Summer might be over, and whilst many Aussies will need to bid adieu to daylight savings and extended days at the beach, Autumn certainly has its benefits. In New South Wales you’ll find golden foliage, wonderfully cooler days, and plenty of delicious country fare. So give one of these autumn road trips in NSW a try.
Whether you’re in need of a day trip, a weekend away, or a week-long break, here are five family-friendly NSW destinations that you need to road trip to this Autumn as recommended by Thomas Mooney, Managing Director – Pacific, Avis Budget Group.
“As we’re heading into the cooler seasons, we strongly encourage NSW residents to support their local, regional towns on their road trip getaway. Buy local produce, visit the town’s eateries and make sure you let your friends and family know of the great time you’re having,” says Mooney.
1. Blue Mountains (approximately 1 hour from Sydney)
The Blue Mountains are an iconic NSW destination, and between the Three Sisters, Scenic World, and Katoomba Falls, there’s no shortage of things to see and do during autumn. Get your hiking shoes on and make the trek down to Wentworth Falls, or if you’re feeling daring, the Grand Canyon Walk is an Instagrammer’s dream – but be warned, you’re in for a 3-4 hour adventure.
Read more: Blue Mountains: the ultimate family guide
2. Southern Highlands (approximately 1.5 hours from Sydney)
The Southern Highlands are a beloved destination, and whilst many visitors flock to well-known towns like Bowral and Berrima, Sutton Forest provides a tranquil and historic escape. Roam the grounds of a grand manor house, sip wines at boutique cellar doors, and take in the sights of the foliage. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the English countryside.
When the kids are ready to burn off some energy, head to Lake Alexandra reserve in Mittagong. Everyone can stretch their legs amongst the autumn leaves.
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“Buy local produce, visit the town’s eateries and make sure you let your friends and family know of the great time you’re having”Thomas Mooney, Managing Director – Pacific, Avis Budget Group.
3. Bathurst (approximately 3 hours from Sydney)
Autumn is truly a magical time in Bathurst. If the kids love chasing those orange and gold leaves, this is the perfect destination. Enjoy the explosion of colours but also take the time to delve into Bathurst’s rich and fascinating past – heritage listed buildings and world class museums and galleries are only a part of the rich history on offer.
4. Orange (approximately 3.5 hours from Sydney)
Did you know a dormant volcano lies half an hour away from Orange? Mount Canobolas provides this little town with soil rich in minerals, making Orange a terrific destination for foodies. Take advantage of the food and wine scene at Orange’s award-winning restaurants, or shop at the Farmers Markets and have your own picnic amongst the stunning landscapes.
Read more: The best wineries in Orange with kids
5. Batlow (approximately 4.5 hours from Sydney)
The Snowy Valleys encompass many towns, and while each town celebrates their own local show, Aussies can’t help but love Batlow and its CiderFest in Autumn! A colourful street party celebrating the end of apple harvest, visitors can treat themselves to boutique ciders, gourmet food and tempting homemade treats. Better yet, this year’s event is set to make its grand return in May.
No car to road trip in? Consider grabbing a ride-share or renting a car so you can hit the road on one of these road trips. If you’re booking a rental car, book early with confidence under Avis Australia’s Risk Free Bookings, which lets change or cancel reservations, without fees, for rentals due to start before 1 July 2021. Risk Free Bookings are available across Avis Australia locations.
Janeece Keller is the founder and editor of Family Travel. She mostly travels with her husband and two young kids. She has a large blended family that lives in Australia and Europe. She has visited 52 countries and lived on 3 continents. From camping to luxury resorts Janeece tries to make sure her family has diverse holiday experiences each year. She is an avid hiker and ocean swimmer who loves good food, margaritas and heading off the beaten path.