Bathurst and surrounds, approximately 280 clicks to the northwest of Sydney’s CBD, is ground zero for NSW’s mid nineteenth century gold rush.
New South Wales
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.
Rolled up in the snug wine country of the Southern Highlands, just inland from the NSW south coast, the Kangaroo Valley is barely a two drive south of Sydney’s city limits.
Yengo National Park is a tranquil bushland paradise set amongst the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, just 130km northwest of Sydney.
Lake Lyell, on the outskirts of the historic town of Rydal, is an absolutely top-notch spot to roll out your swag. Campsites are littered across the lake’s peaceful foreshore, plus it’s stocked full of hungry brown and rainbow trout.
Flea Creek is the perfect spots for time poor Canberrans to log a little time off. It’s barely 60km out of the nation’s capital, and can be reached in just an hour’s drive from town.