Planning a self-drive road trip so you don’t waste the next long weekend. Get ready for some inspiration! Here are five routes that will help you explore the best of NSW while saving on car fuel, accommodation, car rental and more with NRMA Blue

The day trip: Grand Pacific Drive

If it’s breathtaking coastal views and Instagram-worthy shots you’re after, then look no further than the Grand Pacific Drive. Arguably one of the most scenic drives in Australia, the 140km drive begins at the heritage-listed Royal National Park and ends in Shoalhaven, passing through numerous seaside villages and sandy beaches along the way. Highlights include driving over on iconic Sea Cliff Bridge which hugs the coastline over the Tasman Sea, before taking you further down south to view the world’s biggest Blowhole in Kiama.

The overnight trip: Waterfall Way

Traversing five national parks, including the New England and Dorrigo, enchanting rainforest, open woodland and sprawling farmland, the 185km Waterfall Way route from Coffs Harbour to Armidale has no shortage of spectacular sights. But the real stars of this roadie are the cascading waterfalls to be discovered along the route, including the 220m Wollomombi Falls and the dramatic Dangar Falls which can be viewed from the lookout platforms at Ebor Falls.  Where to stay: NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort spanning over 110 acres of coastal forest, the eco-friendly holiday park is a nature lover’s paradise.

The long weekend: Kosciuszko Alpine Way

Minimal traffic and well-maintained roads ensure that it’s always a perfect time to take a drive through the Alpine Way, where 121km of winding mountain road unravels dramatic vistas, enchanting mountain forests and prominent peaks of the Snowy Mountains. Starting at Kosciuszko National Park, the Alpine Way is truly Australia at its untouched best. Where to stay: Located on the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne, NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park offers charming views of the Snowy Mountains, and is just a short 30 minutes from both Perisher and Thredbo.

Plan your trip with the my nrma app and save on:

  • Fuel: Up to 5cpl at participating Caltex service stations across Australia;
  • Accommodation: Save 10% at NRMA Holiday Parks and Resorts, Travelodge Hotels and TFE Hotels; and,
  • Thrifty car rental and more

with the NRMA Blue Benefits program.