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There’s so much to do in this legendary coastal metropolis that you’d be forgiven for focusing your sightseeing efforts in the centre. But escape the inner city and you’ll find some of the best drives in Australia waiting for you. It doesn’t take long to find some awe-inspiring views – you’ll be amazed what you can see within just a few hours’ drive, from the dreamy Blue Mountains to 87 miles of breathtaking coastal vistas.
The primary airport is Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD). There are car hire desks on the arrival levels of both Terminal 1 (receiving international flights) and Terminal 2 (domestic), and car rental brands include Alamo (via Redspot), Enterprise, Hertz and Europcar.
If you’re planning pick up your car at your hotel in the city, the easiest and fastest way to get to the city centre is by the Airport Link train, which takes a mere 13 minutes. You can get the Sydney Airport Link (airport train) from the northern end of Terminal 1 (arrivals level), or from the station between Terminals 2 and 3.
Car hire brands available in Sydney include Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Hertz.
New South Wales is an amazingly diverse state; you can start the day with a swim at Balmoral Beach, Taronga Zoo for lunch and arrive in the Blue Mountains National Park by the evening.
The Blue Mountains are a definite don’t-miss. Offering stunning panoramas and as much adventure as you can take, this is a fantastic natural wonderland for all ages. Explore waterfalls, go on a bushwalk, explore the Jenolan Caves, or just gaze in awe at the Three Sisters rock formation. The most dramatic way to experience it is the Scenic Skyway, a glass-floored cabin suspended on a cable 270m above the landscape. One more thing: take your bug spray. Driving time: 2 hours
To blast away the city air, head south down the coast via the magnificent Grand Pacific Drive. Pass through the adventure capital of Wollongong (“the Gong”) through to Shellharbour, famed for its surfing beaches, until you reach the unspoilt seaside town of Kiama. Kiama’s top attraction is the Kiama Blowhole, which releases jets of seawater into the air to tourists’ oohs and aahs. However, this laidback town has more to offer, from its stunning Coast Walk to boutique shops, music festivals and artisan markets. Driving time: 1 hour 45.
While the roads in central Sydney can be confusing and congested (check your rental car has a sat nav), the freeways between towns and cities are easy driving, and helpfully Australians drive on the left. Many of the driving laws are the same as in the UK – no using mobile phones while driving, for example. Note that the legal limit for drink driving is 0.05% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) compared to England’s 0.08%.
If you’re heading anyway off the beaten track, do be aware of the vast distances roads can run in Australia without facilities. Always be prepared – check out your route in advance, including fuel stops (which sometimes close at night), and make sure you have sufficient water, food and petrol in case of an emergency.
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