Road trip: NSW

NSW Road trip

City Break: There’s nothing like getting into the heart of Sydney city, and if you do it on a weekend, you’re almost guaranteed to have it all to yourself – Sydney CBD famously empties out outside of working hours. Start by cruising over the Harbour Bridge, then hang a left on George St, past Circular Quay, which leads you onto the charming facades and cobblestone lanes of The Rocks. Argyle St is worth special mention for its mossy overpass, and excellent dining – carnivores should check out The Cut; Sake caters for the fishier crowd. Finish up at The Langham on Kent St, a luxurious English country manor smack bang in a big harbour city. Up the Adrenalin: Escape the heat on Waterfall Way, 191km of spectacular Australian forest stretching south of Coffs Harbour to Armidale. The winding terrain of the New England tablelands is a cruiser’s delight: sweeping curves and sheer cliffside drops up the excitement factor on the driver’s side, while passengers are on strict waterfall-spotting duty. Of which there are many: the countless jagged-edged gorges’ spoils are ideal to see at this time of year, especially after a rainstorm. Country Mile: You don’t need to venture far from the capital to switch off from the big city. The World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains is less than two hours’ drive west from Sydney, but a world away in terms of pace. Slow down and breathe in the country air of Katoomba and its three sisters, meander the charming village boutiques of Leura or take on the orchard flanked Bells Line of Road… and Bilpin’s famous apple pies.

Leura, an amazing two hour drive from the City. All the charm of a country town on the Blue Mountains doorstep.