New South Wales and ACT

Country spots to laze and graze this autumn

When it comes to easygoing townships brimming with culture and character, the New South Wales countryside is home to many little-known diamonds in the rough. Lockhart Lockhart is nestled a 45-minute drive from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales’s Riverina region in the state’s south-west. Lockhart encompasses pristine nature reserves and rugged bush terrain, and … Continued

Dive into the Sapphire Coast

The Sapphire Coast – a suitable designation for New South Wales’s far south coast and surrounds – has been the site of so many beach holidays, stunning swims and idyllic walks. Inhabited for thousands of years by the various tribal groupings of the Yuin–Monaro people, the coast stretches from Bermagui to the Victorian border. Bermagui … Continued

Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour

We all remember the giddy anticipation of a childhood summer trip – that sense of the holidays as a tantalising gift, just waiting to be unwrapped. For generations of Sydney kids, a road trip to Queensland has been a thrilling rite of passage, with the legendary Pacific Coast Drive topping the list for many travellers. … Continued

Kingscliff’s tropical charms

Sun, surf and sand – it’s what everyone looks for in a summer holiday. While the Gold Coast is famous for its astounding beaches, there’s even more to the region than what first meets the eye. Step away from the hum of the lively city straight into emerald seas at Kingscliff! On the far north … Continued

Stockton Beach

Stockton Beach – the longest beach in New South Wales at 32 kilometres in length – leads sand-savvy four-wheel drivers from Newcastle to Port Stephens via brilliant white sand dunes and uninterrupted ocean views. The area belongs to the Worimi Aboriginal community, and there are a number of cultural sites to be aware of when … Continued

Bombala to Jindabyne

If you’re looking for a location with a little peace and tranquillity to recover from a busy year, Bombala is the perfect stop. This charming agricultural town is home to a developing industry in natural products like lavender, jams, soaps and oils of such a high quality that the town has earned a reputation for … Continued

Snowy Mountains Drive

If you’re after a scenic detour away from Canberra, with dramatic river scenery, primeval forests and unforgettable snow-capped mountains, then look no further than a drive towards the Snowy Mountains. This scenic self-drive tour can take anywhere upwards of three days, depending on how long you’d like to linger along the way. But really, you … Continued

Discover nature’s secrets in the Riverina

The first image that might spring to mind when you hear that New South Wales’s Riverina region is nicknamed the ‘food bowl of Australia’ might be that of an immense green valley, packed with glistening fruit and vegetables. A trip around the region will prove how close to the truth this really is, with key … Continued

Australia’s long-lost megafauna

In 2011, a genetic study led by the University of Copenhagen confirmed that Indigenous Australians were the first modern humans to leave Africa approximately 75,000 years ago. This means that today, Indigenous Australian culture is the oldest continuous culture on Earth. But what was Australia like all that time ago, and how has it changed … Continued

History and heritage from Boorowa to Dubbo

The Central West region of New South Wales is the agricultural heart of the state, if not Australia. Situated to the west of Sydney, the region is a prime spot for a weekend road trip. For the first leg of your trip, get yourself to Boorowa. This small country town has a strong Irish background, … Continued

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