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By the Beach

13 days from $2,830pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Sydney
  • The Hunter Valley
  • Port Stephens
  • Bellingen
  • Byron Bay
  • Brisbane
  • The Sunshine Coast
  • Explore Sydney's stylish city beaches.

  • Watch the surfers at Byron Bay.

  • Visit the tropical city of Brisbane.

  • Relax on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

  • Take a tour to the amazing Fraser Island.

Audley Travel specialist Jenna

What our specialists say...

This itinerary focuses on the sun-drenched coastline north of Sydney, stopping at a number of pretty seaside towns before concluding on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast near Brisbane. Your self-drive route winds through lush valleys, bushland and past the warm waters of the Pacific and its miles of golden beaches.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Sydney
  • The Hunter Valley
  • Port Stephens
  • Bellingen
  • Byron Bay
  • Brisbane
  • The Sunshine Coast

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Sydney

Sydney

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 Botanic Gardens, where the Sydney Opera House is located. From there, catch a bus out to Bondi Beach, where you can take a nice coastal walk to Bronte.

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Day 2 Sydney

Sydney

You have the day at leisure today in Sydney. Take a stroll along the city waterfront to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, or head out to Bondi Beach and do the spectacular coastal walk to Bronte.

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Day 3 The Hunter Valley

Sydney , The Hunter Valley

Collect your car from the city depot and drive to the Hunter Valley where you will stay for one night. Spend the afternoon wine tasting in the historic wine region.

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Day 4 Port Stephens

The Hunter Valley , Port Stephens

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

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Day 5 Bellingen

Port Stephens , Bellingen

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.

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Day 6 Bellingen

Bellingen

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.

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Day 7 Byron Bay

Bellingen , Byron Bay

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.

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Day 8 Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Explore the glorious beaches around Byron Bay. This evening enjoy an al fresco meal at one of the town` s fine eateries.

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Day 9 Brisbane

Byron Bay , Brisbane

Drive on along the Pacific Highway to Brisbane. Spend the afternoon around city exploring the Wheel of Brisbane or taking a walk along the river.

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Day 10 The Sunshine Coast

Brisbane , The Sunshine Coast

Today travel north to Noosa, the heart of the Sunshine Coast where you will spend three nights. W

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Day 11 The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast

Early today you will be collected from your hotel for a full day Explorer tour of Fraser Island. Your guide will take you through the jungle ridden island to Lake MacKenzie, where you'll have the chance to swim. Your tour will continue to Eurong Beach Resort, where you'll have lunch. You will then drive up the 75 Mile Beach to the fresh waters of Eli Creek. In the evening you will return to Noosa in the 4WD vehicle.

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Day 12 The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast

Relax on Sunshine Beach in Noosa and join the local café society or surf culture of the region.

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Day 13 Return home

The Sunshine Coast

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

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