Sydney to Brisbane
Duration: 4 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £469pp
Port Stephens 1 night
Coffs Harbour 1 night
Byron Bay 2 nights
Day 1 Sydney/Port Stephens: Leave Sydney this morning and head north up the coast to Port Stephens, known for its playful dolphins. There's a whole host of activities and gorgeous coastlline scenery to soak up. If you enjoy being near, or on, the water consider taking a boat excursion, going scuba diving, hiring a surf board, kayak or stand up paddleboard. On land, activities include golf, sand dune tours or even sand boarding. This evening, we highly recommend dinner at one of the fabulous seafood restaurants (approx 3 hours).
Day 2 Port Stephens/Coffs Harbour: Following the coastline north you will come to Coffs Harbour, which sits at the southern edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Popular activities include swimming, surfing, sailing, diving or simply relaxing on one of the many beaches. Nearby, you can walk above a rainforest canopy in a World Heritage Wilderness, while no visit to Coffs Harbour would be complete without a glimpse of the famous Big Banana sculpture (approx 5 hours).
Day 3 Coffs Harbour/Byron Bay: Take a leisurely drive up to Byron Bay which is surrounded by national parks and great beaches. The area is famous for its surf culture, organic food and outdoor activities, so why not take the opportunity to learn to surf? Alternatively, head to Cape Byron Lighthouse for a guided tour to find out about shipwrecks and enjoy spectacular views (approx 3½ hours).
Day 4 Byron Bay: A day at leisure to browse the town and shops, or take a whale watching trip in season (Jun-Nov) when the humpback whales are on their migratory route, or book a ride in a hot air balloon for birds-eye views of the mountains, rainforest and coast.
Day 5 Byron Bay/Brisbane: Today you drive to Brisbane stopping en route at Lamington National Park to see the rainforest, gorges, caves, waterfalls and wildlife (approx 2 hours). Alternatively extend your time on the Gold Coast to relax or take in one of the theme parks.
Accommodation: 4* Ramada Resort Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, 4* Breakfree Aanuka Beach, Coffs Harbour & 4* The Byron at Byron Resort, Byron Bay.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group B car hire and accommodation as outlined.