5 + 1  EV Day Trips - No Charge

5 + 1 EV Day Trips – No Charge

November 29, 2023
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5 + 1 Day trips in easy, no charge range
(From Sydney, Australia)

Don’t stress, don’t even think about range – just charge up, jump in your EV and enjoy one of these 5 + 1 easy day trips from Sydney (in no particular order).


Plenty of good driving with some freeway cruising and some more challenging stuff it you want more fun.  All have a hidden gem on arrival;  something to excite, refresh or revive for the trip home.


Don’t forget, whether it’s the journey or the destination, an EV is also for the fun of driving.


Hit one of the Headings below and jump down to the  Story.

Pearl Beach

Around an hour and a half (100km from Sydney city) heading north from Sydney on the M1, Peal Beach is truly the Pearl of the Central Coast. It's tucked away in Broken Bay, at the entrance to Brisbane Waters near Umina and Ettalong Beaches. A beach to take your picnic or walking shoes with you, or just relax on the beach for the afternoon, it's an easy round trip for an EV.

Pearl Beach NSW

 

 

If you like driving roads, this has just enough of the curvy stuff.  But first you take the freeway north, head off at the Gosford exit and loop around the top past an amazing lookout of Brisbane Waters.  Across the top of Woy Woy Road then you sweep down to the flats and across to Umina.

 

Up and over Mount Ettalong, via Patonga Drive and just when you’ve had enough, the view south unfolds from the lookout.  The beach is there, tucked into the bush and in the distance, the entrance to the Brooklyn River and  across the you see the view back south to Barrenjoey Lighthouse.  Well worth the drive.

 

Once there stop for a coffee at the Pearlys (aka Pearl Beach Cafe) at the south end or drop you picnic on the beautiful golden sand.  Some of the Beach is a pooch friendly, but read the signs.  And if you are more adventurous, take in some of the local bush walks or drive on further, still within  EV range and check out Patonga Beach, a bit further round.  They are both beautiful beaches and a 

great day out.

 

 

Bundenna

Head south this time, from Sydney City on the Eastern Distributor towards the airport, out of the suburbia via Brighton and Sutherland till you sweep through the Royal National Park to bountiful Bundenna. After only an hour and a bit of city and bush driving, you'll feel like you're in the middle of nowhere!

 

Charged up, start winding your way through the 70 odd km , starting with Sydney suburbs, (add a bit if you hail from further north), where ever you hail from and a mid-morning departure will do.  Just after your reach the A1 south, you turn into the National Park at Loftus, where the real driving fun begins.  Make the most of bush, the windy roads and the duck down the valley to the Audley Weir, where you could stop for morning tea if you like.  Carry on up the side and you’re only 20 min of real driving away from Bundenna, along Bundenna Drive.  Seems like a trip, but faster on the way home!

 

On arrival, Bundenna town will embrace you, on a good day you’ll see lots of other enjoying themselves too.  Coming in via the small township, you immerse yourself into one of the many beaches, bush walks and water sports till you’re almost become a local. If you don’t take your picnic, there’s cafes and food on Brighton Street as you come into town. 

 

We love catching up at Earth Thingz Cafe.  And if you want to get away for a nice long beach walk, head to Jibbon Beach and inland walking tracks – spectacular water views.  Bundeena, so close to Sydney, but within one charge and a short drive you’ll soon be miles away.

 

Cabramatta

Save yourself the airfare, if you want a local taste of Vietnam, charge up, head down the M5 towards Liverpool and immerse yourself in the delights of Cabramatta's food and festivities. At the right time of the year you may stumble across one of the many festivals, which usually culminate with a celebration of life down Arthur St.

Cabramatta

 

Half a tank will do for this trip, heading south from Sydney City down the motorway, past the Airport to the M5 heading towards Liverpool.  Get off at Hume Highway exit, Liverpool (the old route south out of Sydney) and head, strangely north, to enter Cabramatta via the South.  Tell your onboard computer, “Hughes Street, Cabramatta” and you’ll arrive an hour later right in the thick of it.

 

Take a guided tour or navigate yourself around the back streets bounded by John and Hughes Streets.  Get lost between Arthur Street and Park Road, but don’t worry, Dutton Plaza will be your bolt hole.  Restaurants and food halls are tucked away from street frontages; down malls, upstairs or behind the multitude of outdoor fruit and veg shops and fish markets.  Out here you are spoilt Pho choice, and Bahn Mi, you can’t go wrong.  But for a sure thing, try Pho 54 or Goodluck BBQ.

 

Not far away, but worlds apart, take a small comfort in the style and tranquillity afforded at the William Inglis Hotel, Spa and Horse Sales Stable.  An amazing 5 star hotel and conference centre adjacent to Warwick Farm Racecourse only 10 minutes and a world away from Cabramatta.  For a treat on the way, stop off for at the Donut Mum, for donuts to die for.  For something more cultural, head down to the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, near Liverpool, there’s always plenty on.

 

Heading home to the city or west, try completing the circle around to Merrylands via the local suburbs, then back to the city via the M4.  Car still with plenty of charge, some cheap produce in the back and your tummy full of great food.  A day to remember.

 

Blue Mountains High Tea

Grab you winter woollies, charge up the EV and what better way to spend the afternoon than heading west to the Blue Mountains for afternoon High Tea at Lilianfels, it's gorgeous. For that really cozy feeling, befitting a high tea, now is the perfect time for this day trip. But we all remember, Blue Mountains are spectacular anytime of the year.

Llilianfels high tea

 

Due west from Sydney, towards Australia’s Great Dividing Range, the Blue Mountains is a leisurely 2 hour EV drive from the Coast.  The Mountains hold some intimate secrets, that hark back to the good old days, one of the these high on our list, High Tea at Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa is just such a gem.

 

Cruise on the M4 or M2 from the City for about an hour, then just past Penrith (explore on another trip), still enjoying freeway style of A32 (and EV acceleration) as you start your accent up the mountain.   Pass by some excellent scenery and views, turn of at Katoomba start to slow down as you take in the real Blue Mountains atmosphere.  Stop for a walk around the charming shops of Katoomba, or have a bite of late lunch, but don’t ruin your appetite for High Tea.  By the time you crawl into cradling gardens of Lilianfels at the top of the escarpment, you’ll be totally relaxed.

 

Book ahead for a variety of High Tea packages (but remember don’t drink and drive).  Sink back into the plush surroundings and indulge yourself with the amazing selection of canapes and teas.  Before heading home,  take a brisk walk around the gardens and local lookouts; we like Lady Darley’s Lookout, but Echo Point is not far away.

 

Getting home will be easy, make the most of the downhill run with your REGEN. activated and like most Sydney Day Trips, you’ll be 

home in no time, with plenty of juice to spare. 

 

 

Cottage Point

Forget about the seaplane, this trip is perfect for EV drivers. Head north from Sydney town about mid-morning to explore the estuaries of the Hawkesbury River and Pittwater, if you have time. A suburban drive up through Belrose to Terry Hills at first, but once you turn off on McCarrs Creek Road, it's all downhill through the beautiful bush to the water, so your EV and it's regen. will be in its element.

Cottage Point

Cottage Point is at the end of a narrow peninsular on the Cowan Creek, a dead end, but the for residents and visitors it’s the essence of life. And the heart of Cottage Point is the Cottage Point Kiosk & Boat Hire, the spot to send a couple of relaxing hours over coffee or lunch.

 

If you’re feeling more adventurous, do as the name suggests and hire a small boat or kayak and spend the afternoon out on the crystal waters of the Cowan River discovering the secluded beaches, marine life, waterfalls and birdlife of the Ku-ring-gai National Park.   For the perfect day, best to book in advance.

 

With plenty of range left in the tank, head back up the hill, but detour around to either Bobbin Head, or Church Point for another great drive, with some real drivers’ roads. Stop for a coffee before putting Home into the onboard navigator and make your way home from a day discovering some of Sydney’s treasures.

 

Kangaroo Valley

So this one might be pushing the EV day trip thing but the key to this time the answer lies in Berry. From Sydney, the drive down to the Southern Highlands, through the Kangaroo Valley, and over the escarpment to Berry is one of the classic Sydney drivers drives. But you won't be disappointed, this is EV driving.

Kangaroo Valley

The Kangaroos are no longer there but everything else is.  Kangaroo Valley Township is just one of many delights as step back in time driving down from the Southern Highlands.  Leave early fully charged  for this one, down the M5, turning into the M31, then make sure you exit at the tourist detour.  Stop for a break somewhere in Bowral or Mittagong for a coffee or pie, then pick up the GPS again as you head down Moss Vale Road.


You’re greeted by a canopy of trees and great drivers road, so slow down, smell the country air and wind you way through Avoca, stopping at Fitzroy falls for look see.  If you want something extra, head Robertson on the A48, the Cheese Shop is the place to be, then if you’re confident, take the country road lane back to Fitzroy Falls to continue.


Now some hairpin stuff as you head over the first real hill to Kangaroo Valley.  Take in the drive or stop in town for a coffee, the bush, the grass, the air -it really is Eden. 


For the drivers the best part is to come as you continue on the A73, across the Cambewarra Ranges, over the escarpment, where the whole coastline breaks into view – spectacular.  Don’t forget to stop at the Cambewarra Mountain Lookout & Cafe, about a 1km off the main road – worth it.


Cruise down to Berry, where you can top up at the NRMA Fast Charger, Berry Bowling Club or for Tesla Drivers, follow the computer to the SuperCharger at the Silo Estate Winery, a few km just south of Berry. Great choice Tesla!


Full, happy and relaxed, cruise home on the multilane M1 for leisurely 2 hour drive, plenty of juice in the tank, but already regretting 

the weekend is over and you are heading back to Sydney!