Just south of Sydney is one of the best driving road around, The Royal National Park starts just south of Sutherland and snakes it’s was through the forest along the coast heading through Audley, Bundeena, Lilyvale, Otford to a lookout at Stanwell Tops called Bald Hill lookout. It’s here at Bald Hill that you can grab a coffee, snack or ice cream whilst looking over the ocean.
As we head further south we wind our way down to Stanwell Park along the coast, across the Sea Cliff Bridge to the Scarborough Hotel for breakfast.
This drive is short enough to not take up too much time, but long enough to feel like you had an amazing drive and got to get out of the city for a break.
The Royal National Park drive (Nasho) is very popular, and as such it’s so important to keep an eye out motorcyclists and bicycles as well.
Once you have done the drive shoot me a message, I’d love to see what you think.
Check out the video below to enjoy the drive with me.
Today’s drive started in the town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW. I headed down the Hume Highway from Sydney bright and early on my day off with a plan to have a nice breakfast in Bowral and then run across through Fitzroy Falls, Kangaroo Valley, up over Berry Mountain and then down into Berry.
Breakfast started at the lovely “Hunger Therapy” cafe on the main street of Bowral. This is a regular breakfast stop for me when driving or riding in these areas, food is always great, good coffees and a friendly smile.
After leaving Bowral I headed out of town to Fitzroy Falls, this first section is pretty straight forward, just beautiful country highway roads with a little trucking traffic but relatively free. The autumn morning was so crisp, clean air, blue skies and the land is quite lush through there at the moment.
Fitzroy Falls was absolutely spectacular, a short walk out to the viewing platform and the falls are right there. I must admit that I’m a chicken when it comes to heights, so i had my wobbly legs on as I walked to the edge of the lookout. Haha.
Even if you are only passing through, Fitzroy Falls is a must!!
After leaving Fitzroy Falls I grabbed a quick coffee at an old Service Station called “Falls Cafe”, the meat pies smelt amazing but having only just had breakfast the coffee will do.
From the Falls cafe, my next stop was in Kangaroo Valley itself. The roads start to get windier and steeper and loads of fun, and then as you turn to cross the river you get your first sight of the beautiful old bridge called Hampden Bridge.
The last leg of this drive was from Kangaroo Valley, via Kangaroo Valley Road, across Berry Mountain arriving to the Highway just South of Berry. This section of road was super windy and single lane, but was also quite a rough road, plenty of pot holes but still buckets of fun and plenty of smiles.
To learn more about this drive from Bowral, through Kangaroo valley to Berry, watch our video below.
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Enthusiasts are made over years, decades even. Our influences come from many different angles. They come from family, they come from environment and location, and they also come from the Silver Screen or TV,
This post today will touch on the “Hero Cars” of TV and the Big Screen that influence my life and were part of making me a the Car Enthusiast that I am.
My first car experience was through the movie “The Italian Job”, this 1969 movie featured three Mini Cooper S cars that seems to defy anything that cars were thought to do. They scaled stair cases, out run the police, and were completely unstoppable. Being such a small call, and affordable for the majority of the population, they made the Mini Coopers S absolute Hero Cars.
The second on screen car influence that I had actually inspired my very first car. Herbie the Love Bug was a VW Beetle that had a life of its own, and it certainly created a star out of the humble German built car. With the number 53 across the bonnet and doors and the racing stripes down the middle, Herbie was loved by many.
My first car was an old 1959 VW Beetle that my Dad and I restored to it’s former glory, stopping short of adding the Herbie livery.
Heading from the big screen to the small screen, the TV show Magnum PI introduced the Ferrari 308 GTS to the mainstream. Tom Selleck roaring around Oahu, Hawaii with his loud shirts and monster mustache.
Keeping with the mustache theme was Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit, teaming up with truckies in order to evade the Police. Burt’s chosen vehicle was the a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am “Fire Bird”.
The American Muscle tradition in Hero Cars continued with a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am that, like Herbie, had a life of it’s own. Knight Rider was the TV show that re-ignited the idea of a car being alive, and capable of it’s own decision making.
Finally, the car that made the most impact on my life from the screen was the mighty “General Lee” from the Dukes of Hazard. This 1969 Dodge Charger was, and still is my absolute dream car. Sadly due to their scarcity, and us being in the Southern Hemisphere, these little beauty’s cost upward of $100K.
Although I may never own one of these beasts, the dream will always be there.
A few years ago I was searching for more information on customizing motorcycles and trying to find a support group to bounce ideas off regarding repairs and builds. I stumbled across a group of riders in Sydney called Sydney Cafe Racers (SCR).
These men and women build, modify and ride classic styled bikes. Bobbers, cafe racers, trackers and choppers. Sydney Cafe Racers SCR, created by Mark Hawwa, have grown quite substantially over the year’s, and have done some phenomenal things for the custom motorcycle crowd, and more importantly for charity worldwide.
One of the major events that Mark Hawwa and his team have achieved is an annual Distinguished Gentlemans Ride DGR. DGR started local but quickly spread across the planet where many cities worldwide run DGR on the same day each year, showcasing some of the best classic, classic styled, or custom motorcycles you’ll ever see. Top this off with all riders required to dress “dapper” it’s a sight to see. Not only is this an amazing event, but it also raises a huge amount money and awareness for research to prevent prostrate cancer and more recently Movember.
Mark Hawwas other great achievement with Sydney Cafe Racers SCR an event called Throttle Roll, where they hold a street party with their amazing motorcycles on display, great food truck’s, some booze bars and some kicking bands.
This year Throtle Roll was held in Marrickville on Easter Saturday. The crowds were strong, the bikes were legendary and food cooking left us salivating to eat as much as humanly possible.
This network that Mark Hawwa and the team at SCR has built was the exact reason I wanted to start Sydney Coupes and Roadsters, to grow a group of like-minded, passionate car enthusiasts, that want to get together, share stories and advice and go for social drive togethers.
On Good Friday this year we ran our first SCAR (Sydney Coupes and Roadsters) drive through the Royal National Park.
I set up the SCAR social driving group to allow many people with similar passions and similar cars to get together for drives, a laugh and coffee or drinks.
This run, it was just myself in my 2003 Madza MX-5 roadster and Daz in his BMW Z4M coupe.
Heading south through the park was quite a slow trip being a public holiday, loads of cyclists and learner drivers and the odd Highway Patrol….but after a coffee and a bite to eat at the Bald Hill lookout, heading north was a relatively clear run carving through the twisties driving our cars the way they were designed to be driven.
This was the first of many drives so keep in touch with us for more information.
There is no fee to be a part of SCAR, the only requirement is to have a car passion, a good attitude and not be a dickhead when driving. We love spirited driving but it’s not cool to put others safety at risk.