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The great Aussie road trip is enjoying a renaissance, and when secret swimming holes, nature walks, craft breweries and country bakeries beckon, there's nothing more liberating than hitting the road and discovering destinations closer to home.
Whether it's cruising on the Murray River or exploring the ancient rainforests of the North Coast, NSW has plenty of travel kudos up its sleeve.
So, stock up on the Minties and start curating your playlist, this is our pick of the must-do road trips to take in NSW.
Unearth the country towns on the banks of Australia's longest river.
This four-day Riverina Murray road trip traces the lifeblood of this region, the Murray River; and features heritage towns, river adventure, golf courses, Aboriginal culture and otherworldly landscapes, including the moon-like Mungo National Park and the bubbling Tocumwal Blowhole.
Highlights include the Yindymarra Sculpture Walk in Albury, tastings at the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate distillery and cruising the river on board a paddle-steamer in Ecucha-Moama.
Lake Mulwala, Mulwala. Photo: Destination NSW.
Bring your appetite to this tour through the Yass Valley, Hilltops region and NSW Southern Tablelands.
The five-day culinary road trip will have you sampling some of the state's best cool climate wines and local produce, as you take in towns including Jugiong and Braidwood.
Quaff tempranillo and vermentino in the Canberra District Wine Region, try kangaroo prosciutto at Murrumbateman smokehouse Poachers Pantry, then pick cherries at the Allambie Orchard and Cafe in gold rush-era Young.
Wrap things up in Bungendore, where biodynamic wines at Lark Hill Winery await.
Reset your spirit in the lush hinterland beyond Australia's most famous coastal town.
Travel at your own pace on this road trip from Byron Bay to Tabulam, a feel-good mash-up of nature experiences, World Heritage-listed national parks and local eats.
Stop by Federal to see why Doma Cafe has put this tiny village on the map, then head to Minyon Falls on the rim on an ancient volcano caldera.
Browse the Arts Precinct in Murwillumbah and learn about our cuddliest mascot at the Koala Care Centre in Casino.
A journey through the gemstone belt, this four-day road trip from Barraba to Tamworth is rich with history, culture and country music.
Drool over vintage cars at the National Transport Museum in Inverell and then fossick for riches at The Billabong Blue Sapphire Fossicking Park.
The route takes you into the heart of Glen Innes, Australia's Celtic Country and home of the Australian Standing Stones.
Visit the incredible Wollomombi Gorge outside Armidale before waking up well-rested at historic gold rush pub The Peel Inn in Nundle.
This coastal-meets-country route just north of Sydney unfolds over five days and takes in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Hunter Valley wine country.
Join early risers at the Newcastle Ocean Baths, built in 1922, then earn some beer cred on an historic pub walk with Dave's Brewery Tours.
Discover gorgeous protected rock pools at the Moonee Beach Trail at Lake Macquarie, climb the Norah Head Lighthouse on the Central Coast, then pull up a saddle-seat at Saddles in Gosford to see why the food scene is flourishing.
Meet the winemakers and then picnic amongst the vines on a private winery tour with Hunter Valley Private Tour. For a fitting finale join a horse ride through the meandering Glenworth Valley.
Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton. Photo: Destination NSW
Dive soul-first into a natural playground south of Sydney on this two-day coastal trip to crystal-clear Jervis Bay.
First stop is the Royal National Park, comprising 15,000 hectares of bushland, beaches and rockpools.
If the drive over the Pacific Ocean on the 665-metre Sea Bridge isn't thrilling enough, stop into Shellharbour for a scenic flight with Touchdown Helicopter.
Fresh oysters and chardonnay at Crooked River Wines make for a sophisticated pitstop.
With its white-sand beaches and marine park attracting dolphins, seals and whales, Jervis Bay is paradise on earth.
Meet local growers and discover orchards, wineries, cider and distilleries on a gourmet weekender to this food bowl on the edge of Sydney.
The rural foodie trails pair the valley scenery of the Hawkesbury River with food and wine laboured straight from the heart.
Start with a locally-made meat "paddock-to-pie" at the iconic Glenorie Bakery, then move onto a tasting at Tizzana Winery in Ebenezer, and then pick stone fruit and apples at Pine Crest Orchard.
Stock up on small-batch gin at the Ironbark Distillery in North Richmond and then take the scenic Bells Line of Road to Bilpin, famous for its cider cellar doors, including Hillbilly Cider and Bilpin Cider.
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