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For those looking to explore the Sydney to Brisbane coastal route at their own speed, look no further than our 6-night Sydney to Brisbane self-drive package. With overnight stays in Port Stephens, Coffs Harbor, Byron Bay, and Brisbane, this Australia vacation will bring you the best of this coastal drive.

After you collect your car and depart from Sydney, you will drive north to the Port Stephens area. Here, you will have the opportunity to swim with dolphins and spot the Nelson Head Lighthouse! After leaving Port Stephens, continue north to Coffs Harbor. On the way, stop by the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. Once in Coffs Harbor, be sure to check out The Big Banana and the Butterfly House. After a night in Coffs Harbor, continue on to Byron Bay for two relaxing nights. On the way, stop by the town of Grafton for lunch - a perfect stop in the spring when the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom. While in Byron Bay you will have a day at leisure. May we suggest heading to the beach, testing your skills at surfing with a lesson, or putting your adrenalin to the test with a skydive over the bay. You will also have time here to check out the Cape Byron Walking Track and the Byron Lighthouse. After leaving Byron Bay, we suggest that you take a detour into Lamington National Park for a night or two of glamping at Nightfall Camp.

Your journey ends with two nights at the lovely Gambaro Hotel in Brisbane. Your stay in Brisbane features a live Aboriginal theater show and dinner experience, as well as suggested sightseeing including Moreton Island, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, and Mount Coot-tha. With stunning landmarks and unique sightseeing locations, this tour will bring you the best of Australia’s east coast!

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Included Unique Activities

Interactive Aboriginal Theatre Show and Dinner

Interactive Aboriginal Theatre Show and Dinner

Accommodation

1 Night

The Anchorage

1 Night

Aanuka Beach Resort

2 Nights

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

2 Nights

Gambaro Hotel

Transportation

  • Automatic Compact Car Rental for 6 Nights

Points of Interest

  • Nelson Head Lighthouse
  • Port Macquarie
  • Koala Hospital, Billabong Zoo
  • Bellingen
  • The Big Banana
  • Butterfly House
  • Grafton
  • Cape Byron Walking Track
  • Byron Lighthouse
  • Lamington National Park
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens
  • Mount Coot-tha
  • James Street
  • Brisbane Treasury Building
  • Moreton Island

Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Grafton, New South Wales

Lamington National Park, Australia

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Australia

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queensland

Mount Coot-Tha, Australia

Hunter Valley Wine Region, New South Wales

Available Tour Dates

Year Round

From $1,198 per person

Your 2021 Price Includes

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 Nights 4 Star Unique Coastal Hotels
  • 4 Nights 5 Star Boutique and City Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Automatic Compact Car Rental for 6 Nights

DINING OPTIONS (Inclusions)

  • 1 Breakfasts at The Anchorage
  • 1 Dinner; Aboriginal Theatre and Dining Experience

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Interactive Cultural Theatre Show with Dinner and Transfer

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Nelson Head Lighthouse
  • Port Macquarie
  • Koala Hospital, Billabong Zoo
  • Bellingen
  • The Big Banana
  • Butterfly House
  • Grafton
  • Cape Byron Walking Track
  • Byron Lighthouse
  • Lamington National Park
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens
  • Mount Coot-tha
  • James Street
  • Brisbane Treasury Building
  • Moreton Island
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Single cost from $2298, ask us for a personal quote

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