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9 Beautiful Drives of NSW

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Pack a camera and allow extra travel time, because these are drives to savour.

1. Thunderbolts Way, Gloucester to Inverell

Thunderbolts Way

Weaving through verdant farmland, across trickling rivers and around thickly forested mountains, Thunderbolts Way is a 290km sealed road linking the Newcastle hinterland with New England. It passes through the quaint towns of Barrington, Walcha and Uralla, while a detour will lead you to Tamworth and Armidale respectively.

Thunderbolts Way

Touted as one of the most beautiful drives in Australia, Thunderbolts Way is not to be missed.

2. Bells Line of Road, Richmond to Lithgow

Bells Line of Road

The slowpoke’s way to get over the Blue Mountains, Bells Line of Road is also the more scenic option. Fully sealed, it meanders from the Hawkesbury region through the historic town of Kurrajong Heights and apple pie country at Bilpin.

Bells Line of Road

It eventually delivers you to Lithgow, but not before wooing you with some truly breathtaking Blue Mountains scenery.

3. Silver City Highway, Broken Hill to Tibooburra

Silver City Highway

A true Outback adventure, the Silver City Highway traverses the remote Corner Country from Broken Hill to the Queensland border. Predominantly unsealed, 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.

Silver City Highway

From there journey to Cameron’s Corner, where NSW, South Australia and Queensland intersect. You’ll need a decent 4WD to conquer this one.

4. Kosciusko Alpine Way, Jindabyne to Khancoban

Alpine Way

Weaving through the spectacular Snowy Mountains, this drive is a high altitude delight that is fully sealed but will require you to carry snow chains in winter.

Alpine Way

It potters alongside the Thredbo River and passes through Thredbo, before scaling the Great Dividing Range at Dead Horse Gap and dropping down the western side of the Divide to Khancoban.   

5. Capertee Scenic Drive, Capertee to Glen Alice

Capertee Scenic Drive

Did you know we have our very own Grand Canyon right here in NSW? Well, this one is slightly smaller, making it the second largest canyon in the world.

Capertee Scenic Drive

It’s the Capertee Valley in the Blue Mountains, and its towering sandstone escarpments and rolling green pastures will take your breath away. Follow Glen Davis Road into the valley then Glen Alice Road, which is unsealed.

6. Waterfall Way, Bellingen to Armidale

Waterfall Way

If you think the Waterfall Way sounds pretty dreamy, you’d be right.

Waterfall Way

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.

7. Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley

Moss Vale Rd

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 a winding, sealed road with many a hairpin turn and stunning vistas throughout.

Moss Vale Rd

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.

8. Darling River Run

Darling River Run

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.

Darling River Run

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.

9. Old Glen Innes Road, Grafton to Glen Innes

Old Glen Innes Road

An idyllic country meander through the Northern Rivers region of NSW, the Old Glen Innes Road is a former stock route that passes through mountainous cattle country alongside clear, perennial flowing rivers whose gentle rapids give way to deep, rocky pools perfect for swimming.

Old Glen Innes Road

Highlights include the historic ghost town of Dalmorton and the impressive, convict-built tunnel where the road passes through the cliff. It’s a good quality unsealed road suitable for most vehicles.