From the heritage listed Blue Mountains, to Mount Panorama, award winning wineries and more - it’s time to explore your own backyard in the enchanting Central West over two or three days.
Beginning in the hustle and bustle of Sydney, take the opportunity here to appreciate all that this electric city has to offer, even if it’s the place you call home! From the unique markets, beautiful architecture, and seaside views - there’s no doubt that you always find something new to do in Sydney.
Why not do a CBD stay-caytion at Quest North Sydney before launching into your regional getaway?
Whenever you’re ready, bid farewell to the big smoke and say hello to rugged landscape of regional New South Wales.
Jump in the car and head west out of Sydney via the M4. It’ll take you roughly an hour or so before you reach the stunning Blue Mountains National Park. We recommend stopping in main town of Katoomba. Here you will find some iconic lookouts, waterfalls and bushwalks. Make sure you take a ride on the scenic railway or cableway for a truly unique experience.
It wouldn’t be a trip through the Blue Mountains without stopping at the Jenolan Caves. This limestone attraction is one of the world’s oldest.
You might like to take this opportunity to learn more about Australian Aboriginal culture. Blue Mountains Walkabout celebrate the indigenous culture of Australia and connect people with country, culture and ancient wisdom.
If time is on your side, we recommend a full day at the Blue Mountains. Quest Penrith is the perfect place to call home for the evening.
Hit the road and make your way to the rich heritage town of Bathurst, famous for its Gold Rush history and motor racing championships.
Take a guided tour of the Bathurst Goldfields Education and Function Centre and learn about the history of gold in NSW.
For the rev heads, driving on the Mount Panorama race circuit is a must. It’s a public road and free to drive on, but before you get put the pedal to the metal remember that road rules still apply, so please drive with care! The journey continues with the 45-minute drive from Bathurst to Orange.
Fighting over the aux cord? Why not pop on our specially curated road trip playlist called ‘One for the Road’ on Spotify and get the singalongs happening as you reach your destination.
Orange is a wonderful regional town where high altitude and rich volcanic soil has provided ideal conditions for local wineries to create award winning drops. Take yourself on a self-guided tour of the town or perhaps go winery hopping and see what Orange has to offer. There are plenty of fantastic wineries to try, but a couple of our favourites are Philip Shaw Wines and Heifer Station.
Go for a hike up to Mount Canobolas, a dormant volcano with various bushwalking tracks and a pinnacle lookout overseeing Orange. There are some great picnic areas and it’s the perfect environment to spot a range of native plants and animals.
After a very busy day it’s time to sit down and relax at Quest Orange. Bring a good book up to their rooftop terrace, crack open a bottle of wine from earlier in the day and watch the sun set over Mount Canobolas.
This is the magic of the Central West!