DISCOVER Sydney & Surrounds, including Jervis Bay, Barrington Tops, Hunter Valley and the Alps


At a Glance

A road trip with family and friends is the perfect way to experience the wonder of Sydney's hinterland, from the beautiful beaches and spectacular national parks to historic towns, delicious wine regions and dazzling snowfields.  Take a trip to Mudgee with its fine restaurants, farm fresh produce and elegant wineries. Immerse yourself with a local Indigenous guide into the natural beauty of the Wollemi National Park. Visit the breath-taking Snowy Mountains and learn how European stockmen and farmers who called the stunning countryside home during the 1800s were immortalised in one of Australia’s favourite poems – The Man from Snowy River. Discover the ancient world heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest region of Barrington Tops and its quaint country towns, meandering rivers, fresh mountain air and farm gates; or take a trip to explore the unspoilt South Coast with its spectacular coastlines, magnificent wilderness, top food and wine experiences and gorgeous seaside and hinterland towns.  



A trip from Sydney can be combined with travel to:

  • ● Blue Mountains
  • ● Jervis Bay
  • ● Mudgee Wine Region
  • ● Hunter Valley
  • ● Snowy Mountains

When to visit

Sydney is a year-round travel destination. Bushwalking is pleasant during the winter when rainfall is least and there can be many warm days of blue sky. The south coast is less affected by Antarctic blows than the rest of Australia, as it's shielded by the continent. Spring and autumn are popular as weather warms up and there are many uncrowded areas to visit, both on the coast and in the hinterland.     


Sydney climate is relatively dry and cool in the winter (Jun - Aug) and warmer and wet in the summer. The coastal areas to the south are protected from predominant weather systems in winter but east coast low pressures in the summer can bring heavy rains and wind. These storms usually don't last long. Climate on the escarpment areas such as the Blue Mountains and Barrington Tops is several degrees cooler and in winter, it often snows. 

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