It’s that time of year again, the sun is shining and the road trip season is upon us! At Bear Rentals they’re all for the road less travelled and there is nothing more they love than getting away on an adventure. Here’s their pick of spots throughout NSW…
# 1 Blue Mountains
Driving time from Sydney: 2 hours
Probably one of the most visited places in Australia (with good reason), the Blue Mountains has something for everyone whether you want to go mountain biking, hiking, climbing or just seeing the world famous Three Sisters and eating your way around the long list of great cafes and restaurants. It’s close proximity to the city makes for an easy getaway but unfortunately, the main camping ground in Katoomba has about as much character as a Jenifer Anderson movie with a lot less good looks. Instead, check out Murphys Glen in Woodford or Dunphys Camp in the Megalong Valley, both have basic amenities but are free (to enter Dunphy’s camp you drive through private property, and the owners just ask a small donation be placed in the collection tin on the gate to maintain the track).
# 2 Point Termeil
Driving time from Sydney: 3.5 hours
Australia has over 35,000km of coastline and over 800 beaches and if you are anything like us you like a little more stretch of sand to yourself than you are likely to find on Bondi. The next problem you will usually find with any beach on the stretch of Coast of New South Wales coast is the extortionate fees some caravan parks charge, but again if you are like us – caravan parks aren’t your thing. Point Termeil State forest is a great spot 20 minutes South of Ulladulla that has a load of great camping area’s free of charge on a first come first serve basis – don’t blink though or you may miss the turn-off…No amenities here, just you and a few other lucky campers and a stretch of empty sand.
# 3 Goolawah National Park
Driving time from Sydney: 5 hours
Like to get outdoors but still want to have a few creature comforts? Head North to the Goolawah National Park, tucked away on the coast between Port Macquarie and Crescent Head. To get there (the Bear Way, via the road less travelled), take the car ferry over the river at the lakes entrance and turn right to the start of the National Park. Follow this great (and easy) off road track and take your pick at one of the 5 campgrounds located within the 30km stretch of Coast. You do have to pay at these grounds and there are hefty fines for camping in illegal spots – but the fee’s you do pay go to maintaining the toilets and hot water showers!
# 4 Kosciuszko National Park (Thredbo & Perisher)
Driving time from Sydney: 5.5 hours
You may know this spot as the place to be for skiing in New South Wales, but as we are heading into summer (and well let’s face it, it’s not July or August so the ski season is over) this is one of our favourite places to head to go mountain biking. Whether you prefer cross-country, enduro or downhill you will find some trails here to keep you entertained until your legs won’t pedal anymore – the best part is you can buy a lift ticket to get you back to the top and do it all over again… Here’s some inspiration…
# 5 Mungo National Park
Driving time from Sydney: 12 hours
You could be mistaken for thinking you were in the mid-West of the United States of America with scenery like you find at Mungo, this stunning scenery is worth the drive, especially for those of you who like to get away from civilisation once in a while. The jagged red canyons will make you feel like you are in a scene from Lost in Space, just make sure you come prepared as apart from the ranger station there isn’t a lot out this way in terms of supplies, but the isolation is half the appeal!
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