The renowned barramundi fishing operation Shady Camp is located within the Mary River National Park, under 200km east of Darwin and well within range of a daytrip from the state capital.
Bathurst and surrounds, approximately 280 clicks to the northwest of Sydney’s CBD, is ground zero for NSW’s mid nineteenth century gold rush.
Not a 4WD destination, to be sure, but a ripper weekend out of Sydney nonetheless. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located in Dubbo, just over five hours drive inland of the capital.
Fowlers Bay is a remote outpost west of the Eyre Peninsula and around 900km west of Adelaide. Although it’s an easy highway stretch for the most part and can be reached in a day’s driving each way from the state capital.
The 151km drive from the village of Corryong through to Tom Groggin is a cracking offroad day trip with five-star High Country vistas on tap.
Conondale National Park is just out the back of Maleny in the Sunny Coast hinterland, barely an hour out of Brisbane’s northern suburbs.