Country towns, lakes, gold mines, Goulbourn, Bywong, Canberra, London Bridge Limestone Formation, Sapphire Coast, Twofold Bay, Ben Boyd National Park, Eden, Princess Highway, Wollongong, Kiama Blowhole, Cathedral Rocks, Kangaroo Valley, Tallowa Dam. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Sydney. Themes include: New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Departs from Sydney, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Sydney. + Show more
6 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Canberra hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Eden hotel (luxury upgrades available)
1 night good standard Wollongong hotel (luxury upgrades available)
New South Wales Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
GoulbournBywongLondon Bridge Limestone FormationSapphire CoastTwofold BayBen Boyd National Park
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Discover historic gold mining towns, sheep stations and fertile valleys, tour the Australian Institute of Sport, the awesome Australian War Memorial, Cockington Green, Parliament House and National Galleries. Spot London Bridge rock formation, swim, fish or wreck dive on in the Ben Boyd NP, see Kiama Blowhole, Cathedral Rocks, Wollongong, fields of wildflowers in season and elegant Batemans Bay; try cheeses in Bega and enjoy festivals and works of artisans in the country towns on your South Coast and Canberra Self-Drive holiday.
Self-Drive Tour from Sydney, NSW, Australia.
DAY 1 Sydney - Canberra
Heading south west from Sydney today through country towns, ancient lakes and gold mines, splendid rural landscapes and fertile valleys.
On your journey, perhaps experience Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, The Oaks, Picton, Appin, Thirlmere, Buxton, Hilltop, Colo Vale, Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale, Bundanoon, Bungonia Gorge, Goulbourn (Historic Town, fertile valleys, centre of farming district, one of first Australia's first inland settlements, known for merino and wool industry), Lake George, Bywong (historic gold mining town, authentic site of town that existed from 1895 to 1906), Yass, Hume and Hovell Walking Track Murrumbateman and the extraordinary art deco beauty of Canberra City. Direct driving 290km (3 hours)
DAY 2 Discover Canberra
So much to do, so much to see in Canberra. Canberra the truly modern, truly magnificent capital of Australia where the awesome Australian War Memorial elegantly celebrates the honour and the glory of man, not war. Where the cruel, ugly reality of war in the trenches is brought to mind and brought home with love and respect for the vanquished and for the victor with a lesson hard learned. The Australian War Memorial sets the marque high for the capital city and the capital city meets that marque with the people’s house, with Parliament House, sitting high on the hill, and the office of the Prime Minister directly facing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the War Memorial bringing the full weight of responsibility of government to the mind of the PM. Opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth in 1988, Parliament House is magnificent in the colours of Australia with the blue/green of the gum- haze of the Blue Mountains the predominant colour in the house where the ceilings and windows soar to meet the sky and the galleries house Australian Art and a unique copy of the Magna Carta. Art deco buildings abound in Canberra and alongside Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery of Australia shows off magnificent art work - monuments, public buildings and landmarks stand tall and elegant. People come out to play in Canberra with festivals galore, sailing boats and tour boats on the huge lake, adults young and old glide along the pathways of the great lake in swarms of hired Segways as walkers flex their muscles under the shadow of the tremendous Captain Cook Jet Fountain, shooting high into the sky. I love my Canberra, my capital city in the bush. Canberra is replete with dining options from happy cafes to chic restaurants, teeming with attractions such as Questacon, the Australian Institute of Sport exhibitions, galleries, and gardens and nearby fertile farmlands, villages and the splendid mountains of the outback.
Canberra, The Australian Institute of Sport (see the elite athletes and swimmers at work and at play and take some time out for fun too), The National Zoo (exotic animals from around the world and unique Aussie creatures), Cockington Green (amazing world in miniature set in superb gardens, elegant residences, a British Bobby protecting the honour of the first cricket pitch 'streaker', mini train ride, restaurant/cafe), National Dinosaur Museum (Australia's largest collection of fossils, relics and dinosaurs from prehistoric times), Lake Burley Griffin (boating, blading, Segwaying, cafes and great sights), The Old Bus Station Markets (Glass Studio, make your own art glass object, fresh local produce, wines from local wineries, flowers, crafts, fashion, cafe), Festivals and exhibitions (International exhibitions and Floriade in Sept/October is not to be missed), The National Museum (Australian culture, history, galleries, restaurants), The (personal memorabilia, exhibits, displays, active shows, son et lumiere, animated and live storytelling, Victoria Cross medals, Reflection Pool, memorials, Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, wonderful statuary, dioramas, gardens and restaurants in an aura of art deco elegance), Parliament House (4,000 artworks, see the members of parliament in action in elegantly beautiful building), National Gallery (mainly Australian artwork and sculptures, cafe and gift shop), Australian National Botanic Gardens (native plants, eucalyptus, rainforest and rock gardens), Canberra Museum and Gallery (Sydney Nolan Collection, regional museum and art), National Capital Exhibition (the original plan for Canberra by Burley Griffin, views over Lake Burley Griffin), National Film and Sound Archive (unique and iconic moments in Australia's cultural history), High Court of Australia (tour main courtrooms, cafe), National Library of Australia (exhibitions), National Portrait Gallery (exhibitions, theatrette, portraits of Australians), Old Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy (see the office of the PM, and both houses, historical pics, gift shop), Questacon (interactive science for all the family, national Science and Technology Centre), Canberra Reptile Sanctuary, Royal Australian Mint (tour the mint, see how coins are made and perhaps make your own), The Lodge, Government House, The Embassy District (drive past some big houses in ethnic styles, Embassy of Papua New Guinea, Embassy of China, The Royal Thai Embassy and the original foreign embassy in Canberra, the Embassy of USA), fertile farmlands and mountain villages and historic mine sites are all within easy drive just outside the ACT.
DAY 3 Canberra - Eden
Taking the Monaro Highway south from Canberra, through ranges and exquisite rural countryside and pretty country towns and National Parks.
Today you might see Royalla, London Bridge Limestone Formation (created when Burra Creek leaked through cracks in limestone), Williamsdale, Michelago, Collinton, Bredbo, Chakola, Bunyan, Cooma (Mount Gladstone Lookout, Cooma Llama Farm), Rock Flat, Nimmitabel, Bemboka, Bega (fertile dairy country), Tathra, the Sapphire Coast (area including Eden, Merimbula, Bega, Tathra and Bermagui coastline), Twofold Bay where Eden is located (famous for 'Killers of Eden' killer whales that helped whalers in search of other whales), Ben Boyd National Park (north and south of Eden, unique rock formations, excellent fishing, swimming, wreck diving and bushwalking), The Pinnacles (part of Ben Boyd National Park, unusual earth formation with red gravel atop white sand cliffs), Cape Green Lighthouse (first cast concrete lighthouse in Australia, the second tallest lighthouse in NSW), Nadgee Nature Reserve. Direct driving 262km (3.16 hours)
DAY 4 Discover Eden
Well named Eden on the South Coast of NSW on Twofold Bay, is the peaceful township wrapped in woodlands and National Parks and washed by the rollers of the Pacific Ocean. Founded in the 19th century by whale hunters, Eden is now a lively fishing port telling the tale of its past industry in the Eden Killer Whale Museum with exhibits including the skeleton of a killer whale. Ideally located on the May and November whale migration path of southern right whales and humpback whales, whale sighting cruises are available from Eden or a visit to Aisling Beach with whale watching platforms is rewarding in season. Fishing is taken seriously with excellent local produce and 'catches' and local wineries supplying the friendly cafes and fine dining restaurants along the South Coast region. The secluded white beaches and quaint country towns of the South Coast give way to hinterlands of forests, mountains and fertile rural countryside alive with flora and fauna. Adventurers can surf, swim, wreck dive or bush walk alongside bays, beaches, lakes or in ancient rainforests and National Parks. The rich history and culture of the South Coast brings alive festivals, artisan villages and crafts and celebrates the heritage of the early settlers and the original owners of the country, the Indigenous People. So close by are the snowfields of the alpine wilderness, mountains, rivers and the spectacular wilderness.
Sapphire Coast Eden (cafes, shops, river and ocean beaches, diving, fishing, swimming, whale watching), Killer Whale Museum (whaling boats, gear, apparatus and photos), Ben Boyd National Park (north and south of Eden, fishing, swimming, wreck diving, bushwalking, wildflower meadows and woodland), Eden-Merimbula (dramatic sea carved arches, caves), Merimbula (rainforest), Bermagui, Tathra (beaches, sparkling bays, National Parks, lakes, surfing, swimming, walks), Batehaven, Batemans Bay, Bega (Bega Cheese Factory, Bega Valley Lookout), Bermagui (Art galleries), Bodella, Braidwood, Central Tilba.
DAY 5 Eden - Wollongong
Follow the Princes Highway, taking some pretty turn-offs to brilliant coastal vistas, National Parks, historic townships, lakes and swish resort towns.
You could see Ben Boyd National Park, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Tathra, Bega, Bermagui Bay, Tilba (historic cheese factory and town), Tilba Tilba (beautiful gardens) Narooma, Dalmeny, Moruya, Malua Bay, Batemans Bay (animal park, rainforest train, river cruises, markets) Burrill Lake, Ulladulla (fishing town, lakes, lagoons Pointers Gap Lookout over hinterland and ocean), Sussex Inlet, Jervis Bay (beaches), Huskisson, Vincentia, Callala Bay, Nowra, Culburra, Greenwell Point, Shoalhaven Heads, Seven Mile Beach National Park, Bomaderry, Berry, Gerringong, Kingsford Smith Memorial and Lookout, Saddleback Outlook, Kiama, (Kiama Blowhole sprays up to 60 meters high, floodlit at night, constructed rockpool nearby, Cathedral Rocks), Jameroo, Heathcote Waterfall National Park (good bushwalks, hidden pools and gorges), Kangaroo Valley, historic Illawarra town with reconstructions of 1880's dairy farm and oldest suspension bridge in Australia, fruit farm open to visitors, Tallowa Dam (concrete dam at junction of Kangaroo and Shoalhaven River, 43 meters tall), Bemboka South East Forest National Park (old growth eucalyptus forest) or Shellharbour. Direct driving 396km (5 hours)
DAY 6 Wollongong - Sydney
Follow the coast roads to glorious beaches and steep cliffs, rainforests and surf.
Today you could see Fairy Meadow, Thirroul, Bulli Sublime Point Lookout (180 degree views over the sea, rainforest and beaches), Stanwell Park (small coastal town, great surfing beach set against steep cliffs), Lawrence Hargrave Memorial and Lookout (site of the first attempts of flight for this aeronautical pioneer), Helensburg, Heathcote (The Royal National Park, Futureworld, Sea Cliff Bridge, Bald Hill) or Botany Bay. Direct driving 85km (1.15 hours)
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