ATE11 MEDIA INFORMATION
Enjoyable journeys throughout New South
Road and train journeys let travellers explore the wonders of New South Wales at their own pace.
Driving routes link cities, national parks, beautiful beaches, historic country towns, inspirational
wilderness areas and some of Australia’s best wineries.
CountryLink, part of the government-owned Rail Corporation New South Wales, operates CityRail in the
greater Sydney region as well as XPT and Xplorer trains, providing travel in air-conditioned comfort. Trains
connect with the largest network of coaches in Australia to serve almost every corner of NSW and beyond.
Great Southern Rail’s Indian Pacific, travelling the 4352 km that separates the Indian and Pacific oceans on
Australia’s west and east coasts, is one of the world’s great train journeys. The Indian Pacific has operated
for the past 40 years. One of its most popular stops is Broken Hill, gateway to the NSW Outback.
The going is easy and roads are of a high standard, with surprises lie around every corner in New South
Wales: a golf course frequented by koalas; an old-fashioned milk bar where you step back into the 1950s;
laid-back holiday parks where kangaroos hop up and look you in the eye. Between beaches and hearty
regional dining, visitors will find delightful, out-of-the-way attractions and cosy lodgings.
The Greater Blue Mountains Drive
Some remarkable journeys can be conducted virtually on Sydney’s doorstep. The Blue Mountains is about
an hour’s drive to the city’s west.. The Greater Blue Mountains Drive combines exhilarating driving with
tempting places to stop – plus 18 discovery trails branching off the main route, each taking you on a
different adventure. One option leads to Jenolan Caves, Australia’s most spectacular limestone cave system.
The road passes through the aptly named Grand Arch, a vast natural landform 24 metres high, 55 metres
wide and 127 metres long. Escaped convict and bushranger James McKeown was the first European to
discover these awesome caves. He was later recaptured and, on his release many years later, returned to
his cave haunts – only to find they had become a tourist attraction. Or so the legend goes.
Great drives north and south
Two of Australia’s top drives head out of Sydney – south along the Sydney-Melbourne Touring Route and
north along the Legendary Pacific Coast.
Head south from Sydney along The Grand Pacific Drive (the start of the Sydney-Melbourne Touring Route)
and you will cross the sleek and sinuous Sea Cliff Bridge. Continue along and you’ll pass little villages and
beaches including Kiama with its famous blowhole and the historic town of Berry, before arriving at Jervis
Bay. Further down the coast visit the coastal town of Narooma, gateway to Montague Island and Eden, to
catch a glimpse of migrating southern right and humpback whales.
Pelicans, dolphins and rainforest
Head north from Sydney on the Legendary Pacific Coast and discover the inlets, pristine beaches, lakes and
lush hinterland that characterise the Central Coast, extending towards Newcastle from Broken Bay.
Attractions include guided tours of a hydroponic rose farm, bush tucker trails in a wildlife sanctuary, guided
horse rides through the stunning hinterland – and pelicans. Pelican feeding in Memorial Park at The
Entrance takes place at 3.30pm every day.
Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, set between a working harbour and beautiful beaches. It offers
about 30 art galleries in and around the city and its emerging food scene is evident in many tempting
restaurants, bars and outdoor cafés. A short drive north and you reach Port Stephens, unofficial Dolphin
Capital of Australia. Port Stephens boasts 26 golden beaches, picturesque inlets and extensive Nelson Bay,
home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins. Several tour operators offer dolphin-watch trips.
Further north again and you’ll reach the Tweed Valley, rich in biodiversity. The Gondwana Rainforests of
Australia, formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia (CERRA), comprise eight
distinct groups of parks and reserves between Newcastle and Brisbane. They offer striking mountain views
and contain outstanding geological features around shield volcanic craters, and a high number of rare and
threatened rainforest species. Of international significance for science and conservation, these rainforests
have been inscribed by the United Nations as a World Heritage site.
Rainforest Way, a series of short loop drives heading into World Heritage-listed forest, is easy to explore. The
town of Murwillumbah, overlooked by dramatic Mt Warning, is surrounded by no fewer than five World
Heritage national parks.
Local place names conjure excitement: Mount Warning, Nightcap National Park, Mount Jerusalem, The
Pinnacle, Doon Doon. Minyon Falls plunges over 100 metres from Nightcap to the valley floor. Nearby is laid-
back Nimbin, said to be the resting-place of Warrajum, the Rainbow Serpent. Its better known for the
alternative lifestyles pioneered by hippies in the 1970s and now celebrated in the Aquarius Festival.
Mountain magic beckons
The Kosciuszko Alpine Way is a stunning route. Just 175km in length, it offers dramatic scenery at every
turn. Most of this drive is through Kosciuszko National Park, recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
There are nine wilderness areas in the park and some plant species that are found nowhere else in the
world. Whichever end you start from, Jindabyne or Khancoban, you’re likely to be within sight of Mt
Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest peak. Apart from the scenic beauty, hidden gems include the Wildbrumby
Schnapps Distillery. Flavours include butterscotch, peach nectar, peppermint native, Pink Lady apple, sour
apple, sour cherry – and the unforgettable devil’s tongue. That last one contains chillies and goes superbly
with South Coast oysters.
Journeys extend into the evocative Outback. The Kamilaroi Highway, the most direct route from the Great
Divide to the Great Outback, runs from Willow Tree, just south of Tamworth, to the back of Bourke. Spend as
long as you want travelling to Bourke and treat yourself on arrival to a slap-up lunch at the Back o’ Bourke
Café. There’s plenty to see along the way.
To experience the vast landscapes of true Outback NSW, follow the Darling River Run. Best travelled in a
four-wheel-drive vehicle, the Darling River Run heads between Brewarrina in the north and Wentworth in the
south, taking in Broken Hill, Lake Mungo, Kinchega and Mount Gundabooka national parks – plus classic
outback towns like Wilcannia, Menindee, Pooncarrie, Tilpa and Louth. The route follows the Darling River
before it joins the Murray at Wentworth.
Sydney’s coastline is one of the world’s most beautiful and environmentally diverse attractions. If you have
time to pause and explore, you can make memorable journeys on foot.
Sydney’s Great Coastal Walk – Barrenjoey to Royal National Park, is a magnificent seven-day adventure that
can be subdivided into distances and times to suit individual walkers. You can walk it in either direction,
south from Palm Beach or north from Cronulla. Sydney’s Northern Beaches Walk – Barrenjoey to North Head
takes four days and Sydney’s Southern Coastal Walk three days. Those two walks combine to form Sydney’s
Great Coastal Walk, covering a walking distance of approximately 100km.
Or you can select one of the many day walks around Sydney Harbour such as the Spit to Manly or Bondi to
Journeys by water
Journeys can also involve water – freshwater, seawater or even underwater. Visitors to Sydney can cruise
Sydney Harbour on the Manly ferry or choose a stylish sunset dinner cruise with an operator like Captain
Cook Cruises. They can zip over to Watsons Bay on a water-taxi for a seafood lunch, hire a skippered or
bareboat yacht – or skim across the waterscape in the classic Italian wooden speedboat La Dolce Vita, a
familiar sight on the harbour. Other Sydney Harbour options include a showboat and an authentic Aboriginal
cruise with the Tribal Warrior Association.
On the Hawkesbury river system in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park north of Sydney, there’s no need to own
a boat – you just hire one. Living out Huckleberry Finn fantasies on a houseboat is a pleasant option for
families or groups.
You can also hire boats at Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast, to fish, sightsee or just relax on the
tranquil Clyde River. Farther south, take to the mighty Murray River aboard a paddlesteamer or hire a
houseboat in Moama.
Dolphin and whale-watching cruises are big in New South Wales. Moonshadow Cruises, a family-owned and
operated business based in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, has offered them since 1981. Port Stephens is the
unofficial dolphin capital of NSW but dolphins are also plentiful in Jervis Bay, which offers dolphin and whale
cruises as well.
Other watery options include cruising the Menindee Lakes, an unsung outback paradise for birdlife.
Menindee Lakes are full at the moment – and they hold 3.5 times the volume of Sydney Harbour and cover
eight times its area.
Kayak enthusiasts can try group sea kayaking around the Admiralty Group of islands off Lord Howe Island, a
new activity in which participants kayak to Roach Island, the largest islet in the Admiralty group. This seabird
haven is located a few kilometres to the north of Lord Howe Island. Another Lord Howe option is a Coral
Viewing and Snorkelling Tour, discovering a new world from glass-bottom boats.
Finally, you can even make a journey underwater, with Snorkel Scooters Safaris around Sydney’s Bare Island
or the Royal National Park. This innovation involves scooting above Sydney’s diverse underwater world, just
like taking a joyflight. All equipment is provided and a local guide with expert knowledge of Sydney’s
underwater environment accompanies tours.
For more information go to sydney.com
For images go to images.tourism.nsw.gov.au
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Kristen Angus (Eastern Hemisphere)
Destination Publicity Specialist
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Elissa Tyrrell (Western Hemisphere)
Senior Destination Publicist
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Who’s at ATE11
Tourism New South Wales: ATE11 booth 237 (Eastern and Western). www.visitnsw.com or
Blue Mountains Lithgow Oberon Tourism. ATE11 booth 221 (Eastern & Western).
BridgeClimb. ATE11 booth 244 (Eastern & Western)
Broken Hill Tourism. ATE11 booth 201A (Western). www.visitbrokenhill.com.au
Captain Cook Cruises. ATE11 booth 249 (Western & Eastern)
Central Coast Tourism. ATE11 booth 260 (Eastern & Western). www.visitcentralcoast.com.au
Dolphin Watch Cruises. ATE11 booth 210 (Eastern). www.dolphinwatch.com.au
Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond. ATE11 booth 214 (Eastern & Western).
Harbour Days Sailing Experiences. ATE11 booth 205A (Eastern & Western)
Lets Go Surfing. ATE11 booth 222 (Eastern & Western). www.letsgosurfing.com.au
Lord Howe Island Tourist Association. ATE11 booth 210B (Western). www.lordhoweisland.info
Moonshadow Charters. ATE11 booth 263 (Eastern & Western). www.moonshadow.com.au
Mungo Lodge. ATE11 booth 200B (Western)
Northern Rivers Tourism. ATE11 booth 192 (Western). www.northernriverstourism.com.au
Oz Jet Boating. ATE11 booth 224 (Eastern & Western)
Port Stephens Tourism. ATE11 booth 262 (Eastern & Western). www.portstephens.org.au
Sailing Sydney. ATE11 booth 233 (Western)
Sea Sydney Cruises. ATE11 booth 197B (Western)
Sutherland Shire Tourism. ATE11 booth 213 (Eastern & Western). www.ssc.nsw.gov.au
Sydney by Air. ATE11 booth 228 (Western)
Sydney Harbour Sailing. ATE11 booth 197A (Western)
Sydney Harbour Tall Ships. ATE11 booth 264B (Western)
Sydney – Melbourne Touring. ATE11 booth 226 (Eastern & Western)
Sydney Showboats & Majestic Cruises. ATE11 booth 259 (Eastern)
The Legendary Pacific Coast. ATE11 booth 194 (Western)
Tribal Warrior Association. ATE11 booth 199B (Western). www.tribalwarrior.org
Tobruk Sheep Station. ATE11 booth 258 (Eastern & Western)
Tourism Snowy Mountains ATE11 booth 202