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This itinerary can be completely customized to give you the exact vacation that you want.

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, Australia

Grafton, Australia

Lamington National Park, Australia

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Australia

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Australia

Mount Coot-Tha, Australia

Hunter Valley Wine Region, Australia

Available Tour Dates

Year Round

From $1,198 per person

Your 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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Nicole A

What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic Vacations again!

"Driving through history"

Ed

Edmonton

We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty!

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William

We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !

"An epic solo road trip!"

Anthea Ong

Singapore

Just want to say a big thank you to Anna Wilgenbursch for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.

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Stephanie Stutz

Minnesota

Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.

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Peter L Pavlina

Boston

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"Ireland Vacation"

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St. Cloud

We had a FABULOUS vacation! Jacoya was great to work with. Highly recommend!

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Coronado

Our trip to Ireland was an absolute dream! Thank you, Tam, for taking the time to create a personalized, affordable trip for us. I highly suggest using Tam at Authentic Vacations to plan your trip to Ireland! You will have the time of your life! :)

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