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6 Day Australian East Coast Explorer

5 nights, Sydney to Brisbane

6 Day Australian East Coast Explorer

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Included in this New Zealand self drive holiday

  • This New Zealand holiday starts at price per person (see details)
  • 6 days / 5 nights from Sydney to Brisbane
  • Accommodation is Apartments (can be customised)
  • A superb range of rental cars to choose from
  • Rental car insurance with full coverage (variable excess/deductible)
  • Unlimited kilometres, GPS navigation, airport and ferry fees
  • Can be fully customised to suit you
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Day 1 - Arrive into Sydney

Private Transfer from Sydney Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, a private transfer will collect you from Sydney Airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

Itinerary information by APP & in country support

Access to our exclusive Touring App. The App includes your full itinerary and reservation details, all available online and offline as well as lots of other great information such as restaurant guides, weather forecasts, and local activity suggestions. Instant itinerary updates and changes are available and it's easy to keep in touch with us. The App is free and easy to download on your mobile using Android or IOS.
You also have access to our free call number and after-hours service if you require support while on tour.

Arrive into Sydney

Sydney is Australia's most famous city and with almost 20% of the country's population, is also Australia's largest city. Situated on the east coast of Australia it has beautiful white sand beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach as well as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and of course the Sydney Opera House. It was home to about 29 different Aboriginal clan groups for 50,000 years before the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 brought the beginning of European settlement. Rich in modern history, art, and food Sydney has something for everyone.

Hidden Bars of Sydney Walking Tour with Depot Adventures - suggested

In 2014, the government of New South Wales introduced lockout laws, which forever changed Sydney’s bar scene. Suddenly, club-hopping was no more in a city known for some of the best nightlife in Australia.
In a story of unintended consequences, a new kind of bar started to appear in the city — one that you could settle into for the night with a small group of mates. Sydney’s speakeasies came roaring into fashion, and now hidden bars behind pizza shops, dumpling halls and back laneways are all the rage.
Join a local guide and discover the incredibly new and exciting trend in Sydney’s hospitality scene.

Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Darling Harbour

Accommodation type: Apartments

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: onsite paid parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Room service available
  • Laundry facilities: In room
  • Swimming pool
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 2 - Collect your rental car and explore Sydney before taking to the water for an evening dinner cruise on the harbour

Collect your rental car

Your holiday can be customised and priced with any of the rental cars available in our fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige sedans and SUVs.

Explore Sydney

Often mistaken as Australia's capital city, Sydney is a vibrant coastal city with plenty to see and do. Wander around Circular Quay for great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge; explore the Royal Botanic Gardens, get your science and culture fix at the Powerhouse Museum, Maritime Museum or the Sydney Observatory; take a ferry and explore the Harbour, Luna Park or Taronga Zoo, or simply shop til you drop in the city centre. With plenty of great bars and restaurants, there is no shortage of things to see, do, eat and drink!

Evening Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Sydney harbour is like a sunset painting in progress. The aquamarine colours of Summer give way to the warm orange hues of Autumn before deepening to a magical Winter twilight blue. Year-round, sun-up or sun-down and everything in between, the colours of Sydney Harbour will welcome you onboard the evening Dinner Cruise. This is the perfect start to an evening or stunning end to an amazing day in the greatest city in the world.

Sydney Opera House Tour - suggested

Step inside an iconic landmark. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks and this is your chance to truly get up-close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Watch unforgettable moments from past Concert Hall performances, learning about the history and future of this world-famous hall in an immersive digital experience. Experience the future within a  purpose-built venue that boasts heritage-inspired interiors, and state-of-the-art technology, including 270-degree visuals and surround sound.
From the jaw-dropping sweep of the sails to our soaring cathedral interiors, it is impossible to complete a tour of the Sydney Opera House without being compelled to look up.

Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Darling Harbour

Accommodation type: Apartments

Meals included: Speciality Dinner

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Day 3 - Your journey north begins todays as you follow the coast to Port Macquarie

Driving distance and time: 366 kms / 227 miles : 3.7 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Sydney to Port Macquarie

Your journey along the "Legendary Pacific Coast" begins by heading north out of Sydney along the Pacific Motorway (M1). If you feel like meeting some native wildlife, you could pop into the Australian Reptile Park, or for something more scenic, take the exit at Gosford for a great little stopover at Norah Head Lighthouse, standing proudly on the coast since 1903.
Back on the motorway, you will pass the Hunter Valley (one of Australia's most famous wine regions) and Newcastle as you continue your journey towards your destination, Port Macquarie. Home to 17 beaches, beautiful scenic walks, and the Koala Hospital, there is plenty to do. If time allows, we recommend the 9km Coastal Walk from town to Lighthouse Beach.

Accommodation: Mantra The Observatory

Accommodation type: Apartments

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Parking: onsite paid parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Dinner service available
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Room service available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry facilities: In room
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 4 - Continue north to Byron Bay via the coastal towns of Coffs Harbour and Yamba

Driving distance and time: 411 kms / 255 miles : 4.5 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - suggested activity

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital was established in 1973 and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. The Hospital is a popular tourist attraction which welcomes thousands of national and international visitors every year. The Hospital is also a scientific research, training and education centre.
The Koala Hospital consists of exhibit enclosures, a treatment clinic, intensive care units and rehabilitation yards, many of which have trees for koalas to learn to climb as part of the rehabilitation process. There is also a Koalaseum - a museum for Koalas which provides information on koala evolution and biology and interactive displays so visitors can touch koala fur or look down a microscope at koala poos (scat).
Admission is free, so we recommend bringing some cash to donate to their valuable conservation work.

Port Macquarie to Byron Bay

Today's drive will cover about 400km (250 miles) up the Pacific Coast, leaving you plenty of opportunities to stop off and take in the sights. From Port Macquarie, head north on Pacific Highway (A1) for about 150km (93 miles)to reach your first stop of the day, Coffs Harbour. Home to the iconic Big Banana, Australia's first "big thing" built back in 1964. Stop at the cafe for a coffee or banana split, or head into town to take a stroll on the Coffs Harbour Jetty.
From Coffs Harbour, snake along the coast for 120km until you reach signs for Yamba. This sleepy hamlet has beaches that rival those of Byron Bay but remains a little more low-profile. Take a stroll on one of the beautiful beaches, or head to the Pacific Hotel for some great views.
From Yamba, return to the Pacific Highway (A1) and continue to head north. If you want an opportunity to spot a second "big thing" today, take a short detour into Ballina to see the Big Prawn. Back on the highway, it's just 30km (18 miles) further to your final destination, Byron Bay.

Accommodation: Eco Beach Resort Byron Bay

Accommodation type: Apartments

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 5-10 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchenette Facilities in Apartments only
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Swimming pool
  • All rooms non smoking
  • Apartments serviced weekly

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Day 5 - Cross the border into Queensland, stopping in at the Gold Coast on your way to Brisbane

Driving distance and time: 157 kms / 98 miles : 1.7 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Byron Bay to Brisbane

The drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane will see you crossing state lines from New South Wales to Queensland. This drive will take a little over two hours, so have a leisurely start to your morning in Byron Bay before heading west out of Byron Bay and onto the M1.
Travel past Coolangatta, a surf and diving mecca revered for its unpretentious culture and bountiful array of aquatic life and continue onto the Gold Coast, famed for its white-sand beaches, theme parks, and shopping. Stop at the iconic Surfers Paradise, take a surf lesson, or, for a bird's eye view of the city and surrounding beaches, head up the 270m tall (886 foot) Q1 building.
From the Gold Coast, continue on the M1 to the state capital, Brisbane.

Gold Coast City Tour & River Cruise with Aquaduck Gold Coast - suggested

The “World’s First” amphibious Aquaduck Safari, operating since 1996, is an established Gold Coast icon.
Departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise, tours aboard the amphibious ‘Duck’ combine informative city tours with a unique and exciting river cruise, travelling past the glitzy waterfront mansions of the rich and famous and taking in the spectacular views of the Gold Coast waterways and its famous landmarks.

Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Accommodation type: Apartments

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: onsite paid parking
  • Parking: offsite paid parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Room service available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry facilities: In apartments only
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 6 - Depart Brisbane today

Depart Brisbane today

Explore more of Brisbane before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

Farewell from Australia

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