An easy drive east from the capital to the Lakes Roadhouse, through the eucalypt forest of Wandoo National Park out to Avondale. The 300km loop is perfect for a long daytrip, even allowing time for a trackside smoko pitstop.
Chichester State Forest is a knockout spot in the hinterland of the NSW lower north coast. It’s about a three-hour run north of Sydney and is imbued with the sort of serenity that makes it feel much further afield.
Flea Creek is tucked away in a valley surrounding the Goodradigbee River, near the northern fringe of the Australian Alps and within the Brindabella National Park.
The Davies Plains Track kicks off near Thredbo Village, not far from the headwaters of the mighty Murray River.
The Coxs River is a cool freshwater watercourse that rises in the Ben Bullen State Forest and flows over 150km through the Blue Mountains before emptying into Warragamba Dam.
Somerset Dam’s a corker of a spot to pull up for a night or two. Nestled in the lap of the Sunny Coast hinterland, it’s just 100 clicks nor’west of Brissie and a picture-perfect spot to roll out a swag, have a cast and forget your worries.