Discover the diversity on offer as you travel all or part of Australia’s top touring drive. Get off the highway and explore coastal towns and hinterland villages perfect for a holiday or short break with family or friends. The diverse range of destinations, accommodation options, activities and events across the 930km route is immense and our legendary deals add colour to your road trip. See where it takes you.
The Tweed region in northern NSW offers a unique combination of World Heritage rainforests, rolling farmland and unspoilt beaches, nestled in the eroded caldera of the largest shield volcano in the Southern Hemisphere.
Wollumbin Mount Warning is the backdrop for rambling bushwalks, country drives, art galleries and leisurely lunches at award winning cafes and restaurants. Safe, patrolled swimming beaches are lined by vibrant retail precincts offering boutique shopping, sun-drenched cafes and restaurants that serve produce grown in the rich fertile soils our region is famous for.
Cultural intrigue, world-class beaches and unique shopping await you. Pass your days on the pristine beaches surfing, swimming, diving and kayaking or head to one of the Shire’s villages to enjoy a range of food, festivals, events, retreats, art trails and exhibitions.
Flying to Byron is easy. Travel to Ballina Gateway Airport on one of the numerous daily flights from Melbourne and Sydney and enjoy all the convenience without the crowds.
Get off the beaten track and head for the hills to discover the real charms and natural wonders of the region. Lismore, Nimbin & Villages is renowned for its amazing cultural diversity, relaxed lifestyles, quirky charms and unique places to stay.
Lismore has a thriving arts community, unique and exciting shopping and more cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs than you can poke a spoon at. This year, we’ve put together some special deals and event packages that will keep you amazed, illuminated, entertained and delighted.
With lush subtropical rainforest, 32 kilometres of pristine, sandy beaches and crystal clear waterways, endless streams and the vast reaches of the Richmond River, the Ballina Coast and Hinterland truly is natural wonder. Away from the coast, the hinterland is punctuated with the villages of Alstonville, Newrybar, Tintenbar and Wardell.
You’ll love long walks on bountiful beaches, surfing at Lennox Head, sampling regional produce and fresh seafood in award winning cafes, and lazy days swimming, reading and basking in the sun.
The Richmond Valley is blessed with richly diverse attractions and glorious countryside. History, recreation, gourmet produce and beautiful scenery unfold as you escape into this magnificent countryside.
A visit to a historic pub or café reveals glorious freshly sourced coffee, teas, rice, olives, preserves, macadamia nuts, muesli, wine, olive oil and herbs, complemented by succulent steaks, chicken and fish from the abundant farms spread throughout the area.
The Clarence is filled with fantastic beach holidays and a relaxing lifestyle for the whole family. Bring the kids and discover great whale watching platforms and vantage points at Iluka, Yamba, Minnie Water and Brooms Head.
Swim in the ocean pool at Yamba’s Main Beach or swim in the green and blue freshwater pools at Angourie with rockpools full of marine life. We have great fishing beaches and calm rivers for canoeing and kayaking and some of the best seafood on The Legendary Pacific Coast.
From the coastline to the fertile basaltic hills of the Great Dividing Range; Coffs Coast’s subtropical climate together with warm and cool ocean currents, rocky escarpments and sprawling open plains; create a veritable grower and foodies’ paradise.
The region has an enviable position where mountain escarpments from the Great Dividing range reach down to meet the sea creating some of the most stunning natural environments you will ever come across. Nowhere else in Australia do the Sub Alpine, Sub Tropical and Sub Marine environments all present themselves like this in the one place. We invite you to come and experience it for yourself, it’s where memories are made.
Midway between Sydney and the Gold Coast, the Nambucca Valley has long offered families great holiday value and the perfect climate to relish the great outdoors. Relive the simplicity of holidays gone by - where kids are kids – building sandcastles on family friendly beaches, swimming in clean and uncrowded waterways and having the freedom and space to run, to laugh and to explore.
Create new family memories when you experience all the Nambucca Valley has to offer. Rediscover the Nambucca, you’ll love it!
Discover a region filled with old fashion country hospitality, pristine beaches, mountain ranges, rocky river gorges, sprawling farmland and peaceful villages. A place where the Australian outback spirit lives on – even amidst the bustle of the thriving North Coast.
Heritage riverside and beachfront pubs are a fixture throughout the Macleay Valley Coast, offering some of the most picturesque culinary experiences regional Australia has to offer. For cultural history, visit Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks and discover a range of art galleries showcasing the Macleay’s original indigenous inhabitants, the Dhungutti people.
Greater Port Macquarie is one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations with its relaxed vibe, variety of accommodation, diverse dining and entertainment along with one of the best year round climates in the country. When it comes to things to see and do, you are in expert hands. The region has a huge variety of activities, attractions and tours for the whole family.
Port Macquarie has always been an inspirational place for creative’s. There are over 600 artists, designers and creative groups offering galleries and studios to browse, public art displays, markets and craft centres. The region will become home to the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail launching in September 2014.
Swim, surf or fish your way around the pristine coastline and freshwater streams or watch for whales and dolphins from the historic location of the Crowdy Head Lighthouse. Some of the most popular outdoor camping and picnic areas in NSW State Forests are located within the Manning together with the spectacular Ellenborough Falls, one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the southern hemisphere.
From melt in your mouth organic beef in the hills of Wingham to the fresh seafood and oysters direct from our streams and oceans. Our valley is home to some well known award winning cafes that draw visitors to the region to experience our fresh locally grown produce.
Takes a short detour from the highway to Gloucester via the Bucketts Way, one of the state’s oldest tourist drives. Gloucester is base camp for Barrington Tops, a World Heritage experience with high altitude ancient rainforests, towering tree fern groves, snow gum meadows and exhilarating mountain views. We’re famous for outdoor adventures, white water canoeing or kayaking on pristine rivers that provide habitat for the secretive platypus, and riverside horse trails with a true bushman.
Is it location, price, weather, things to do or time together? Less than 3 hours from Sydney but a world away, you will find the answer – The amazing Great Lakes where it’s all about YOU!
With 145 kilometres of coastline, a mosaic of clear waterways based around the Wallis, Smiths and Myall lakes and a hinterland ribboned by streams and rivers, the Great Lakes is water wonderland. The Great Lakes has all you will need to create the ultimate family holiday and memories that will last a lifetime.
Port Stephens is 2.5 hours from Sydney and known for it’s idyllic waters, resident dolphins, visiting whales, massive sand dunes, beaches and sheltered bays. There are activities galore with parasailing, diving, wave-jumping, sand boarding, jet skiing and snorkelling.
With an award winning brewery, local farm gate producers, freshly caught seafood, oyster and barramundi farms, macadamias, olives, modern Australian and Asian fusion menus and a host of delicious eateries, Port Stephens is a foodies paradise.
Home to pods of bottlenose dolphins, Port Stephens has some of the best whale-watching in NSW. There is a lively koala habitat, a Little Penguin breeding colony and a rich array of wildlife, providing a bounty of natural experiences.
Fast becoming known for its quirky culture, thriving cafes, restaurants and artisan retail offerings, Newcastle is the second largest city in NSW in the midst of a renaissance. Newcastle was the recipient in 2012 of the International Festival and Events City award.
The harbour, at the entrance to the Hunter River, is one of the busiest ports in the world and on any given day is full of maritime activities, making for exciting view from the city’s many waterfront restaurants and bars.
Get an insight into how Newcastle’s harbour was shaped at the Maritime Centre, learn about Newcastle’s key historical events at Newcastle Museum and explore the tunnels beneath Fort Scratchley and learn about the fort’s important role in protecting Newcastle.
At 180 years young, the Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region and is soaked in history, but certainly not a museum piece. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area with over 150 top-class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants and 180 places to stay as well as gourmet produce, boutique breweries, special experiences and friendly local communities.
Hunter Valley winemakers produce an array of exceptional wines, including iconic Semillion and Shiraz, and more recently Chardonnay and Verdelho varieties showcased at cellar doors dotted through the region.
The region provides a foodies paradise with fine dining options in stately houses, languid lunches deep within the vineyards or a quick snack at an al-fresco cafe.
Lake Macquarie is located just 1.5 hours from Sydney and boasts the largest permanent coastal saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere. There are 30kms of pristine coastline and some of the most beautiful forests in NSW. Fall in love with the tranquil lake, cruising, fishing and snorkelling. There are four beautiful patrolled beaches, quaint waterfront towns and National Parks with untouched mountain walks.
Explore Caves Beach, with sea caves and rock pools located at the southern end of Caves Beach. The natural beauty of the Watagan Mountains is not to be missed featuring sculptured rock formations, aboriginal grinding grooves and a 40 metre waterfall with stunning views across the Hunter region. Catherine Hill Bay, a historic mining village, offers a picturesque beach, great for swimming, surfing and snorkelling.
The funs starts here on the Central Coast just one hour from Sydney as you travel Australia’s top tourist drive. Get off the highway and discover the beaches, wildlife and wilderness as all the natural elements come together. Few destinations offer the waterfront lifestyle, unique Australian attractions and natural diversity of this region.
Get off the beaten track to enjoy the Australian bush via the network of walking trails in our National Parks and State Forests. Add quad biking, horse riding, abseiling or a flying fox treetop adventure and you have everything you need for some Legendary experiences.
If you’re after water – the Central Coast is a water lover’s paradise with over 80kms of coastline, ideal for fishing, boating, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or just a refreshing swim.