11 nights including hotel stays, 8 day car hire and flights* Call for latest price and offers
This exciting itinerary ticks all the boxes. You can hit the road from Sydney and drive the legendary Pacific Coast north to Brisbane. On the way, you'll discover world-class wines, relax on soft sand beaches, meet an abundance of local wildlife, and witness some spectacular sunrises.
Spend three nights in Sydney exploring the sites of New South Wales’ iconic capital, before hopping in your hire car to see more of this diverse state. Sample fine wines in the Hunter Valley, spot dolphins on a cruise in Port Stephens, and visit the most easterly point of Australia at Byron Bay, before crossing the state border into Queensland to finish up in Brisbane. If glorious sunshine, great food and epic scenery sounds like your perfect trip, it's time to pack your bags for New South Wales.
Welcome to Sydney! You'll have three full days to explore this incredible city. Why not start off in the beautiful Sydney Botanical Gardens? As well as having thousands of plants, it’s also a great place to snap a photo of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Make sure you also visit the iconic Sydney Opera House. Admire its grand architecture, then book a tour to learn about how it was built.
To get an aerial view of Sydney, head up to floor 47 of Australia Square to get panoramic vistas at O Bar and Dining. Or, if you’re up for something a bit more adventurous, head to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and climb to the summit.
To get a taste of Sydney’s relaxed beach lifestyle, the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a must-do. This popular walk, which is also revered by locals, offers outstanding ocean views and the chance to swim in rockpools along the way. And be sure to head to Bondi beach for a surf lesson, or simply sit on the sands and watch the pros in action.
Overnight – 4* Rydges Sydney Harbour or similar
Pick up your hire car and set off for the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. With over 150 cellar doors, this place has endless sumptuous wines and locally grown produce. The Hunter Valley is famous for shiraz & semillon, so make sure you book in for a tasting. Why not try a wine and chocolate pairing, or a cheese and wine tasting? Some of the iconic wineries here include Audrey Wilkinson’s, Tyrrell’s Wines and Brokenwood. There are also some acclaimed restaurants. Experience some fine dining at Exp., Bistro Mollines or Muse.
But the Hunter Valley isn’t just about wining and dining. You can enjoy all sorts of activities, from hot-air balloon rides and Segway tours, to kangaroo-spotting and golf. Whether you choose to make the most of the cellar door experiences or throw yourself into activities, the Hunter Valley will not disappoint.
Overnight – 4* Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill or similar
Get in the car and make the 90-minute drive to Port Stephens, a coastal town with plenty of charm. With 26 golden bays and beaches to be explored, it's referred to as the dolphin capital of Australia. Why not book a dolphin-watching cruise or a kayak tour to see these majestic creatures up close? And, if you’re travelling between May and November, you might be lucky enough to spot some whales.
Port Stephens is also home to some of the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. The Stockton Bight Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands offer an ever changing golden sandscape – and what better way to see them than on a 4x4 or quadbike adventure? Sandboarding tours, horse-riding and even camel-riding is also available.
Overnight – 4* Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Hotel or similar
Leave Port Stephens and head north, making a pit stop in Port Macquarie where you can refuel or stretch your legs along one its white sandy beaches. Later, you'll reach Coffs Harbour. Make sure you tick off the town's unique 'Big Banana' attraction – it makes for a fun photo opportunity, but also symbolises the region6's rich tropical fruit industry.
Overnight – 4* Breakfree Aanuka Hotel or similar
Today you'll reach Byron Bay – a bohemian paradise, known for its laidback atmosphere, world-class beaches and wellness retreats. Take a couple of days to relax and unwind here. There are a host of impressive cafes and eateries to be discovered – don’t miss The Farm or Folk Café. Head out on a kayak tour, try your hand at surfing, walk up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, or visit The Cape Byron Distillery to sample some local gin made with native botanicals. If you’re an early bird, the sunrises here are not to be missed. As Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay is the first place to see the sun each morning.
Overnight - 4* The Lord Byron or similar
From Byron Bay, you'll cross the state border into Queensland and reach your final stop, Brisbane. Drop off your hire car and spend a few of days exploring Queensland’s buzzing capital. You can dine in world-class restaurants along the riverfront, sip cocktails at hip rooftop bars, and discover some of Australia’s best craft breweries. Don’t miss a cruise along the Brisbane River, or see the city from above on a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane. Go for a paddle at the man-made Streets Beach in the middle of the city. And why not pay a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to meet some of the cute locals?
Overnight – 4* Mantra on Queen or similar
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