Sydney to Avoca
Route: Sydney - Avoca Beach
For a short and breezy roadtrip option, look no further than the Central Coast's sleepy little township of Avoca Beach. You'll get there before lunchtime, which leaves plenty of time for seaside chills. It's not quite as cheeky as its namesake in Rio, but head to Copacabana for a surf, or the busier, more bustling Terrigal Beach further north if you'd rather just a dip. Set on a sprawling homestead out of town, Shady Palms is the spot for modern Australian and Italian lunch fare, and catch a flick at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre before you hop back in the car to head home – it's been unwinding reels since 1948. If you have a little longer, put your hiking boots on and take in the views from a glorious coast-hugging trek through Bouddi National Park.