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  4 months ago

Toluna's ANZ Road Trip: New South Wales & the Australian Capital Territory

From now until 29th November, we're embarking on a virtual road trip around Australia and New Zealand - and we'd love for you to join us and win some points and prizes along the way!

First stop: NSW & ACT
New South Wales is not just known for Sydney and its famous landmarks. Get away from the city, and explore the Blue Mountains or the Hunter Valley. Or head along the coast to Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay. And let's not forget Australia's capital city - if you're not that enthusiastic about Parliament House, Canberra is also home to the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial.

What is your recommendation of things to see or do in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory? Our favourite responses will get 1000 points, and you'll also be featured in our video postcard!

We also have some special games to keep us occupied when on the road. To play, select "Games" from the "Community" menu.

Keep track of our journey at our blog:


  4 months ago
Head to Jarvis bay and Grenwel point. Sand so white and water Turquoise blue. From there I would go to baitmans bay For the sea food experience were it is freshly court and you get to pick you dish while it is still alive


  4 months ago
I would leave my home one morning in North Western Sydney and head up Richmond Road towards Richmond and North Richmond and drive up the side of The Great Dividing Range and on to Bilpin which is the home of the Bilpin Fruit Bowl where I visit and buy some very big apples for my sister at home.
The next part of my trip is great fun as I drive the fast and winding Bells Line of Road which stretches the entire breadth of the Great Dividing Range towards The City of Bell which is 1070 metres above sea level and after passing through Bell a gradual drop in elevation above sea level down the other end of the Bells Line of Road down a large and winding drop and past a truck safety ramp and the Zig Zag Railway towards Lithgow.
After stopping off at the Mcdonalds franchise in Lithgow for refreshments and a rest from driving I start off along the Castlereagh Highway towards the City Of Bathurst and my next stop which is the World Famous Mount Panorama Racing Circuit.
After several laps of the racing circuit which is a public road most of the year at the mandated speed limit of 60kmh I stopped at a rest area at the top of the circuit called John Hinxman Vista to take in the view of the circuit.
After resting again I get back on The Mitchell Highway and head to my next destination which is the City of Orange which I pass through onto The City Of Parkes via The Escort Way and Henry Parkes Way.
After passing through the City Of Parkes I head another 27kms along the Newell Highway to my next destination which is the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope also known as The Dish.
After visiting the visitors centre which is a few hundred metres away from and in the shadow of the Dish and the engineering which steers it around whilst focusing on the radio transmissions from robots touring the expanses of outer space I leave the complex and travel along the Newell Highway towards Dubbo and through Gilgandra and on to my next stop which is Coonabarabran and The Anglo Australian Astronomical Observatory at Siding Springs.
After experiencing the Optical Observatory at Siding Springs onto our next stop which is Narrabri and the Australia Telescope Compact Array which is an array of 6 small radio dishes on rails which can be configured as required by the Radio Astronomers.
After visiting the visitors centre it is time to start heading back home towards Sydney via The Newell Highway and The Castlereagh Highway to Mudgee and then the Castlereagh Highway once again across the Great Dividing Range to Richmond and then onto Quakers Hill.
Though this trip took a couple of days I have not included the overnight stops at the Various Motels.


  4 months ago
An area in NSW I would recommend is the Northern Rivers - all the little towns and villages around Lismore, such as The Channon and Nimbin are set in beautiful green rolling hills and are great to explore.


  4 months ago
The beautiful township of Patonga which is located on the NSW Central Coast. This magical place reminds me of Thailand. The water is crystal clear and the scenery is pristine and whimsical. The people in this sleepy town are friendly and social and the pub opposite the beach has the best beers and meals. Don't tell everyone about this special place :)


  4 months ago
Sydney Harbour for the Bridge & The Opera House & Bondi Beach to meet the lifeguards.


  4 months ago
The Sydney Opera house and Sydney harbour Bridge because they are two iconic pieces of Australian history and architecture.


  4 months ago
In Canberra the War Museum is a definite must, then down Brown Mountain to Merimbula, Pambula the home of great oysters and Eden where the Whale museum is in all its glory. I would then go up the coast through Bega and it's Cheese factory to Bermagui for a spot of marlin fishing then up to Kiama and it's 'blow hole' past the fabulous Jervis Bay and the naval base. Onwards to the Central Coast with its fabulous beaches like Umina, Terrigal and Norah Head then to the Hunter Valley perhaps a side trip to Williamstown Air Force base and its unique museum at Medowie then continue on to the hinterland of Stroud and Gloucester and through to Taree and Forster-Tuncurry and upwards to Kempsey and Coffs Harbour and a relaxing stay at Red Rock. Any further and you'll be in Tenterfield Saddler country and the Qld.


  4 months ago
The Blue Mountains in NSW are well worth visiting.


  4 months ago
I think heading out to La Peruse is nice.


  4 months ago
Australia Workabout wildlife park would provide the exciting moments as well as refreshment as we usually touch with man-made assets in our daily lives.
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