In a sentence: This alluring south coast hamlet is sandwiched between sublime beaches and sprawling national parks, making it ideal for a getaway from the city.
The drive: A pleasant 260km southbound path that never strays too far from the coast. There are various ‘distractions’ along the way, including Nan Tien Buddhist temple at Wollongong, the ferocious blowhole at Kiama and nearby Saddleback Mountain Lookout, and charming Ulladulla.
Top attractions in and around Bawley Point
What’s further afield: Head further south past Murramarang to explore Batemans Bay.
Stay at: BIG4 Racecourse Beach Tourist Park.
In a sentence: A historical and relaxing riverside town on the mid-north coast that’s within easy reach of epic lakes and other waterways.
The drive: A 250km largely straight stretch northwards that invites diversions to popular destinations such as Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, and Port Stephens.
Top attractions in and around Bulahdelah
What’s further afield: Head further inland to explore Barrington Tops National Park, part of the impressive Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
Stay at: BIG4 River Myall Holiday Resort.