14 April 2016 · Motoring Tips & Advice

Holiday Destinations for the April School Holidays Within Driving Distance | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

Planning on getting away for the April school holidays? Packing up the kids and car is always a popular choice for Australians over the Easter break. Road trips are a great way to spend time with your family or partner, or bunch of good mates! Why not head out of town for a short driving holiday? Sydney has some great holiday destinations within driving distance. We’ve put together 3 of the best to help you get your road trip planning started!

Wollongong – Beautiful Ocean and Rainforest

Wollongong – Beautiful Ocean and Rainforest

Very close to Sydney, just a 90-minute scenic train ride in fact, is Wollongong.

Flanked on one side by the sea and on the other side a line of mountains, Wollongong is a hidden gem. During summer, its Austinmer and North beaches are as picturesque as Sydney's, but with less people!

For even less people, head south of the city to Port Kembla beach, which is both beautiful and vast. You’ll find it less touristy because of the nearby steelworks, but the beach itself is over the headland with very nice views.

Take the family to the café at the top of Mount Keira for milkshakes and a Devonshire Tea. For a fun activity away from the beach there’s a popular 5 kilometre loop around Mount Keira, surrounded by rainforest.

The Blue Mountains – An Iconic Australian Destination

The Blue Mountains – An Iconic Australian Destination

The Blue Mountains is one of Australia’s most beautiful holiday destinations, just 2 hours from Sydney by either car or train.

The spectacular Blue Mountains national park offers an enormous variety of activities to enjoy, making it the perfect holiday destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.

Take in the natural attractions by taking the family for a bushwalk, with trails to suit all ages and levels of experience.

You can also visit Katoomba’s Scenic World to enjoy panoramas of the wilderness, waterfalls, valleys and rugged sandstone tablelands by cablecar or the famous scenic railway.

Gosford – Get Face-to-Face with Australia’s Unique Animals

Gosford – Get Face-to-Face with Australia’s Unique Animals

About halfway between Sydney and Newcastle is the little city of Gosford, less than an hour by car away from either, and a short ferry trip on the Palm Beach Ferry from Sydney.

Gosford is home to the Australian Reptile Park, full of crocodiles, snakes and other family-friendly animals. You’ll even be able to get face-to-face with the zoo’s resident emu! You can also see wombats, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and other Australian fauna.

Those looking for even more adventure can take a short drive up to Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, on 69 Cooks Road, Peats Ridge, for half-day sessions of kayaking, quad biking, horse riding and abseiling.

Before You Hit the Road

Wherever you’re heading, make sure you give your car a thorough check before hitting the road.

Check all fluid levels, tyre pressures and condition, and clean your windows, lights and windscreen wipers before the trip. For complete peace of mind, book your car in for a service conducted by your local dealer before your upcoming trip.

Consider Phil Gilbert Hyundai, Sydney’s Hyundai dealer, for premier car servicing and sales.