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Stops between Sydney and Canberra
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:02 PM
We will be driving to Canberra from Sydney soon and I was wondering if there are any good places to visit or to do on the way? We are interested in all sorts of things, but we will be travelling with a 4 year old and a baby.
Any ideas would be great.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:06 PM
Sutton Forest is a beautiful little town, about halfway along the trip. Not much to do there I don't think but a good spot to let the kids out of the car to stretch their legs.
Otherwise, Bowral is also nice, it has some cute shops and the Bradman museum that may be of interest.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:10 PM
About halfway is the Southern Highlands. If you just want a quick stop with coffee and a playground, you can't go pass Berrima (take the 2nd exit to Berrima rather then the first which is slower). About an hour out of Canberra off the highway is Goulburn's Merino sheep too (I've only stopped there once).
To be honest we usually try and just get to Canberra as quickly as we can. In the day time we include the daily nap in the drive time. Or we go after dinner.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:19 PM
As the PPs have said, if you want to detour off the main road, you can't beat the Southern Highlands. Bowral, Berrima, Bundanoon are all quaint little towns of historic interest. Another natural stopping point along the main route is Lake George, which is an enormous dry lake, interesting from a geographic perspective.
But as others have also said, we usually do the drive with one quick stop, two when the kids were babies, just for feeding and nappy-changes.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:33 PM
Fedra Olive Grove is about 40 ish mins out of Canberra, on the right near Collector, and has a shop, bakery/cafe and playground.
Gouldburn's almost an hour and of course has McDs, numerous cafes, parks, supermarkets etc.
At Marulan there's a big roas stop on the left with servo, KFC, another restaurant etc.
Sally's Corner (roadstop) at the turn off to Exeter had a basic McDs, Servo and Roadhouse.
Bowral (I think easiest way is via Moss Vale) is absolutely beautiful for lunch. There's a flowery park behind the main street, so you could grab lunch and walk behind there.
Beyond that, we don't stop until we get to Sydney. The above are all in journey order from Canberra --> Sydney. Good luck!
Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:49 AM
Thanks for the ideas, will look into some of them.
DH and I have done the trip a number of times prior to kids and except for toilet breaks and breakfast at Sutton Forrest Maccas . But thought I see if there were any interesting activities on the way which we might be missing out on by driving straight through
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