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3 epic road trips on Sydney's doorstep


3 epic road trips on Sydney's doorstep

story by: Anna Sarjeant

For something a little different to the beach escape or weekend break, discover more of NSW with a unique road trip. Pick up your hire car, we’re going for a ride.

1. 100 Mile Diet
If you love good food and wine, then make your way to Country New South Wales to enjoy some of the best produce, wines and dining in the State. There's no better way to explore this bounty than on a 100 Mile Diet tour of the region, eating food that's locally grown and produced.

Orange is known as a high quality source of rare and exotic produce while Mudgee has many established vineyards, and Dubbo, Bathurst and Cowra have a reputation for fine food and wine. This enjoyable drive is a great way to taste the best wines from the celalr door, fresh farm produce at the farmgate or from a market and creative cuisine in cafes, pubs and restaurants. Check out this four-day itinerary. 

HOT ​tip: For hearty pub-style food, check out the Mudgee Brewing Company, or for local fare, head to The Zin House, where diners can enjoy a leisurely lunch at their welcoming communal farmhouse tables. 

​​2. The Not So Snowy ‘Snowy Mountains’
From dusty tracks to crystal clear air, the Snowy Mountains, five hours outside of Sydney, offer the perfect excuse to turn off from society.

Home to Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, the region’s popular with powder-hounds and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The skiing is a huge crowd-puller May through to November, but once the snow’s melted, fresh life emerges across the mountain scape and avid hikers descend for rewarding tramps across startling alpine terrain.

One of our fave ‘must-dos’ is the summit walk from Charlotte’s Pass to the peak of Mt Kosciuszko. A journey that’s carved from glacial inlets and craggy mountainside, the lakes glisten and the mountains shine under a cloak of buttercups and silver snow daisies. Allow a full five hours to walk the 9km one-way trail, stopping for numerous pit stops en route.

HOT tip: Guided walks are available but for those who prefer to get wrapped up in the wilderness, a good map and compass is all you really need to embark on a successful Mt Kosciuszko summit.

​​3. Crossing states with the Sydney to Melbourne Costal Drive
From oysters to prawns, just-boiled lobster and freshly caught mussels, the ocean-hugging coastal drive from the heart of Sydney into the jostle of Melbourne is a bubbling cauldron of sea, food and sunshine. Days begin in sleepy seaside towns, at niche cafes flanking the seafront; is there anything better than the first latte of the day, with a chorus of constant thrashing waves drumming in the background?

Allow at least four days to meander from beach to island, river, lake and town, filling your gut as you go. With dairy farms saturating the inner hillside, cheese rivals seafood for the title of best local delicacy and plentiful farmers markets pop up throughout the calendar month, so ready your taste buds and make space for a bumper boot-load of produce.  

Die-hard foodies will revel in the boutique breads and irresistible pastries lining the cabinets at Wild Rye’s Baking Company in the town of Pambula. Defined by its historic timber cottages and eclectic village stores, it makes the perfect detour from neighbouring Merimbula. Sample the famous oysters caught on the Shoalhaven River and world-class prawns from the icy Tasman Sea, if it’s inner city sensations that you seek, that’s exactly what you’ll find.  

HOT tip: Keep a keen eye out for Saucy Spice Co’s fresh spice mixes which are a bit of a hit in these parts. They frequent many of the local food markets en route, including Pambula, Moruya, Merimbula and Eden.

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