Why a Motorhome is the Best Way to Explore New South Wales

Written by: Dave Owen

The abundant and amazingly varied natural beauty of New South Wales in Australia begs to be explored as thoroughly as possible, and there are few better ways of doing so than hiring a motorhome and hitting the road.

Taking your accommodation with you allows total freedom to plan your own itinerary, means you can always stay at the heart of the action, and removes the need to carry a massive backpack wherever you go. New South Wales has camp sites and places to stop up and down the state, so you’ll never be short of somewhere to park up.

Here are just a few of the amazing things to do in New South Wales that are essential on a motorhome adventure.

South Coast

New South Wales’ South Coast, accessed via the breathtaking Grand Pacific Drive, is characterised by pristine beaches, picturesque coastline, and ridiculously scenic camping spots.


Kangaroo by the beach in Jervis Bay. Credit – Discover Jervis Bay
Kangaroo Jervis Bay Australia

Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay is a natural wonderland and the ideal seaside escape from the city. Head to Booderee National Park and pull up in the Green Patch Camping Area for easy access to all the area’s stunning white sand beaches, lighthouses, whale-watching cruises, and Indigenous cultural experiences.

Drive time from Sydney: 3 hours approx

Stay for: 4 days.

Coledale Beach

Fancy waking up and stepping right out onto the beach? Coledale Beach has a reserve right on the edge of the sand, promising ocean views wherever you’re parked. It’s also within a stone’s throw of Wollongong if you’re looking for nightlife or just need to stock up on supplies.

Drive time from Sydney: 1h 15min. approx

Stay for: 2 days.

Central Coast

The Central Coast is the place to be for anybody eager to get out on the water. Its numerous lakes, beaches, bays, and inlets offer perfect conditions for kayaking, water skiing, fishing, and other essential things to do in New South Wales.


Brisbane Water National Park, NSW
Somersby Falls NSW Australia

Brisbane Water National Park

A great spot for bushwalking, Brisbane National Park comes to life throughout the year with seasonal flowers and wildlife, offering unmissable Instagram-worthy landscapes. It’s also home to extensive Indigenous engravings. Being parked nearby in a motorhome means you can get there before the crowds.

Drive time from Sydney: 1h 25min. approx

Stay for: 2 days.

Wyrrabalong National Park

We defy you to ever grow tired of the spectacular coastal views in New South Wales, especially in wonderful Wyrrabalong. Head up to Crackneck Point Lookout and you might even be lucky enough to spot whales from the shore. Norah Heads Holiday Park is the nearest site to park up.

Drive time from Sydney: 1h 30min. approx

Stay for: 2 days.

North Coast

You’ve come to expect unparalleled beaches and coastline by now, and the north coast is no exception. It also throws verdant river valleys and cool towns and villages into the mix, offering plenty of great spots to park your mobile hostel.


Crystal Falls, Dorrigo National Park
Crystal Falls Dorrigo National Park

Dorrigo National Park

The World Heritage-listed rainforests of Dorrigo are unlike anything else found in New South Wales, and the park offers simple access to sensational scenery and massive diversity of wildlife. Park at nearby Coffs Harbour and you’re within easy reach, plus from this base you can stop off at Emerald Beach at dawn or dusk to catch kangaroos hopping around the headland.

Drive time from Sydney: 6 hours approx

Stay for: 2 days.

Byron Bay Hinterland

Byron Bay is famed for its laid-back lifestyle, but don’t let its charms make you miss out on the equally charming spots outside the city, including small towns like Ballina and Mullumbimby, and quaint farmland ideal for relaxation. Check out the artisan markets at Bangalow and browse over a range of stalls offering local art and produce, or simply sip a coffee below the fig trees.

Drive time from Sydney: 8-9 hours approx

Stay for: 5 days.

Outback

Head inland and New South Wales offers a taste of Australia’s rugged outback. A motorhome allows you to camp out under the stars and away from humanity by night, before exploring rolling sand dunes and wild wetlands at your own pace by day.


Mungo National Park, NSW
Kangaroo Outback Australia

Mungo National Park

The strange sand formations and towering dunes of Mungo National Park are a sight you’ll never forget (and look spectacular on Instagram). You can also pay a visit to one of the oldest human skeletal remains ever discovered, Mungo Man and Mungo Lady.

Drive time from Sydney: 14 hours approx

Stay for: 3 days.

Mutawintji National Park

Park up at Broken Hill Tourist Park and you’ll have the ancient landscape of Mutawintji right on your doorstep. Allow yourself plenty of time to explore this rocky red desert steeped in Indigenous history.

Drive time from Sydney: 16 hours approx

Stay for: 3 days.

The Snowy Mountains

Just when you think you’ve seen every type of landscape New South Wales has to offer, you stumble across the Snowy Mountains. Australia’s largest alpine region is all glimmering lakes, gentle streams, and sweeping mountain views, making it the perfect place to for an outdoor adventure.


Camping underneath the stars in Kosciuszko National Park. Credit – Tourism Snowy Mountains
Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park

Most campers in the Snowy Mountains flock to Kosciuszko to enjoy gentle walks, do a spot of fishing, or take the chairlift to the top of Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest mountain, to marvel at the epic views.

Drive time from Sydney: 5 hours approx

Stay for: 3 days.

What to pack

What you need to take on your motorhome adventure will depend on where you’re going and how long you’ll be on the road. The good news is that a motorhome provides the space to pack more stuff if required, so a trip can last almost as long as you want. Here’s a list of basics you should never leave without.

  • Bedding – sheets, blankets, and pillows. Depending on your location it can get cold at night.
  • First aid kit.
  • Sun cream (this should be available to buy wherever you go).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Cooking equipment (if the motorhome isn’t already equipped)
  • Cutlery, plates, bowls.
  • A large water container (this can be refilled at camp sites).
  • Bin bags – always tidy up after yourself!

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