f you’re looking to escape the concrete jungles of Sydney and venture out into some nature, a long road trip could do you some good. The most important part of preparing for a road trip is planning ahead. How will your vehicle fare during the trip? Where will you go first? These are just some crucial questions that you need to ask yourself before you go.
1. Think about cleaning ahead of time
You can’t travel long distances in a filthy environment. Your car has to be a comfortable haven for you and your family or friends. Having gum wrappers and napkins everyone just won’t do. If you start your trip with a dirty car, it’s inevitable that dirt will pile up and you won’t exactly enjoy your trip.
Start the road trip off with a clean slate. In this case, make it a clean car. Just about every car wash also offers cleaning of the interior. A couple of minutes with a vacuum cleaner will make all the difference in terms of dust and grime. Heading out with your car feeling fresh will only further motivate you to travel.
However, don’t neglect cleaning during the trip. Fast food boxes and wrappers are going to accumulate occasionally and you’re going to need to clean up. Try to stop every once in a while, just to give your car a refresher.
2. Always have a plan
Road trips are notoriously difficult to organize. You have to take into account a million factors that might set your trip back before you even get inside your vehicle. Things aren’t always going to go your way, which is why it helps if you come prepared.
Start by planning your entire trip ahead. Make sure you know which roads you plan on taking and set aside some alternatives in case those are closed or inaccessible. The destination is the most important part. If you plan on staying at a hotel or motel near a famous landmark, make sure that you reserve it ahead of time.
Overscheduling can be just as damaging as not planning ahead. If you show up a day early to your hotel with no reservation, where would you sleep that night?
3. Don’t miss the Grand Pacific Drive
Of all the most gorgeous views around Sydney, this has to be the best one by far. If you start your trip from the Royal National Park and head to the Southern Highlands, you’re in for quite a treat. The Grand Pacific Drive is famous for its breathtaking coastal views and long drives. This ride along the Pacific coast lives up to its name. You have hundreds of kilometers of ocean views and more than enough things to keep you occupied along the way.
The Royal National Park is something you have to visit if you fancy a trip in nature. The park itself is absolutely gigantic. It covers over fifteen thousand hectares which feature more walking tracks than you can count. Together, they make up about a hundred kilometers of hiking trails. This makes it the ideal choice for a stop on your road trip.
5. Port Stephens
In Port Stephens, nature and adventure go hand in hand. This place has just about everything you might want from an unforgettable road trip. The nearby Stockton Sand Dunes feature everything from sandboarding to quad biking.
Those who enjoy their fair share of marine biology will be in for a treat. Port Stephens is also known as the dolphin capital of Australia. If you take a trip on a special cruise, you’ll be able to see dolphins and whales of all kinds in action. There are at least one hundred and fifty different species of bottlenose dolphins in Port Stephens.
If cruises make you nauseous, you could always visit the Irukandji Shark and Ray aquarium. As the name suggests, there are lots of dangerous sharks and rays on display. Luckily, they are always located behind protective glass.
Sydney is interesting enough on its own, but the places that surround it have something special to offer as well. If you plan on visiting anything that is far away, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.