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A superb itinerary starting with a few days in Sydney before collecting a car to drive along the beautiful coastline of New South Wales. Finish on the beach in Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast.


Day 1 - UK to Sydney

Fly from London to Sydney, arriving the next day.

Days 2-4 - Sydney

On arrival make your way from the airport to the well-located Park8 Hotel Sydney - we have a range of hotels to choose from, and your length of stay in Sydney is flexible. Spend the next few days exploring Sydney - the Sydney Harbour Ferries are a great way to get around and give spectacular views of the harbour at the same time, so why not hop on a ferry and head over to Taronga Zoo.

Day 5 - Sydney to the Hunter Valley

Collect your rental car from the Sydney depot, and head out of town towards the Hunter Valley. We’d suggest following the coastal route via The Entrance (approx 245 km / 3 hours 45 mins, plus stops), taking in beautiful Bouddi National Park and taking a little time to explore forward-thinking Newcastle, perhaps stopping for a dip at the art-deco Ocean Baths. On arrival in to the Hunter Valley check in to the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley for a two night stay.

Day 6 - Hunter Valley

The pretty Hunter Valley is one of the best places in Australia to sample local produce - we’re talking fine wine, craft beer, cheese, chocolate and so much more. Spend a day wine-tasting and sampling the local delicacies.

Day 7 - Hunter Valley to Port Macquarie

Head back to the coast from the Hunter Valley and explore the beautiful coastline of New South Wales - we’d suggest taking detours to Port Stephens and Myall Lakes (approx 380 km / 4 hours 40 mins, plus stops). Port Stephens is often called the ‘dolphin capital of Australia’ and the area around this sheltered harbour is also dotted with peaceful beaches and impressive sand dunes. Myall Lakes National Park covers one of the prettiest sections of the whole coastline. Port Macquarie - or just ‘Port’ as it’s often called - is a relaxed town with fabulous beaches, and a great place to chill. Surfing is particularly good at Town Beach and Flynn’s Beach, while whales can often be seen from the town between May and November. Check in to the Waters Edge Port Macquarie for an overnight night stay.

Day 8 - Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour

Today we’d suggest a couple of diversions to get you to Coffs Harbour, taking in South West Rocks and Bellingen (approx 250 km / 3 hours 30 mins, plus stops). En route to South West Rocks (with its spectacular beaches) stop in Kempsey, the home of the Akubra hat (and country music legend Slim Dusty). The coastline is dotted with incredible beaches, before heading inland to Bellingen, a relaxed town and veritable culinary hotspot in the hinterland. Coffs Harbour is then a short drive away, with its laid-back beach feel, and the famous ‘Big Banana’. Check in to the BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort for an overnight stay.

Day 9 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay

Continue north from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay today (approx 275 km / 3 hours 30 mins, plus stops), travelling via the grand elegance of Grafton and the relaxed vibe of Yamba, with the countryside in between dotted with picturesque villages. Ballina retains a number of historic buildings while nearly Lennox Head is renowned for its surfing, with a world-class point break. On arrival in to Byron Bay check in to The Lord Byron for a two night stay.

Day 10 - Byron Bay

Laid-back and chilled, Byron Bay is the premier beach destination in Northern New South Wales, and while the beaches are spectacular it’s the atmosphere of the town itself that makes this place special. Spend the day getting to know the Byron Bay vibe.

Day 11 - Byron Bay to the Gold Coast

Continue north and cross the border in the Queensland on the short hop to the Gold Coast and glitzy Surfers Paradise (approx 95 km / 1 hour 15 mins, plus stops). On arrival, drop off your car and make your way to the Novotel Surfers Paradise for a five night stay.

Days 12-15

Spend a few days relaxing or exploring the Gold Coast, with its miles of surf beaches, great shopping and theme parks, a beautiful hinterland of mountains and forest,and a plethora of nightlife.

Day 16 - Return

Make your way to Brisbane airport for your return flight the UK, arriving the next day.

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Depart Heathrow on 09 September

3 nights Sydney

4* Park8 Hotel

Room Only / Standard room

7 days car hire (Sydney to Gold Coast)

Toyota Corolla or similar

2 nights Hunter Valley

4* Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Room Only / Villa Guest room

1 night Port Macquarie

3* Waters Edge Port Macquarie

Room Only / Standard room

1 night Coffs Harbour

4* BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort

Room Only / Hotel room

2 nights Byron Bay

3* The Lord Byron

Room Only / Deluxe Queen room

5 nights Gold Coast

4* Novotel Surfers Paradise

Room Only / Standard room

£1625 per person