydney, passing the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, the stunning countryside, Orange is a leafy townhome to excellent quality food and wine, including hatted restaurants and natural attractions, including Mount Canobolas.
There are endless attractions from botanic gardens to winery experiences, self-guided walking trails to scenic drives to historic villages, lookouts to historic and heritage buildings, and much more.
Discover the local heritage and history on the self-guided Orange Heritage Trail or see local history displays at the restored Cobb & Co Coachhouse and discover the historic and heritage buildings.
With a high altitude and rich volcanic soil from nearby Mount Canobolas, Orange is perfect for cool-climate wines. Try some local boutique wineries across the region, and be sure to try the award-winning shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.