ON THE ROAD
Five of NSW's best spring road trip desinations
Keen to hit the road this spring? Whether you’re enjoying blooming wildflowers in the Snowies or exploring outback, there’s plenty to do in NSW this time of year.
The key to staying safe and enjoying your road trip is to plan ahead, as spring weather can be temperamental, so:
- Check road conditions and your route before you head off and plan accordingly. Keep an eye out for any scheduled roadworks and detours.
- Don’t rely solely on your phone’s in-built navigation system outside the city. Instead, invest in a good-quality paper map that won’t leave you stranded when reception is low.
- When setting out early or driving at night, be mindful of local wildlife like wombats, kangaroos and deer. Dawn and dusk are common times for collisions with wildlife.
Wherever you’re headed this spring, we offer car insurance options that offer peace of mind while road tripping around NSW. Get in touch to learn more and receive a quote.
See the mountain wildflowers bloom with a trip to the Snowy Mountains, a six-hour drive south of Sydney. Take in Lake Jindabyne, before driving up the mountains to Kosciuszko National Park for some hiking and walking. Even in spring, snow can still fall in the Snowies so monitor conditions, check with locals, and if recommended, ensure you’re carrying snow chains.
Grand Pacific Drive
The 140-kilometre Grand Pacific Drive is one of the most beautiful ways to travel between Sydney and Wollongong. Head through the winding roads of the Royal National Park, before stopping at Stanwell Tops to watch for whales as they begin their spring migration south. If you plan to pull over on the famous Sea Cliff Bridge, make sure you do so in the designated parking along the route, walking back across the bridge to take in the amazing view.
Dubbo to Broken Hill
Ready for an outback adventure? Spend a week 4WDing from Dubbo to Broken Hill, touring the Central West and outback NSW. Start your trip at Dubbo Zoo, take in the mining towns of Cobar and White Cliffs, view the incredible rock art at Mutawintji National Park with an Indigenous guide before finishing in Broken Hill. Remember to plan your stops and stays ahead, and always carry ample food and water.
Pacific Highway from Sydney to Tweed Heads
Spanning 790 kilometres from Sydney to Brisbane, the Pacific Highway will take you through some of Australia’s best-loved seaside resorts and sleepy coastal towns, from the Central Coast to Coffs Harbour and the Tweed. A popular route with travellers, try to travel outside of public and school holidays, when roads and towns become congested.
Leave the big smoke of Sydney behind with a looping trip up to the Blue Mountains. Head up the Great Western Highway, stopping at scenic lookouts including Echo Point, before looping back along the quieter Bilpin Road, through forests and fruit orchards. While thick fog can settle in the mountains (expect traffic to slow), it’s the perfect opportunity to sit by a roaring fire in one of the cosy villages.
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