Transtasman bubble: Plan ahead for a road trip through New South Wales

Oliver Pelling finds five unmissable road trips to take in New South Wales once the borders reopen

Sydney might be the shiniest jewel in New South Wales’ crown, but beyond the glitz and clamour of Australia’s superstar city you’ll find near endless kilometres of bitumen; most of it flanked by world-beating natural stuff, every inch of it screaming to be explored by four (or two) wheels.

And, as soon as the transtasman bubble is up and running, explore you should. With a havoc-wreaking 2019/20 bushfire season and the worst — touch wood — of a pandemic behind it, visiting rural New South Wales when we’re able to safely means supporting local communities, businesses, families and individuals on the road to recovery.

From east to west (or right to left, if you like), the state transforms from sepia-soaked coastal haven into hinterland utopia into snowy mountains into untrammelled Australian outback; four distinct personalities of a state that’s teeming with fresh local produce, Indigenous history, natural splendour and some of the chummiest locals you could ever hope to meet.

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