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By the beach

13 days from CAD5,160pp

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Tour highlights

  • Visit Sydney's stylish city beaches.

  • Explore the national parks and chalky white sand of Jervis Bay.

  • Sample wines from the Hunter Valley.

  • Enjoy a food tour of the Byron Bay region.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arrival in Sydney you will be met by a representative and transported to your city accommodation. You will have today to explore Sydney, Australia's largest city. Head down to the Royal Botanic Garden, where the Sydney Opera House is located and along the waterfront around to the historic Rocks district.

  • You have the day at leisure today in Sydney. Take a relaxing ferry ride to the seaside suburb of Manly, or head out to Bondi Beach — arguably Australia's most famous beach — and do the spectacular coastal walk to Bronte.

  • Collect your hire car this morning and make your way south out of the city and along the stunning coastal route, the Grand Pacific Drive, to the pretty region of Jervis Bay. This area is famed for its natural beauty, including some of Australia's whitest sand beaches, pretty seaside towns and extensive national parks so there's plenty for you to explore upon your arrival.

  • Spend today at leisure and getting to know the region further. Perhaps take a canoe from your accommodation and paddle into town for some fish and chips by the beach. Perhaps explore some of the brilliant, but lesser known, up-and-coming wineries that are dotted around the region, or, alternatively, pack a book and claim a stretch of chalky white sand as your own and take a more relaxed approach to your exploration.

  • From Jervis Bay you will make your way to the Hunter Valley, located north of Sydney. Our recommendation is to travel via the very pretty Southern Highlands region which would make the perfect spot to stop for your morning coffee or lunch and take in one of its attractive towns before venturing onto the Hunter Valley where you will spend the next two nights.

  • No visit to the Hunter Valley would be complete without a spot of wine tasting and we've arranged a fun, full day of touring for you today. Your tour will take in multiple wineries, include a cheese and wine masterclass, chocolate tasting and will give you a fantastic overview of the rich food and wine scene that the Hunter Valley is known for.

  • Hit the Pacific Highway and travel north to Port Stephens. Take an evening stroll along Birubi Beach and watch the surfers.

  • At your leisure drive inland to the pretty town of Bellingen. We recommend visiting the local quaint markets to see the woodcrafts and local produce.

  • Bellingen — pronounced with a soft g but, inevitably in Australia, known as 'Bello' — is a pretty riverside town. It's a great place to relax and not do too much; perhaps wander the historic main street or take a dip in the river.

  • Continue north along the coastline and arrive at Byron Bay. Spend the afternoon taking a walk up to the scenic lighthouse, the most easterly point of the country. This evening enjoy an alfresco meal at one of the town's fine eateries.

  • Spend the day getting to know the vibrant food scene of the region with a full day tour to the hinterland of Byron Bay. You'll visit small farms, renowned local restaurants and taste locally sourced produce and return to your hotel both full and understanding a lot more about the region.

  • Spend your morning at leisure and perhaps return to the beach for a final dip before driving along the Pacific Highway to Brisbane. Spend the afternoon around the city exploring the Wheel of Brisbane or taking a walk along the river.

  • Make your way to Brisbane Airport and return your car before boarding your onward flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Sydney
 
Jervis Bay
 
Kangaroo Valley
 
Hunter Valley
 
Port Stephens
 
Bellingen
 
Byron Bay
 
Brisbane
 

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