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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour

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This tour will take you to discover the best of the Pacific Coast. You will spend three days in Port Douglas to experience ancient rainforests in Daintree National Park, incredible wildlife, and a cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef. You will then fly to Brisbane, explore the vibrant Queensland capital during a sightseeing river cruise, and set off on the journey via the legendary Pacific coastal drive. You will visit the iconic Gold Coast, with its famous beaches and the world-renowned Surfers Paradise. You will spend a few days in stunning Byron Bay, soak up its amazing atmosphere, and explore the bay and hinterland during the Byron & Beyond tour. You will continue to charming Port Macquarie and meet local koalas. The next adventure will be cruising Port Stephens Bay and, if lucky, admiring bottlenose dolphins. In addition, you will encounter rays and sharks in the local aquarium. The final stop of your holiday will be in the capital of New South Wales, Sydney.

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This suggested tour costs from NZD$5,425 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Cairns, finishes in Sydney

13 days/12 nights

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 1
Private transfer from Cairns Airport to your accommodation

A private transfer will meet you on arrival at the airport and transfer you to your Port Douglas accommodation.

Port Douglas

Welcome to the relaxed, tropical sea-side village of Port Douglas, the perfect getaway location. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and boutique stores, beach spots to relax, and tours of some of Australia's iconic natural wonders. With the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest on your doorstep, you can easily go snorkelling or diving, adventure on a mountain bike tour or learn about Indigenous country and culture through immersive experiences.

Explore Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a chic, yet relaxed seaside village with a plethora of restaurants and bars, as well as fantastic boutique shopping. The village is also the ideal base to explore three of Australia's most iconic natural attractions - the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation with an abundance of tours and day trips available.

Walking Tracks Around Port Douglas

Flagstaff Hill lookout track
1.5km. Allow 15 minutes.
If you need a picture worth framing (or posting) look no further than the Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Located at the summit of Island Point Road, it is an easy walk, bike ride or even short drive to the lookout viewing area. From here you will witness sweeping, majestic views of Four Mile Beach and the rainforest-clad mountain ranges to the south. Venture along the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail down to Four Mile Beach and walk the plank (or viewing platform) and take in the 180-degree views to the Coral Sea, Low Isles, and Snapper Island to the north. Find the hidden Low Isles Lighthouse viewing platform located on the corner where Wharf and Island Point Roads meet.
Mossman Gorge
Embark on your own adventure through the Gorge with a voyage through the lush green rainforest. Soak up the wonders of the national park at your own pace as you navigate walking tracks and trails, including the popular Gorge Circuit. Pack a picnic lunch to savour at one of the many water holes, where you can find a quiet place to sit back, catch your breath, and appreciate the wonders of your surroundings. Find yourself under the towering canopy of the rainforest, beautifully framed by the striking mountains.
All of the walking tracks are clearly signposted and maps are also provided upon entry. Seasonal track closures may occur from time to time due to localised flooding or track maintenance. Please note, shuttle bus fees apply to the below Mossman Gorge walks. For a guided experience, we recommend joining a Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk, where an experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identifies bush food sources, and provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment.
Baral Marrjanga
270 metres. Allow 5-10 minutes.
Baral Marrjanga leads through the rainforest from the shuttle bus stop to a lookout with views of the Mossman River and the mountain ranges beyond. The track includes two sections of elevated boardwalk that pass through the lower rainforest canopy. The track is suitable for wheelchairs, strollers, and the vision-impaired.
Lower River Track
300 metres. Allow 5-10 minutes.
This track starts at the shuttle bus stop and winds along the Mossman River before joining Baral Marrjanga. Several small lookouts along the track provide views of the river. Although most of the lower river track is easy walking, the steps can be slippery. Please take care and use the handrails provided.
Rex Creek Bridge
460 metres. Allow 10 minutes.
To reach the Rex Creek suspension bridge, follow Baral Marrjanga to the lookout and take the short, signposted track to the left.
Rainforest Circuit Track (from Rex Creek Bridge)
2.4km return. Allow 45 minutes.
This track begins on the far side of Rex Creek bridge. On the left, 80m from the bridge, a small lookout provides views of Manjal Dimbi (Mount Demi). A little way past the lookout, the track divides to form a circuit that meanders through the rainforest.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Wildlife Habitat - General Admission

Wildlife Habitat is an eco-certified wildlife sanctuary that allows you to interact with wildlife in five unique habitats. It provides a chance to experience the animals of Wetlands, Rainforest, Savannah and Woodlands environments. Explore the Rainforest Habitat from forest floor to canopy, as you make your way along the boardwalks and admire the wildlife that call this environment home, including the southern cassowary. Savannah Habitat offers you the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, as well as admire emus and the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. If you are looking for an unforgettable Australian wildlife experience, this is the place for you!

Your accommodation: Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas

Port Douglas accommodation offers a boutique style adults only hotel experience – enjoying an unrivalled beachside location overlooking Four Mile Beach and is the only hotel in Port Douglas with beach and ocean views. 40 metres to the beach and a 2 minute stroll to the heart of Port Douglas with its cosmopolitan boutiques, restaurants and entertainment options.

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 2
Daintree Rainforest Tour with Daintree Tours

Explore where the ancient rainforests of the Daintree National Park meet the stunning reef on this luxury tour. The day begins as you are picked up from your Port Douglas accommodation and meet your friendly guide for the day. From here you will head to Mossman Gorge to experience the beautiful rainforest and the crystal clear waters over giant boulders, before crossing the famous Daintree River by cable ferry. Then go on to enjoy a short stroll on Myall Beach at Cape Tribulation, the only place where two World Heritage destinations meet. After morning tea you will go on to enjoy personalised guided walks and learn about the wonderful flora and fauna of the Daintree. Cruise the Cooper Creek through the mangroves and keep an eye out for the estuarine crocodiles before stopping for lunch at the Heritage Lodge and treating yourself to an icecream from the Daintree Icecream Company. As you reach the 'top of the Daintree' stop to take in the panoramic views at Alexandra Lookout before returning to your accommodation in Port Douglas.

Your accommodation: Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas

Port Douglas accommodation offers a boutique style adults only hotel experience – enjoying an unrivalled beachside location overlooking Four Mile Beach and is the only hotel in Port Douglas with beach and ocean views. 40 metres to the beach and a 2 minute stroll to the heart of Port Douglas with its cosmopolitan boutiques, restaurants and entertainment options.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 3
Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Quicksilver Cruises

For your experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver’s wave-piercing catamaran and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.
Choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. Whichever way you choose, you’ll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Your accommodation: Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas

Port Douglas accommodation offers a boutique style adults only hotel experience – enjoying an unrivalled beachside location overlooking Four Mile Beach and is the only hotel in Port Douglas with beach and ocean views. 40 metres to the beach and a 2 minute stroll to the heart of Port Douglas with its cosmopolitan boutiques, restaurants and entertainment options.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 4
Private transfer from your accommodation to Cairns Airport

A private transfer will collect you from your Port Douglas accommodation and transfer you to the airport in time for your departing flight.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Virgin - Cairns to Brisbane

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Arrive into Brisbane

Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia and is the capital of Queensland, the "Sunshine State". It is set along the Brisbane River and was the traditional home to the Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal mobs before Europeans founded a convict colony in what is now the central business district in 1824.
Modern-day Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and has a rich, culturally diverse population. There is no shortage of attractions to visit and explore. Across the river from the CBD, South Bank is home to the city's Cultural Centre with world-class galleries and entertainment. Just an hour from the city, discover Brisbane’s stunning natural surrounds including the Scenic Rim and Somerset World Heritage rainforests, lookouts and majestic mountain peaks, while Moreton Island and Redlands Coast offer pristine waters, wildlife experiences, diving and snorkelling.

Brisbane

Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia and is the capital of Queensland, the "Sunshine State". It is set along the Brisbane River and was the traditional home to the Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal clans before Europeans founded a convict colony in what is now the central business district in 1824. Over the years it grew and by 1859 was formally established as a city. Today, Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and has a rich, culturally diverse population.
Spend your day eating and shopping your way through the CBD and Fortitude Valley, or cross the bridge and visit picturesque Southbank, with beautiful parklands and the Cultural Precinct, home to some of the state's best museums and galleries.

Your accommodation: Pacific Hotel Brisbane

Discover contemporary, 4-star accommodation at Pacific Hotel Brisbane. Overlooking the city skyline and Roma St Parklands, comfort meets style throughout the spacious guest rooms; all featuring generous open-aired balconies, free wi-fi and modern amenities.

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 5
Explore Brisbane

Brisbane is a hub of activities and attractions. With its unique blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty, Brisbane offers something for everybody. Starting the day early, one could begin by exploring the South Bank Parklands, a sprawling riverside precinct filled with lush gardens, walking paths, and stunning views of the city skyline. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Brisbane River, visit the iconic Wheel of Brisbane for a panoramic view, or enjoy a relaxing breakfast at one of the charming riverside cafes. Next, consider delving into the cultural scene by visiting the Queensland Cultural Centre, which houses the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Art enthusiasts can immerse themselves in a diverse range of local and international artworks, while history buffs can explore the Queensland Museum or the Museum of Brisbane. For a taste of the city's history, a visit to the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park is a must. The Story Bridge Adventure Climb offers breathtaking views of the city from its summit, and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs provide a perfect spot for picnics. Afterwards, make your way to the vibrant Fortitude Valley, known for its trendy boutiques, bustling markets, and eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants. Explore the Brunswick Street Mall, discover unique fashion finds, and indulge in a delicious lunch at one of the local eateries. To complete the day, a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is highly recommended. As the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary, visitors can cuddle koalas, hand-feed kangaroos, and get up close to a variety of Australian wildlife.

90 Minute Sight Seeing Cruise with River City Cruises

Cruising along the beautiful Brisbane River, sit back and relax as your skipper takes you along the calm waterways. Aboard the boat, you will get a complimentary Devonshire tea, with a tea or coffee to enjoy along the ride. Throughout your tour enjoy the sights of the city including the Riverside precincts, Kangaroo Point, homes of the rich and famous, historical landmarks, and much much more.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Croc Express to Australia Zoo Transfer with JPT Tours

Get collected from your accommodation in Brisbane. Aboard the Croc Express and begin your 1-hour journey to the Australian Zoo, to enjoy an action-packed day of entertainment, iconic animals, educational shows, and the world-class animal hospital.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - One Day Admission Pass for Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, was made famous by the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. The 110-acre zoo is the most interactive conservation destination on the planet where you can get up close to animals including koalas, wombats, and kangaroos! Watch a saltwater crocodile strike from the water’s edge in the daily Wildlife Warriors show, and explore the world’s busiest Wildlife Hospital, where you can watch vets saving endangered Australian animals.

Your accommodation: Pacific Hotel Brisbane

Discover contemporary, 4-star accommodation at Pacific Hotel Brisbane. Overlooking the city skyline and Roma St Parklands, comfort meets style throughout the spacious guest rooms; all featuring generous open-aired balconies, free wi-fi and modern amenities.

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 6
Collect your rental car from the Brisbane City depot

Head to the Brisbane CBD depot today to collect your chosen rental car, and continue your journey.

Brisbane to Gold Coast

It's a short and simple drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast, as you will follow the Pacific Motorway (M1) from one city to the other. The journey is about 80km (50 miles) and the time it takes depends on traffic as mornings and afternoons can get quite congested as people travel to and from work. Gold Coast is Australia's premier holiday destination visited due to its stunning beaches, shopping, nightlife, theme pars and surf breaks. Surfers Paradise, the most famous Gold Coast's suburb, offers almost two miles of golden sand, sunny atmosphere and laid-back lifestyle.

Arrive in Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is home to long sandy beaches, world-class surfing and an extensive system of waterways which make this destination unique. Located an hour south of Brisbane, it boasts an incredible shopping scene and is home to an array of theme parks, earning the name, the adrenaline capital of Australia. There is plenty of opportunity to encounter native Australian animals at the many wildlife parks or close-by hinterland. The Gold Coast's night scene is unrivalled, with plenty to taste and discover when the sun goes down.

One Day SkyPoint Admission

SkyPoint offers panoramic views of the Gold Coast from the top the iconic Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. The 360° views extend to the New South Wales border and out to the magnificent, lush Gold Coast Hinterland. SkyPoint is one of Queensland’s most iconic tourist attractions as it gives you a bird’s eye view of the ‘Famous for Fun’ Gold Coast from a unique vantage point 230 metres above Surfers Paradise.

Explore the Gold Coast

Famed for its beaches, including the world-renowned Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast has plenty to offer away from the sand and sea. In order to make the most of your free day make sure you include some of the following:
Beach hop between Coolangatta and Currumbin or take a surf lesson at Surf In Paradise from The Spit near Main Beach. Consider heading over to Wave Break Island with Queensland Scuba Diving and experience the fantastic snorkeling and diving. For the more experienced surfers, head to Burleigh Heads. This beach often has whales from April to September.
If thrills are what you are after, head to any one of Gold Coast's world-class theme parks. Holoverse, Wet 'n' Wild, Sea World, Infinity Attraction and Topgolf Gold Coast are just a few.
For those looking for wildlife encounters, look no further than Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This iconic park gives its visitors the opportunity to wander through open animal enclosures, feed kangaroos and befriend cuddly koalas. It's newest precinct is home to lemurs, cotton-top tamarins, red pandas, capybaras, and exotic birds and reptiles. As a non-profit organisation, all proceeds are put back into wildlife and conservation programs.
Feeling a bit peckish? Rick Shores and the Fish House are popular spots at Burleigh Heads for lunch and dinner. If you're hoping for a craft beer experience, have a pint of one of the award-winning beers from Burleigh Brewing Company, Black Hops, Fortitude Brewing Co., Balter or Lost Palms Brewing Company.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

With a prime position in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is moments from sandy beaches, the famous Esplanade, and boasts picturesque views of the Nerang River. Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is an ideal place to return to after a day in the sun and sea of the Queensland’s Gold Coast. Relax and catch some rays on the riverside sundeck by the pool, take a seat in Driftwood Social, or retreat to the privacy and comfort of your spacious hotel room.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 64 kms / 40 miles : 0.9 hours

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 7
Gold Coast to Byron Bay

Your 100km (62 mile) journey from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay takes you south on the M1 motorway into New South Wales. Crossing the Tweed River you will continue on the motorway for approximately 40 minutes before you will see the main turn off for Byron Bay, Ewingsdale Road. This takes you into the heart of Byron Bay, one of Australia's most famous coastal towns where celebrities live amongst hippies and surfers.

Byron Bay

The easternmost town in mainland Australia is famous for its surf culture, chic local shops and restaurants, and stunning beaches. Relax on the beach, catch the sunrise from the Cape Byron lighthouse, explore one of the many rainforest walking tracks and treat yourself with organic cuisine.

Explore Byron Bay

Byron Bay is Australia's easternmost town and is home to beautiful beaches, lush rainforest, luxury retreats and some fantastic restaurants. People have always been drawn to the region for its fantastic surf, but today it also caters to those looking for a slow-paced break.
Take advantage of some of the town's beautiful walks, such as the Cape Byron track - the perfect place to watch the sunrise. This 3.7km loop takes you through rainforest and shear cliffs with panoramic views of the region. If you're there between June and November keep your eyes peeled for whales migrating along the coast.

Your accommodation: Discovery Park Byron Bay

Nestled among the beautiful beaches, green hinterland, and near the heart of the town center is the Byron Bay Discovery Park. With notable facilities, unbeatable views, and attractions, making it the perfect destination to stay and explore.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 90 kms / 56 miles : 1.2 hours

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 8
Byron and Beyond Tour with Byron Bay Adventure Tours

Experience the best of Byron Bay in this comprehensive full day tour. Your first stop will take you to the iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse where you will enjoy 360 degree views over the stunning mountain landscape and Pacific Ocean. Visitors during May to October travel to the lighthouse to witness the annual whale migration. Your next stop will be at The Farm, a sustainable farm and food experience with pigs, Scottish Highland cattle and chickens. In the Byron Hinderland, marvel at the natural crystals and garden labyrinth within the mystical Crystal Castle. You will then enjoy a BBQ-style lunch and have some free time to explore the town of Bangalow before returning back to Byron Bay.

Your accommodation: Discovery Park Byron Bay

Nestled among the beautiful beaches, green hinterland, and near the heart of the town center is the Byron Bay Discovery Park. With notable facilities, unbeatable views, and attractions, making it the perfect destination to stay and explore.
Meals included: Lunch

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 9
Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour

This 240km (149 miles) journey takes you through the North Coast of New South Wales, an area renowned for its breathtaking beauty, native wildlife, surfing heritage and excellent fishing. Just 45 minutes south of Byron you can take a short detour to stop off in the coastal town of Ballina. Grab morning tea or an early lunch at one of the many cafes, visit the Big Prawn or stretch your legs on the beach.
Back on the Pacific Highway, continue south for 200km (124 miles) until you reach Coffs Harbour. Located at the edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, it is a haven for dolphins, tropical fish, turtles and migrating whales. The Solitary Islands coastal walk has spectacular vantage points for whale watching between May and November, with the headlands offering superb views.

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is a city on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia. It’s known for its beaches and the Big Banana monument and the amusement park. In the waters off Coffs Harbour Marina is the Solitary Islands Marine Park, home to abundant wildlife, seasonal whales and coral reefs. Just east is the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, with its large population of wedge-tailed shearwater birds and learning centre.

Giingan Cultural Walking Tour with Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours

This 2-hour tour takes guests on a cultural journey showcasing the local Gumbaynggirr language, bush tucker and Dreaming stories while walking easy grades through the Orara East State Forest. Your tour guides are all Gumbaynggirr or Aboriginal people who have strong ties to Gumbaynggirr country. Throughout your tour they will teach you about local Gumbaynggirr stories and language, and even help you find bush delicacies that you can sample as you bask in the ambience of the panoramic views, uniquely beautiful rainforest flora, and tranquil sounds of native fauna.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Stand Up Paddle Tour with Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours

This stand-up paddle tour takes guests on a cultural journey showcasing the local Gumbaynggirr language, bush tucker and Dreaming stories while paddling through the unspoilt Solitary Islands Marine Park. Your tour guides, who are all Gumbaynggirr or Aboriginal people who have strong ties to Gumbaynggirr country, are direct descendants of the world's first stand-up paddlers. Throughout your tour they will teach you about local Gumbaynggirr stories, language, and even help you find bush delicacies that you can sample, including lemon myrtle, yams and native sarsaparilla.

Your accommodation: Discovery Park Emerald Beach

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 234 kms / 145 miles : 2.5 hours

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 10
Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie

From Coffs Harbour, drive down the Pacific Highway south and take a detour to the beautiful, relaxed riverside town of Bellingen. Stop for a coffee in one of its lovely cafes, or a beer at the local brewery. From here, you can also check out the Promised Lands on the Never Never River, a hidden gem with stunningly crystal-clear waters that you can swim in. Head a little further up the B78 highway to take a walk through the breathtaking Dorrigo National Park and cool off at Dangar Falls, just outside of the Dorrigo township. After that, continue driving, and you will pass the town of Kempsey. If you are a country music fan or want to learn about country music in Australia, you can stop in at the Slim Dusty Centre. Slim was a country music icon in Australia, and the museum covers his life as well as costumes, images of Australian life and its people, and the music of some of Australia’s finest musicians. After about half an hour from Kempsey, you will arrive in beautiful Port Macquarie.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - suggested activity

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital was established in 1973 and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. The Hospital is a popular tourist attraction which welcomes thousands of national and international visitors every year. The Hospital is also a scientific research, training and education centre.
The Koala Hospital consists of exhibit enclosures, a treatment clinic, intensive care units and rehabilitation yards, many of which have trees for koalas to learn to climb as part of the rehabilitation process. There is also a Koalaseum - a museum for Koalas which provides information on koala evolution and biology and interactive displays so visitors can touch koala fur or look down a microscope at koala poos (scat).
Admission is free, so we recommend bringing some cash to donate to their valuable conservation work.

Your accommodation: Mantra The Observatory

Sydney is yours for the taking when you stay at Mantra 2 Bond Street. With tourist attractions like Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour right on your doorstep. Take it all in as you overlook the Harbour from the rooftop's heated pool and spa.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 161 kms / 100 miles : 1.7 hours

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Port Macquarie to Port Stephens

Today you will be driving again along the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive, one of the state's most beautiful routes. If you aren't in a rush and feel like a detour to explore more of the coast, then you will be rewarded by a stop in Forster. Seafood lovers can relax here over a lazy lunch of freshly caught oysters while overlooking the water. Continue driving south, and you will pass Myall Lakes National Park. It is a great place to stretch your legs, go for a walk along the beach, visit a historic lighthouse, or have a picnic in the park. After your stop, keep driving on the Pacific Highway and cross the Karuah River to reach Port Stephens.

Port Stephens

With 26 sandy beaches to explore, an idyllic blue bay, a back drop of giant sand dunes & boasting one of Australia's highest populations of bottlenose dolphin, Port Stephens is anyone's paradise. The area has many sheltered coves perfect for families and has a variety of activities. Go for a swim with the dolphins or enjoy diving, surfing or snorkelling. Horse or camel ride down the beach, taste the local fresh caught seafood or get up close and personal to wildlife.
Ever wondered what its like to touch a shark or cuddle a ray? That's possible too. Wander the many bush walks or get an adrenalin rush quad biking or sand boarding down the towering Stockton Sand Dunes. The dunes stand guard to the Worimi Conservation lands, and are the Southern Hemisphere's largest moving coastal dunes.

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounter

Unlike the usual aquarium viewing through glass, at Irukandji you can meet the wildlife, pet them, feed them and even share the water with them! Wade with into the shallow water of the tropical lagoon in bare feet, being surrounded by many curious and friendly sharks & rays. Wearing your own clothes, you will mostly stay dry with only your feet and legs becoming wet. Stepping into the water with the animals, is a whole new level of excitement, fear and admiration.

Your accommodation: Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort

If you are in search of the ultimate chance to unwind, Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort is an ideal choice. Located in Salamander Bay and home to one of the largest swimming pools in Australia, the family-friendly resort includes an onsite gymnasium, heated spa, Japanese steam room, and tennis courts.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 237 kms / 147 miles : 2.6 hours

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Exploring the Pacific Coast Tour - Day 12
Dolphin Discovery Cruise

Port Stephens is home to over 160 resident bottlenose dolphins, and is known as the Dolphin Capital of Australia! These dolphin-watching tours have a high success rate of dolphin sightings and both inside and outside viewing areas. The skipper gives entertaining commentary about these incredible creatures throughout the cruise. Includes morning or afternoon tea depending on your departure time.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - One Hour Quad Bike Tour with Sand Dune Adventures

Live the adventure that promises you a Quad Riding experience like no other with Sand Dune Adventures. Experience the magnificence of the Worimi Sand Dunes on Stockton Beach, riding safely from bush to beach with expert guides. This one-hour quad bike ride takes in the wonders of the highest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, the glorious views of the sweeping coastline and a chance to learn about the history of the land.

Your accommodation: Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort

If you are in search of the ultimate chance to unwind, Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort is an ideal choice. Located in Salamander Bay and home to one of the largest swimming pools in Australia, the family-friendly resort includes an onsite gymnasium, heated spa, Japanese steam room, and tennis courts.

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Port Stephens to Sydney

Head south out of Port Stephens, towards Newcastle and skirting Lake Macquarie, Australia's largest coastal saltwater lake and a location well known for water sports, local shopping, hiking and cycling. Continuing north, drive past localities with sandy beaches and great restaurants. Consider stopping at one of the many wildlife parks along the way before reaching the metropolis of Sydney.

Sydney

Sydney is Australia's largest city and the vibrant capital of New South Wales. The city was founded in 1788 with the arrival of the first fleet of convicts and soldiers, although the area has been inhabited by indigenous Australian ancestors who came to Australia between 15,000 and 45,000 years ago. Today, Sydney is a major international capital of culture and business, and also a key tourist destination recognised across the globe. Most famed for the unique Sydney Opera House, the city is also known for its beautiful surrounding beaches and as a gateway to popular sightseeing regions such as the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley.

Return your vehicle to Sydney Depot

Explore more of Sydney before dropping your rental car at the depot.


Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 172 kms / 107 miles : 2.1 hours

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