Sea Cliff Bridge (Credit taffynorm Flickr)

Sea Cliff Bridge (Credit taffynorm Flickr)

A truly awesome adventure is the drive along NSW’s South Coast through Royal National Park south of Sydney and along the eastern coastline. This highway was chronically washed out during storms until they built the Sea Cliff Bridge, virtually suspending the highway on pylons high above the waves. This is one of the most spectacular coastlines in NSW driving through quaint villages high on the bluffs above the ocean and on through the coastal towns of Wollongong, Shell Harbour, Kiamma and Shoalhaven. These are tourist destinations so plan to overnight in a park. There is so much to see and do in this area you may want to stay over two nights

From Shoalhaven take a turn inland to Moss Vale over rolling grazing uplands sculptured into a great imitation of English countryside. Bundanoon would be good spot to camp overnight.

The Big Merino Sheep in Goulburn (Credit MD111 Flickr)

The Big Merino Sheep in Goulburn (Credit MD111 Flickr)

Then head south to the Cathedral city of Goulburn. This was a substantial town settled very early by graziers and still reflects much of the flavour of one of the earliest pastoral settlements. There is much to explore around Goulburn and in season, the farmers markets are good sources of fruit and vegetables and some of the most amazing craftware.

Parliament House Canberra (Credit Brendan Ashton)

Parliament House Canberra (Credit Brendan Ashton)

From Goulburn you can elect to head south to Canberra, the nations Capital Territory and enjoy this uniquely planned modern city, rich in museums and Capital Hill. Also enjoy the good restaurants and cultural attractions. Canberra certainly warrants a day or two of touring. If you elect to include Canberra, you might choose to go back to the coast through Budawant National Park to Bateman’s Bay, and back up the coast through Ulladulla, Yatte Yattah, and Nowra and back to Gosford via Sydney.

Alternatively, you could choose to go north from Goulburn through the historic town or Taralga, and Oberon skirting the western side of the Blue mountains. A stop at the world famous Janolan Caves would certainly be in order. There are good free camping opportunities nearby.

The historic mining town of Lithgow is worth a bit of exploration, before heading east via the Bell Line road through apple orchards and some quality fruit stands. Then on through Richmond and Windsor and north to Wiesman’s ferry. This quaint village is a good place explore and you can free camp just across the Hawksbury river via the ferry.

A leisurly drive along the Hawksbury river, the last day, then up through working properties and orange plantations to Mangrove mountain. Watch for fruit stands along the way. The bargains are good but the fruit is amazing….Mangrove to Gosford through Sommersby and your home!