SYDNEY TO BYRON BAY
SYDNEY TO BYRON BAY – TRAVEL ITINERARY
Take a drive along the Fabulous Pacific Coast touring route, a popular beautiful road trip from Sydney to Brisbane.
Whilst travelling north from Sydney along the coast, you’ll see some of the most prominent landscapes in New South Wales, some of which are well-known. Follow the Pacific Coastline through national parks, lavish rainforests, and along some of Australia’s beautiful beaches.
DAY ONE MORNING
Breakfast with a view!
Less than an hour’s drive from the core of Sydney, Brooklyn is a tiny town set on the Hawkesbury River, with bushland on all sides and stunning river views. An unbelievable spot to stopover for breakfast and take in the spectacular river scenery, and if you have the time, journey on a ferry to Dangar Island.
Walk to Nobby’s Lighthouse:
Nobby’s Beach, a walking distance from Newcastle City, is Newcastle’s most famous beach, and current with swimmers and surfers. Take a walk along the side of Macquarie’s pier to the significant Nobby’s lighthouse, balanced on Nobby’s headland for sweeping sights of the Pacific Ocean, Newcastle city and it’s surrounds.
Lunch in the lively city of Newcastle
The city of Newcastle has a desirable location, resting on an extending border by the wonderful working harbour and spectacular surfing and swimming beaches. For lunch head to Suspension Espresso a café that serves up some of the best coffee you’ll have ever tasted in the city and a healthy and simple menu.
DAY ONE AFTERNOON
Tomaree Head Lookout Hike
Just under an hour’s drive from Newcastle, the 360-degree views from the top of Tomaree Head Lookout are exceptional. From the north platform, you can see as far as the nature reserved Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands where the groups of the endangered seabird Gould’s Petrel breed. While from the south platform there have great views of Zenith beach, one of the best surfing beaches in this area, and Point Stephens Lighthouse on Fingal Island.
Spot a whale at Cape Hawke Lookout!
Start your morning with a rainforest hike to Cape Hawke Lookout, which has remarkable 360-degree views across the coast and nearby national parks. On a clear day, you can see as far as Barrington Tops and throughout winter, you may be fortunate enough to spot a whale during their yearly migration north.
DAY TWO MORNING
Climb Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Begin your morning with a two-hour drive to the mouth of the Macleay River where the coastal retreat of South West Rocks is surrounded by calm clear waters and bordered by National Park. Why not climb the stairs of Smoky Cape Lighthouse, for panoramic views of the remarkable Hat Head National Park?
Lunch with a view in Coffs Harbour
Break for lunch at the seaside town of Coffs Harbour, a 90-minute drive from South West Rocks. Head on down to Harbour Drive where you will find a variety of restaurants and cafés, which are all close to the beach and harbour.
DAY TWO AFTERNOON
Visit Protesters Falls, Nightcap National Park
The rainforests of Nightcap National Park are home to the World Heritage-registered Protesters Falls walking track. About a four-hour drive from Coffs Harbour, it’s an easy 1.5 kilometre walk to the spectacular Protesters Falls.
Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Lighthouse, just over a 90-minute drive away, is perched at the easternmost point of mainland Australia and was built in 1901. It comprises spectacular sea cliffs, rare coastal plant life and pristine beaches, with breath-taking views of the surrounding Cape Byron Marine Park. During whale watching season (May-November), it’s likely you’ll spot a whale.
Dinner in the charming town of Byron Bay
Celebrate the end of your road trip in Byron Bay, known for its relaxing beach culture and dynamic arts and culture scene. Tonight, have dinner at Fish heads, nestled on Byron Bay’s main beach with dazzling views of the Coral Sea, Mount Warning and the Cape Byron Lighthouse.