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Pacific Coast Explorer Self Drive: 14 Days (ex Sydney)

Duration
14 Days
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US$ 1,383

Explore Australia’s Pacific Coast by embarking on a self-drive holiday. Begin in Sydney then discover sights like Hunter Valley, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast before arriving in Cairns.


This 2 week journey from Sydney to Cairns combines our New South Wales and Queensland self drives to create the ultimate Australian east coast adventure.

Just 2.5 hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s favourite winemaking regions. Set off early to give yourself ample time to taste the delights of this area. After a night in the Valley, head back to the coast and Port Stephens, where you might enjoy a dolphin cruise or 4WD sand dune tour.

Make a quick stop in Port Macquarie to explore its fascinating convict history on your way to Coffs Harbour, a favourite family holiday destination and home to the Big Banana. Visit Byron Bay, the eastern tip of the Australian mainland, renowned for its laid back, alternative lifestyle.

Spend a fully day in Coolangatta to enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer, including world class theme parks, a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options, and miles of beautiful beach.

Drive past the mysterious Glass House Mountains to the Sunshine Coast, home to the charming arts and crafts town of Montville, and gateway to Fraser Island. The traditional Aboriginal owners of the island called it K’gari, meaning paradise. And that it is, particularly for those who love a destination rich with wildlife, natural beauty and history. Or just relax on the beach, doing just as little as possible. Take an evening spotlight tour with a ranger to meet some of the native animals.

At the tip of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands are a favourite destination for Queenslanders. A visit to Whitehaven Beach – voted the world’s best – is a must. Then head north through Townsville to Mission Beach, where you can pick up a water taxi and cruise across to Dunk Island.

Your final destination is Cairns, your ideal base for exploring the surrounding rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.


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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,383

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Day 1

Sydney to Hunter Valley 180 km (112 miles) 2.5 Hours

Pick up your car and drive to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's premium wine producing regions.

Duration1 Night
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Hunter Valley Resort

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    Hunter Valley Resort



    The Hunter Resort is a perfect place to stay for a getaway in the Hunter Valley. Within minutes are 2 championship golf courses, chocolate and cheese factories, hot air ballooning, antique stores, bookshops, award winning restaurants and cafes, and over 90 wineries, all accessible with ...

    The Hunter Resort is a perfect place to stay for a getaway in the Hunter Valley. Within minutes are 2 championship golf courses, chocolate and cheese factories, hot air ballooning, antique stores, bookshops, award winning restaurants and cafes, and over 90 wineries, all accessible with the Vineyard Shuttle. There are 35 rooms and cottages with 4 different styles of accommodation to try.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Horseback Riding
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Day 2

Hunter Valley to Port Stephens 94 km (59 miles) 1.5 hours

Drive to Nelson Bay and Port Stephens. Join a dolphin cruise or 4WD tour across the san dunes (optional) or relax on one of the beautiful beaches.

Duration1 Night
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Ibis Styles Salamander Shores Port Stephens

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    Ibis Styles Salamander Shores Port Stephens



    Ibis Styles Salamander Shores, with sensational water views of Nelson Bay, provides a truly affordable waterfront accommodation destination. The hotel is located on the Soldiers Point peninsula, only minutes away from Nelson Bay and local attractions. Comprising of 76 guestrooms designed to allow guests to ...

    Ibis Styles Salamander Shores, with sensational water views of Nelson Bay, provides a truly affordable waterfront accommodation destination. The hotel is located on the Soldiers Point peninsula, only minutes away from Nelson Bay and local attractions. Comprising of 76 guestrooms designed to allow guests to enjoy the ambience of the relaxed feeling of the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour 450 km (280 miles) 4 hours

Drive along the Pacific Highway to the former convict settlement of Port Macquarie then continue through beautiful countryside to Coffs Harbour.

Duration1 Night
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Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour

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    Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour



    Just north of Coffs Harbour City centre, Opal Cove Resort commands an absolute beachfront position on the beautiful beach of Korora Bay. The resort offers families, couples and conference delegates alike a chance to unwind in an almost perfect climate amidst the sub-tropical surroundings of ...

    Just north of Coffs Harbour City centre, Opal Cove Resort commands an absolute beachfront position on the beautiful beach of Korora Bay. The resort offers families, couples and conference delegates alike a chance to unwind in an almost perfect climate amidst the sub-tropical surroundings of banana plantations and rainforest covered hills. With a range of accommodation including hotel style rooms and self-contained villas there is something to suit every taste or budget.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Coffs Harbour to Coolangatta 330km (205 miles) 4 hours

Travel via Cape Byron (Australia's most easterly point) to the stunning Gold Coast. This evening visit Jupiter's Casino.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mantra Twin Towns Resort

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    Mantra Twin Towns Resort



    Mantra Twin Towns Resort overlooks the pristine beaches of the Southern Gold Coast, the sparkling Tweed River, and the area's picturesque hinterland. This unique location at the twin towns of Coolangatta and Tweeds Heads sits astride the border of Queensland and New South Wales. This ...

    Mantra Twin Towns Resort overlooks the pristine beaches of the Southern Gold Coast, the sparkling Tweed River, and the area's picturesque hinterland. This unique location at the twin towns of Coolangatta and Tweeds Heads sits astride the border of Queensland and New South Wales. This resort offers stylishly appointed hotel rooms and fully self-contained apartments with an array of facilities that are superior among Tweed hotels.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Mini Golf
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis

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Day 5

Coolangatta

Today is at leisure to enjoy the many attractions of the Gold Coast.

Day 6

Coolangatta to Brisbane 100km (61 miles) 1.5 hours

Join the Pacific Highway, northbound to Brisbane - the capital city of Queensland. You may like to spend time at South Bank on the bank of the Brisbane River.

Duration1 Night
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Novotel Brisbane Hotel

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    Novotel Brisbane Hotel



    Novotel Brisbane is conveniently located next to Central Station and the central business district, with Queen Street Mall, the Treasury Casino, Southbank, and the Riverside boardwalk all within walking distance. A premium accommodation with 296 contemporary guest rooms and suites, comprehensive conference and leisure facilities ...

    Novotel Brisbane is conveniently located next to Central Station and the central business district, with Queen Street Mall, the Treasury Casino, Southbank, and the Riverside boardwalk all within walking distance. A premium accommodation with 296 contemporary guest rooms and suites, comprehensive conference and leisure facilities right in the heart of Brisbane.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Brisbane to Fraser Island 330km (205 miles) 4 hours

Drive past the Glass House Mountains to Montville with its delightful craft shops, then on to Hervey Bay where you park your car. Transfer by catamaran to Fraser Island.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island

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    Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island



    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and ...

    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and total immersion in nature. The natural diversity of this island paradise - sub-tropical rainforest, stunning dune lakes, arid dunes, fresh-water creeks and the seaside - makes it a must-see on any Australian east coast itinerary.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Fraser Island

Today is at leisure. The resort offers 4WD tours around the sand dunes and guided walks to choose from or just relax and enjoy this beautiful World Heritage listed island, an ecologist's paradise.

Day 9

Fraser Island to Rockhampton 400 km (248 miles) 5 hours

Travel north to the sugar town of Childers and its interesting Pharmaceutical Museum. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn at Rockhampton and continue to your farmstay.

Duration1 Night
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Henderson Park Farm Retreat Barmoya

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    Henderson Park Farm Retreat Barmoya



    Henderson Park is a family owned working cattle property. Set on the banks of beautiful Hedlow Creek, Henderson Park Farm Retreat is perfect for the individual, family, group or function looking for somewhere private with modern facilities and a relaxed ambience.

    Henderson Park is a family owned working cattle property. Set on the banks of beautiful Hedlow Creek, Henderson Park Farm Retreat is perfect for the individual, family, group or function looking for somewhere private with modern facilities and a relaxed ambience.

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Day 10

Rockhampton to the Whitsundays 488 km (305 miles) 6 hours

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a taste of the farm life with your hosts before travelling north to MacKay and continuing to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.

Duration2 Nights
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Airlie Beach Hotel

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    Airlie Beach Hotel



    The Airlie Beach Hotel first opened in December 1968 as a beachside holiday pub for residents of nearby Proserpine and surrounding cane farming districts. The hotel is now owned and operated by a private family company which purchased the site in 1982. There are 80 ...

    The Airlie Beach Hotel first opened in December 1968 as a beachside holiday pub for residents of nearby Proserpine and surrounding cane farming districts. The hotel is now owned and operated by a private family company which purchased the site in 1982. There are 80 rooms, 56 hotel rooms, four self-contained suites and 20 refurbished motel rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tour Desk
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 11

The Whitsundays

Today you may want to enjoy the facilities of the resort or take a day trip to one of the beautiful Whitsunday Passage Islands. Visit Whitehaven Beach and walk on 6 km of sweeping, pure white silica sands - voted the world's best beach.

Day 12

The Whitsundays to Townsville 286 km (147 miles) 3 hours

Fossick for gemstones at the Home Hill Gallery enroute to Townsville, gateway to Queensland's tropical north. The "Strand" is Townsville's fantastic beachfront promenade, with restaurants, cafes, a water park and picnic areas. Visit the aquarium or take a drive up the winding road to Castle Hill for spectacular views of the city. You can also visit Magnetic Island, which is only a 20 minute ferry ride away.

Duration1 Night
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

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    Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville



    Nicknamed 'the Sugar Shaker', Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville is Townsville's tallest building, overlooking scenic Magnetic Island and Castle Hill. The local business and shopping district are within walking distance as well as award winning dining, nightlife, and entertainment. There is a choice of 200 guest ...

    Nicknamed 'the Sugar Shaker', Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville is Townsville's tallest building, overlooking scenic Magnetic Island and Castle Hill. The local business and shopping district are within walking distance as well as award winning dining, nightlife, and entertainment. There is a choice of 200 guest rooms, suites and executive rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Townsville to Mission Beach 235 km (147 miles) 3 hours

This morning spend more time in the Townsville area or leave early for your journey to Mission Beach. From Mission Beach you can pick up a water taxi and cruise across to beautiful Dunk Island or explore the national park area fringing the 14 miles of unspoiled beaches.

Duration1 Night
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Castaways on Mission Beach

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    Castaways on Mission Beach



    Castaways on Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Resort features include a restaurant and cocktail bar, day ...

    Castaways on Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Resort features include a restaurant and cocktail bar, day spa and a beautiful swimming pool with ocean views. With direct access to a 14 km long white sandy beach, Castaways on Mission Beach is your perfect choice!

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 14

Mission Beach to Cairns 140 km (88 miles) 2 hours

Depart Mission Beach for Cairns. Visit Paranella Park and see a Spanish castle and gardens. Further along the highway stop at the Atherton Tablelands and visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtin Fig Tree, a spectacular rainforest wilderness.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • A Hertz Group C car rental for 14 days with unlimited kilometres, mandatory vehicle insuranc & Goway's Co-Pilot Kit

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees if required
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Park fees unless stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability.  Rates for single or triple traveLlers are available on request – please inquire.

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