NSW Roadtrip Places to Visit

Road, trees, grass, on the road trip in New South Wales
Last updated Jul 4, 2024
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Where to visit on a road trip in New South Wales Australia?

NSW Roadtrip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains then along the South Coast of NSW

Where should I go on a road trip in NSW?

  1. Mimosa Rocks
  2. Wallaga Lake
  3. Australia Rock Narooma
  4. Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
  5. Blue Mountains
  6. Camel Rock
  7. Kiama
  8. Bombo Quarry Headland
  9. Hyams Beach
  10. Glasshouse Rocks Narooma
  11. Cathedral Rocks Kiama Downs
  12. Bermagui
  13. Eden
  14. Batemans Bay
  15. Ulladulla
  16. The Rainbow on the Great Dividing Range

NSW Roadtrip

First, I planned a NSW Roadtrip.

So, at the end of August and the beginning of September, I traveled by road from Victoria to Canberra, to Sydney. Then, traveled around New South Wales Australia.

Here, August is the end of winter, and September is the start of spring.

I had never been to the southern coast of NSW. So, after the Blue Mountains that was my main destination on the way back from Sydney.

BushFires 2019

Then, it was only a few months later, that the areas I traveled, to were ravaged by the fires.

I would like to dedicate my post to all the brave people who helped to combat the fires and helped the people, wildlife, property,  and those affected by the fires.

Australia is a great southern land with much beauty and terror.

Tourists to the towns and regions affected by the fires in NSW and other states like Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, and ACT. They would help these towns and the businesses affected by the fires. It's not just the towns that were directly impacted, other towns and regions have been affected by people staying away

The slogan #emptyesky has rained. Whereby, you visit with an empty esky. So that, you can buy food, drinks, and produce when you visit these impacted towns and regions.

NSW RoadTrip

NSW RoadTrip

1 Mimosa Rocks National Park 

My favorite place on my travels along the south coast of NSW is Mimosa Rocks National Park.

On the way, there was an Echidna in the middle of the road. So, I needed to hit the dirt to avoid a collision with the Echidna.

Imagine I am driving on a dirt road for kilometers. I drive up and down a big dipper. Along each side of the road, I am surrounded by tall trees and mounds of shells.

At the entrance to the campground, I see two wallabies standing watching in front of me in the middle of the road.

There are no other cars in sight. I am the only person there to experience the nature of this place.

I see the beach is made of pebbles. And I walk over this gigantic uneven terrain of a mound.

On my way down to the pebble beach, I walk on the wooden planks of the boardwalk.

I read signs that indicate to me that it's an area of Aboriginal significance.

And, I say to myself. I love this place of nature.

Mimosa Rocks National Park NSW Australia

Mimosa Rocks National Park © Jennifer Empey

2 Wallaga Lake NSW

My favorite place that I stayed was at Wallaga Lake in a cabin. Wallaga Lake is near Bermagui on the south coast. Drive from the north, you'll drive over a one-lane bridge over  Wallaga Lake.

Outside of the cabin, you'll hear the sounds of the lake. Across the lake to the other side, you'll see Gulaga Mountain and Gulaga National Park.

And, behind you are the sounds of the waves of the ocean crashing at Camel Rock Beach.

Stay at the Lake and read my post for staying at and things to do at Wallaga Lake.

Swans on Wallaga Lake NSW Australia

Swans on Wallaga Lake created by © Jennifer Empey

3 Australia Rock Narooma NSW

**Australia Rock and Bar Rock Lookout are currently closed to visitors, check updates and details.**

Yes, there's a rock in the shape of Australia. And, when you look through the hole in the rock, it looks out over the ocean.

You'll find Australia Rock at the entrance of Wagonga Inlet. And, you veer left before the end of Bar Rock Road which goes up to Bar Rock Lookout.

At Bar Rock Lookout, you can see the breakwalls and Montague Island.

Read my post to learn more and link to check for updates on things to do at Narooma.

Australia Rock Narooma NSW

Australia Rock Narooma © Jennifer Empey

4 Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

In Illawarra Ranges NSW at the Fly Treetop Adventures you can walk along the track in the treetops or zipline through the treetops.

Have you experienced or planned to experience a walk through the treetops?

Learn more in my post about the walk in the treetops at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.

Treetop walkway at Illawarra Fly TreeTop Adventures

Illawarra Treetop Fly Adventures © Jennifer Empey

5 Blue Mountains Katoomba NSW

In the Blue Mountains, there are many lookouts to stop and check out the view. The most famous is the Three Sisters at Katoomba. You can go on the Three Sisters Walk and see the formation closer. And you can go to the Boars Head Lookout, pictured below.

You can ride the scenic railway, go on the cable car, walk bush tracks, walk among the gum trees, climb the giant stairway, and see waterfalls. Read my post about the Blue Mountains for more things to do.

Three Sisters at Sunset in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Three Sisters at sunset in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia © Jennifer Empey

6 Camel Rock Bermagui NSW

Camel Rock lies on the beach along the southern coast of NSW. I walked up close and took some pictures on my first visit.

On a subsequent visit, I walked further around Camel Rock. And, to my surprise, I found more rocks the size of Camel Rock.

So, I was in photography dreamland. See my photography at Camel Rock.

And, Horsehead Rock is another place to visit which is nearby. You can view it from a platform on the cliff. However, I didn't get to experience Horsehead Rock.

You can read my post about Camel Rock Surf Beach.

Camel Rock Beach Australia

Camel Rock created by © Jennifer Empey

7 Kiama NSW

The Kiama Lighthouse and Blowhole are easy to get to by driving or walking from the town. They are on Blowpoint Headland and within walking distance of each other.

And, the Kiama Lighthouse is to the Kiama Blowhole. It has you memorized waiting for the water to blow out of the hole.

Kiama Lighthouse shows a picture story of daylight, sunset, blue hour, and night art photography of my journey at the lighthouse.

In my post, you can find things to do in Kiama. And, you can read more in my post about the Kiama Lighthouse and the Kiama Blowhole.

Sunset at Kiama Lighthouse NSW

Sunset at Kiama Lighthouse created by © Jennifer Empey

8 Bombo Headland Quarry, Kiama South NSW

Along the south coast of New South Wales at Bombo, Kiama is the Bombo Headland Quarry.

It can be quite dangerous here when the ocean is wild. The unique structure of Bombo Quarry is a photography destination. It's better to go at sunset or sunrise instead of during a bright sunny day.

You can read about my photography experience at Bombo Quarry

Bombo Quarry Australia

Bombo Quarry Kiama © Jennifer Empey

9 Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay NSW

A white sandy beach in Jervis Bay is Hyams Beach. And, there are many other beaches in Jervis Bay.

At the beach, the sun shone. The skies were clear. The waves crashed upon the shore. The beach is nestled close to the town.

I remember the white sandy beaches of Great Keppel Island in Queensland. The sand would squeak as you walked. You can experience what Great Keppel Island would have been like to holiday in 1980.

You can learn more in my post about visiting the white sand beach, Hyams Beach.

White sand and waves at Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay NSW

White sand and waves at Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay © Jennifer Empey

10 Glasshouse Rocks Narooma NSW

From the cliff, at Narooma Cemetery you can see Glasshouse Rocks.

Going to the beach is impossible near the rocks because it's private property. I met a couple whilst I was there. They were looking for the way down to the beach.

It's near a white pick fence at the cemetery. It's too steep for me and needs to be low tide to go down.

You can find more details in my post about Glasshouse Rocks.

Glasshouse Rocks, rocks, sand, and water at the beach in NSW

Glasshouse Rocks © Jennifer Empey

11 Cathedral Rocks, Kiama Downs NSW

Along a winding track, you can see Cathedral Rocks.

As can be seen, the tide was in, so I didn't venture far. The access was from Jones Beach, however, I was on the other side. Birds were sitting on top of Cathedral Rocks.

When the tide is out, there are rocks on the beach and a cave. So, access for me would have been tough anyway.

You can read my post about photography and Cathedral Rocks.

Cathedral Rocks NSW Australia

Cathedral Rocks © Jennifer Empey

12 Bermagui on the South Coast NSW

Bermagui is the last major town before driving towards Mimosa Rocks National Park. Bermagui lies along the Sapphire Coast on the south coast of New South Wales.

In the town, there is a Visitor Information Centre which has information and maps about the area.

The boats are docked at the jetty in the harbour on the Bermagui River. You can see the fishing lines standing high in the boats, indicative of their use for deep sea and game fishing.

Learn more about things to do in Bermagui.

Boats at Bermagui on Harbour NSW

Boats at Bermagui © Jennifer Empey

13 Eden NSW

At Eden, I stayed at a holiday park that has Legges Beach and Twofold Bay as its doorstep. Which looked out further to the South Pacific Ocean.

The color of the red rock is amazing. See the blue of the water. And, experience the walk along the sand to Quandoa Point at low tide.

And, you can visit the Eden Lookout and Rotary Park for Whale-watching when it's whale season. The killer whale museum rings its siren so that you can see whales from the shore. Visit the museum to see old Tom, and find out about the stories and history of whaling and Eden.

And, you can go on a whale-watching cruise.

You can stay at the beachfront holiday park in Eden.

Sand and waves at Legges Beach Eden NSW

Legges Beach at Eden © Jennifer Empey

14 Batemans Bay NSW

I couldn't resist a quick stop at Batemans Bay as I traveled along the southern coast of NSW.

See the old Batemans Bay Bridge that crosses over the Clyde River in the picture below. Well, it's no longer there, it's been pulled down since I've been there. A new bridge has been built.

And, I remember driving past the turn-off to Mogo Wildlife Park.

As the bushfires ravaged New South Wales, they reminded me of the places that I had traveled.

Read my post about the things to do at Batemans Bay.

Signs, Pier and Old Bridge at Batemans Bay NSW Australia

Old Batemans Bay Bridge © Jennifer Empey

15 Ulladulla NSW

Ulladulla is another town along the southern coast of NSW where I made a stop.

It is situated on the Princes Highway. And, there is parking by Ulladulla Harbour Beach.

You can

  • Have a picnic
  • Go for a walk and stretch your legs
  • Sit and watch the boats
  • Grab something to eat at a cafe, bakery, or restaurant
  • Get some fresh air
  • Make a toilet stop
  • Go to the shops
  • Watch the birds and wildlife

Read my post about the things to do in Ulladulla.

Boats at Ulladulla NSW

Ulladulla Harbour © Jennifer Empey

16 The Great Dividing Range and the Rainbow

And, I have left the most amazing experience to the last.

You can drive from Eden to Canberra. And, across the Great Dividing Range.

The scenery wasn't what I was expecting. It was rather barren, within a plateau with ranges in the distance. And, it was cold and windy.

As I was driving, I could see a rainbow. I drew closer. there weren't any distractions. It seemed so huge across a paddock, not so far away.

It was like I could see the ends of the rainbow. I was in awe.

In my post, you can see the end of the rainbow in the Great Dividing Range. And you can view the location of the rainbow in the Great Dividing Range on the map.

"Rainbow Creation" created by Jennifer Empey in a mockup

Rainbow Creation created by © Jennifer Empey in a mockup

New South Wales Road Trip Details

Travel Essentials

You can find New South Wales travel essentials like where to check the weather, beach information, and national parks in NSW sites and information.

New South Wales Road Trip Map

You can find the locations from the Blue Mountains to Australia Rock in Narooma on the South Coast on the map for the places to visit in NSW by car.

And, you can find the locations from Australia Rock to the rainbow which appeared in Mogilla in the Great Dividing Range on the map.

Where to Stay on a Road Trip on the South Coast of NSW?

Stay by Wallaga Lake and find things to do along the south coast where you can watch the sunset, the moon go down, and hear the waves crash on the beach in the background. Visit Camel Rock Beach for a walk along the beach or photography of Camel Rock. Find things to do in Bermagui like visiting the harbour.

In Eden, you can stay at a beachfront holiday park. Go for a walk along the beach and watch the sunset. Close by is the lookout in Eden. When the siren is run by the whale museum you can go whale watching.

If you making the road trip inland from Melbourne to Sydney, you can find some things to do.

Where would you go?

Of the 16 places, you can visit on the NSW Roadtrip, which would you pick to do?

Are you attracted by the beaches and coastal places?

Or, are the mountains, hiking, and activities your go-to destination? Leave a Comment, You'll find access to comments on desktop only.

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  1. how beautiful. I’ve never been to australia. would like to see it

    • Thank you Jen. Hope you get to travel to Australia

  2. Can’t wait to go to Australia one day! Stunning pics! Thanks for sharing all of your stops.

    • Thank you Debbie. You’re welcome. Hope you do travel to Australia

  3. Beautiful country – would love to explore one day!

    • Thank you Tiffany. Hope you get to travel to Australia

  4. You have so many different types of places! I love the quarry! I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it.

    • Thank you Tricia. The quarry is unique.

      • This is a great list!

        • Thank you Kat

  5. At the top my bucket list! I have always wanted to go to Australia..Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!

    • Thank you Holly. You’re welcome. Hope you get to travel to Australia

    • Thanks for sharing about you trip and the photos. Can’t wait to go to Australia someday!

      • Thank you Stacey. Hope you travel Australia

  6. This would be so cool to see in person. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Jody. Hope you get to travel to Australia

  7. I just have to thank you. Australia has always been near the top of my travel list. Your photos gave me the experience of the next best thing to being there. I absolutely LOVE how you put this post together so artistically.

    • Thank You Ramae. Glad that I could share my experience of Australia with you.

  8. There are so many beautiful places to see in Australia. I’d love to go one day. I especially love your ocean pictures. Gorgeous!

    • Thank you Stacey. Hope you get to travel to Australia

  9. Beautiful photos. I hope I can visit there someday.

    • Thank you Sandi. Hope you get to travel to Australia

  10. So many beautiful places to see! Thank you for sharing about them. I probably mispronounced all their names in my head, haha, but I enjoyed seeing them and learning about them.

    • Thank you Debbi. The ones I knew I was okay. My brother goes to that area a lot, so he knows the correct pronunciation.

  11. I am all over the Bombo Headland Quarry and Hyams Beach. Australia is on my bucket list for sure…so this post is so helpful! Thank you!

    • Thank you Judean. Sounds like you like the beach, you’d love Mimosa Rocks, too. Hope you travel to Australia

  12. Wow! Great detail on this awesome destination. I’m really drawn into seeing Bombo Headland Quarry. Gorgeous!

    • Thank you Kendra. It’s unique.

  13. Love the pictures! It makes me want to visit all of those locations!

    • Thank you Sydney. Hope you to travel to Australia

  14. Australia is such a beautiful country. I would love to do this road trip!

    • Thank you Lisa. Hope you get to travel to Australia.

  15. What an awesome place to visit. I hadn’t considered this area, but your pictures are incredible.

    • Thank you Vanessa. Hope you get to travel to Australia

  16. It is simply a gorgeous country. I would love to go someday.

    • Thank you Heather. Hope you travel to Australia

  17. Wow! Wow! Just stunning. Australia is bucketloads for us and your photos gave us the reason to visit next year. Every place is beautiful, especially the Australia Rock and Bombo Headland Quarry. It’s good to see the other side of Australia.

    • Thank you Jane. Hope you travel Australia next year.

  18. Wow, such beautiful scenery! The rainbow picture is amazing!

    • Thank you Noelle

  19. Such a diverse and beautiful country! Thank you for taking me on your tour!

    • Thank you Suzan. You’re welcome.

  20. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Lisa, You’re welcome.

  21. We are driving from Sydney to Melbourne in October, can’t wait.

    • Wow Wendy. Enjoy. They’ll love you traveling through there.

  22. Australia and New Zealand have been high on my wish list for as long as I can remember! Pinning this for when I make it there! Thanks!

    • You’re welcome Michele. Australia is waiting for you to travel

  23. Australia is my dream trip! I pinned this for future refernece!

    • You’re welcome Adrienne. Australia is waiting for you to travel.

  24. Not to sound redundant but total bucket list trip!

    • You’re welcome Angela. Hope you travel Australia.

  25. That rainbow! Wow!! We just did a trip to Australia, but didn’t see any of these places. We will have to add them to our next road trip itinerary! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Holls. That’s cool you traveled Australia. You’re welcome.

  26. I would like to visit Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. Playing in the trees is the life for me.

    • Thank you Missy. Something about being in the treetops is an adventure.

  27. I’ve never been to Australia so would love to visit all 16 places!

    • Thank you kmf. Hope you travel Australia.

  28. You definitely saw some beautiful scenery. I love all the beach photos with all the different variety of rock formations.

    • Thank you Leeanne. The rocks are so cool. And, good for photography, too.

  29. So much fun stuff to do! I would love to do the tree zip lines. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Melissa. You’re welcome. It’s quite an adventure up high in the trees.

  30. All of these look amazing! Hope I get to check them all out one day

    • Thank you Taci. Hope you travel Australia

  31. What a great way to see Australia, road tripping to experience the area. I’d hike the mountains and visit the beach

    • Thank you Hera. I liked the travel around NSW Australia. AT the Blue Mountains you do the bush walking tracks. The beaches are varied. Some of rock formations that are great photography locations.

  32. Looks like some great places to visit in NSW Australia!

    • Thanks Amanda

  33. I would love to take a trip there someday!

    • Hope you get to travel Australia, Courtney

  34. So many beautiful places to go! I would love to check out: Bombo Headland Quarry.

    • Thank you Lisa. I get that Bombo Quarry is unique.

  35. Such a beautiful place to visit and explore, thanks so much for the vacation inspiration!

    • Thank you Angela. You’re welcome.

  36. Great lists!Thanks for sharing I’ll pick the Hyamas Beach

    • Thank you April. I like the white sand at Hyams Beach.

  37. Wow! Your photos are stunning and make me want to visit as soon as possible!

    • Thank you Shirley. Hope you travel Australia

  38. Australia is on my travel list! Great info.

    • Thank you Cindy. Hope you travel Australia.

  39. I love the virtual trip you took us on!! That picture with the rainbow . . . LOVE IT!!

    • Thank you Annette. I love the rainbow, too.

  40. This road trip is high on my family its bucket list! I loved reading about all the highlights. So nice of you to dedicate this post to everyone that helped combat the 2019 bush fires.

    • Thank you for reading. Enjoy exploring NSW when you visit.


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