The following is a guest post by Olivia Bourke, a writer currently living in Sydney, Australia. When she’s not working online, she loves exploring New South Wales and the greater parts of Australia, taking photos and relaxing on the beach. Olivia occasionally contributes to

The lush beauty of New South Wales is the perfect setting for a road trip. Every year tourists flock to the shores of Australia’s east coast to explore the golden sands that snake along its coastline and visit its glittering cities. There are many famous options to choose from, such as The Grand Pacific Drive and The Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive.

However, if you’re looking for the road less travelled, check out some alternate routes below..

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive

The Blue Mountains is an amazing natural wonder with spectacular views of valleys and blue gum mountain terrains. The Greater Blue Mountains Drive encompasses the network of national parks and conservation areas that together, make the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Located outside of Sydney, the route has 18 discovery trails that branch off from the main driving trail, each one a unique adventure for all the family. There are over 30 quaint townships in the surrounding areas of the Blue Mountains, perfect for a quiet weekend stopover.

Kosciuszko Alpine Way

If you want amazing mountain views, look no further. The Kosciuszko Alpine Way links Jindabyne in the southern region of Kosciuszko National Park to Khancoban, near the Victorian border.

Travel through picturesque villages and mountainous forests and enjoy the rolling hills and sweeping vistas of the Snowy Mountains area. There’s plenty to do and see on the way with bushwalks, fishing and mountain biking options.

Waterfall Way

The Waterfall Way is a 191 km scenic drive that goes from Coffs Harbour to Armidale. Starting out at Coffs Harbour, you’ll pass five national parks along the way. Discover a range of terrains on route as you pass rainforests, woodlands and farmlands as well as stunning waterfalls.

Spend some at the beaches of Coffs Harbour before you head off, then be sure to stop off at Dorrigo National Park and New England National Park. It’s definitely worth making a pitstop at Wollomombi Gorge and Falls Picnic Area to witness one of the state’s highest drops and have lunch one of the most beautiful spots in NSW. 

Rainforest Way

Travel to the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and enjoy some of the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. Delve into the past and discover the secrets of the rainforest that once covered most of the ancient southern supercontinent Gondwana.

There are over 10 different routes to choose from starting at the northern end of New South Wales stretching up to South Queensland. Take the Hinterland Way Scenic Drive and pass by the Byron hinterlands complete with waterfalls, farms and historic villages.

The Long Paddock

Further south along the east coast of New South Wales you’ll find The Long Paddock scenic drive. The trip takes you from Echuca Moama on the Victorian border up to Wilcannia in country NSW. Driving up the Cobb Highway you’ll pass through the iconic outback towns of Bourke, Broken Hill and White Cliffs.

Discover the red desert plains of the outback over more than 600 km of road. The Long Paddock drive also boasts 11 public artworks and sculptures that tell the story of the historic stock route. There are a range of things to do on the journey including fishing, birdwatching, galleries and heritage sites. Be sure to stop off at an outback pub and enjoy some of the best picnic spots in Australia.

Before you leave…

Before you set off on your trip, be sure to check your car is up to scratch. Whether you’re renting a car or taking your own, research your route. Driving in the outback means long stretches of quiet road with only an occasional kangaroo to keep you company. Make sure that your car is in check, fluids are topped up, car battery is charged, tyres are pumped and emergency kit is prepared.

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