Blue mountains can be seen westward from any high location in the City. Stretching across from Penrith towards inner NSW covering an area of 11,400 sq. km, this is one of the most popular locations to visit if you are visiting Sydney for a couple of days.
Alpine region located some 300 km north of Melbourne offers world-class ski resorts and great family holiday both in winters and summers. If you have a couple of days to yourself the best option would be exploring some nice towns and cities on the way. The region has some of the earliest European settlers which is visible in architecture, lifestyle and name of the towns as well.
Sydney offers a wide range of cuisine from around the world. Most tourist and visitors to the town tend to explore places near Darling Harbour and Circular Quay which is the most visited areas of the city. However, there are a number of neighbourhoods with quality restaurants in all price ranges. I have tried to short-list some interesting and popular restaurants by neighbourhood and proximity to the CBD. If you staying in Darling Harbour or CBD area, most of these establishments are easily accessible.
Jervis Bay is 200 km south of Sydney. The drive takes you on a scenic coastal Old Princess Highway through beautiful cities of Helensburgh, Stanwell Park, Thirroul and eventually descending near Bulli Pass to the beaches of Fairy Meadows and Wollongong. New Princess Highway offers a direct route to Wollongong if you plan to go further.
Lake Burrill is approximately 300km south of Sydney. August is a great time of the year to explore southern highlands as the weather is quite cold at night and days are warm and sunny at this time of the year. The roads are not very crowded and it is quite easy to find accommodation along the coast. Lake Burrill and surrounding regions are popular for fishing all year round.
Snowy mountains are located at a distance of 150km for capital City Canberra and approximately 450km from Sydney ( 5 hours of driving time). Thredbo and Perisher Blue are the two most visited destinations by skiers as well as people interested in snow sports. Snowy mountains region is home to winters (June to October) sports and activities at some of the best resorts in Australia. During summers these regions offer outdoor sports, bushwalking, fishing and other adventure sports.
Total Diving Distance: 300km Loop
Areas covered: Sydney to Mittagong, Kangaroo Valley, Berry, Kiama, Wollongong and Sydney
A one or two day trip is ideal for exploring southern highlands in NSW. From Sydney drive on M5 towards Canberra. M5 merges into Hume Highway. Exit for Mittagong from Hume Highway. Mittagong is a beautiful town with a couple of nice cafes and restaurants in the main shopping areas. This place gets quite crowded on the weekends as it attracts visitors from nearby areas. Mittagong has some nice wineries including Artemis Wines, Bou-Saada Wines and Howards Lane Vineyard. A man-made Lake Alexandra feeds into nearby Nattai river. You can explore a couple of lookouts to have a bird's eye view of Southern Highlands. Some of the popular spots are Mount Gibraltar Lookout and Bowral Lookout.
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