Test out your tyres on the Capital, Coast and Country Touring Route
Posted by: Cal on 31/07/2014
Once you have a new set of car tyres fitted, you will no doubt be itching to get on the road to take them for a spin.
What better location than the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales?
The Capital, Coast and Country Touring Route meanders through these states taking you from sunny Sydney to classic Canberra and back to the Harbour city. It offers unparalleled views of picturesque coastline, historical townships and pristine national parks on the way.
Here are some of the natural highlights of this six-day adventure and some tips to help you get the most out of your journey.
Affectionately known as Australia's most beautiful valley, you will be reinvigorated after seeing the green pastures, sparkling creeks and spectacular rainforest located here.
In fact, when you travel through this gorgeous slice of paradise, make sure you keep an eye out for the native flora and fauna and enjoy the time away from traffic lights!
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
This park is located not too far from the major cities you will be exploring and you can enjoy a wide range of outstanding natural experiences here.
Why not try bush walking in the Sanctuary wetlands or along the tracks and trails?
Alternatively, you could embark on a guided ranger tour provided you time your visit so you are there during the weekend.
This park is framed by rocky mountains giving you with a breathtaking view and a real wildlife experience.
Located on the estuary of the Clyde River, Batemans Bay is a bustling coastal town that features plenty of majestic seascapes.
If you've got kids get them busy making sand castles or send them for a paddle in the sea. This location is full of golden beaches and sheltered coves. You are sure to relish your time here.
Alternatively, head to Murramarang National Park to make friends with eastern grey kangaroos or Birdland Animal Park to see a range of birds in their natural habitat.
This Bay measures around 15km from north to south and 10km across and you are guaranteed to fall in love with its natural beauty.
If you are looking for activities to partake in other than looking at the view, consider a dolphin-watch cruise or see if you can catch a big one on a fishing trip.
It is also a wonderful location for a walk and you can head along a walking trail that circles the peninsula to St Georges Head. Wander down and take in all the peace and quiet. If you have time, you can pause for a break at one of the quiet beaches along the way or stop at a cliff or forest for a spot.
As well as looking at all the natural wonders along this journey, your tastebuds will also love the trip.
Shoalhaven is a region well known for attracting foodies and it's no wonder thanks to its fresh produce and seafood on offer. Make sure you also sample the wine and olive oil on the way as well as try the delectable dairy offerings - you won't regret it!
The region is also known for its beauty with stunning hillsides right next to the deep valleys and sparkling, clear water.
Road trip tips
Before you head out for any adventure you should ensure your car is ready for what lies ahead. Do some tyre maintenance if you feel your wheels are not quite up to the task and ensure your engine has enough oil.
You should also make sure you have an emergency kit packed with all the tools you will require along the way and that you have entertainment options for the kids if they are also tagging along.