DAY 1: Sydney - Central Coast - Hunter Valley
From Sydney, drive 1 ½ hours' drive north along the Pacific
Highway to the Central Coast. Explore the region's fabulous beaches and
waterways en route, then head inland toward Cessnock to sample the
delights of the Hunter Valley. There are numerous boutique and
well-known wineries with cellar door tastings and sales. Fresh local
produce is served at several excellent winery restaurants along the way.
DAY 2: Hunter Valley - Newcastle (B)
Enjoy the morning in the Hunter Valley before returning to the
golden surf beaches of the Hunter Coast. There are a string of seaside
villages and a number of National Parks to explore before you head on to
Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
DAY 3: Newcastle - Port Macquarie (B)
Take the scenic drive via Port Stephens' beautiful beaches and bays.
Head north to Forster and the clear water of Myall, Smiths and Wallis
Lakes, home to pelicans, sea eagles, kangaroos and koalas. Port
Macquarie has one of the best climates in Australia, with water
temperature of 22 degress Celsius, even in winter! There are 13 golden
beaches, National Parks, spectacular mountain and river scenery and a
long list of attractions to captivate you.
DAY 4: Port Macquarie - Coffs harbour (B)
On the way to Coffs Harbour, enjoy the coastal scenery, paddle
in the waters of Trial Bay at South West Rocks or visit the Swiss
Toymaker at Nambucca. Coffs Harbour is a bustling resort town and ideal
family holiday location. There's a wonderful array of beaches,
recreational facilities and Bonville International Golf & Country
Club, which is modelled on Augusta in the USA.
DAY 5: Coffs harbour - tweed Coast (B)
On the way to the Tweed Coast, enjoy the lush countryside and
panoramic views. Drive to Ballina, a bustling community at the mouth of
the Richmond River and home of Thursday Plantation (the original tea
tree plantation), then on to Byron Bay, Australia's most easterly point,
with its eclectic mix of cultures, superb beaches, great cafes and
restaurants. Drive along the Tweed Valley, a scenic drive through pretty
villages, to Tweed Heads or Cabarita Beach.
DAY 6: Tweed Heads - Gold Coast (B)
The Tweed is a natural wonderland, home to three World Heritage Listed
National Parks, lush rainforests and miles of unspoiled beaches. Drive
via Mount Warning, offering dazzling views, to the Gold Coast for some
action & adventure or some relaxation. Lie on a beach, surf,
bushwalk, dive, golf, fish, shop, dine out or visit the numerous theme
parks. You will not be short of things to do on the Gold Coast!
DAY 7: Gold Coast - Brisbane (B)
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland. This laid-back city is
built on the banks of the Brisbane River and, with its wonderful
weather, friendly people and plenty of attractions, it is an easy place
to explore on foot. From Mt Coot-Tha, 8 kms from the city, you are
afforded wonderful views over Brisbane and as far as Stradbroke Island
and the Glass House Mountains. Take a City Cat ride along the Brisbane
River or take a stroll around South Bank, one of the city's liveliest
areas with a wildlife sanctuary, market stalls, restaurants and cafes,
bike paths and a sandy beach.
DAY 8: Brisbane - Sunshine Coast (B)
Head north past the spectacular Glass House Mountains to the
Sunshine Coast, a low-rise, relaxed alternative to the Gold Coast. The
coastline from Caloundra to Noosa Heads affords panoramic seascapes and
has expansive beaches. The coastal resorts offer contemporary food
prepared by some of Queensland's most accomplished restaurateurs, using
local seafoods and produce. Noosa Heads is home to trendy boutiques and
internationally-recognised haute couture, whilst locally produced crafts
can be found in the markets of Caloundra and Mooloolaba.
DAY 9: Sunshine Coast - Herey Bay or Bundaberg (B)
Continue sampling the delights of the Sunshine Coast today. In
the afternoon head up to Hervey Bay - 'Whale Watch Capital of the
World'. Enjoy the magnificent protected waterways and year round
swimming or, between August & October, view the humpback whales.
DAY 10: Bundaberg - Rockhampton (B)
Bundaberg is the heart of Australia's sugar industry and home
to the famous Bundaberg Rum. Take a guided tour of the Bundaberg Rum
Distillery and enjoy a rum cocktail afterwards. Bundaberg is the
southernmost access point to the Great Barrier Reef and Mon Repos Beach
hosts the annual pilgrimage of giant sea turtles to lay their eggs in
Queensland's largest turtle rookery. Travel north through Gladstone to
Rockhampton, enjoying the coastline and hinterland sights along the way.
Heron Island, a coral cay renowned for its unique marine life, is
accessed from Gladstone.
DAY 11: Rockhampton - Mackay (B)
Explore the seaside villages of Yeppoon and Rosslyn Bay or visit one of
the 15 National Parks, the wildlife parks or the Dreamtime Cultural
Centre in Rockhampton. Turn off Highway 1 to take the Scenic Loop, which
takes you to 13 of Queensland's most beautiful beaches between Yeppoon
and Emu Park. Travel on through sugar cane fields to Sarina and Mackay.
DAY 12: Mackay - Airlie Beach (B)
Mackay is amidst some of the most fertile plains of sugar cane
plantations. Head north to take advantage of the spectacular
Whitsunday's - lush, tropical, mountainous islands and bays set in clear
blue waters on the fringe of the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise to some of
the islands or take a seaplane or cruise out to Whitehaven Beach and the
Great Barrier Reef. There are many trips to choose from departing from
Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour.
DAY 13: Airlie Beach - Townsville (B)
On your journey north you will travel through Bowen, home to Australia's
best mangoes. Bowen has some pretty beaches and lookouts with views
over the Whitsunday Islands and coastline. Head north to Townsville in
time for a trip to nearby Magnetic Island. In Townsville, experience the
relaxed charm of the tropics and indulge in the entertainment, dining
and shopping this city has to offer.
DAY 14: Townsville - Cairns (B)
The area from Townsville to Cairns is known as the Great Green Way with
sandy beaches, World Heritage Rainforests and plunging waterfalls. On
the way, visit Mission Beach or Dunk Island. Travel via Kuranda and
enjoy the afternoon in the rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Rail or
Skyrail before settling into one of the excellent restaurants available
DAY 15: Cairns (B)
From Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep. There
are reef trips to suit every taste and budget. Take part in your choice
of activities from snorkelling, diving, swimming, coral viewing and
fishing. There are numerous coastal resort towns to the north up to Port
Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands and Kuranda Rainforest to be
discovered inland, with more activities such as white water rafting,
bushwalking, ballooning, horse riding and many other adventure
We can also provide you with a tailor-made travel package - contact our team today!
- All accommodation is based on 3 star to 4 Star property
- Continental and/or Full Breakfast
- Hyundai Elantra 2 L or similar Pick-up: Sydney City / Drop off Airport Cairns
Incl: Unlimited kms, Taxes, Insurance, VRRF (Vehicle Registration Recovery Fee)
Excl: Petrol, Taxes On Extras & Bond, Baby seats, GPS units, fuel, damage extra have to be paid directly
- Optional Sightseeing
- Airport taxes
- Meals if not mentioned above
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