Take the long way home

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NEW SOUTH WALES

The spir­i­tual home of Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport is also the lo­ca­tion of some of the best roads in NSW.

Head west from Syd­ney over the Blue Moun­tains to­wards Lith­gow. Just be­fore Lith­gow gow town­ship turn left at the Shell/ hell/ Coles ser­vice sta­tion on to o Mag­pie Hol­low Road. You u may want to re­fuel there be­cause there aren’t manyy op­tions between here andd Bathurst.

Fol­low the road past Lake Lyell un­til you reach a dog­leg, at which point it be­comes Sod­walls Road. This is an epic piece of pave­ment but the road dips sharply and many cor­ners are blind, so take care. Con­tinue west to­wards rds Tarana and turn left once you hit town, into Mut­ton Fallss Road. Stay on this stretch un­til you hit the T in­ter­sec­tion on O’Con­nell Road. Turn rightht and fol­low the signs into Bathurst. urst.

From Mel­bourne, turn n left off the Hume High­way about bout ther Tru Per no Pa

pi tour spec twist spec asto coas val­leys dot­ted with farm­houses. From the Gold Coast Air­port, head south back into New South Wales and take the Tweed Val­ley Way turn-off to­wards Tum­bul­gum and Mur­willum­bah.

Soon you’ll be climb­ing twist­ing roads into her­itage­listed na­tional parks. Turn off at Chilling­ham and fol­low the signs to Nerang through the Nu­min­bah Val­ley.

The Nerang-Mur­willum­bah Road winds past the Hinze Dam and even­tu­ally sends you back to­wards the coast, but if you turn off at Beech­mont Road just past Ad­vance­town there are some tight and twisty roads as you climb the moun­tain. At the top, find Rosins Look­out — the views are breath­tak­ing.

Fol­low Beech­mont Road to

FANCY a drive in the coun­try th­ese hol­i­days? You’re in luck. Car com­pa­nies scour Aus­tralia for the best roads to launch their new mod­els and the Cars­guide staff has sam­pled them all. We’ve put to­gether a list of Aus­tralia’s best roads for driv­ing...

20km north of Gunda­gai tand take the A41. At Blayney, turn off to New­bridge and from there take Wim­ble­don Road. Your next turn is left on to Trunkey Road to­wards Perthville. Con­tinue north­east to­wards Or­ton Park, just to the east of Mount Panorama. You...

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