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Australian Pacific Coast 11 Day

10 nights, Sydney to Brisbane

Australian Pacific Coast 11 Day

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Included in this New Zealand self drive holiday

  • This New Zealand holiday starts at price per person (see details)
  • 11 days / 10 nights from Sydney to Brisbane
  • Accommodation is Hotel 4 star (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 Sydney

Evening Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour - suggested

Evening Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour
Evening Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour
Evening Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour
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.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney

Accommodation features

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

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Day 2 - Sydney free day

Explore Sydney

Explore Sydney
Explore Sydney
Explore Sydney
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; get your science and culture fix at the Powerhouse Museum, Maritime Museum or the Sydney Observatory; take a ferry to 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!

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney

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Day 3 - Sydney to Newcastle

Driving distance and time: 147 kms / 91 miles : 2.2 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.

Collect your rental car

Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
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.

Sydney to Newcastle via Central Coast

Sydney to Newcastle via Central Coast
Sydney to Newcastle via Central Coast
Sydney to Newcastle via Central Coast

After departing Sydney through the leafy northern suburbs, take the scenic route to the Central Coast. A popular stop on the way is the Australian Reptile Park, where you can see an array of local animals and even feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala.
Continuing along A49, you should take some time to explore the area with towns like Terrigal, Avoca Beach and The Entrance which are home to long sandy beaches, popular surf breaks, and great cafes and restaurants.
Continue north, skirting Lake Macquarie, Australia's largest coastal saltwater lake before arriving into Newcastle, the second biggest city in NSW.

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Day 4 - Newcastle to Coffs Harbour

Driving distance and time: 377 kms / 234 miles : 3.9 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.

Newcastle to Coffs Harbour

Newcastle to Coffs Harbour
Newcastle to Coffs Harbour
Newcastle to Coffs Harbour
Newcastle to Coffs Harbour

This full day journey follows the Pacific Highway north, through coastal national parks, across waterways and with plenty of detours available to small towns, all with their own charms. 
Stop into Port Macquarie to stretch your legs on the white sandy beaches and stop for lunch and pop into the Koala Hospital to learn about Australia's cutest inhabitants, the threats that they face, and the important conservation work done by the hospital's staff and volunteers.
If you're a country music fan, take a short detour into Kempsey, where a visit to the Slim Dusty Museum will give you an insight into the history of country music in Australia and local icon, Slim Dusty. Kempsey is also home to the Akubra hat factory, so for a truly authentic souvenir, a visit to the showroom is a must.
Continue another hour north to your destination, Coffs Harbour. Grab a photo with the famous Big Banana, symbolic of one of the regions largest economic drivers, the tropical fruit industry. With gorgeous beaches and spectacular lookouts, this is a great place to put your feet up and relax.

Accommodation: Quality Hotel City Centre Coffs Harbour

Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Quality Hotel City Centre Coffs Harbour
Accommodation: Quality Hotel City Centre Coffs Harbour
Accommodation: Quality Hotel City Centre Coffs Harbour
Accommodation: Quality Hotel City Centre Coffs Harbour

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: offsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Breakfast service available
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Swimming pool
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 5 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay

Driving distance and time: 219 kms / 136 miles : 2.1 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.

Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay

Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay

Today's drive will cover about 240km up the Pacific Coast, leaving you plenty of opportunities to stop off and take in the sights. Before heading off from Coffs Harbour, head to the Solitary Islands Marine Park to explore the surrounding waters on a snorkelling tour. These waters are home to diverse coral, colourful fish, turtles, and dolphins.
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.

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Day 6 - Free Day Byron Bay

Explore Byron Bay

Byron Bay is Australia's easternmost town and is home to beautiful beaches, lush rainforest, luxury retreats and some fantastic restaurants. People have always been drawn to the region for its fantastic surf, but today it also caters to those looking for a slow-paced break.

Paddle out into Cape Byron Marine Park with Go Sea Kayak Tours or snorkel with sea turtles at Julian Rocks. If you want to give surfing a crack, check out Let's Go Surfing for a group or private lesson. Unwind and reconnect with yourself while practicing yoga at Beachside Yoga and Massage. 

Walking

Start your day in the best possible way by walking the Cape Byron track and witnessing the sunrise. This 3.7km loop takes you through rainforest and shear cliffs with panoramic views of the region. If you're there between June and November keep your eyes peeled for whales migrating along the coast.

Mount Warning is a spectacular but challenging track (5 hours return for the average hiker) that rewards you with 360-degree views from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast.

Join a tour and explore the Australian rainforest at night using night vision technology for an insider's look at the animals that live there. Using military-grade goggles, you do not disturb the animals with bright lights, giving you a greater chance to see possums, pademelons, bandicoots, tawny frogmouths, leaf-tailed geckos, fucsipes, melomys, micro bats and frogs.

Minyon Falls Guided Walk - explore these beautiful falls with an environmental scientist. Passing through the Valley of the Giants filled with Brush Box and Strangler Fig trees. It is a moderately challenging walk that will include some hills and clambering over rocks.

Adrenaline

If you're looking for something to get the heart racing, Byron Bay has a lot on offer. Hang-glide above the Cape Byron Lighthouse and Wategos Beach, join a scenic flight above Mount Warning, or test your limits with Skydive Byron Bay, falling 14,000 feet from above.

 

Dining

Byron's food scene is very on-trend and has a lot to offer. Just outside of town, Three Blue Ducks is set on a working farm, home to heritage pigs, Scottish highland cattle and chickens. Their house-cured salmon and sticky spiced lamb shoulder are two of their most popular dishes. If you're thirsty, head to The Mez Club for a tasty cocktail before going to Fleet for a degustation. With their menu changing regularly according to seasonal local produce, you can be sure that you are getting to taste the freshest local foods available. It is a very popular spot though, so be sure to book in advance if you're planning on going.

 

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Day 7 - Byron Bay to Gold Coast

Driving distance and time: 76 kms / 47 miles : 0.8 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 the Gold Coast

Byron Bay to the Gold Coast
Byron Bay to the Gold Coast
Byron Bay to the Gold Coast
Byron Bay to the Gold Coast

The drive from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast will see you crossing state lines from New South Wales to Queensland. This short drive will take little more than an hour, so have a leisurely start to your morning in Byron Bay before hitting the road.
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.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Accommodation features

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

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Day 8 - Free Day Gold Coast

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast's star attraction is its white sand beaches, including the world-famous stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, a the Gold Coast boasts Australia's tallest building - the Q1, a booming culinary scene, rainforest walks and the Gold Coast's famous theme parks.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

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Day 9 - Gold Coast to Brisbane

Driving distance and time: 174 kms / 108 miles : 3.3 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.

Gold Coast to Brisbane via the Scenic Rim

Gold Coast to Brisbane via the Scenic Rim
Gold Coast to Brisbane via the Scenic Rim
Gold Coast to Brisbane via the Scenic Rim
Gold Coast to Brisbane via the Scenic Rim

The Scenic Rim driving route between Gold Coast and Brisbane is one of spectacular beauty, bursting with stunning mountain ranges and unique topography. Nestled in an ancient volcanic caldera, its abundance of flora, fauna, scenery and local produce is not to be missed. If you want to visit all these spots, be sure to make a day of it and make sure you fill up with petrol before leaving the Gold Coast this morning as once you get closer to Lamington National Park, there are limited places to fill up.
Begin your journey by making your way westbound out of the city towards Nerang, and from there carry on west to Canungra. Once you reach Canungra, you will head south on Lamington National Park Road.
This UNESCO World Heritage site will take your breath away with its exceptional beauty. Home to rainforest, ancient trees, deep valleys and streams, you can immerse yourself in its 160km of walking trails. If you are looking for an easy walk, head for the 1.8km Centenary Track which should take roughly 30 minutes return. If you're feeling a bit more invigorated, carry on to the Morans Falls Track from Centenary Track for a 2 hour return journey.
After you've had your fix of short walks, head back to Canungra before heading north towards Tamborine Mountain. Home to a Rainforest Skywalk, Treetop Challenge, and Fortitude Brewing, there is something for everyone in the family. The plateau is the product of lava flow from the Mount Warning volcanic eruption 22 million years ago and prior to European settlement, it was inhabited by Aboriginal People for tens of thousands of years. Today, it is celebrated for its natural beauty, exceptional fresh produce and abundance of outdoor activities.
You will then drive north towards Brisbane. If you're still hungry, Yatala Pies are Queensland icon, making meat pies for over 130 years and it's definitely worth making a quick stop to try this local favourite. From here, get back on the motorway and follow it all the way into Brisbane.

Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Accommodation type: Apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

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 10 - Free Day Brisbane

Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Accommodation type: Apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

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Day 11 - Farewell from Brisbane

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