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Explorer’s Way

Follow the Explorers Way to the areas opened up by the pioneers who crossed the Great Dividing Range to discover the riches, including gold, on the other side. Take a look at historic Windsor before climbing up through the towns of the Blue Mountains then stop at Pearson’s Lookout near Lithgow to see the world’s second biggest canyon, the Capertee Valley on the way to Mudgee.

Where there’s good wine, there’s good food and the historic Mudgee/Gulgong area is a wine hub on this drive, with around 30 cellar doors open. Its reputation for red wine is growing and you can toast the memory of larrikin bush poet, Henry Lawson. A whirl round Mt. Panorama at Bathurst is a driver’s must do – go in autumn if you love to see European trees changing their colours.

Dubbo is effectively the capital of western NSW, an oasis of fertile agricultural lands and visit the Western Plains Zoo here. Following in the footsteps of the explorers head up through country towns and villages to the Warrumbungles where east meets west on the Great Divide in a dramatic, the landscape of craggy sheltered gorges and strange rocky spires. Return to Sydney through the Upper Hunter Valley, or take the Wiseman’s Ferry/Windsor route.

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Australia has miles and miles of shoreline but which beaches are really great? Ultimately it depends on what you're looking for in a beach. Pristine wilderness without a single footprint in sight, the sparkle of cosmopolitan high rise on the waters edge, the adrenalin pumping roar of a powerful surf beach, or quite simply the perfect white squeaky sand that squelches between your toes.

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