SUPPLEMENT: There’s more to New South Wales than the state capital of Sydney (which is great in its own right) and taking a drive out is the best way, to discover that.

SYDNEY is quite a compact city if you think about it and you can savour most of its delights in a few days. But outside of the capital especially along the coast and up in the mountains there’s much more awaiting and you would kick yourself if you missed out, on experiencing them.

Sydney and Surrounds self-drive touring (5D/4N)

Day 1: Sydney to Wollongong/Kiama/Jervis Bay (86km – 90 min)

Depart Sydney via the Princes Highway, taking the Royal National Park exit (the world’s second oldest national park in the world) the start of the Grand Pacific Drive.

Arrive at Bald Hill Lookout for magnificent views of the NSW South Coast, then head towards the 665m Sea Cliff Bridge – a major highlight of the Grand Pacific Drive. Stop for that selfie and soak in the views from the pedestrian walkway.

Up next is Wollongong Harbour where you can guzzle local beer at The Illawarra Brewery and try sky-diving from 4,267m with Skydive The Beach.

Continue towards Jervis Bay via Kiama stopping at the famous Kiama Blowhole to witness the spectacular plume of water shooting up to 60m (weather permitting).

Arrive at Huskisson in Jervis Bay, a great base for those who enjoy water sports or dolphin spotting. Whales can also be seen here between May and November.

Overnight: Wollongong/Kiama

Enjoy a leisurely high tea at Bygone Beautys.