Get Outta Town: 5 Incredible Road Trips Near Sydney

If you’re looking for a good day out this summer, all you need to do is jump in the car and head for the hills. Or the beach. Or even the countryside! Whatever you fancy, we’ve got the perfect road trip for you.

Jervis Bay

Image credit: NSW Parks and Wildlife Service
Image credit: NSW Parks and Wildlife Service

3 hours

A diverse and beautiful landscape, Jervis Bay is filled with pristine white beaches, towering cliffs and lush national parklands. Seven Mile Beach in particular is great for swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, and Jervis Bay Marine Park is overflowing with aquatic life. You can glimpse penguins, sea dragons, whales, and dolphins, and don’t forget to try one of the awesome scenic walks.

For a hearty lunch, you should definitely hit up 5 Little Pigs in Huskisson. If you’re in the mood for something spicy, Hawng Khrua Thai is ready and willing to oblige.

Terrigal

Image credit: Central Coast Australia
Image credit: Central Coast Australia

1.5 hours

Terrigal is a gorgeous beach town that’s served as a popular holiday destination for more than 200 years. And if you ask us, that’s a solid sign that it’s doing something right! The main street is stuffed with shops and boutiques, and there’s all sorts of swimming opportunities around the stunning coastline. You can even go hang-gliding over Forresters Beach!

Soaring through the air is hungry business, so pop into Green Gallows for cocktails and a late lunch. Le Chat Noir is another yummy option, serving up delicious French cuisine.

Narooma

Image credit: B4 Parks
Image credit: B4 Parks

5 hours

With the bluest waters in NSW, Narooma is pure seaside paradise. You can snorkel, visit the Glasshouse Rocks and Pillow Lava at Surf Beach, and the Box Cutting Rainforest Walk is a real must-do. We’d also suggest packing a lunch and taking it over to the Wagonga Picnic Area. Five hours is a long drive, however, so you might have to stay overnight and make a weekend of it. What a shame.

There’s no shortage of foodie havens nearby, but Quarterdeck and Tilba Sweet Spot are highly recommended by the locals.

Gloucester Tops

Image credit: Pacific Coast
Image credit: Pacific Coast

3.5 hours

There’s plenty of reasons to make the journey out to Gloucester Tops, and the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park is a big one. It’s all ancient forests and dramatic hills, and it’s so full of wildlife you can’t walk five minutes without running into a wallaby or a tuneful lyrebird. There are loads of walking tours, of course, as well as whitewater kayaking and mountain biking.

As for food, look no further than Thunderbolts Cafe. The pizzas and burgers are just what you need after a day of getting out and about in nature. 

Sussex Inlet

Image credit: Bentley at Sussex
Image credit: Bentley at Sussex

3 hours 15 minutes

Sussex Inlet is an idyllic town that sits on the waterway between St Georges Basin and the ocean, and it’s got all sorts of treats lined up for anyone who comes to visit. From the top watersports facilities to the untouched beaches, you can relax or exert yourself as much as you like. Oh, and be sure to stop by the Indigenous-owned Booderee Botanic Gardens. They’re definitely worth a look.

Sussex Inlet features all sorts of charming, small-town eateries, with Jopen Cafe and Pelican Shores Cafe & Marina being two of our favourites.

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