From its endless white sandy beaches, striking cliff-lined coastline, spectacular mountain ranges and vast, remote interior, New South Wales is home to some of Australia’s most wondrous scenery. And exploring it by road – or track – is the best way to take it all in!
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next NSW roadtrip, you can’t go past these five beautiful drives…
Kosciuszko Alpine Way, Jindabyne To Khancoban
Weaving through New South Wales spectacular Snowy Mountains, this drive is a high altitude delight at any time of year and is fully sealed. In winter, however, you will be required to carry snow chains and may not be able to tow caravans or camper trailers through parts of the Alpine Way. Check seasonal road closures for more details.
The drives potters alongside the Thredbo River and passes through the alpine town of Thredbo, before scaling the Great Dividing Range at Dead Horse Gap and dropping down the western side of the Divide to Khancoban.
Silver City Highway, Broken Hill To Tibooburra
Experience the big skies of our massive country on an epic drive through one of the most remote parts of outback NSW.
A true Outback adventure, the Silver City Highway traverses the remote Corner Country from Broken Hill to the Queensland border. Predominantly unsealed, you can enjoy the vast outback landscapes and rocky escarpments of the Barrier Ranges, have a cold beer at Packsaddle Pub (an outback icon), explore the ruins of Milparinka before rolling into Tibooburra, NSW’s most remote town and also one of its most charming.
From there journey to Cameron’s Corner, where NSW, South Australia and Queensland intersect. The iconic Cameron Corner Store reportedly has a Queensland liquor licence, a New South Wales postal code and a South Australian telephone number!
You’ll need a decent 4WD and offroad caravan or camper to conquer this one.
Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley
Linking the Southern Highlands with Nowra, Moss Vale Road takes you over two mountain passes and through the stunning Kangaroo Valley between them. It’s an extremely winding, sealed road with many hairpin turns so take extra care if you’re towing. The stunning vistas are worth it., though!
Stop for a kayak at the town of Kangaroo Valley, take in the beautiful Fitzroy Falls then enjoy the delights of the quaint towns of the Southern Highlands, like Bowral and Moss Vale.
Waterfall Way, Bellingen To Armidale
If you think the Waterfall Way sounds pretty dreamy, you’d be right.
Stretching from NSW’s North Coast to Armidale in New England High Country, it’s a sealed, windy mountain road that traverses pristine subtropical rainforest and passes some of Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls including Ebor and Wollomombi Falls, as well as Dangar, Boonoo Boonoo and Aspley falls.
The Waterfall Way is one of the main arteries into New England from the east, and it’s aptly named. Weaving through a number of the high country’s world-class national parks, this road promises to defy the advice of 90s pop culture and instead go chasing waterfalls.
Darling River Run, Walgett To Mildura
A true outback odyssey, the Darling River Run is an offroad adventure alongside Australia’s longest river as it weaves through Outback NSW from Walgett to Mildura. This epic journey can be broken down into smaller chunks for those on a limited timeframe.
It incorporates stunning outback landscapes and rich indigenous and pastoral history. Take the opportunity to stay at a working property like Trilby Station, for an authentic taste of life in the bush.
Fringing the Darling River around 125km southeast of Bourke, Trilby is 320,000 acres of sheep and goat farm. It’s a colourful kaleidoscope of outback landscapes, from the bird-filled river red gums on the banks of the Darling and the treeless black soil flood plains to the ironstone ridges, red loam soils and mulga scrublands.