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Overview

An epic journey awaits as you explore the iconic city of Sydney, before heading off into regional New South Wales. In Australia's most-visited state, you can explore the Blue Mountains, sample tasty wines in the Hunter Valley, see wild dolphins and whales in Port Stephens, and stroll along beaches like Bondi and Coogee.

Car hire is included in this trip, so you can get around really easily. Aussies drive on the same side of the road as us, and you'll find that the roads are generally fairly quiet once you get out of Sydney. And having your own car means you can take things at your own pace, and make your itinerary your own. This Australia holiday really has something for everyone, so you can take the kids, travel as a couple, or go with a group of friends. Pack your bags, as New South Wales is waiting to be explored.

NSW Destination

Day 1:

Arrive in Sydney

On arrival in Sydney, make your way downtown and check into your hotel. Once you've settled into your room, get out and start ticking off the iconic sites. Or, if you’re feeling a little jet-lagged, pop to the historic The Rocks area or Sydney’s newest harbour precinct Barangaroo for some dinner, then get an early night so you're ready to explore in the morning.

Overnight – Central Sydney hotel

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Days 2–4:

Sydney

You'll have three full days to explore this incredible city. You could start off by walking through the Royal Botanical Garden, where you'll find thousands of plants and great views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Opera House is a must-see, so why not book a tour and learn about its architecture and history? Or, to get an aerial view of Sydney, head up to level 47 Australia Square for 360-degree views at O Bar and Dining. If you'd prefer a more adventurous activity, then head to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, don a harness and climb to the summit, where you can look out over the iconic harbour.

There's plenty to do for families, too. Head to the fun fair at Luna Park Sydney on the north side of Sydney Harbour Bridge, or learn about the magic of the Great Barrier Reef at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay and sail across the harbour to Taronga Zoo, where you can see animal rehabilitation and conservation first hand, as well as Australian native animals like koalas and kangaroos. There's even an eco-lodge; Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, at the zoo where you can stay – ask our experts if you’d like to add this into your itinerary.

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Day 5:

Sydney to the Blue Mountains

Leave the city behind, as you pick up your hire car and begin your journey into regional New South Wales. First stop is the beautiful Blue Mountains. The drive from Sydney takes around two hours, so you can easily be there by lunchtime, if you wish. Known for its soaring sandstone ridges blanketed in native bushland and eucalyptus trees, this place has dozens of walking tracks, ranging from lazy strolls to challenging hikes. As you drive through the Blue Mountains, you'll spot some charming towns and wonderful views. Make sure you wander down to Echo Point – just a 10-minute stroll from Lilianfels Resort – where you can admire the iconic Three Sisters rock formation.

Overnight – Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa

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Day 6:

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a vast national park perfect for hiking, abseiling, canyoning and mountain biking. There are picturesque towns and villages to explore, Aboriginal history to learn, and lots of wildlife, including wallabies, kangaroos and wombats.

Scenic World is a great way to see the Blue Mountains. With more than two kilometres of elevated rainforest boardwalks, this place allows you to discover local flora and fauna, while admiring the views. And you can take a ride on the world's steepest railway, which rises from the information centre to the rainforest floor. There's also an aerial cable car and scenic skywalk, so you can make your way around and see some epic vistas.

Later, why not head to Katoomba and wander through the quaint shops or grab some food at one of the cafés? It's also worth driving to one of the Blue Mountains' lookouts to take some amazing pictures.

Overnight – Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa

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Day 7:

Blue Mountains to the Hunter Valley

Your next stop is the incredible Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. With over 150 cellar doors, this place allows you to really indulge in sumptuous wines and locally grown produce. The drive from the Blue Mountains to your hotel takes around three hours, so we'd suggest hitting the road early to make your most of your time in the Hunter Valley.

Overnight – Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley

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Day 8:

Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is famous for Shiraz and Semillon wines, so make sure you book a vineyard tour and tasting session. Or why not try a pairing of wine and chocolate, or wine and cheese? Some of the iconic wineries including Audrey Wilkinson’s, Tyrrell’s Wines and Brokenwood. There are also some acclaimed restaurants here. If you want to experience some fine dining, head to Exp., Bistro Mollines or Muse.

But the Hunter Valley isn’t just about wining and dining. There are lots of activities to enjoy, from hot air balloon rides and Segway tours, to golf and and wildlife-watching. Whether you choose to make the most of the cellar door experiences or throw yourself into the activities, the Hunter Valley will not disappoint.

Overnight – Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley

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Day 9:

Hunter Valley to Port Stephens

Today, hop in the car and make the 90-minute journey to Port Stephens – a coastal area with plenty of charm. To break up the drive, you could stop in Newcastle for a relaxing walk, a dip in the sea baths, or a bite to eat in one of the city's many restaurants.

Once you reach arrive at your hotel, take some time out and enjoy the facilities. You could go for a dip in the pool, book in for a spa treatment, or just sip a cocktail and admire the views.  

Overnight – The Anchorage Port Stephens Hotel & Spa

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Days 10-11:

Port Stephens

Port Stephens is a coastal area with 26 golden bays and beaches, and is often called the dolphin capital of Australia. You’ll have two full days here, so make sure you book a dolphin-watching trip. These playful creatures are here all year round and, if you visit between May and November, you might also spot some whales.

Head to the quaint town of Nelson Bay, just a 10-minute drive away, to browse shops and cafés. Or sample some fresh seafood at Little Beach Boathouse, where delicious dishes meet gorgeous views. Just around the bay, Mount Tomaree is another must-see. Keen hikers will love the summit walk – the two-kilometre route takes about 90 minutes, but the views are worth the effort. Or, if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, go on a quad bike tour through the sand dunes with an Aboriginal guide. Port Stephens is one of the few places in Australia where dunes meet the sea.

Overnight – The Anchorage Port Stephens Hotel & Spa

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Day 12:

Port Stephens to Coogee Beach

After an action-packed few days, it’s time to drive back towards Sydney and head for the Northern Beaches. The drive will take around three hours, so why not stop off along the Central Coast? There's all sorts of things to do. You could try an Aboriginal bush tucker and wine-tasting experience at Firecreek Botanical Winery. Or, if you didn’t get a chance to do a whale-watching cruise in Port Stephens, there are plenty of other places where you can get out on the water to see these majestic animals.

You'll probably arrive in Coogee in the mid-to-late afternoon, so you can stroll around town, pick up any last-minute souvenirs, and have a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Overnight – Coogee Beach accommodation

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Day 13:

Coogee Beach

It’s your last full day in New South Wales today. Spend it in true Aussie style when you enjoy a surfing lesson, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Want to explore further? We'd recommend doing the Coogee to Bondi walk – a coastal path which runs for six kilometres past cliffs, rock pools and stunning beaches. The walk will probably take you between two and three hours, as you stop to admire the views – and you can tick Bondi Beach off your bucket list. Once you reach Bondi, you can grab a bite to eat, browse the shops and chill out on the beach. If you’re feeling energetic, then you can walk back – otherwise, jump on a local bus or hop in a taxi.

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Day 14:

Depart Sydney

Your New South Wales adventure comes to an end today, as you make your way to Sydney Airport for your onward flight. 

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  • What's Included

Included
  • 13 nights accommodation on Room Only basis, unless otherwise specified
  • Return international flights
  • 10 days car hire
Not included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

What's Included

Included
  • 13 nights accommodation on Room Only basis, unless otherwise specified
  • Return international flights
  • 10 days car hire
Not included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
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