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Australia’s largest and most populated city is also the oldest city in the country and arguably one of the most beautiful cities on the planet! It is a cosmopolitan, multicultural city that stretches from the South Pacific Ocean to the Blue Mountains and features a stunning coastline, flatlands, steep valleys and rivers, as well as the largest natural harbour in the world. Sydneysiders will happily tell you that it is one of the most liveable cities in the world. This is thanks to its great economy, leading universities, fantastic weather and incredible landmarks. Whether you are an art lover, a foodie, a beach bum, a fashionista or a banker, Sydney is a city that can accommodate you. That is probably why over 5 million people call the city their home. The fabulous weather probably helps, with the sun shining throughout the city for more than 2,600 hours per year. Plus, it never really gets any colder than 8°C, which is considered extremely cold for Sydney.
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Tipps & hints Why you should hire a campervan in Sydney
Being home to the busiest airport in Australia means that hordes of tourists use Sydney as a base to explore not only the city’s surroundings but also the rest of New South Wales. In fact, it is the gateway to numerous national parks, including the Blue Mountains National Park, the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the Marramarra National Park, as well as others that surround the city. Then there is the nearby Central Coast, the coastal Illawarra region and the Southern Highlands. Sydney itself also has a plethora of famous attractions like the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Taronga Zoo and the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden.
There is also, of course, the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge that you can walk, cycle or jog across. You can also enjoy a picnic underneath it or even climb the bridge along ladders and catwalks, experiencing phenomenal views of the harbour and Central Sydney. If you would prefer to enjoy city views without getting your heart rate going, you can take a cruise around the harbour or head to the Sydney Tower and its 250-metre high observation deck; the Sydney Tower Eye. Art lovers will enjoy the City Centre, which is where the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art are located, while history buffs will want to be sure to wander around The Rocks district.
The famous Bondi Beach is a must for any beach bum, though there are numerous others in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs where you can spend a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful weather. Foodies, drinkers and shoppers alike all head to the City Centre, though Oxford Street is just as good, especially if you are looking for something a bit more exclusive. Other places of interest within Sydney include the Queen Victoria Building, the Sydney Aquarium, the Museum of Sydney and the Sydney Olympic Park. In addition to attractions in and surrounding the city, there are also plenty beyond it, and a Sydney motorhome hire is one of the best ways to get out and explore. Whether you are looking at going on a weekend getaway to one of the nearby national parks or want to go on a 30-day exploration of New South Wales and even beyond, campervan hire in Sydney is a fantastic way to do this.
There are a plethora of motorhomes available in Sydney from SHAREaCAMPER to choose from that vary in size and capacity. Tour around the state with a Jayko Hawk hitched to your vehicle or drive away and go on an exploration in a Sherwood 4WD. Prices start at as low as AUD 50 or can go as high as AUD 300. Whether you are a couple or a group of 6, there is an RV rental in Sydney that is just waiting for you to drive off in. A motorhome rental in Sydney is the perfect way to enjoy what the city’s magnificent surroundings have to offer. No matter which direction you drive, it is sure to result in an unforgettable adventure. You can sip on wine on a drive around Hunter Valley and relax on the beaches in the nearby city of Newcastle. Drive your camper to the Royal National Park where people come to walk and enjoy the stunning natural scenery and the spectacular views of the Hacking River valley.
Travel with your RV to the Blue Mountains and take in the magnificent views from Echo Point or Govett's Leap, walk along the National Pass Trail or mountain bike along the Oaks Trail. It is very easy to explore the mountains by campervan, and parking is never a problem. There are also plenty of camping sites where you can park you hired motorhome for the night. Organising a campervan rental in Sydney also means that you can even explore further afield to places a little bit off the beaten path. You can drive west through the mountains and the Central West region into the isolated Outback to see the opal fields, the ancient Lake Mungo and the rock engravings at Mutawintji.
These destinations are extremely difficult to get to if you don’t drive there yourself, making having a hired motorhome that much more appealing. Go north along the coast and enjoy the quieter beaches in Woy Woy and Gosford, or further north to challenge the sand dunes of Stockton Beach or relax on a spectacular beach in Port Macquarie. Rent a motorhome in Sydney and the doors of New South Wales will open up to create a holiday of a lifetime. The possibilities really are endless, with motorways and dual carriageways linking the city North, South and West, as well as smaller roads that connect Sydney with less travelled destinations. Whether you are a local or a visitor, there is an abundance of camping sites no matter what way you choose to travel. Plus, road trips are so popular in Australia that hiring a campervan in Sydney has become the norm, with people from all walks of life choosing to go this route to a be able to have the freedom to move around and see what they would like while exploring this fascinating corner of the world.
Arriving in Sydney for your RV Holiday
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is where you will land if arriving into the city by plane, which sits just 8 kilometres away from the CBD. This is the busiest airport in Australia, as well as being one of the longest continuously operated airports in the world. It handles over 41 million passengers per year, with flights from over 45 international and 20 domestic destinations arriving at the massive 3 terminal airport. Once you arrive, you can access the city by the Airport Link railway line, local bus, shuttle bus or taxi. You can also see if the owner of your motorhome will fetch you at the airport. As well, a few of the campervans available through SHAREaCAMPER are quite close to the airport, making it easy to organise a pickup point. Upon meeting the owner of the vehicle, you will together do an inspection of the motorhome and fill out a Vehicle Handover Form. The owner of your RV rental will also go through everything that you need to know about the vehicle. They will also probably give you a tour of the campervan and show you how everything works. Make sure that you are not in a rush to drive off, as the whole process will take around 45 minutes.
Picking Up and Dropping Off Your Camper
Most people are ready to head home after enjoying a holiday, but you should be prepared to give yourself approximately 20 minutes to fill out the post vehicle inspection report. This is done with the owner, where you will inspect the RV together and fill out the Vehicle Handover Report. Also, be sure to inform SHAREaCAMPER as soon as possible of any damages.
Once you meet the owner, you will need around 45 minutes before you can get your motorhome hire on the road. This gives you plenty of time to go over everything together and to fill out the SHAREaCAMPER Vehicle Handover Report form. Make sure you are extremely thorough, as this report will state any pre-existing damages or wear on the vehicle before you take possession of it.
After reserving your campervan rental, get in touch with the owner to arrange a pick-up and drop-off point that works for both of you. You will also want to be as exact as you can in terms of timing so that the owner can do their best to match your schedule. If they can’t meet you at the airport upon your arrival, feel free to ask if they have any recommendations on the best way to get from the airport to the pickup location. If you are a Sydneysider, think about the most convenient way for you to fetch your hired motorhome. This could be by getting a friend or family member to drive you, or by driving yourself and arranging a place to park your own vehicle while you whisk off on holidays in your RV.
Campervans in Sydney: A City Guide for Motorhome Hires
Sydney has an extensive public transportation network that is made up of trains, buses and ferries. Virtually anywhere you want to go in the entire city you can by one of these means. You can also get around by car or campervan, though in common rush hours this can be extremely frustrating due to heavy congestion. But on off hours, self-drive is often just as fast, if not faster, than public transportation. Trams make it possible to travel to all districts within the city as well as to its suburbs, while a light railway line runs from the Central railway station, north to Darling Harbour, west to the City West area and then south to the suburb of Dulwich Hill. There is also an additional line that is currently under construction. There are hundreds of bus routes that run through Sydney, making it possible to get anywhere. Route 400 travels to the airport, as does the T2 Airport Line railway line. Port Jackson is the terminus for Sydney Ferries that operate seven ferry routes around the Circular Quay, creating a scenic means to get around the Sydney Harbour. All city-run transportation services are paid for by the touch-and-go Opal Card. This means that all buses, trams, trains and ferries are paid for using this card, which can be purchased online as well as at a plethora of retailers throughout the city. Once you have your card, you can easily top it up online, over the phone, at a retailer or by using the Opal Travel app. You can get all of the information you need about the Opal Card at https://www.opal.com.au/.
Food and Drink
Sydney is famous amongst foodies around the world, and it is not hard to see why. There are so many fabulous restaurants to choose from, with everything from a cheap bowl of noodles in Chinatown to an extravagant celebrity chef dining experience. You can dine along the waterfront in Darling Harbour or grab lunch at a food court in the CBD. The possibilities really are endless no matter what your budget is or what your taste buds crave. The same is true for drinking, with everything from hole-in-the-wall bars to chic lounges being found all over the city and offering Fosters, craft beer and cocktails. Being the cosmopolitan city that it is, there are of course some notable places to eat and drink in Sydney. Tetsuya's – This is one of Sydney’s most famous restaurants and often makes it to the top of the list of the best places to dine in the city. The award-winning restaurant is located in the City Centre, serving up a set menu of mouth-watering fusion Japanese inspired food. It also has one of the best wine lists in the city, some of which come from nearby wineries like Bendooley Estate and Broke Fordwich. Rockpool Bar & Grill – Run by celebrity chef Neil Perry, this sophisticated fine dining establishment is set in an American style art deco building right in the City Centre. The steakhouse serves up juicy dry-aged beef that has been cooked to perfection on a wood-fired grill. Other signature dishes include lobster with herb butter, beef and Guinness pie, and Caoe Grim dry aged 36-month-old grass fed ribeye. Let’s not forget about its award-winning wine list that includes some fabulous Semillons and cabernets from the Hunter Valley region. Opera Bar – Sitting right along the waterfront, Opera Bar is pegged as the world’s best beer garden. This glamorous bar is right outside the Sydney Opera House where you can sip on cocktails, wine or a pint of craft beer while taking in the mesmerising views. This Must Be the Place – Time Out’s 2017 bar of the year, this small bar is a great place to go before a dinner reservation or a show. The service is just as impeccable as the cocktails at this trendy bar, which is located on Oxford Street in the city centre’s Darlinghurst neighbourhood. It is a casual, yet chic bar, with cocktails being expertly concocted to please anyone that walks through the doors.
Sports and Recreation
Although the first sports ever brought to Sydney were horse racing, wrestling and boxing, it is rugby that really left its mark on the city. By the 1880s it was the most popular sport in the city, and today nine of the 16 professional National Rugby League teams are based in Sydney alone. Then there is the Australian Football League (AFL), which is referred to by the locals at ‘footy’. Sydney has two main teams; Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants, and a game between these two rivalling teams is something that no football fan should miss. In the summer, cricket is the hardest ticket to come by, especially when the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder play a match against each other. Stadium Australia, which is officially called the ANZ Stadium, is the largest stadium in the city and where most major sporting events are now held, including the annual National Rugby League grand final. It has also been the venue for many massive events like the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2000 Bledisloe Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final. It is possible to park your motorhome in the car park, but it is highly recommended to pre-book a spot online at least one week before the event or you may not get a spot. The Sydney Cricket Ground dates back to 1848 and since then has been the city’s major cricket ground, as well as being the home ground for the Sydney Swans. Right next to it is the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS). Parking is available in the shared car park, but spaces are limited during major events.
Events and Festivals
Sydney Festival – January This major arts festival runs for three weeks and features over 300 performances and 100 events, including music, theatre, dance, visual arts and circus acts. The Sydney Festival has been running since 1977 and today attracts more than 500,000 people each year. In addition to showcasing Australian artists, the festival also features artists from other countries around the world. In fact, over 900 artists get involved, with past big names that include the Netherlands Dance Theatre, theatre artist Robert Lepage, the National Theatre of Scotland and Al Green. Sydney Royal Easter Show – April This agricultural festival is held at Sydney Olympic Park every year around Easter. Still, it is more than just an agricultural festival, as it also features an amusement park, fair and numerous competition. Close to 800,000 people come to the show each year to enjoy the animals, the delicious food, the world bazaar and the rides. There is also nightly entertainment like a rodeo, a stunt driving show and an incredible fireworks display. Vivid Sydney – May/June If you are visiting in May, Vivid Sydney is a must. This outdoor light festival features phenomenal light installations and projections throughout the city, though the most admired pieces are those around the CBD, on the Opera House and on the Harbour Bridge. Anyone in the city during Vivid Sydney is completely mesmerised watching the city completely illuminated every night during this 3-week event. The lighting festival also has live performances from local and international musicians. Past acts include jazz bassist Richard Bona, hip-hop act the Funkoars, metal group Deafheaven and the legendary English band New Order. New Year's Eve – December This is the largest NYE celebration in the entire country! The evening starts at 9pm with a family show that includes fireworks, ending with a massive fireworks display at midnight that lights up the entire harbour. In between is the outstanding Harbour of Light Parade that makes a 15-kilometre circuit around Sydney Harbour. There are over 50 spectacular vessels that march in the parade that is illuminated with emblems of that year’s theme. Make sure to arrive early to get a spot, or else you will have to enjoy the show from one of the hotels or bars in the Harbour or on a boat cruise, which is actually quite incredible.
National Parks to Visit
The Royal National Park is easily accessible with your RV rental in Sydney, as it is just 35 kilometres away and has well-developed roads within it. It is the world’s second oldest national park and is a protected area, as well as being listed as an Australian National Heritage site. The park has a wide variety of terrain, including coastal heathland, littoral rainforest, steep river valleys, mangrove woodlands and rock pools. A few main highlights of the park include the popular Lady Carrington Drive walking trail, Wattamolla lagoon, the Burning Palms and the Aboriginal rock art at Jibbon Point. There are six campgrounds within the park, though only the Bonnie Vale campground accommodates motorhomes and caravans. As a result, it is quite popular, so a reservation should be made well in advance. The Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a protected area to the north of Sydney that is also extremely popular amongst visitors. The park is known for its spectacular scenery and its incredible aboriginal rock engravings. There are numerous walking trails throughout the park, as this is the only way to see most of its attractions. This also means that you must park your Sydney motorhome hire and explore on foot. Must see landmarks in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park include the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Sphinx Memorial and the West Head Lookout. There is one camping ground within the park, but it is not accessible by vehicle, but there are a couple of holiday parks nearby where you can stay the night.
Things to Do
Sydney Opera House – This is one of the most world-renowned landmarks in all of Sydney thanks to its unusual, yet stunning architecture. The building sits right on the Sydney Harbour and numerous lookouts, restaurants and hotels rave about their fabulous view of this iconic building. Whether you are into opera or not, no visit to Sydney is complete without having a look at this magnificent structure. You can admire it from afar, or get up close and go for a walk around it. It is even possible to enter the lobby to have a look inside or go on a 1-hour guided tour of the sail-shaped structure.
Sydney Tower – Towering over the city, this is Sydney’s tallest structure. At 305 metres high, it also happens to be the tallest structure in all of Australia! Four sections of this iconic structure are open to the public, two of which are occupied by restaurants and one houses the highest event space in the Southern Hemisphere. The fourth section is its observation deck; the Sydney Tower Eye, that is 250 metres high and boasts phenomenal views of the city. For something totally thrilling try Skywalk, which is an open-air glass-floored platform that is 288 metres high and encircles the entire tower.
Art Gallery of New South Wales – This is possibly the best and largest art gallery in Australia and a must for all art lovers. The gallery has an extensive collection of Australian art, as well as a large collection of British Victorian art. It also displays works by French, Italian and Dutch painters from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, including Vincent Van Gogh, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. In addition, there is also a fabulous international contemporary collection, art from the Pacific region and Asian art on display.
Australian Museum – The oldest museum in the country is known for its magnificent natural history and anthropology collections. It has been open since 1827 and since then hordes of visitors have entered its doors to see its collection of ecology, mineralogy, vertebrate, marine invertebrate and frozen tissue specimens. There is also an incredible collection of aboriginal artefacts and Balinese art, as well as cultural objects from numerous indigenous peoples throughout the world. The beautiful heritage building it sits in is just as fascinating as the museum’s collection, as it was built in a variety of architectural styles.
Taronga Zoo – Over 4,000 animals from over 350 species live in Taronga Zoo, which is located in the suburb of Mosman. The 28-hectare zoo is split into eight zoogeographic regions, as well as having an information centre, a café and a shop. Its Chimpanzee community is one of its most popular exhibits, which is home to 19 chimpanzees of various ages and sexes. The zoo is also home to the endangered Asain elephant, Western Lowland Gorillas, Slender-tailed Meerkats, Koalas and Ring-tailed Lemur. You can also get up close and personal with guinea pigs and rabbits, feed a farm animal, have an encounter with a giraffe or walk through their Amazonian jungle to watch the monkeys play.
Sydney Harbour Bridge – Known as the "Coat Hanger", this is another one of the city’s key landmarks and can be seen from parts of the City Centre and The Rocks. It is not a particularly long bridge, but it is renowned for its incredible engineering and for its placement right in the heart of the city. There are many ways that you can experience the bridge, including walking, jogging or cycling across it, or having a picnic under it. There are also a few things to do that will really get your adrenaline pumping, like climbing up the Bridge Pylon or climbing to the top of the bridge’s arch.
Other Accommodation Options
Most visitors that rent a campervan in Sydney opt to stay in the city either before they whisk off or once they return from their adventurous road trip. This, of course, means organizing accommodations, which is something that you should have no trouble doing. In fact, there are hundreds of options spread across the entire city, with everything from backpacker cheap to extraordinary break the bank being available. No matter what your budget is, you will find a cosy place to stay in the City Centre, though the largest selection of budget accommodations are in the area around the Central Station and Haymarket. The Rocks is a great area to consider if money is no object, with some hotels being set within a magnificent historic building. Park Hyatt Sydney Arguably the most superb hotel in all of Sydney, this award-winning hotel lives up to its name with its tranquil spa, extremely well-appointed rooms and private butler service. It is a stylish hotel that sits along the harbour in the Rocks neighbourhood, with every last detail meticulously thought out to ensure the utmost of comfort and service. The Darling This award-winning is in the Pyrmont neighbourhood within The Star complex. It is an ultra-modern hotel with rooms and suites that boast fantastic views of the harbour. Everything is chic, colourful and eclectic, including the spa and ensemble of restaurants. But the best part is that you can go shopping, watch a show or try your luck at a casino without even stepping a foot outside. Meriton Suites Zetland This is a great choice if you don’t want to break the bank, and is particularly good for families. All suites feature a kitchen or kitchenette so that you can prepare some of your own meals. Choose between a studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom suite, all of which are extremely modern and spacious. The hotel is located in the inner-city suburb of Zetland, right next to the East Village Shopping Centre.
Caravan Parks and Campgrounds
It doesn’t matter whether you are touring around in a motorhome or dragging your caravan hire in Sydney behind you, there are a plethora of campgrounds around to suit whatever your needs may be. If you want to park your campervan near Central Sydney or in Greater Sydney, there are plenty of options. If you want to have easy access to Sydney, Ingenia Holidays Avina is just a 50-minute drive from the city centre in the town of Vineyard amongst rolling hills and stunning scenery. The campground not only has powered sites but also villas and cabins. Plus, there is a swimming pool, a playground, tennis courts and a barbeque area. If you would rather stay in Greater Sydney so you are closer to the hustle and bustle, Pebbly Beach campground is a great choice. The best part about this campground is that it sits right on its own private beach! It does not have a lot of facilities, with its location being the best thing about it. Unfortunately, larger motorhomes are prohibited, but the Lane Cove River Tourist Park - caravan park is a great alternative, though it is a bit further away from the city centre. This park boasts a serene setting and is well-equipped with facilities, including a swimming pool, a communal kitchen, barbeque facilities and a playground. There are even more campgrounds and RV parks as you get further away from the city in your Sydney motorhome hire. If you are driving north to enjoy New South Wales’ beautiful coastline, Canton Beach Holiday Park is one of the best places to spend a few nights and relax on the edge of the tranquil Tuggerah Lake. There are both powered and unpowered sites, both of which are just $26 a night. Plus, you get the added bonus of a playground, a communal kitchen, Wi-Fi access and a shop. Or stay at the Budgewoi Holiday Park, where your hosts Melissa and Phil Pattison will make you and your pet feel right at home. The holiday park has both sites and cabins, which are great if you want to splurge for a night or two. Or you can relax in your RV hire and enjoy using the park’s bathroom facilities, communal kitchen, barbeques, wireless internet and playground. Surf Beach Holiday Park on the Kiama Coast is just steps away from Kiama’s main beach, where you can go swimming or surfing, or just relax and enjoy the sun. If you would rather not swim in the sea, the holiday park has a swimming pool, in addition to having a playground, a games room and a large kitchen. For travellers going west into the mountains for a weekend of magnificent scenery and fantastic recreational activities, Burralow Creek campground is the only campground in the Blue Mountains National Park that has electric sites for your motorhome rental. It also has picnic tables, barbeque facilities and flush toilets. The best part is that it is completely free, as are all of the other camping grounds within the national park. If you are exploring the Snowy Mountains, Humes Crossing campground is an ideal place to stay, and the best part about it is that it is close to the Blowering Cliffs walking track and just a short drive away from the Yarrangobilly Caves. This fantastic campground has barbeque facilities, picnic tables and a boat ramp that gives you access to the Blowering Dam. If you are travelling into the Outback to see what it was like to be Mad Max, Lakeview Caravan Park Broken Hill is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the silence of your surroundings. The park is just 3 kilometres from the mining town of Broken Hill, and its art galleries and houses made from corrugated iron. Still, many don’t even leave the campervan park, but instead choose to relax in its solar heating pool.
If you have always dreamed of exploring the south-eastern part of Australia, then Sydney it the best destination to start any ultimate road trip. Not only is it a great city, but it also has a good selection of RV hire in Sydney.
Best Time of Year for Motorhome Holidays
Sydney enjoys a wonderful climate all year, which means no matter when you visit you will experience great weather. This also means that there is no bad time to rent a campervan in Sydney, as any month is as good as the next. Still, it can get quite hot in the summer (December – March), though this is also the wettest time of the year. If you don’t like the heat so much, it is better to go on your road trip in the winter (June – August).
- If you are holidaying between December and March you should consider hiring a campervan with air-conditioning or, at the very least, one equipped with a ceiling fan.
- In the winter months it can get a bit chilly in the evenings, so a motorhome with a hot water shower is a great thing to consider. As is one with an electric heater.
- If you plan on exploring the mountains or heading further west into the Outback, it is best to get a Sydney motorhome hire with 4WD so that you can really have an adventure and go off-road.
Sydney: The Ultimate Guide to Motorhome Road Trips
Driving Tips for Your Sydney Road Trip
- Driving in Sydney, as well as the rest of Australia, is done on the left.
- Be sure not to drive more than 100 km/h outside of urban areas.
- If driving through the Outback, be sure to plan ahead to make sure that you don’t run out of petrol or supplies.
- Mobile phone coverage in remote areas will be non-existent, so consider getting a satellite phone.
- If your licence is not in English, you will need to get an International Driving Permit in your home country.
- Australia’s blood alcohol limit is 0.05% and random breath tests are often done.
- Be careful of animals on the road, particularly in remote areas. The same is true for dead animals. Try not to break or swerve too quickly.
- If your campervan breaks down don’t leave it unattended, especially in remote areas. In fact, it can act as a shelter from the heat.
Things to Do on Your Road Trip
Go wine tasting in Hunter Valley
This world-renown wine region extends from around 120 kilometres to 310 kilometres north of Sydney. As a result, it is a major tourist destination, with over 4.5 million people exploring the region each year. The wineries have a lot to do with this, as there are 50 different vineyards that are particularly known for their fantastic Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. The Pokolbin sub-region is the centre of the Hunter Valley wine region, which happens to be the oldest in the country. The biggest name in this area is Lindeman's, with its Bin 65 chardonnay been one of the country’s best sellers. The Broke Fordwich area is dedicated particularly to Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz, with Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard being one of the top producers.
Ski in the Snowy Mountains
The highest region in Australia is notable for its fantastic skiing. Perisher is the largest and most popular ski resort in the mountain region, which is fully accessible by campervan rental in Sydney. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels will enjoy the extensive terrain and trails within this ski resort. Another option is Thredbo that lies within the Kosciuszko National Park. The resort sits 1,380 metres above sea level and is home to Australia’s highest lift.
Go diving in the Solitary Islands
This marine park sits off of the coast of Coffs Harbour, covering an area of around 72,000 hectares. The Solitary Islands Marine Park is home to quite a diverse range of marine life, being home to over 850 species of fish, 700 species of molluscs and the most extensive coral community in the southern half of Australia. Book a diving trip around the islands to ogle the magnificent marine life.
See whales in Jervis Bay
This large bay sits 120 kilometres south of Sydney along the coast and is famous for its whale sightings. Humpbacks are seen most in Jervis Bay, though orcas, killer whales and blue whales have also been spotted. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the endangered Southern right whale. As well, around 60 Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins live in the bay and can often be seen right from the shore. Still, most tourists opt to go on a commercial boat tour to spot these amazing creatures.
Bushwalk in Katoomba
Katoomba is the largest town in Blue Mountains region and is a well-known spot for bushwalking. Its surrounding Jamison Valley offers some spectacular scenery, and along the way, you will see some incredible rock carvings, the Ruined Castle and the Katoomba Falls. The town is also the home to The Giant Stairway, which is the access point for many bushwalks in the valley.
Cycle around Wollongong
This coastal city lies south of Sydney and is home to numerous cycling trails. See some beautiful coastal scenery by cycling from Wollongong north towards Bulli or south to Port Kembla. You can cycle for a few hours, or even over a number of days, enjoying the magnificent scenery along the way. Hire a campervan with a bicycle rack to make cycling around this area that much easier.
Dip in the ocean baths in Newmarket
This is a must in the warmer months, with Newmarket being home to three separate ocean baths. The historic Newcastle Ocean Baths are the oldest, being open since 1922. Merewether Ocean Baths are the largest ocean bath complex not only in the city but also the entire southern hemisphere. Still, The Bogey Hole is the most beautiful and tranquil, as it was carved out of the rocks at the bottom of King Edward Park.
It is possible to drive to some extremely remote areas of Australia with your RV rental or to stay on the beaten path to see some of the New South Wales’ most famous destinations. The various geography seems endless, ensuring that you will definitely be on a road trip that you will never forget.
Sydney to Alice Springs
This is a long 30-hour journey, but it is a popular route and one that will allow you to see a diverse collection of Australia’s magnificent terrain. There are two ways to get here, with numerous places to stop along the way. It’s best to take one route there and the other back, to see as much as you possibly can all in one adventure. On the way there, drive along the M1 out of the city, rearing left onto the M5 once you reach the airport. Continue along the M5 and keep going onto the South Western Freeway/M31, which will take you on a picturesque drive through Upper Nepean. Just after the town of Mount Adrah, you will get onto the Stuart Highway/A20 towards Wagga Wagga. Continue west along the Stuart Highway (A20) through the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park and into South Australia. Once this happens, go right onto the Goyder Highway/B64 past the picturesque heritage town of Morgan and continue to Crystal Brook. The highway passes through the town before reaching National Highway A1. Turn right and take the highway on a scenic drive along the Spencer Gulf where you can see some magnificent wildlife. At Port Augusta, you want to stay right, as National Highway 1 becomes National Highway A87. This will then take you north through some magnificent desert scenery to Alice Springs. On the way back, after Port Augusta turn left onto Horrocks Pass Road/B56 and then turn left onto Barrier HIighway/A32. When you come close to Dubbo, turn left onto Bunglegumbie Road and continue until it turns into Golden Hwy/B84. Turn right onto Muronbung Road and take it until you reach Guntawang Road, where you will go right and carry on until you reach Highway B55. This merges with the Great Western Highway/A32 that will take you to the Blue Mountains National Park. It is a magnificently scenic drive through the mountains to the M4, which leads back to Sydney. There are some amazing things to see both on the way to and from Alice Springs, as well as numerous places that accommodate campervans where you can stay for the night.
Sydney to Newcastle Loop
It only takes just over two hours to drive north up the coast from Sydney to Newcastle, but this can last heaps longer by making a few stops along the way. Plus, on the way, back instead of driving south along the coast the way that you came, make a loop and go through the mountainous national parks. This road trip starts by taking the M1 north out of Sydney and continuing onto the M2. Then turn right onto the Pacific Highway/A1. At Wahroonga, get onto the Pacific Motorway/M1, which will then lead you on a phenomenal drive through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Muogamarra and the Brisbane Water National Park. Make a stop at any or all of these parks to breathe in the fresh air and take in the spectacular scenery before taking Highway A49 along the Central Coast on a mesmerising drive past Tuggerah Lake, Budgewoi Lake and Lake Munmorah, where it will then meet Highway A43. This then continues north through the Wallarah National Park, along the edge of Lake Macquarie and to the city of Newcastle. When you are ready to head back, drive along Parry Street/A15 and then continue on Newcastle Link Road/M15, following the signs to Sydney. Once you get to the town of Belford, the highway will turn into New England Highway/A15 and will shortly after meeting the Golden Highway/Mitchell Line of Road/B84. Go left and continue onto Putty Road on a fantastic journey through the Yengo National Park and the Wollemi National Park, following the signs once you leave the mountains to Bridge Street/A2. When you get to the M7, merge left via the ramp to the M2 and continue on the M2 Motorway back to Sydney.
Once you have finished enjoying all that the city has to offer it is time to jump in your campervan rental in Sydney to start a true adventure. New South Wales has over 800,000 square kilometres of diverse terrain, stretching from the stunning coastal beaches to the magnificent Great Dividing Range and beyond. You can sip on wine, hike through the mountains, relax on a beach or experience the true Australian Outback, and all of this can be done with a Sydney motorhome hire. Head north and tour around the Hunter Valley wine region and to the fantastic beaches along the Central Coast, or drive south through small coastal communities to the unspoilt South Coast. If mountains are what you fancy, the Blue Mountains National Park is a fantastic place to start or go further afar to Snowy Mountains. Take your caravan adventure even further, driving west to the arid Outback to see small mining towns and visit the Mungo National Park. Or carry on driving as far as Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Head southwest to the agricultural region of Riverina and keep on going until you reach Melbourne. Regardless of where you go, there are roads leading you there. Some are excellently paved highways, while others are smaller routes. It is even possible to rent a motorhome in Sydney to explore off-road. There is a story waiting to be told as your eyes and mind take in all of the magnificent scenery that this part of Australia has to offer.
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