The Blue Mountains, aptly named after the blue mist that rises from its forests of eucalyptus, make a spectacular start to your Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley self drive. It's a haven for flora and fauna, and the ideal place for bushwalking amongst the craggy peaks and cavernous gorges.
Other area's to explore include the Brisbane Water National Park with its sandstone landscapes rich in Aboriginal art, or the Wollemi National Park, home to the rare Wollemi Pine. Next, you'll tour the world-class vineyards and wineries of Hunter Valley before heading on to Port Stephens to catch sight of a bottlenose dolphin in Nelson Bay.
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