In order to start the new year with a bang, I spent the first 10 days on a roadtrip, travelling from Melbourne to the Blue Mountains in NSW.
Traveling for me is primarily about exploring and discovering new places, and as such I generally rough it, sleep in my car or in the tent for a few hours each night before getting up in the early hours of the morning to capture the sunrise. I had done a similar trip as a child with my family, but wanted to try it again as an adult to see the comparison. I really enjoyed doing this trip and would love to do it again sometime in the future.
Thurra River Sand Dunes - These huge sand dunes are some of the largest in Victoria and are less than an hour's walk for the Thurra River campground.
Mallacoota - Absolutely beautiful part of Victoria with pristine bright blue water and an amazing coastline with amazing short walks to places like Secret Beach and Shipwreck Creek. The nearby Genoa Peak is an absolute must-do for stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding land.
Wentworth Falls - Nestled within the Blue Mountains National Park lies Wentworth Falls. A plethora of walks ranging in difficult from easy half an hour walks to the arduous 5 hour trek through the Valley of the Waters, this area reflects the beautiful nature scenery that the Blue Mountains is known for. The National Pass trail is listed as one of the best walks in the entire park, and I was lucky enough to see a a group of people canyoning whilst I was doing it.
Kanangra Walls - About an hour's drive outside of the much more popular Jenolan Caves lie the Kanangra Walls. This huge natural stone structure runs for kilometres and with waterfalls, deep valleys and mountainous terrain it is an amazing sight to see. I flew my drone off here (in a video that I will upload soon) and the views were nothing short of spectacular.
Day 1: Traralgon, Tarra Bulga National Park, Loch Sport
Day 2: Sale, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers State Park, Croajingolong National Park
Day 3: Point Hicks Lighthouse, Thurra River, Mallacoota, Genoa Peak
Day 4: Secret Beach, Mallacoota, Mogo, Ulladulla, Kiama
Day 5: Kiama, Old Helensburgh Tunnel, Wentworth Falls, Katoomba
Day 6: Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Kanangra Walls
Day 7: Wentworth Falls, Canberra
Day 8: Canberra, Carrum Beach