Hit the road, Jack!

Published:
01/03/2022

 

In our November 2021 edition of North Shore Living, we shared the adventurous lives of three local couples who had made the bold choice to pack up shop and head out on the wide-open road. 

With more and more Baby Boomers now hitting the highway in their caravans, campervans, and motorhomes, we decided to pull together a list of the must-see destinations across our great state of New South Wales.

MID NORTH COAST

Ask any discerning New South Welshman and they’ll tell you the state’s mid North Coast is home to some of most spectacular beaches the country has to offer.

From swimming at Seal Rocks or surfing at Blueys, to whale watching or deep sea fishing, there is a water activity suited to all interests.

If you’re more of a land lover, there are seemingly endless bushwalks to enjoy through the nearby Dorrigo and Booti Booti National Parks.

To get the full beachside holiday experience, set up your camper at one of the many oceanside campsites in places like Crescent Head, Hat Head, South West Rocks, Yamba, Iluka and Brooms Head. 

ORANGE 

Quite simply a foodies paradise, this Central Tablelands town should be top of the list for any passionate wine or food lover. 

Just 3.5 hours outside of Sydney, Orange’s vibrant agricultural scene has seen it become a premier destination for fine cuisine and cool climate wines.

We recommend timing your trip to coincide with the annual Orange F.O.O.D Week, a celebration of the areas diverse producers featuring events such as tastings, picnics, performances, and group dinners under the stars.

Stay at the Canobolas Caravan Park on Bathurst Road to be close to the centre of the action. The popular caravan park offers powered sites, full laundry facilities and cover BBQ areas.

CANBERRA

While not technically in NSW, any driving holiday would be remiss without stopping in at our nation’s capital. 

In a city so steeped in history there is plenty to do, from visiting Parliament and Old Parliament House to paying your respects at the Australian War Memorial.

Art enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the incredible works housed at the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, while nature lovers can stroll through the Botanic Garden or the National Arboretum.

Alivio Tourist Park is an ideal base camp. Tucked away in quaint bushland just four kilometres from Canberra city, the caravan park offers all your usual amenities along with a swimming pool, tennis courts and table tennis. 

ALBURY-WODONGA 

Famous for marking the intersection of NSW and Victoria, the twin towns of Albury-Wodonga also form the starting point of the ‘Mighty Murry River Drive’.

The four-day, 830-kilometre trip follows the flow of the river up along the border up to Wentworth.

Along your journey, you will have the opportunity to engage in activities such as canoeing, colonial and Indigenous history trails, visiting museums and riding on a historic paddlesteamer. 

There are also several wineries and golf courses dotted among the country towns, all sustained by the waters of the Mighty Murray.

While there are several campsites along the route, start your trip right by beginning at Wodonga Caravan and Cabin Park. 

BROKEN HILL

Often referred to as an oasis in the desert, Broken Hill is a unique melting pot of histories and cultures.

The original home of BHP, its role as a mining hub can be seen everywhere you look, from the museums to the historical Daydream Mine.

Having been home to some of Australia’s most prodigious artists, including Pro Hart and Jack Absalom, there are several galleries to visit, while the Hollywood fan may enjoy the fully decked out Mad Max Museum.

The area is also rich with sites of Indigenous cultural significance, including the Mundi Mundi Plains, the Menindee Lakes, and several ancient hand-paintings. 

Stay at the Broken Hill Tourist Park and enjoy free wifi, a heated swimming pool and covered BBQ areas.

There are even powered sites with private ensuites, for those looking to camp in style.

Author:
Stephanie Aikins, Editor-in-Chief, Peninsula Living Magazine

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