About This Trip
Driving on well-maintained roads is a pleasure. Even better are good roads that take you through impressive scenery, including World Heritage areas. NSW has both. You’ll discover enchanting rainforest and secluded beaches, seaside villages and country towns, mountains and valleys, and the vast outback.
Trip code: AU-NSW3NSD-SB
by RENTAL CAR + ZERO EXCESS + FREE GPS
Day 1: Sydney > Blue Mountains (102km/1h30m)
From Sydney, head west and take the M4 Motorway/Great Western Highway that leads up to the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains region, some describe as Australia’s Grand Canyon. Revitalize your senses with striking scenery & refreshing waterfalls, shop at the towns of Leura and Katoomba, and catch sunset over the legendary Three Sisters at Scenic World.
- Overnight: Waldorf Leura Garden Resort
- Pick up your CAR - Ex Downtown (Surcharge airport AUD48)
- Admission - Blue Mountain Scenic World Unlimited
Day 2: Blue Mountain > Hunter Valley (242km/3h30m)
Headwest via Bells Line of Road. Stop for fruit picking experience at Hawkesbury Harvest (apples picking available from Feb-May), and immerse in the beauty of Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, just before you reach Bilpin. Drive 2hrs towards Cessnock and arrive at Hunter Valley - gateway to one of Australia’s great gourmet food and wine trails. Sample awardwinning wines and restaurants. Visit the 12 magical and stunning themed gardens at Hunter Valley Gardens, shop for souvenirs and gourmet produce at the Hunter Valley Gardens Village.
- Overnight: Hunter Valley Resort
- Admission - Hunter Valley Gardens
Day 3: Hunter Valley > Port Stephens (100km/1h30m)
Experience Hunter Valley on a hot air balloon or horse carriage ride. After lunch, drive towards Maitland. Stop by Morpeth, a quaint town boasting charming cafes and delightful array of craft shops. Arrive in Nelson Bay, Port Stephen in time for late afternoon exploration of the massive sand dunes on a 4WD (optional).
- Overnight: The Nelson Resort
- Admission - Port Stephens Dolphin Cruise
Day 4: Port Stephens > Central Coast > Sydney (237km/3h30m)
Hop on dolphin watch cruise, or go parasailing to enjoy the magnificent view of Port Stephens. Before reuniting to Sydney, visit the Australian Reptile Park for close encounter with the wildlife animals (optional). Stop by The Entrance for daily pelican feeding at 3.30pm.
- Drop up your CAR at Airport
- You’ll love the blue-hazed beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area – one million hectares of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and bushland.
- On the edge of Sydney Harbour, one of the world’s great natural harbours, the Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was evaluated as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind”
- Bondi Beach is an iconic stretch of fine sand and curling waves and one of the world’s most famous beach destinations. You’ll enjoy Bondi at any time of the year. The beach is flanked by sandstone headlands, which are popular for walking, golfing and whale watching.
- Discover Port Stephens’ wonderful beaches and resident wild dolphins. You’ll enjoy dolphin-watching cruises and parasailing on the sparkling blue waters. There are 26 sandy beaches, some sheltered in bays that are perfect for families as well as swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. The towering Stockton sand dunes are great for quad-biking and horseriding.
Where to EatLooking for Halal certified cuisine?
- Ipoh on York (Malaysian)
Shop 2, Lower Ground, 89 York Street, Sydney
- Fungky Pies
2/144-148 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach
- Sadhana Kitchen
147 Enmore Road, Enmore
- Neptune Palace Restaurant (Singaporean & Malaysian)
Gateway Building, Level 1, Pitt Street entrance, Corner of Pitt and Alfred Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney
- Zaaffran (Indian)
Level 2, 345 Harbourside Shopping Centre, 10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour
- Sydney Fish Market
Bank Street, Locked Bag 247, Pyrmont
- Mamak (Malaysian)
15 Goulburn St, Sydney
It's Time to Pray!Where is the Mosque nearby me?
- King Faisal Mosque
177 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia