Discover Australia’s Pacific Coast

from £1304
excluding flights *
10 nights Year round

Overview

The legendary Pacific Coast is home to some of mainland Australia’s most spectacular scenery. From the golden beaches and blue waters of Byron Bay to the rolling hills of the Hinterland, this self-drive allows you to discover the real essence of Australia, witnessing its varied landscapes as you travel between two of the country’s most popular states, New South Wales and Queensland.

Highlights

  • Learning about Sydney’s past on a guided walking tour of the historical Rocks area
  • Enjoying a premium wine tour and tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • Exploring the beaches and coastal settlements along the Pacific Coast.
  • Relaxing on one of Byron Bay’s endless golden sand beaches
  • Admiring the extensive flora and fauna in Lamington National Park

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental
  • Guided walking tour of the Rocks
  • Hunter Valley picnic amongst the vines
  • Hunter Valley guided tour

Full description

Starting in Sydney you will explore this renowned harbour city, admiring its iconic sights and reveling in its extensive history before continuing on to the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine producing region. Heading north, you will visit the coastal settlements of Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour before visiting the laid-back town of Byron Bay and finishing your tour in the charming river-side city of Brisbane.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
Year round 10 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £1304

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental (standard vehicle, Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Guided walking tour of the Rocks
  • Hunter Valley picnic amongst the vines
  • Full day Hunter Valley guided tour
  • Meet and greet airport transfers on arrival
  • Transfer from Sydney hotel to car depot (one way)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Sydney

On arrival in Sydney, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Rendezvous Hotel Sydney the Rocks

Day 2: Sydney

Today you can explore the many varied delights this cosmopolitan city has to offer. Rise early to enjoy the spectacular harbour setting, home to three of Sydney’s most emblematic sights – the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the expansive Royal Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, you could enjoy an iconic cruise on Sydney Harbour, allowing you to see the city from a different angle. After lunch, spend the afternoon enjoying a guided walking tour of the Rocks district - the site of Australia’s first European settlement. On the tour you will hear fascinating stories of this unique place as you navigate its secret alleyways, quaint courtyards and admire its beautifully restored buildings. You may like to spend the rest of the day at Sydney’s most famous beach - Bondi or head to the skies and enjoy a twilight helicopter flight, flying high over this mesmerising harbour city.
Overnight: Rendezvous Hotel Sydney the Rocks

Day 3: Sydney - Hunter Valley

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the car rental depot. Depart Sydney and travel across the Harbour Bridge towards the oldest and most renowned wine producing area in Australia - the Hunter Valley. On arrival in the Hunter Valley you may like to drop-off your car at your accommodation before making your way to the nearby award-winning Audrey Wilkinson vineyard, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch amongst the vines. Spend some time exploring the in-house museum before enjoying a master class and tasting from the sommelier. After the tasting you will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch in a scenic location of your choice amongst the vines, the perfect introduction to this stunning region and its history of winemaking. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Hunter Valley Gardens and the regions boutique shops and quaint galleries or simply enjoy the surroundings at your premium accommodation.
Overnight: Mercure Hunter Valley

Day 4: Hunter Valley

This morning you will spend the day on a small-group guided tour of the Hunter Valley where you will visit the region’s best wineries, sample its artisan produce and see its local wildlife. Guided by an experienced and knowledgeable guide and travelling in luxury mini-van, over the course of the day you will enjoy a VIP tasting at a number of wineries varying in size from boutique producers to large scale manufacturers. Delight in an al-fresco lunch (weather permitting) in a tranquil setting overlooking the vineyard before enjoying a guided walk on the search for local wildlife and kangaroos. Later in the day you will visit a craft brewery for a tasting and tour before ending the day with a delectable chocolate and wine matching experience.
Overnight: Mercure Hunter Valley

Day 5: Hunter Valley - Port Stephens

This morning, depart Hunter Valley and return to the coast and your next destination of Port Stephens, a coastal settlement overlooking a bay rich in nature and marine life. Home to a marine park over two times the size of Sydney Harbour, wildlife experiences are in abundance here. Between the months of May and November you can enjoy a whale watching cruise to see the migrating humpback whales or year round you can get up close to the resident dolphins either on a cruise or by kayak. Alternatively you can stay on dry land and explore the town’s many art galleries, artisan food shops and abundant eateries.
Overnight: Anchorage, Port Stephens

Day 6: Port Stephens - Port Macquarie

This morning begin your drive north towards Port Macquarie, turning off the Pacific Highway in favour of the scenic leafy roads in Myall Lakes National Park. Pass by spectacular waterways and inland lakes, abundant rainforest and endless golden beaches as you traverse up the coast towards your destination. On arrival check into your accommodation and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Options include spending the afternoon relaxing on one of the town’s spectacular beaches or set yourself a challenge and walk the Port Macquarie coastal walk taking in historic sites such as the Tacking Point Lighthouse, one of Australia’s oldest lighthouses. This evening enjoy dinner overlooking the sea at one of Port Macquarie’s waterside restaurants.
Overnight: Sails Resort by Rydges

Day 7: Port Macquarie - Coffs Harbour

This morning you will continue up the coast to Coffs Harbour. On the way stop at Nambucca Heads for some independent exploration. Located on a headland at the mouth of the Nambucca River, this area is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, meandering river and white sand beaches. Enjoy a spot of lunch along the waterfront or visit the creative outdoor gallery and leave a personal message on the famous rocks that line the river. Continue on to Coffs Harbour where the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the many beaches and sheltered coves for which the city is well-known.
Overnight: Quality Inn City Centre

Day 8: Coffs Harbour - Byron Bay

Today continue towards the unique, bohemian town of Byron Bay. On arrival settle into your accommodation and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring this new-age town. For sensational views of Byron Bay and the endless coastline walk from the town up towards Cape Byron and its famous lighthouse - the most easterly point of mainland Australia. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this intriguing town.
Overnight: Lord Byron Resort

Day 9: Byron Bay

Today is free to spend as you wish in Byron Bay. Enjoy the many restaurants and bars, the boutique shops and endless beaches or drive out towards the Byron Hinterland, a tranquil area filled with quaint villages, verdant forests and green-rolling hills. Alternately if you are feeling active take to the waters in a kayak and paddle with some of Byron’s resident dolphins or simply relax and enjoy the mesmerising beaches.
Overnight: Lord Byron Resort

Day 10: Byron Bay - Lamington National Park - Brisbane

Today you will travel up the Gold Coast and into Queensland. On the way north, detour through the Gold Coast Hinterland to Lamington National Park, home to an abundance of subtropical jungle, waterfalls and wildlife. A complete contrast to the uninterrupted beaches of the Gold Coast, here you can opt for a self-guided walk on one of the many walking tracks or alternatively view the rainforest canopy from above on the Tree Top Canopy Walk, famed for offering spectacular views of the native birdlife. After admiring the wide variety of flora and fauna return to the Pacific Highway and continue up the coast towards Queensland’s capital and your last stop, Brisbane.
Overnight: Mercure Hotel Brisbane

Day 11: Brisbane

This morning return your rental car to the depot before continuing with your onward journey.

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