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emerge out of the trees to be greeted by a view that might just
suck that air right back out of your lungs. Though the mountains
are spellbinding enough to stick you to the spot, if you manage
to get moving again, there are also lovely villages dotted in
amongst the hills and dales, with beautiful gardens, lovely cafés,
chic boutiques and endless charm.
Also big on the mountain scale is the Great Dividing Range,
and at the foot of this range are the South West Slopes (page
275). Gold rushes played a huge role in the development of
the region, but when the gold receded, the land took on an
agricultural role that remains today.
The New England Tablelands (page 277) are awash in
yellows, oranges, reds and browns as autumn takes hold, and
beneath the rain of autumn leaves you will discover the heritage
of the area. Gemstones, railways, untouched natural features,
country music, koalas and pioneer stories are features of New
England, and you can discover them all with a little bit of driving.
If you crave the beach holidays of your childhood, and the
disposition of a New South Wales beachgoer, head to the south
coast (page 284), where relaxed attitudes and plenty of fun are
in store. This is where the artistic folk of New South Wales come,
both for holidays and to live, for a real change of pace. The wide
beaches are uncrowded, and every day feels like a weekend, as
the sign when you enter Ulladulla lets you know.
Let’s not forget to eat while we’re on the road. In central New
South Wales’s north-west (page 288), the goodies are bountiful –
from the beef, lamb and seasonal fruit in Orange to the Spanish
delights in Dubbo’s Two Doors Café Restaurant, there is plenty to
keep your stomach full. But let’s not forget to wash it down with
a drop or two of the wineries’ finest.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
One hundred years ago, Canberra (page 294) was named the
nation’s capital, and do you think the city is going to let that
milestone pass without a party? Not on your life! There is so
much to do in Canberra this autumn that you’ll need to allocate
a fair chunk of time. There’s the big birthday weekend in early
March, as well as some fantastic exhibitions in the city’s many
galleries and museums, sports, performances, and of course the
Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival in April.
As the southernmost mainland state breathes a sigh of relief after
one of the hottest summers in recent times, the coastal hamlets
come alive. The Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast (page
297) love to welcome autumn visitors, promising fun attractions,
great swimming and boating, fish and chips on the beach on a
warm night, and some fascinating maritime history.
might be the trip for you (spoiler alert: you can’t break a drought
with a cannon).
The Cape York Peninsula (page 233) is one of the places that
you really need to visit if you’re an Australian caravanning fanatic
you can’t really confidently say you’ve seen all of Australia
unless you’ve been to its most northerly point.
There are so many outbacks in Australia, it’s hard to choose
which one to visit, particularly when autumn in the outback
is such a delight. Queensland’s outback, from Cloncurry to
Diamantina (page 236), offers up resplendent sunsets, character-
filled pubs, mysteries, and the Diamantina National Park – a
wonderful place to spend an outback day or six.
Our author defines the Bundaberg experience in three words:
Sugar. Rum. Turtles. There’s not much more you need to know
about the Bundaberg region (page 242), except that it is packed
with reasons to visit, from the friendly locals to the delicious
produce of the ‘salad bowl’ region, and the aforementioned
creatures, sweets and alcohol.
NEW SOUTH WALES
If freedom is what you crave, the vast openness of New South
Wales’s outback will deliver (page 246). Driving through the
unique beauty of this important area of Australia imparts a sense
of isolation but not loneliness; ruggedness but not danger. It’s an
adventure worth undertaking, full of townships that have done
it hard but whose spirits hold up. These are the types of places
that you know about, but you’ll never fully understand them until
you go there.
The fertile Riverina region (page 254) sounds like a verse
of the song ‘I’ve been everywhere’, with Gundagai, Jerilderie,
Deniliquin and Wagga Wagga as some of its iconic towns. The
Murrumbidgee has long been a source of life and livelihood
for the Riverina, and the agricultural feeling of the townships
How much do you know about New South Wales? Did
you know that the north-east valleys (page 263) of this eastern
state hold history, beauty, adventure and tonnes of fun? The
waterways of Taree, Macksville and Grafton are magnets for both
humans and wildlife, and are wonderful places to while away an
Though summer has only just begun to canter off into the
distance, and snow is hardly going to start falling on the Blue
Mountains (page 277) just yet, these famous peaks are aglow
in autumn. The climate is perfect for bushwalking; set off on a
trail, inhale the fresh mountain air deep into your diaphragm and
Misty Mountain Trails – Cochable Creek © Tourism Queensland
Wollongong. Image © Illawarra Tourism/Destination NSW.
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