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.
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.
Sydney to Gold Coast driving distance is around 850 km. The shortest route from Sydney to Gold Coast is Pacific Coast Highway which takes approximately 11 hours of drive time. There are a number of interesting stopover towns if you plan to complete this trip in a couple of days. I have driven from Sydney to Brisbane a number of times and taken many interesting detours along the way. Here is a breakdown of some of the interesting places to stay between Sydney and Brisbane.