Keeping a travel blog puts me in a tricky predicament. You see, I might travel too much. I never seem to find time to write!
Boo-hoo, right? I know… My luxury problem, not yours. So while I am working on an awe-inspiring post about Tasmania, you just sit back and stare at pretty pictures from my recent road trip to New South Wales. Deal?
My New Year’s resolution for 2016?
Dedicate MORE TIME to Culturiously. “Oh, and Marly? You might want to start writing shorter posts too.” 😉
Done and done.
Ever pictured yourself in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, or one of the many historic towns on the South Coast? Let me take you there!
Enjoy the first ever photo report on Culturiously!
Sydney and South Coast NSW in 20 photos
Too much to see and do in New South Wales. Countless beaches for starters!
As much as that is true, the following 20 photos will give you an impression of how much fun can be stowed in a week-long road trip around Sydney and the South Coast.
Striving for a diversified selection, I have included suggestions and recommendations on what to do and where to go for different types of activities and personalities.
Although most famous for its harbour, showcasing the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, there is more to the coastal metropolis of Sydney than just the Circular Quay area.
Are you into architecture, a picnic in the park, historic shopping experiences? Or simply after some tasty food and refreshing drinks in the right atmosphere? No worries. Sydney has got something for everyone.
1. Opera House & Bar, Sydney Harbour
2. St Mary’s Cathedral, Hyde Park
3. Cafés & Restaurants, Darling Harbour
4. Shopping at Queen Victoria Building, Sydney CBD
Manly, New South Wales
Ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Sydney?
Hop onto the ferry to Manly at Circular Quay!
Not only will you be rewarded with stunning views of Sydney Harbour (see featured image), but a world of peace and relaxation is waiting for you on ‘the other side’.
5. Relaxing afternoon on Manly Beach
Blue Mountains National Park
6. Three Sisters at Echo Point, Blue Mountains
7. Wentworth Falls, New South Wales
8. Govetts Leap Lookout, Blackheath, New South Wales
9. Antiques & Collectables at The Victory Theatre
Bondi Beach, Sydney
Got a taste for bronzing? Eager to catch some waves?
Extremely popular among backpackers and other beach-loving tourists, this southeastern suburb is a world apart from Sydney, yet only a 30-minute drive from the city.
10. Spotting surfer dudes and babes at Bondi Beach
Narooma Town, New South Wales
11. Wagonga Head, Narooma
12. Australia Rock, Narooma
13. Sleepy seals sun tanning on the rocks
Bermagui, New South Wales
14. Bermagui Harbour
15. Fish & Chips at Saltwater Restaurant
16. Camel Rock Surf Beach, Bermagui
Tilba Tilba & Central Tilba, New South Wales
Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba are two picturesque period villages in Eurobodalla Shire, with a combined population of less than 400 people, set against the magnificent backdrop of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary) and Najanuga (Little Dromedary).
17. Tilba Tilba walking track up Mt Dromedary
The walking track up Mt Dromedary takes several hours, so only recommended if you have the time, but according to Tilba Online the misty forests and views from the top are well worth the effort.
18. Central Tilba, New South Wales
Besides bakeries, bars, restaurants, and the famous ABC Cheese Factory, Central Tilba offers something of interest for all visitors. From antiques and traditional crafts, to unique modern jewellery, contemporary art, and woodworks.
Tuross Head, New South Wales
Tuross Head is a picturesque coastal village situated on a peninsula between Coila Lake and Tuross Lake.
The only way into town is via Hector Mc William Drive, a road that connects to the Princes Highway (or A1, a major coastal highway that runs from Sydney all the way to Port Augusta, South Australia).
19. Early morning stroll to One Tree Point
Leaving NSW South Coast via Batemans Bay
Batemans Bay is one of the largest towns on the South Coast. Being the closest beach town to Canberra makes it a popular holiday destination for those living in Australia’s Capital Territory. But the nation’s capital residents are not the only ones who have discovered the charm and hospitality of the relatively unspoilt Eurobodalla Coast.
Especially in the high season, Batemans Bay welcomes masses of local, national, and international tourists. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, consider going a little further south to one of the aforementioned coastal towns.
20. Traditional lolly shop in Braidwood, New South Wales
When making your way inland from the South Coast, I recommend a quick stop in Braidwood. Ideally located on King’s Highway between Batemans Bay and Canberra, this service town has various bakeries, bars, and cafés for the hungry and thirsty, as well as cute little boutiques for the curious.
Want to feel young again? Pop into candy shop “The Boiled Lolly“!
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* Note to readers: We spent only a week in Sydney and the South Coast of New South Wales, but we would have loved to spend more time! If you can afford to stay longer in this region, I’d very much recommend to do so. Take your time to inhale the history!