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Sydney to the Sunshine Coast Self-Drive

12 nights from €1,459 per person

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This 12-night self-drive tour takes you from the iconic city of Sydney and travels north to the beauty of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. On your journey you’ll visit some of Australia’s most charming coastal towns including the dolphin hotspot of Port Stephens and the fun-loving seaside resort of Byron Bay. You’ll also get the chance to visit the vineyards of the Hunter Valley to learn about the production of fine wines (TM).


  • Start your journey in Australia’s stunning city, Sydney
  • Seek out the stunning sandy beaches of the Sunshine Coast
  • Visit the vineyards of the Hunter Valley
  • Get to know the beautiful city of Brisbane
  • Explore the resort towns of Noosa and Byron Bay

Tailor-make this holiday:
Our travel specialist can tailor-make this itinerary to your requirements, whether you’d like to extend your stay, change a hotel or perhaps you would like an upgraded stay along the way – our experts will be happy to create a tailor-made holiday for you.


Days 1-3


You’ll arrive in Sydney and be transferred to the Hyatt Regency Sydney where you’ll spend three nights. Here you’ll have plenty of time to explore the major sights of Sydney including the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, as well as getting to know the fine restaurants and bars scattered across the city. Sydney offers an almost limitless range of things to do so make the most of your time here.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Sydney

Day 4

Hunter Valley

After collecting your car you will depart Sydney and travel north over the Harbour Bridge and onto the Pacific Highway. If you fancy a quick detour, the small towns of Gosford and Newcastle are utterly charming, the latter offering a lovely scenic walk along the foreshore. You’ll then drive via Maitland and arrive in the Hunter Valley, a wonderful area with an abundance of wineries – take part in a wine tour to taste test Australia’s finest wines, and tuck into gourmet cuisine.

Overnight: Leisure Inn Pokolbin (or upgrade to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley)

Day 5

Port Stephens

In the morning you’ll depart from the Hunter Valley and journey northeast to Port Stephens, a lovely natural bay over twice the size of Sydney Harbour, and enclosed by two soaring, dormant volcanic headlands. Whilst here, tuck in to delicious seafood and sunbathe on one of the 26 gorgeous golden sand beaches, or even take an afternoon cruise to see the Bottlenose dolphins.

Overnight: Ramada Resort Shoal Bay (or upgrade to Nelson Resort)

Day 6

Coffs Harbour

Today you will leave Port Stephens and venture north to Bulahdelah, the entrance of Myall Lakes National Park. You’ll then drive along Lakes Way, a picturesque route through the rainforest, with amazing views of inland lakes and ocean beaches, before travelling through the Manning Valley and Taree to Port Macquarie. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Coffs Harbour – this is the start of the sub-tropical northern coast of New South Wales, and a beautiful area where the surrounding district produces timber, vegetables, dairy, bananas and fish. In the afternoon, take a trip to The Big Banana, a fantastic display on the banana industry.

Overnight: Best Western Zebra Hotel (or upgrade to Sanctuary Resort Coffs Harbour)

Day 7

Byron Bay

Start by following the coastal highway to Woolgoolga, before turning inland towards Grafton, a charming old country town nestled on the banks of the majestic Clarence River. You’ll then travel to Woodburn and on to Ballina before reaching Byron Bay, a popular area for surfers and trendy travellers.

Overnight: Lord Byron Resort (or upgrade to Beach Suites)

Day 8

Byron Bay

The day is at leisure for you to explore stylish Byron Bay. Take on the waves with an afternoon of surfing, tuck into fresh food at the restaurants and cafes, or simply relax on the beach.

Overnight: Lord Byron Resort (or upgrade to Beach Suites)

Day 9


Wake up early to watch the stunning sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, before leaving Byron bay and travelling north to Brunwick Heads. You then have a choice of routes: either continue along the coast via Pottville Beach and travel via the Gold Coast, or travel inland to Murwillumbah. There’s then a shorter, direct route to Brisbane, or you can drive via Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise for something a bit more scenic. If time allows, take a detour to the striking Gold Coast Hinterland, stopping at Lamington National Park along the way.

Overnight: Novotel Brisbane

Days 10-12


On day 10 you’ll drive to the resort town of Noosa, blessed with stunning golden sand and a rainforest backdrop. You’ll spend three nights here.

Overnight: Mantra French Quarter

Day 13

Depart from Noosa

Today you’ll depart from Noosa and drive back to Brisbane airport, where you’ll catch your flight home.

  • Car hire and transfers
  • Hotel accommodation as listed
  • Maps and itinerary

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